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BBSA members met for our monthly membership meeting at the Grain on top of the Norfolk Hilton. Roughly 50 sailors gathered to enjoy the comfortable setting, the good food, and a presentation by Sergio Diehl. Sergio explained how to setup your VHF to utilize Digital Selective Calling (DSC), which is necessary for your emergency beacon to work properly. Thanks to Sergio for preparing this informative talk.
Many of us were surprised to learn some of the information. If you missed it, you can access his training slides in the Training Documents page.
As usual, you can always find photos I have taken for BBSA in the following location: https://primemeridian.smugmug.com/Broad-Bay-Saili…/BBSA-2019
On Saturday, February 9, 2019 in anticipation of spring, sailors from around Hampton Roads emerged from their winter hibernation to learn about or refresh their knowledge of sailboat racing rules. The Broad Bay Sailing Association (BBSA) hosted a training session led by John McCarthy, a long-time BBSA member and US Sailing certified race management instructor.
Over 100 racers and crew of varying experience levels gathered at the Old Dominion University's Constant Hall for a very informative and entertaining session. John has a unique style of conveying information that makes people want to come back for more. Chris French attended and said this: "I thought it was great. It would be nice to have a second session for Marks and obstructions and section D, other rules. The venue was also great I have been in others where it was really hard to hear everything that was said."
John focused on some of the most common situations that racers experience, which made the discussion extremely relevant for everyone. He stressed the responsibilities of both the stand-on and give-way vessels and drew some chuckles with his theatrics on barging and luffing.
Attendee and BBSA member, Stephanie DeMarco said: Johns “Three Boat Length” rule refresh was outstanding. I thought it could mean either three boat lengths astern or off to port or starboard. Now I know exactly what it means. Also, the “ Windward/Leeward” rights refresh was good. You know what you know, it’s always good to build on that. I had never heard of “ Barging” the starting line. Now we know that practice has an official name. Most importantly, he emphasized the importance of good sportsmanship on the water. He called sailboat racing a Corinthian Sport, I never heard of that, so that was new terminology. I am looking forward to his next session!
If you are interested in learning more about the BBSA and sailing in the southern Chesapeake Bay, join them at their next membership meeting on February 19, 2019 at 5 pm – 8:30 pm at Grain on top of the Norfolk Hilton. Guests are welcome. Along with socializing and dinner, BBSA member Sergio Diehl will explain how to use the new features of your VHF radio. He will explain how to set up your Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) and Digital Selective Calling (DSC), which is required to enable the red emergency button.
"Broad Bay Sailing Association" is a non-profit organization. Virginia Beach, VA 23454