Sunday, June 6, 2021

June SailGP Racing

More amazing racing via Sail Grand Prix (sailgp.com). With Jimmy Spithill (Bull Dog) as skipper aboard team USA boat, they did really well this series with two wins. Unfortunately in the final they broke a rudder, not allowing them to finish the race. Japan overall has the most wins and won the final. Good news is there is more racing to come, with the Grand Final in March of 2022. Next racing series is in Great Britain in July.

Here is a high lights video. Watch all the racing via the below links to youtube


Friday, May 28, 2021

Memorial Day

I thought it was only fitting I supply you with this article about honoring those that have fallen in war to keep us free. See Article Below!

And I personally would like to thank those of you that have served in the military or have family members who have or are serving for your/their service and commitment to help keep us free. Any of you who have lost loved ones in a military conflict I give you my sincere condolences... There is no greater love than to give your life for another!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Skipper Miles Moore, President
US Sailing & Safe Boating Instructor
FunToSail

ON MEMORIAL DAY!

What we owe to the fallen, and to those now serving.

By 
MARK HELPRIN
Updated May 29, 2010 12:01 a.m. ET

In American military cemeteries all over the world, seemingly endless rows of whitened grave markers stand largely unvisited and in silence. The gardeners tend the lawns, one section at a time. Even at the famous sites, tourism is inconstant. Sunsets and dawns, winter nights, softly falling snow, and gorgeous summer mornings mainly find the graves and those who lie within them protected in eternal tranquility. Now and then a visitor linked by love, blood, or both will come to make that connection with the dead that only love can sustain.

Sometimes you see them, quiet in some neglected corner beneath the trees or on a field above the sea, but numbers and time make this the exception. If not completely forgotten, the vast ranks of Civil War dead are now primarily the object of genealogy and historians, as the fathers and mothers, women, children, and brothers who loved them are now long gone. As it is for everyone else it is for the dead of all the wars, and neither proclamations nor holidays nor children innocently placing flags can cure it.

Nonetheless, a universal connection links every living American with those who have fallen or will fall in American wars and overrides the lapses in sustaining and honoring their memories. We are and shall be connected to them by debt and obligation. Though if by and large we ignore the debt we owe to those who fell at Saratoga, Antietam, the Marne, the Pointe du Hoc, and a thousand other places and more, our lives and everything we value are the ledger in which it is indelibly recorded. And even if we fail in the obligation, it is clear and it remains.

What do we owe soldiers on the battlefields of the present or—do not doubt it—the future? How does one honor the inexpressibly difficult decision to walk toward annihilation, in some instances guaranteed, for the sake of the imperfect strategies of war, their confused execution, and their uncertain result? What can we offer the soldiers who will not know the outcome of their struggle, or ever again see those left behind?

We owe them a decision to go to war ratified unambiguously by the American people through their constitutional and republican institutions. Except where instantaneous response is necessitated by a clear and present danger, this means a declaration of war issued by a Congress that will fully support its own carefully determined decision and those it sends to carry it out—nothing less, nothing hedged, nothing ducked.

This requires in turn the kind of extraordinary, penetrating debate that can occur only among those wise enough to understand mortality and weigh it against principles that cannot be left undefended. It requires a president who can argue for his decision not merely with eloquence but substantively and tenaciously—guided only by the long-term interests of the United States, not fatuous slogans, political imperatives, and easily impeachable ideological notions of the right, left, or center.

Look ahead, not back. If we commit soldiers to battle, we must support them unstintingly. There are many ways to pay for war: taxing, borrowing, cutting other expenditures, sharing the burden with allies, adjusting war aims, and starving the means to fight. The only unacceptable one is the last. If the general population must do with less, so be it, for the problem is only imagined. Better than feckless politicians who think it lives by bread alone, the American people has always known that its enlisted sacrifices are hardly commensurate with those of the maimed and the dead.

A soldier's destiny must rest, rather than with careerists, in the hands of grave and responsible officials and commanders, those who experience what Churchill called the statesman's "stress of soul." He should never have to die for the sake of an academic theory once the doctoral thesis of an Ivy League idealist working his way up through the bureaucracies and think tanks.

And yet the commander who does not labor to educate himself unceasingly is likely no better than his opposite number in the seminar room. Above all, he must have a genius for war, an inherent quality that cannot be manufactured and is usually crowded out by that part of the brain that makes for a brilliant career, and punished by the higher ranks for having what they do not. Such people deserve the protection and promotion that mostly they do not receive, for when they do they become Grant, Churchill, Marshall, Eisenhower, and Patton.

