French Team Takes BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup
The vast majority of people use visual cues when learning, and studies show that active participation in the process increas- es comprehension and retention several- fold. Students prefer interactive, hands-on
methods that utilize animation and video
these days, so the BoatU.S. Foundation has
developed the “BoatU.S. Boating Simulator
— Ted Sensenbrenner
Virtual Boating Is A New Way To Learn
— A Virtual Boating Experience.” This
downloadable computer program, based
on a British Royal Navy ship operation
simulator, gives students behind-the-wheel
(or at the tiller, if you prefer) experience,
complete with a simulated throttle, shifter,
and chartplotter. Students simply use their
computer keyboard, mouse, and arrow
keys to operate.
During your virtual voyage, you must use
all the tools at your disposal to navigate
around aids to navigation, through congested waterways, and across sometimes
shallow and treacherous waters. The program provides performance feedback along
the way and assigns penalties in real time
for violating speed zones, approaching
too close to another vessel, or navigating
out of bounds. To download the Virtual
Boating Experience or to play other learning games that put you at the helm,
A standard home PC with Windows XP or
newer and a DirectX 9.0-compatible video
card is required; a sunny day is not.
PHO TO BY FRIED ELLIO T T
Searing heat, light winds, and shifty conditions didn’t slow the tactical prowess of defending champion Claire Leroy and her French team
on the final day of the 20th annual BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup Women’s
Match Racing Championship in Annapolis in June. The Frenchwoman
was in stellar company at the event hosted by the Eastport Yacht Club.
Seven of the world’s top 20 women match racers competed, coming
from Brazil, Canada, France, and the United States. Also on the podium
were teams led by Genny Tulloch (USA) in second, and 2008 Olympic
gold medalist and 2009 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe
(USA) in third.
The BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup, an International Sailing Federation
Grade 1 event, attracted women match racers seeking to improve their
world ranking and to qualify for the 2012 London summer Olympics.
Women’s match racing will be a new Olympic category in 2012, adding
to the excitement of this and next year’s race. For additional photographs and information: www.BoatUSSantaMariaCup.org. — A.D.