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Venues Announced for Farr 40 Championships ’09 – ’11

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

The Farr 40 Class announced the venues for the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships from 2009-2011.

The 2008 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, in Miami Beach, will run from April 16-19. Upwards of 40 boats are expected, with a solid group of Farr 40s that have been racing in southern Florida this winter, plus several new boats that are joining the class. The fleet will be based at the Miami Beach Marina. The Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds will take place from April 11-12.

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Swedish Join Ericsson Racing Team’s Nordic Crew Fall ’08

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

This will be the first round-the-world race for the three sailors, who all have roots on Sweden’s west coast. Ericsson Racing Team will compete with two boats, one with an international crew and one with an entirely Nordic crew, giving young Nordic sailors a chance to break into the small world of international yachting.

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SC 50s Lift Tahiti Entry List to Six; Early Deadline Next Week

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Two Santa Cruz 50s have brought entries for this summer’s 13th Tahiti Race to six, exactly the average number for the first dozen races reaching back to 1925. (more…)

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Chicago Mac News: Transponders Required on All Boats in ’08

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Chicago Yacht Club announced that it will require all participants in the 2008 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac to carry a position transponder. The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Lands’ End will start off Chicago’s lakefront on July 19, 2008. 2008 marks the 100th running of ‘the Mac,’ the world’s longest annual freshwater sailing distance race. (more…)

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At the Deck – Part Three of “Life Lines?” series

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

In the last two articles regarding life lines we discussed the actual wire runs and the pulpits and stanchions that support them. We defined life lines as a system. Being a system, we are concerned with the “weakest link” theory. That is to say that every part of the system needs to be in order. One missing or bent ring pin, kinked stanchion, or wet mounting area becomes the standard of integrity by which the rest of the system is measured. 

Having a proper set up on the wire runs and good pulpits/stanchion configurations that can withstand shock loads is obviously important. But what are the conditions of the mounting areas on the deck? Will these areas support the stanchions and pulpits, or fail when a load is imposed? One can only imagine the different deck constructions that are out there relative to mounting stanchion and pulpit bases. Rather than list as many types of deck construction, I urge boat owners to visually inspect their own boat’s construction at the stanchion and pulpit mounting areas.

If a mounting area seems to be insufficient or damaged you will need to address those areas. Look for cracking around mounting plates and for signs of leakage around the fastener holes. Left to it’s own; a moist deck area will only get worse.  You should consult a reputable boat yard to inspect these areas with a moisture reader.  Repairs may be necessary.

Most late-model boats have sufficient laminated decks with sandwiched cores. These cores though substantial, are still susceptible to moisture damage. Think of the abuse that stanchions and pulpits receive; hitting docks, suspending fenders, people pulling on them and such. It would be hard to argue that maintaining these areas through periodic re-installation is an unnecessary endeavor. Older boats that had simple layered glass deck construction (3/16″ thick) are prone to failure when lateral loads are imposed. Adding support in these areas is highly recommended. Using a backing plate that is sufficiently larger than the stanchion base will assist spreading the shock loads.

When re-bedding the base, a proper bedding compound such as Boatlife’s, life-calk is recommended. This is not a silicone sealant but a polysulfide adhesive. A liberal amount of bedding compound should be put down on the base footprint and into the holes themselves. The bases can then be re-installed. When securing the fasteners the bolt or machine screw should be inserted into the sealed hole without turning it so as not to disturb the seal made with the calk. The nuts should do the tightening. Once in place the excess bedding compound is wiped away while still wet with a rag and lacquer thinner leaving a clean fillet shaped edge at the deck /base interface.

Like any other system on the boat the life lines should be regularly inspected for possible failure points. Small amounts of maintenance and repair far out-weigh the need for the safety that this system can provide. For further discussion please contact the Torresen Marine Service Department. Best sailing to all.

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Cordage and Splicing

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

The Torresen Marine Rigging Department is consistently expanding it’s rigging services and techniques. The research and development for cordage and splicing is undergoing constant change. The opinion here is that this segment of the marine market is undergoing significant technical growth. The sky is the limit when it comes to cordage materials. Splicing teccordage1.bmpcordage1.bmphniques are only limited by a rigger’s imagination. In this article we explain basic selections for halyards based upon the size and use classification of different boats. In addition we explain the different splicing techniques that are commonly available. These are listed as Torresen Marine part numbers with description.

The Torresen Marine web site is being re-developed to include a new rigging web page. This page will reflect specific rigging services. Included in this site will be a halyard and control line selection guide. This guide will allow a customer to simply navigate through the selection process with their mouse. There will be an extensive boat selection library. One simply selects their boat, a specific halyard or control line, owner’s used shackle or new and any special splicing techniques. Once these selections are made, recommendations then will appear complete with pricing. Every step of the way the customer will be able to opt out of the process and go directly to the Torresen Marine Rigging Department e-mail where questions will normally be answered within the hour.

