The Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction (free download PDF)

Book HERE Via West System

This renowned boat construction book was written by epoxy pioneer Meade Gougeon, a founder of Gougen Brothers, Inc. Decades of experience building with wood and epoxy are compiled in this classic on wood/epoxy boat building, popularly known as cold molding. Extensive chapters describe lofting, safety, tools, and construction methods with the aid of hundreds of detailed illustrations and photographs. This 5th edition includes new and updated material and a revised layout for easier navigation. Used as a textbook in many boat building schools. Over 100,000 copies in print.

Saturday RC fun sail (March 6 2021)

Greetings sailors!
RCMSC will hold a fun sail at Tualatin Commons on Saturday, Mar 6, beginning at noon. The forecast: cloudy with scattered showers, low 40’s, and wind 7 mph with gusts. Bring all of your boats for casual sailing. Masks and safe distancing are still advised.

During practice racing we’ll concentrate on the port and starboard tack rule. Remember, a boat is on the tack corresponding to her windward side. When boats are on opposite tacks, a port-tack boat shall keep clear of a starboard-tack boat. Below are situations showing boats on opposite tacks. In each situation, decide which boat must take action to keep clear and avoid contact.

Answers: 1)A, 2)A, 3)B, 4)A, 5)A and B, 6)B

Situation 6 might be confused with a boat clear astern having to keep clear of a boat clear ahead, but that applies to boats on the same tack. Diagram 6 shows boats on opposite tacks, so B must keep clear. – Stan

ALLEN RULES POSTER 2021 – 2024

Lots of info in one place. . Performance sailboat hardware manufacturer, Allen, is pleased to release the 2021 – 2024 racing rules of sailing poster. (Free download)

The marketing team at Allen has been working closely with Henk Plaatje for many years to develop the racing rules of sailing poster. Once each edition is ready, Allen kindly makes it available to the public to hang in sailing clubs around the World. This year is no different, the poster can easily be downloaded via the Allen website or a hardcopy can be ordered directly to your sailing club.

Numbers refer to the Racing Rules for Sailing (2021-2024) Which cover rule that applies

Poster/Download available HERE

Bearospace Sloop Emma

Not related to club racing three of us (Gary, Roger & Peter) are building Bearospace Sloop Emma’s – A semi-scale portrayal of a sprit-rigged cruising sloop from the mid 20th century, designed for RC sailing. Here are some photo of work in progress:

Frostbite #1

I was kinda dreading sailing in the cold and rain today but the rain never appeared in anything more than a mist. But we really had our share of wind. Not everyone can make every event but today is the type of day that goes to show it is better to come and take a chance than to skip it do to the forecast. The strong winds really tested our boats I had water in my boat despite my brand new hatch, Ed lost his hatch tried to race anyway and almost lost his boat. The spare boat I loaned him developed a rigging problem purely related to the additional strain of the strong winds. Peter had a weakness in his rigging revealed that was just bedeviling him and Rick had a sail winch pretty much give up the ghost. racing was keen no one skipper dominated, all had good and bad races. All in all a great day playing at the pond. Also two or three new people showed a lot of interest in the activities and we will be seeing some of them at our next fun sail. In closing I have attached the Frost bite schedule I believe it will print. We had 14 today lets shoot for everyone on march 6th noon at Tualatin. stay well Gary

Rules We Sail By: Port/Starboard rule

Here’s the basic port/starboard rule from the 2021 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS):

When boats are on opposite tacks, a port-tack boat shall keep clear of a starboard-tack boat.

Two definitions in the RRS tell you how to know which tack you are on.

Tack, Starboard or Port A boat is on the tack, starboard or port, corresponding to her windward side.

That’s easy, but how about when you are running downwind?

Leeward and Windward A boat’s leeward side is the side that is or, when she is head to wind, was away from the wind. However, when sailing by the lee or directly downwind, her leeward side is the side on which her mainsail lies. The other side is her windward side….

All of the boats drawn below are on starboard tack. The arrow indicates the wind.

Before the next race while you are sailing your boat near the starting line, think about which tack you are on both coming toward you and sailing away. I’ll show typical port-starboard situations in a couple of weeks.

Richard adds: A definition of port/starboard that I’ve seen is port is when the mainsail is on the starboard side and starboard is when the mainsail is on the port side. This covers both up and downwind (wing and wing).

Why Ships Use Port and Starboard Instead of Left and Right?

Ever wondered why the terms “Port” and “Starboard” is used to denote Left and Right side on ships? (YouTube Video)

During earlier days, before ships had rudders on their centerlines, boats were controlled using a steering oar. As it is very common that most of the people are right handed in the world, most of the sailors were also right handed, so the steering oar used to control the ship was placed over or through the right side near the stern. Thus most of the sailors used to call the right side as the “Steering Side”, which soon became “Starboard”. The word “Starboard” is formed by combining two old English words: stéor (meaning “steer”) and bord (meaning “the side of a boat”)


As the size of ships grew, so did the steering oar, making it much easier to make fast a ship to a dock on the side opposite the steering oar, i.e, the boats/ships used to dock with the left side of the ship facing the shore/dock.

The original name of the left side of the ship was not “port” but rather the old English “baecbord.” This was probably referencing the fact that on larger boats the helmsman would often have to hold the steering oar with both hands so that his back would be to the left side of the ship/boat. After “baecbord” came “ladderbord” meaning “laden” (meaning to load) and bord meaning “ship’s side,” this gave rise to the starboard rhyming word “larboard.” As the time passed, it became evident that “larboard” is very easily confused with “starboard” during communications. Hence it was replaced with the word “port” as this was the side that faced the port or the dock, allowing cargo to be loaded or discharged.

So, that is how the terms “Port” and “Starboard” came in existence.

Since “Port” and “Starboard” never change, they are unambiguous references that are independent of a mariner’s orientation, thus removing the chances of any ambiguity and hence sailors prefer to use these nautical terms instead of left and right to avoid confusion.

Dues, annual meeting, and frostbite schedule

Greetings RCMSC members,

It’s time to send in your 2021 dues. Mail your $20.00 check payable to RCMSC to me at 12307 NE 13th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98685. Please let me know about any changes to your contact info, boats you own, and if you have joined AMYA.

Commodore Gary has scheduled our annual meeting on Jan 30 at 11:00 am at Tualatin Community Park about 3 blocks north of the Commons. The park address is 8515 SW Tualatin Rd. Use the parking lot just north of the trestle. We’ll use an open air shelter called “the rustic shelter” next to the parking lot. Following the meeting, take a lunch break on your own, then enjoy your first 2021 fun sail at the Commons. Washington County currently allows recreational gatherings of up to 50 people. Wear a mask and observe required spacing.

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the Frostbite Series:
– Feb 21 Frostbite Series race #1
– Mar 6 Fun sail
– Mar 21 Frostbite Series race #2
– Apr 10 Fun sail
– Apr 25 Frostbite Series race #3

On race days skippers meet at noon, and the first race starts shortly after.

I’ll send a reminder notice on Jan 28.

Meanwhile, stay safe!

Stan