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Kaenon Metal Collection!

April 29th, 2010

Pure Luxury Performance™” describes the Metal Collection from Kaenon Polarized for both men and women. Refined, technical, functional, sophisticated, and with Kaenon’s patented SR-91® polarized lenses, the collection of full-frame, semi-rimless and rimless frame designs meets any size and style requirement with understated elegance. Comfort is paramount in any Kaenon metal frame, as all are engineered with our Air Bag™ cushioned nose pads and Variflex™ rubber temple tips to ensure secure all-day wear.

The brand new SEQUENCE™, a classic retro-inspired full-frame wrapped aviator, was the instant favorite of Danica Patrick and LPGA star Morgan Pressel. SEQUENCE is designed for both men and women, and compliments our existing full metal frames, SEGMENT™ and BASIS™. All three styles are offered in a variety of colors and finishes.
 
The new semi-rimless S5 from the SPINDLE Series is lightweight and functional, yet robust and sophisticated. Available in Copper12 and Grey12 lens tints, S5 compliments our successful S1 and S3 styles.

The rimless VARIANT Series offers super light weight and minimalistic functionality. Offered in two lens shapes, V6 and V7 are available in Gold, Black Chrome and Antique Copper.

All of the styles in Kaenon’s Metal Collection are Rx adaptable and enjoy our lifetime SR-91 lens guarantee against any cracking or splitting of the lens at drill-mounts or delamination of the inner polarizing film and the lens material.

Three Steps to Better Starts

April 23rd, 2010

Here is another nugett from our friends at Elliott/Pattison Sailmakers: 

There are three basic considerations for getting a good start. First is determining which end of the starting line is favored, second is deciding which side of the course is favored, and third is positioning yourself relative to other boats. For the purpose of the article we are going to assume a windward start where the first leg is a beat.

Figuring out the favored end is pretty straight forward, in the absence of other considerations you want to start at the end that is furthest upwind. The most accurate way to do this is to sail past the leeward end of the line and then tack around so that you are sailing straight back towards the weather end of the line on port tack; line up your boat so that you are on the course that will take you directly through both ends of the line and record the compass heading. Next go head to wind and record that heading. Subtract 90 from the bearing of the line and if that number is bigger than the bearing of the wind then the left end is further upwind, if it the number is smaller than the bearing of the wind then the right end is favored. For example if the bearing of the line is 325 degrees on port tack and the bearing of the wind is 225 degrees you subtract 90 from 325 and the result is 235. The wind at 225 is 10 degrees to the left of perpendicular so the left end of the starting line is further upwind. If the wind is at 235 then the line is square and both ends are equal. If the wind is 245 it is 10 degrees to the right of perpendicular so the right end is favored.

Get your bearing on the line as soon as the committee has the line set. That way as you continue to take wind readings before the start you will always know which end is favored in the current shift. It is important to get a good wind reading as close to the actual start time as possible because often the wind will shift and as it does the end of the line that you thought was favored may change.  As a side note, if you are sailing on a course where they use a leeward gate you can use the same procedure to determine which end of the gate is favored for rounding.

Step two, picking the favored side of the course, is the hardest which naturally also makes it the most important. There are three factors that are important in making your decision, wind shifts, wind velocity, and current. Local knowledge can be a big help here but never let it be your overriding consideration; I have seen people sail off to one side of the course all too often just because that is “what always works” only to find out that it doesn’t.  Since you were sailing around well before the start recording the wind direction and the time of day each time you checked, you now have a good starting point. In general wind shifts fall into three types; oscillating where the wind directions shifts back and forth, persistent where the wind gradually shifts in one direction throughout the day, or a combination where you have oscillating shifts but the overall picture is still that the winds moves further and further in one direction as the day goes on. By looking at the data you recorded you should be able to see a pattern of what the wind shirts have been doing, and the general time period of the shifts. In oscillating conditions very often the shifts will occur at about the same interval. Remembering the #1 rule for upwind sailing, sail into headers, you want to plan your start so that you are sailing towards the next header or at least have the ability to tack and go in that direction without much interference. If you think the next shift will be to the left you want to start on starboard tack as far down the line as possible so that you will be one of the first boats to get the header, and that when you do will gain more advantage from it that anyone that is to weather of you. If you think the next shift will be to the right then you want to get onto port tack as quickly as possible so that you lead the fleet into that shift. Depending on how big you think the shift will be, and how much the line is favoring one end or the other, it is very likely that you may not want to start all the way at the favored end if it is the end away from the direction you want to go. For example if the left hand end of the line in favored by a couple of boat lengths but you are expecting the next shift to be 5 or 10 degrees to the right, then starting right at the pin is probably not going to work very well. The further you are towards the left end of the line the more boats you will have to weather of you on starboard tack that will keep you pinned down unable to tack towards the shift. And when you do you are much more likely to have other boats tack on top of you plus as the wind shifts to the right you will be headed down towards the transoms of the boats that sailed into the shift first even though they started at the un-favored end of the line.

