Latest Revisions Of Sailing Racing Rules Brings Expert To New On-Line Blog And Changes To Web-Based Animations.

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Butch Ulmer, President of UK-Halsey International, has created a new blog to help racing sailors understand the new yacht racing rules which go into effect at the beginning of 2009. Because of new definitions and, especially, new requirements at turning marks where the majority of protests occur, Ulmer anticipated the confusion likely to occur and will be answering questions on-line from those who seek clarification.

Butch Ulmer, President of UK-Halsey International, has created a new blog to help racing sailors understand the new yacht racing rules which go into effect at the beginning of 2009. Because of new definitions and, especially, new requirements at turning marks where the majority of protests occur, Ulmer anticipated the confusion likely to occur and will be answering questions on-line from those who seek clarification. This comes in addition to UK-Halsey's highly regarded web-based "Rules Quizzes" whose animations have helped countless sailors avoid protest situations and to be absolved when called into "The Room"; UK-Halsey's free instructional animations will be upgraded to illustrate the rules, with emphasis on pointing out the important changes.

Ulmer, a renowned dinghy- and ocean-racing competitor, has served on the Protest Committee of the Larchmont Yacht Club for over 30 years, is the Past Commodore of the Storm Trysail Club and Chairman on the water at four Block Island Race Weeks; his racing credentials include membership in the ICYRA Hall of Fame, national champion in two classes, Olympic and PanAm trials, winning an SORC (an event he sailed every year from 1969 until it ceased ocean racing) and 13 years of Larchmont YC frostbiting, during which he was fleet champion four times.

Ulmer's blog is based in his company's website, UKHalsey.com, along with the Sailing Rules Quizzes. All of this is provided at no charge to visitors: they simply log on and gain access to both useful sections. There are currently 25 separate situations in the Rules Quiz section, which has been cited by magazines, news wires and sailing judges as the outstanding resource in explaining racing rules.

From time to time, the racing rules blog will include postings from other well-known sailors and rules experts. The most recent posting came from Rob Overton, an International Umpire, member of the US Sailing Racing Rules Committee and one of the authors of the new rules.

As one of the World's top-four sail brands, UK-Halsey supports racing education to encourage more participation in this exciting, life-long sport. With over 50 lofts and service centers around the world, each headed by a sailing-sailmaker, UK-Halsey is well placed to support racers. And the company is famous for its Tape-Drive and MatriX laminated performance sails.

For further information, contact any UK-Halsey loft or their world headquarters, UK-Halsey International, 175 City Island Avenue, City Island, NY 10464; North Americans can call toll-free 1-800-253-2002 or, of course, go on-line to check out our sails.

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