The debt we owe, and in regard to which we are at present deeply in arrears, may be difficult to pay but it is easy to see. To grasp its conspicuous clarity one need only walk among the graves and pause to give proper thought to even just one life among the many. Read slowly the name, the dates, the place where everything came to an end.

I have seen lonely people of advancing age, yet as constant as angels, keeping faith to those they loved who fell in wars that current generations, not having known them, cannot even forget. The sight of them moving hesitantly among the tablets and crosses is enough to break your heart. Let that break be the father to a profound resolution to fulfill our obligation to the endless chain of the mourning and the dead. Shall we not sacrifice where required? Shall we not prove more responsible, courageous, honest, and assiduous? Shall we not illuminate our decisions with the light that comes from the stress of soul, and ever keep faith with the fallen by embracing the soldiers who fight in our name? The answer must be that we shall.

Mr. Helprin, a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, is the author of, among other works, "Winter's Tale" (Harcourt), "A Soldier of the Great War" (Harcourt) and, most recently, "Digital Barbarism" (HarperCollins). Link to original article at http://on.wsj.com/1IVB9G2

SailGP June Racing

Next racing series for SailGP and the F50 foiling catamarans is this June 5-6 (7:30 EDT) in Taranto, Italy. Watch live on Youtube or download from the SailGP.com website. Amazing to watch, do not miss it.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Safe Boating CdA

The May 22, 2021 Safe Boating Event at the Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d'Alene Idaho USA was a tremendously successful event with many participants receiving free Like Jackets via the Spokane Sheriff Department, free marine whistles and information via the local US Coast Guard Auxiliary Fleet 84.

If you missed this event it will happen again on May 21, 2022 at the Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d'Alene Idaho.

Sign up for a Safe Boating Class or keep up with Inland NW Safe Boating information and activities by visiting SafeBoatingCdA.com


Monday, May 10, 2021

May 15, 2021 Scablands Fun Sail

ATTENTION THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO JUNE! EXACT DATE TBA.

SPONSORED BY INLAND NORTHWEST SAILORS
For Sailors and Kite fliers
  

Due to the Desert Regatta being cancelled again we have set up a new annual event called the Scablands Fun Sail. The plan is to simply have a beach party, fly kites, and go for a sail around the Islands on June TBA. If the water is warm enough, swim.

We will camp on the Northeast Shoreline of the reservoir, some will start to camp on June TBA and stay until the TBA. Our official event will be on May TBA.

The Reservoir has some nice launches around the lake with one private and one state run campgrounds. Covid restrictions are enforced at the state park and private campgrounds. We will be camping in the open primitive camping area where covid restrictions are less stringent. There are public restrooms where we will be camping but we are not sure they will be open so we suggest you bring your own portable toilets. And make sure you bring your own drinking water and food, etc.

GOOD NEWS! If you have never sailed or flown a kite at the Potholes Reservoir your in for a treat as the wind seems to almost always be spectacular and the water great. Great place to kayak as well.

Also in the area is the big Moses Lake Sand Dunes just north of us.

To learn more about Potholes Reservoir and get directions (See numbers 1-6 for directions of where we will be camping and sailing from). http://funtosail.blogspot.com/2016/10/potholes-reservoir-grant-county.html



Monday, April 26, 2021

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Bonner County Lakes Commission

Bonner County Lakes Commission Updates

The spring refill of Lake Pend Oreille begins today, April 1. The planned operation for April is to target a lake elevation of approximately 2055 ft by the end of the month. The day-to-day rate of refill will vary based on changing inflows to Lake Pend Oreille. This week, the elevation of Lake Pend Oreille is expected to increase gradually within the 2052-2053 ft range.


Albeni Falls operations during May and June will be set according to observed and forecast conditions in order to manage flood risk. The Corps monitors snowpack and weather forecasts to determine timing to reach the summer operating range of 2062.0 to 2062.5 ft. In a typical non-flood year this summer range is reached in mid to late June. The current seasonal water supply forecast for April-July inflow volume is 88% of average.

