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Bruce Golison driven to be the best skipper in the world

From theLog.com

 Nina K. JussilaNovember 9, 2017

Local sailor placed third in the J/70 North American Championship.

Bruce Golison, member of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club for about 40 years, has a passion for competitive sailing and a strong desire to be the best in the world.

He just recently returned from the J/70 North American Championship on the East Coast, happy to have placed in the top three after having only raced in the class for less than two years.

“I love sailing in very competitive classes. That’s why we are in the J/70 class,” Golison told The Log. “Right now, it’s a big class and a big fleet.”

Bruce Golison skippered his boat, Midlife Crisis, along with crewmembers Peter Kinney, Erik Shampain and Steve Hunt; they placed third among a fleet of 53.

He has sailed into first place at other East Coast and West Coast competitions.

Golison was the winning skipper in his class in the NOOD Regatta in Annapolis, Maryland earlier this year and overall in San Diego last year.

He qualified for the 2016 NOOD Championship Regatta in the British Virgin Islands, but said he was not able to compete due to scheduling conflicts.

“Probably the two things that drive me are I’ve never gone to the Olympics, and I’ve never won a World Championship,” Golison stated. “I’ll never go to the Olympics, but the World Championship is still high on my bucket list.”

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29er Worlds Rescue – Report from Bruce Golison – PRO

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club hosted the event.

Bruce Golison was the PRO for the race circle where the incident occurred.

The incident occurred during the Silver fleet’s race number 11, near the second weather mark at approximately 2:30pm. Wind speed was 6 – 7 knots with a fairly smooth sea state.

IRL 2002 was approaching the weather mark, approximately 75 yards away. While in the process of tacking, boat IRL 2002 capsized to weather and the crew was unable to unhook from his harness. The boat turtled almost immediately and the crew was trapped underneath the boat.

Through the proper and timely actions of a number of people including the skipper (waving her hands alerting everyone that they had a problem), a number of competitors who jumped in the water to help free the trapped crew member, the race management team, the safety and on the water medical boats, coaches and the Seal Beach Lifeguards (the City’s medical authority), the best outcome was achieved – the successful rescue of the IRL 2002 crew member.

This successful rescue of the skipper and crew was due to a large number of people doing the right things. If one piece of this “chain” had not done what they did, this might have had a different outcome.

Respectfully Submitted,

Bruce Golison

On course PRO

Date Prepared: August 11, 2017

Race Management: A View from Bruce Golison

Long Beach’s Bruce Golison was interviewed to get some of his views on race management recently by Craig Leweck of Scuttlebutt Sailing News.  The interview was published yesterday.


From Scuttlebutt Sailing News:

Race Management: Playing the Cards You’re Dealt

Published on February 29th, 2016

While controlling the weather during a regatta is not an option, how an event reacts to the cards dealt is hugely important in making for a successful regatta experience. Bruce Golison, often in the role as Principal Race Officer (PRO) at prominent events, shares some thoughts on the topic.

As I tell people, one of the most important roles that a PRO has is knowing when to race and when not to. For me personally, I use two basic guidelines….what does the class want and, if I was racing myself, what would I want to see happen. Here are two important questions to master:

How many races each day? What are the factors that drive this decision?

The first criteria is what the class wants. I will give them my opinion for the number of races based on the expected weather forecast and the level of sailor competing. More often than not, most classes want to run too many races per day.

Sailing a lot of races sounds fun well before the regatta starts, however I generally find that less is more for most people. Especially for the middle / back of the fleet competitors. Too much racing is not fun when you are physically and mentally tired.

– See more at: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2016/02/29/race-management-playing-cards-youre-dealt/#sthash.UYqrxwlE.dpuf

Bruce Golison (r) at Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club as PRO for the E-Scow Nationals last summer.
Bruce Golison (r) at Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club as PRO for the E-Scow Nationals last summer.