4 Steps to Sail Downwind Like a Pro

April 21st, 2010

Here’s a really good article to improve your downwind perfromance written by Harry Pattison at Elliott/Pattison Sailmakers in newport Beach, CA. 

 Okay, really there are 5 but the first one is more like homework, you do it before you go sailing; Know Your Targets! If you want to sail downwind efficiently you have to know the target speed and target wind angles you should be sailing for different wind speeds. With luck you can get these numbers from the designer of your boat or from US Sailing if your boat, or one of the same design, has been rated for ORR. Without one of those options you may be able to find targets for a very similar boat you can use as a starting point and modify over time as you collect real data from sailing your boat; or you may have to totally develop your own by observing and recording your performance over time. In the absence of tactical decisions you will ALWAYS sail downwind faster if you sail your targets!
Step 1: Choose the side of the course you want to sail towards initially before you get to the weather mark. If the wind is oscillating you should know if the wind is in a left phase of a right phase as you approach the weather mark. If the wind is to the left of average you will be expecting the next shift to be to the right, so with a normal port rounding on starboard tack you will be sailing towards the left side of the course (I always look at side of the course relative to upwind so downwind you may be sailing towards your right side but it is still the left side of the course, this makes it easier and more consistent to view the wind shifts). This means you will be sailing towards a lift which will allow you to gybe over sooner and sail a header to the leeward mark. Once you have chosen which way you want to go after the weather mark that will make your decision on what type of spinnaker set you want to do. The options are a normal bear away if you want to continue on the same tack, or a gybe set if getting to the other side of the course is called for. If you want to get to the other side you have two options; the classic gybe set or a normal set followed quickly by a gybe. A normal set and gybe are quicker than a gybe set if there aren’t other boats close by that could gybe inside of you, or if it isn’t necessary to get to the other side of the course immediately.
 

Your rounding leads into Step 2, Controlling you Competition. On a downwind leg the tactical advantage goes to the boat behind, the wind shadow and its use are powerful tools. In a bear away set, if there are other boats around, you usually want to get deep quickly by sailing very low during the set. This will gain you control of boats that have rounded just in front of you because they won’t be able to gybe until you do, and it will defend your lane from boats  behind so that they can’t get inside and prevent you from gybing when you want to. If you are behind and can keep the boat in front from gybing you can hold them there until you are on the layline for the leeward mark. When you both gybe for the mark they will be behind your wind shadow and you will be able to sail down in front of them. To make this most effective you have time your gybe to get maximum benefit from your wind shadow. If possible you want to sail just slightly passed the layline so that the boat in front has no chance to gybe back away to find clear air. As you approach the leeward mark if there is other traffic around it is best to plan your approach to be on the inside at the mark rounding, with port roundings this will also set you up to be on starboard tack at the mark. As when sailing upwind there will be crossing situations with other boats. In each case you want to force the other boat to sail towards the un-favored side of the course while you sail towards the favored side
Step 3: Sailing downwind the rule is the opposite of sailing upwind, you always want to be sailing on the headed course towards the next lift. Upwind you tack on headers, downwind you gybe on lifts. Just like sailing upwind you also have to be aware of persistent shifts, current, and wind pressure in making your decisions. After sailing the initial upwind leg you should have a good feel for what the wind and current are doing; is the wind oscillating back and forth or is it consistently shifting in one direction. In oscillating shifts you want to gybe on the lifts so you are always sailing on the header. In a persistent shift you want to sail towards the lift but sail into it far enough so that when you gybe you will be close to the layline and will still gain on any further shift as you get headed down to the mark. If you sail too close to the layline and there is any further shift you will risk overstanding and losing distance to the boats that gybe inside of you.

The Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover is a “must have” for your kit!

April 20th, 2010

The Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover is wind and water-resistant, incredibly lightweight, highly compressible insulation and can be worn as insulation or outerwear in cold climates.  That description does not adequately describe this rather new piece from Patagonia!

Patagonia describes the Nano Puff Pullover this way: “Already a cult classic with our ambassadors and testers, the Nano earns unanimous raves for versatility, surprising warmth and terrific all-around performance in a superlight, no-frills package. It’s weather-resistant enough to wear as an insulated shell in a wet snowstorm, trim enough to pull on for chilly rock pitches (and still see your footholds), and warm enough for light belay parka duty on quick alpine dashes.”  In the winter of 2008 Patagonia gave us a couple of these pieces to try and we found them to be an incredible piece for San Diego’s temperate winter and spring. Another customer has worn it as a mid-layer while doing offshore deliveries and swears by it. This piece is incredibly light (10.2 ounces) so you do not even notice you have it on. It also packs into its own pocket so I’ve found myself just throwing it my bag when I travel so I’ve got it just in case.

