Racing Rules of Sailing update is coming soon

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US Sailing announced the production of The Racing Rules of Sailing 2005-2008 is on schedule and will be available before the end of the year. The Racing Rules are effective Jan. 1.

Members of US Sailing will receive a free copy of the new rules before the end of the year, and additional copies will be available for purchase through US Sailing’s online store.

“Dave Perry’s Understanding the Racing Rules Through 2008, a companion to The Racing Rules of Sailing,” is currently being produced and will also be available by the end of the year.

More information about the rules and the US Sailing Racing Rules Committee is available at www.us sailing.org/rules.

Patent fight sails into court

Genesis International, a Dutch-based sailmaker, has filed a patent suit against Quantum Sail design group in Annapolis, Md.

According to the suit, Quantum’s FusionM sails infringes on a patent issued to sailmaker Peter Conrad in 1987. Genesis International has since acquired those patent rights.

The suit, filed in an Annapolis court, seeks compensatory damage and an injunction against Quantum’s sale of FusionM.

A statement from Larry Leonard, president of Quantum Sails, denies the charges and says the company will rigorously defend itself.

“We employed a highly qualified patent attorney and have obtained a formal opinion that the Fusion M product is unique, patentable, and does not infringe any of our competitors’ technologies,” Leonard wrote.

Conrad a few years ago settled his own patent suit against North Sails, claiming that the company’s 3-M sails infringed on another of his designs.

• Farr Yacht Design based in Annapolis, Md., has been chosen to design the Volvo Open 70 of the Telefónica MoviStar Spanish Challenge headed by Pedro Campos. The Volvo Ocean Race will start with an in-port race in Sanxenxo, Galicia, Nov. 5, 2005. The start of the first offshore leg of this round-the-world race will be from Vigo, Galicia, Nov. 12, 2005. www.volvooceanrace.org

• Some of the proceeds from the sale of a CD featuring a song about sailing are to help raise awareness of disabled sailing.

Singer/songwriter Peter Brodie has released a CD, “The Music of Peter Brodie,” which includes “Summer Breeze,” a ballad about sailing. For every copy of the CD sold during 2004, Brodie is donating a dollar to the International Foundation for Disabled Sailing. The money will go toward ongoing international projects, such as developing and updating resources to provide accessible venues for disabled sailors worldwide. www.peterbrodie.com

• Registration is now under way for the sixth International Sailing Summit.The conference is held annually around the world in different sailing capitals and returns to the United States this fall.

The summit will take place Oct. 5 and 6 in Annapolis, Md. The theme is “sharing international best practices to increase participation in sailing.”

The event coincides with the Annapolis Sailboat Show. Event details can be found at www.sailingsummit.com.

• The Ellen MacArthur Trust, established in 2003, gives children suffering from cancer and leukemia the opportunity to get out onto the water and experience something new. Its aim is to support, empower and enliven the lives of the children by introducing them to the joys of sailing on the sea.

The main activity of the trust involves taking the children out for two- to three-day voyages. The boats stay at a different port each night, and the children and crew live and sleep on board. The trust gives the children a chance to test themselves and gain confidence, in a safe and supportive environment.

More information about the Ellen MacArthur Trust is available at www.ellenmacarthurtrust.org.