Here is an example chart to explain line recommendations for halyards. Cordage recommendations are Samson Rope Technologies specific. Other manufactures available are Yale, New England Ropes, and Gottfredi Mafioli to name a few.

Boat Length Cruiser Club Racer Grand Prix Racer
20-25 main 5/16 xls main 5/16 xls extra main 5/16 warpspeed tapered
  genoa 5/16 xls genoa 5/16 xls extra genoa 5/16 warpspeed tapered
  spin 5/16 xls spin 5/16 ultralite spin warpspeed tapered
  topping lift 5/16 xls topping lift 5/16 ultralite topping lift 5/16 ultralite
25-30 main 5/16 xls main 5/16 validator main 5/16 validator tapered
  main 3/8 xls main 5/16 warpspeed main 5/16 ultratech tapered
  genoa 5/16 xls genoa 5/16 validator genoa 5/16 validator tapered
  genoa 3/8 xls genoa 5/16 warpspeed genoa 5/16 ultratech tapered
  spin 5/16 xls spin 5/16 ultralite spin 5/16 warpspeed tapered
  topping lift 5/16 xls topping lift 5/16 ultralite topping lift 5/16 warpspeed
    option to taper halyards  
30-35 main 3/8 xls extra main 3/8 validator main 5/16 validator tapered
  genoas 3/8 xls extra main 3/8 warpspeed main 3/8 validator tapered
  spin 3/8 xls extra genoa 3/8 validator main 5/16 ultratech tapered
  topping lift 5/16 xls extra genoa 3/8 warpspeed main 3/8 ultratech tapered
    spin 5/16 xls extra genoa 5/16 validator tapered
    topping lift 5/16 ultra genoa 3/8 validator tapered
    option to taper halyards genoa 5/16 ultratech tapered
      genoa 3/8 ultratech tapered
35-40 main 3/8 xls extra main 3/8 validator main 5/16
  main 7/16 xls extra genoa 3/8 validator main 3/8 ultratech tapered
  genoa 3/8 xls extra spin 5/16 ultralight genoa 5/16 ultratech tapered
  genoa 7/16 xls extra spin 3/8 ultralight genoa 3/8 ultratech tapered
  spin 3/8 topping lift 5/16 ultralight spin 5/16 warpspeed tapered
  spin 7/16 ultralight option to taper halyards spin 3/8 warpspeed tapered
  topping lift 3/8 ultralight   topping lift 5/16 ultralight
      topping lift 3/8 ultralight

Multiple halyard choices are boat size dependent. For instance, the first main halyard recommendation is for the smaller boat in the boat size range and the second recommendation is for the larger boat in the boat size range.

A note on eye splicing; splicing a shackle to a halyard maintains 90% of the lines safe working load. In contrast tying a shackle to a line with a halyard knot such as a bowline reduces the lines working load at the shackle by roughly 50%.

Splicing options:

CLASS1 Splice: This is a core-to-cover eye splice for lines that have polyester covers and polyester cores. Samson XLS is an all polyester line in stock at the Torresen Marine Ship’s Store. The core and the cover are the same strength so they can be spliced together as an eye.

CLASS2 Splice: This is a core-to-core eye splice for any line that has core material that is stronger than the cover. High modulus polyethylene (HMPE) cores such as Technora, Vectran, DSK60, DSK75, and Spectra are such core materials. Lines of this variety that we stock at Torresen Marine are Samson’s Validator II, Warpspeed, XLS Extra, and Ultralite. The covers on these lines are merely polyesters for UV and abrasions resistance. Therefore the core must be spliced to itself in order to maintain the lines load capabilities.

TAPER Splice: This splice is used to strip the cover material from the halyard or control line in order to save weight. Lines that are taperable have core materials that are urethane coated for UV resistance and are color matched to the lines tracer color. Tapered lines use a TMISPLICESOLID for shackle attachments.

SOLID Splice: This splice is for HMPE 12 strand line (core less). This splice can be “luggage tagged” to the shackle thus making the shackle easily removable.

FLEMISH Splice: This splice is used to tie a “reeving” line onto the halyard tail so it can be pulled into the mast. This splice is not load bearing. It can only hold the weight of the line itself. This splice makes for a nicer termination to the line end than standard end whipping.

12S/COV Splice: This splice is for tapered halyards using 12 strand luggage tag splices. The final 2′ of this halyard has a Spectra jacket tapered onto the shackle end for additional abrasion resistance at the sheave box. In the first picture below we see two eye splices. The top is a core-cover eye splice (tmispliceclass1) and below it is a core-core eye splice (tmispliceclass2).
The lower picture shows a shortened model of a tapered halyard featuring a Flemish eye splice (tmispliceflemish), a Tapered splice (tmisplicetaper), and a 12 strand eye splice with a spectra chafe cover installed (tmisplice12s/cov). The 12 strand splice is “luggage-tagged” to the Tylaska shackle.

