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Convair Sailing Club - Newsletter  October

Get in an Ensign this Fall!

The Victory’s are a blast to race and they’re excellent for learning but when you want to take out friends and family you need a little more cockpit space. The Ensign is only 2 feet longer, but with a far more spacious cockpit that can comfortably sit 6 people. The deeper seats and higher backrests are very comfortable. The furling jib and the outboard engines compliment this sailboat to make it a very popular day sailboat and competent racer. To learn more about the Ensigns see our website

  So how do you get on an Ensign?

Path to Ensign Check-Out 

After completion of a minimum of 30 sailing hours as captain of a Victory, you can apply to be checked out on an Ensign. 

One of the first places to start is the Ensign check out form available on our site. We have revised and updated the Ensign Check-out form to be used by all instructors when checking out members advancing to the Ensign sailboats. Please complete this form during the evaluation procedure.

The revised Ensign Check-out sheet will also help the instructor and student to cover all the significant differences of this sailboat from the Victory during a detailed orientation session. 

Before sailing away from the docks, the focus will initially be on the outboard engine and how to properly operate the outboard engine. On the water the instructor will go over how the boat handles differently from the Victory. The total check out training session will last around 3 – 4 hours, so leave enough time to be relaxed.


Handy check out list

  1. Complete 30 hours as captain of Victory sailboat

  2. Read Convair Sailing Club Instruction and Handbook pages on Ensign sailboats (website)

  3. Request a copy of the Ensign Check-out Sheet - check off list PDF

  4. Visit the docks on your own time and go through the check-out sheet as preparation

  5. Request a fun sail on an Ensign with a sailing partner 

  6. Advise our Chief of Check-out, Robert Skillings, that you wish to do an Ensign check-out

  7. Submit your sailing resume / log showing a minimum of 30 hours as captain of the Victories

  8. Self-study – watch videos

    1. Ensign Motor Operation

    2. How to start and operate a small outboard motor

    3. Steering a sailboat in reverse - including the motor in reverse

  9. Your Sailing Instructor will contact you to set up a date.

  10. Allow 3 – 4 hours for this training session.

  11. Sail and then get checked out!


Get your 30 hours in and then get out there on an Ensign! 

Call for Board Members 2023

The Convair Sailing Club is a non profit club run by club member volunteers and depend on your participation. Towards the 3rd quarter we request volunteers for the upcoming elections. If you are interested but have questions please speak to any of the existing board members.

Come and help on the board. Get involved and learn more about the club. Help on the board! The term is annually from January – December. Board meetings are the first Monday evening of each month from 5 pm – 7 pm and are currently held via ZOOM. For 2022 dates see the Convair Sailing Club Calendar.

For a list of Board position see Convair Sailing Club Board of Directors.

Participate with your energy, your experience and ideas to make our club better!


On The Water Instructors needed

This year we have had a tremendous growth and influx of new student members joining the club! 

We are in need of Victory instructors to do On-the-Water instruction. We provide orientation for instructors on what do to and guidelines and checklist on how to do it. Please sign up to help us accommodate all the new student members so that they can feel included and taken care off.

During COVID we started 1-on-1 On-the-Water instruction and it has proven to be very beneficial for students and instructors. Each student is paired up with an instructor so that they can coordinate their calendars and ideally complete the on-the-water instruction lessons in the shortest time. 

Volunteer instructors are compensated sailing credit hours for time spent. 


Please contact Robert Skilling at
or 760-315-6339
2022 Ocean Race for the Victory Dorsey Cup and the Ensign Ocean Race Trophy

We had four Ensigns and four Victories. Kim Carter sailed Victory 500 down from MBYC in time for the start.  David Velez and crew borrowed Victory 615, but used sail #641.  The Ensigns started first with the Victories starting several minutes later.  The breeze was from the WNW, and Tracy and Jeff set up a course with a heading of 280 degrees and about one mile between the weather and leeward marks.  They gave us course two, with a reaching lap sandwiched between two up and down laps.  The left end of the start line was favored a little, as is the custom with CSC/TPSC racing, and boats on port were able to cross ahead of starboard tack boats.  In the near-shore area of Coronado Roads, heading towards shore is generally favored, as the current seems to turn counter-clockwise and the wind appears to twist towards shore.  The wind shifted between WNW and NW throughout the race, with the velocity increasing whenever the shift went NW.

During the Ensign countdown, a sunbather on an inflatable something drifted down the course and arrived with about a minute to go.  There was yelling and gnashing of teeth, but nothing could be done and the countdown was re-started with the sunbather drifting towards Mexico.

The Ensigns started with 722 on port and crossing first over the three starboard boats.  Three headed towards shore and one, possibly 192, went seaward, but 192 reached the first weather mark with 722.  722 and 192 fought for four lead changes, but 722 eventually took the lead, heading towards shore on each upwind leg, making gains, and not losing on the downwind legs.  722 crossed the finish line about one minute ahead of 192.

For the Victory start, 632 and 641 started on port and both crossed first.  632 went up the center of the course.  648 went to the right, but tacked around 100 yards short of the lay line.  500 and 641 went all the way to the right side of the course and reached the weather mark ahead of the others.  500 and 641 battled it out neck and neck throughout the first lap and into the second.  On the second weather leg, 500 and 641 also sailed far to the right, but the wind had shifted to NW during the first weather leg and the two boats, apparently not being able to find the weather mark in all the background clutter, went well past the lay line.  648 spotted the mark and tacked earlier and the wind took her exactly to the mark without any further tacks.  500 had pulled ahead of 641 at this point, but was about 50 yards behind 648.  648 kept the lead around the reaching marks and through the final lap to the finish with 500 still about 50 yards behind.  632, meanwhile, had caught up and finished one second behind 641.

We also had one scare on Race Day.  Mid-race, several frantic phone calls from the club commodore and Coast Guard to the Race Committee.  Seemingly, there was a SOS sent out by one of our racers and picked up by the Coast Guard!  Thanks to a few of us having VHF radios, we soon discovered that the SOS boat in question was indeed fine, and a hard tack had inadvertently pressed the buttons on the iPhone, thus initiating the SOS alert.  We contacted the Coast Guard and thanked them for being ready to help.

  Thanks to Tracy Williams and Jeff Nelson for giving up a chance to race and serving as RC instead.


Newsletter Editor - Daniel Sission
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