How does this piece work so well? The outer shell is ultra light ripstop polyester face fabric (100% recycled) with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellant) finish. Patagonia chose a lightweight 60-g PrimaLoft One polyester insulation which provides excellent warmth and compressibility. Finally the wind-proof liner is also 100% recycled polyester. Patagonia’s choice of   PrimaLoft One ran somewhat counter to their ethos of choosing recycled materials whenever possible. PrimaLoft does have an “Eco” insulation, which is 50% virgin polyester and 50% recycled, but structurally they found the Eco was not as compressible, nor provided as much insulation as the One. If you really want to learn about the various PrimaLoft threads go to: http://www.primaloft.com/outdoor/products.html. Let’s just say that Patagonia chose the best available insulation to fit the designed use of the garment.

Another advantage of using a synthetic insulation such as PrimaLoft is the fact that when wet synthetic insulation still retains heat and dries faster. This is particularly important not only if you are sailing, but get caught hiking in a summer thunderstorm up in the mountains. PrimaLoft is simply the warmest, lightest and most compressible insulation on the planet!

Other features of the Nano Puff Pullover are the deep center front zipper which allows for easy ventilation; and as mentioned before a left chest self-storage pocket with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop.

Point Loma Outfitting has several new colors of the Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover for men and women. The Nano Puff Pullover for men comes in Mango, Gecko Green, Forge Grey and Black. The women’s Nano Puff Pullover colors on hand this spring are: White, Vivid Violet, Gecko Green and Black. See all of the Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover colors for men and women: http://www.pointlomaoutfitting.com/c/nano-puff-pullover.html

To really understand how cool the Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover is, Patagonia offers this great video showing your the features of the Nano Puff Pullover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VGXXh_KVOA

BMW ORACLE Racing returns to competition this month

April 19th, 2010

Valencia, Spain (19 April 2010) — BMW ORACLE Racing will return to competitive sailing at the end of the month following its win in the 33rd America’s Cup in Valencia in February.
First on the agenda is the RC 44 Austria Cup, the second regatta on the 2010 RC 44 Championship Tour where BMW ORACLE Racing will be represented by two boats.
Team owner Larry Ellison (USA) and team CEO Russell Coutts (NZL) will be competing under the BMW ORACLE Racing banner, while the winning skipper of the 33rd America’s Cup team, James Spithill (AUS), will be at the helm of a boat currently named ‘Boat 17’. Crew from the BMW ORACLE Racing team will be sailing on both boats.
The RC 44 Austria Cup is a popular stop on the circuit, set amongst the Austrian Alps on Lake Traunsee. The beautiful mountain lake is surrounded by ‘postcard perfect’ vistas, but the weather can be unpredictable, offering up challenging conditions for racing.
Ten world-class teams are expected in Austria, including the early leader in the RC 44 Championship, Artemis. The regatta is from April 29th to May 4th.
Following the RC 44 Austria Cup, BMW ORACLE Racing will return to Cup style racing at the Louis Vuitton Trophy in La Maddalena, on the Italian coast of Sardinia, beginning on May 22.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back on the water and racing against the top teams again,” said Jimmy Spithill. “Having had a look at the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in Auckland in February, I know we have a lot of work ahead of us to get our team competing at the highest level again. The RC 44 circuit and Louis Vuitton Trophy events are a great way for us to start that process.”
In addition to competing on the water in La Maddalena, BMW ORACLE Racing will be providing two of the four boats to be used by the Louis Vuitton Trophy teams during the three-week match race event.
In addition to the main team website at www.bmworacleracing

Etchells Mid-Winters West Regatta-Day 1

April 10th, 2010

It was described as a tricky day n the water yesterday out on the Coronado Rhoades. Boat speed did not necessarily get you to the top of the fleet, but rather a day where good strategy and tactics were a premium. The fact that there was a large cross swell did not make it any easier. The Camet family of father Dan and brothers Brian and Alex seemed to have found the most consistent performance and led after the day with   finishes of 2, 13 and 4.

 

The 35 competing boats came from as far as Seattle to the north and Texas to the East for this three-day regatta. The Mid-Winters West regatta is considered a significant run up to the Etchells North Americans to be held on the same waters later this year.

 

After the first day the leaders were as follows:

 

  1. Brian Camet (SDYC) 19, 2. Chris Snow (SDYC) 21, 3. Vince Brun (SDYC) 27, 4. Geoff Davis (CorYC) 27, 5. Marvin Beckmann (Houston YC) 29

 

This event was sponsored by SLAM and Point Loma Outfitting