Please feel free to contact either John Schumacher or Matt Noren in the Torresen Marine Rigging Department to discuss specific cordage and splicing needs.

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Boat Show Tips

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

It’s boat show time of year once again. These events are an opportunity for any sailor, experienced or non- exhibitor or attendee, to learn. Exhibitors take advantage of these shows as an opportunity to communicate directly with the public and other exhibitors. They obtain first hand knowledge of the general sailor’s interests and needs, while gaining exposure to the newest in technologies and brands. The show attendee benefits from this knowledge base, as it is constantly growing and changing.

With that in mind, do not be afraid to ask questions. Questions are the catalyst for progress. Exhibitors are a wealth of knowledge and they are there to attend to your questions and needs. What an exhibitor does not have an answer for, you will find they will likely seek one out. As each and every boat is different, and each and every sailor’s needs are different, it is likely that your question will suit your situation specifically. Be sure to point out specifications, as this will affect the answers provided. An exhibitor’s answers are as good as the information provided him/her. Don’t forget businesses exhibiting are volunteering their time, they want to interact with you.

Strictly Sail Chicago, held at Navy Pier on Thursday, January 31, 2008 through Sunday, February 3, 2008, is the area’s premier sailboat show. It is second only to the Annapolis In the Water Boat Show for new boats on display as well as vendor displays promoting deck hardware, rigging, painting, and repowering (one of Torresen Marine’s specialties). Other interests covered are chartering, yacht clubs, and racing groups. At the Torresen Marine booth, you will find displays for our sailing school, brokerage boats, diesel engines for repowering your existing boat and several of our expert service technicians to help you solve your boating needs.

Here are a few tips to make your experience at Strictly Sail Chicago the best one possible. 

1. Parking – It is a big help to go on-line and visit the boat show web site to get directions to the best parking. Navy Pier also has a parking coupon available for use after 5:00 p.m.

2. Choose Your Day Wisely – While Thursday and Friday have lighter crowds and shorter waits for displays, Saturday usually has “bumper to bumper traffic” from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Arrive at opening time and pick your favorite four or five boats to inspect before the rush and then wait until the middle of the afternoon to check out some of the other popular models.

3. Tickets & Seminars – Tickets can be purchased on-line. You will find children 15 years of age and under are admitted for no charge. Take the kids because there is plenty for them to do. Also check out the seminars and special events that will be taking place during the course of the show on-line.

4. Hotel Accommodations – While you are on-line you can check out the best hotel rates in town and get the same rates the exhibitors receive. There is often a free shuttle from the hotel to the show at the appropriate times.

5. Plan Your Day – As with most trips, it is best to have a plan in mind as how to cover the features of the show that have the most interest. Serious boat buyers often come on Thursday or Friday when the crowds are not distracting. The same could be true if you intend to research some new deck hardware or maybe repowering. To fill out your day, you may want to go on line to and check out the restaurants and other fun things going on right there on Navy Pier.

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Winning is a Breeze for Samba Pa Ti

Friday, January 18th, 2008

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Jim Kilroy’s Samba Pa Ti grabbed an IRC trifecta in the 33rd annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race: first to finish, first in IRC class A and first for IRC overall on corrected time. Forty three of the forty nine entered boats started shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, and Kilroy charged in before midnight after the 160-mile reach. Organized by SORC Management, which includes members of the Storm Trysail Club and Lauderdale Yacht Club, the race stretched from Port Everglades to Key West Harbor. Along the way, navigators had to “connect-the-dots“ to keep the fleet between all major Florida Keys markers and the Gulf Stream. Entrants, in two classes for IRC, four for PHRF and two for Multihull, ranged in size from a 76′ catamaran to two 21′ mini Transats, but it was Kilroy’s 52-foot TP52 that stole the show. (more…)

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Jeff Linton and Sally Barkow Selected for Sailing Award

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Lightning World Champion Jeff Linton (Tampa, Fla.) and Princess Sofia Trophy Yngling Champion Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) today were named, respectively, US SAILING’s 2007 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. A shortlist of 10 male and nine female sailors – determined from nominations by the membership of US SAILING – were evaluated by a panel of sailing journalists who selected these two sailors for the noteworthy distinction.

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US SAILING’s 2008 Rolex Miami OCR: The World at its Door

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Miami, Florida – As a January 21 “early deadline” draws near, US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, scheduled for January 27 to February 2, 2008, is shaping up nicely as an international primer for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Qingdao, China this August. Over 100 teams have signed up, and many of the 25 represented nations — including the USA, Canada and Great Britain, which have the largest contingents at 24, 15 and 11 teams, respectively — either have sent their final teams or will be selecting who moves on to the Olympic or Paralympic Games based on results at this popular International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade One ranking event. (more…)

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