Short term modeling forecasts are provided by the Northwest River Forecast Center.  Their projections for Albeni Falls Dam inflow, outflow, and the elevation of Lake Pend Oreille at the Hope gage can be found here:


Projections for future operations at Albeni Falls Dam can be found here:



Bonner County Lakes Commission
email: lakescommission@gmail.com 
website: 
lakes-commission.com

Friday, March 26, 2021

It's Here! Corsair Pulse 600

The first Corsair Pulse 600 ever in the Inland Northwest has arrived... It is here and ready for interested parties to go on a demo sail. Email us (funtosail@gmail.com) to secure your time to demo this amazing family friendly but high performance sailboat...



Monday, March 22, 2021

11 Things Recreational Boaters Should Know

Kootenai County leads all counties in Idaho with the most registered vessels, followed by Bonner County (Lake Pend Oreille). Spokane County leads all counties in Eastern WA with the most registered boats. And Flathead County has the most boats registered in Montana. On top of that these areas have a large non motorized boating and water enthusiast population. With many boats register and active non-motorized enthusiasts comes with more boating accidents and drownings. Not to mention the Inland Northwest is a boating paradise with its vast marine environments of small and large lakes/reservoirs and many rivers. All this combined creates a unique and daunting challenge for marine law enforcement. Sheriff Marine divisions of the Inland NW asks all marine enthusiasts to make a difference in prevent recreational marine accidents. Here are 10 things you can do to accomplish this...

1.     Accident Reporting

Federal law requires the operator or owner of a recreational vessel to file a boating accident report with the State reporting authority if the recreational vessel is involved in an accident that results in any of the following:

·     A person dies

·     A person is injured and requires medical treatment beyond first aid

·     A  person disappears from the vessel under circumstances that indicate death or injury

·     Damage to vessels and other property totals $2,000 (lower amounts in some states and territories) 

·     The boat is destroyed

2.     Boater Education (email FunToSAIL for more info)

Boating safety courses are offered for all types and ages of recreational boaters. These courses are conducted by qualified volunteer organizations, such as the The Sheriff Marine Divisions, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, and other sponsors including state boating agencies. FunToSAIL.com offers sailing lessons for those interested in learning to sail small daysailors such as Hobie Cats to coastal sailing for keelboaters/multihullers.

3.     Vessel Safety Check

Both the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons have certified vessel examiners who will perform a free Vessel Safety Check ("VSC") at your boat, at a time of mutual convenience.

4.     Life Jackets

Most boating-related drownings happen on nice days. The U.S. Coast Guard says, “There’s no excuse not to wear a lifejacket on the water.”

5.     Going Paddling

The Paddling.com has education and tips on its website.

6.     Go Sailing

FunToSAIL.com has education and tips via is various sailing classes for those with and without disAbilities.

7.     Float Plans

The U.S. Coast Guard says boaters should file a float plan before embarking on the water. Why? The answer is simple... there are just too many facts that need to be accurately remembered and ultimately conveyed in an emergency situation. Without a float plan, you are counting on someone else, a friend, neighbor, or family member to remember detailed information that rescue personnel needs in order to find you. Information can make a difference in the outcome.

8.     Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) can harm and even kill you inside or outside your boat. The U.S. Coast Guard urges boaters to educate themselves about the dangers of carbon monoxide.

9.     Boating Under the Influence (BUI)

BUI is just as dangerous as driving under the influence (DUI). The leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents is alcohol. Alcohol and water do not mix.

10.     Shallow Water Boat Performance

Boats designed for shallow water fishing or recreational use are most prone to shallow water accidents, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. These boaters need to know how to handle this situation before going out on the water.

11.     Propeller Safety

Boat propellers are a hidden danger to boaters. To avoid boat propeller accidents remove keys from the ignition when stopping. Make sure your motor safety lanyard is attacked to the safety off switch and is attached to the skipper/person who is driving the boat.

CONCLUSION: Doing these 11 things will help you and others to have a safe boating experience. If you see unsafe boaters such as those under the influence of alcohol write down the boats registration number and report to the local marine enforcement (should have this contact info on your float plan and on your boat). Take immediate action if one can do it safely. Do not engage drunk or violent acting individuals/groups. Best to contact law enforcement while on the water via VHF radio safety channel. Cell phone signals are not always reliable while on the water.

Boating accident video... what not to do...

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

12 Meter Yachts


This video shows the beautify of the former 12 meter Americas Cup yachts. A bygone day for the Americas Cup but not today for the 12 meter class. Some think these boats should be brought back to the Americas Cup after recent years of techy boats going for speed versus exciting close quarters match racing... Enjoy the video...