The June 2010 Issue of The Westlawn Masthead is Now Posted

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  1. dgerr
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    The new June 2010 issue of The Masthead is now posted and ready for you.

    To read The Masthead, you must have a current version of ADOBE ACROBAT READER. (If The Masthead doesn’t load correctly, you probably need to download an up-to-date verion of Acrobat Reader. Go to: )

    Highlights in this edition:
    • Kathy & Jerry Wood Grants & Scholarships
    • Academic Staff expands
    • Message from the ABYC President
    • Westlawn Alumni/On the Drawing Board
    • Splashes / New launchings by Alumni
    • Mail Boat
    • Know-It-All Q & A
    • Westlawn Profiles Richard McBride
    • Did You Know???
    • News & Views
    • A Tribute to Jimmy Lombard III
    • ABYC Tech Notes: Electric Shock Drowning
    • Tech Article: The "S" Number
    • Continuing Education
    • Training Links & Events
    • IBEX Announcement
    • Masthead Archives
    • Westlawn Information Page


    Electric Shock Drowning
    by Kevin T. Ritz, ABYC West Coast Representative & Marine Master Technician

    As he approached the ladder to get out of the water, he let out a loud gasp, immediately rolling onto his back in his life jacket, apparently unconscious. Sheryl yelled to the other kids to help him and jumped into the water herself. As the kids approached Lucas, they felt a slight tingly sensation in the water and immediately backed off.

    Upon hitting the water downstream from Lucas, Sheryl's extremities went numb and she experienced extreme difficulty moving her limbs, which, at the time, she attributed to fear. Somehow, Sheryl managed to pull Lucas to the dockside where others assisted in getting him onto the dock.

    Read the entire article in this issue.

    The "S" Number
    By Eric Sponberg, Naval Architect
    Here's the problem-we have different ways to rate a sailboat's potential performance in the form of design ratios, handicap rules and ratings, and level ratings. In fact, rating systems have been around for centuries, dating back to England and the realm of Queen Elizabeth I-over 400 years. And in all that time, sailors and designers have continuously argued over what makes a boat go fast, and what should be measured and rated in order to allow disparate designs to compete on equal terms. VPP programs and CFD codes have tried to make performance ever more definable, but these tools require sophisticated software code and specialized people to run them.
    Wouldn't it be nice to rate the performance of all sailboats on a scale of one to ten?

    A rating number from 1 to 10 might simplify things for the average sailor and designer. What can we do with the information we already have without resorting to a consultant-some way that anyone can rate any boat.

    Read the entire article in this issue.

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    Dave Gerr
    Director, Westlawn Institute
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