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Racing from July

Published 19:53 on 17 Jul 2021

Saturday Racing at Manor Park.

Have you thought of trying racing? Racing is now scheduled for Saturday mornings. It's a good way to improve most of your sailing skills. And at Manor Park it's all very relaxed and friendly.

You don't need special skills and you'll soon pick up the relevant rules. But we don't always have separate rescue cover so your sailing ability needs to reflect the weather and you need to be able to right your boat in a capsize and get back into it. And always best to have a paddle to help getting through the Gap. Happy to advise beforehand or on the day: you can contact me through Facebook or .

Preparations for the Race

Book a slot on or use QR code on arrival.

Best to look at Facebook and say if you are coming and what boat you are sailing.


First race to start at 11am. That means rigged by 10.30am for a pre-race briefing. Introductions. Safety instructions. Race instructions. Pursuit delay times. Questions

The races will usually be 35 minute pursuit races. In a pursuit race the boats' handicaps determine how much after the slowest boat each boat starts. This delay is precisely calculated from duration of the race and each boat's handicap. The winning boat is the one ahead of the others and so on down the pack. But to avoid crews in faster boats hanging around we're using delays set on a lightning as the slowest boat. If you're sailing a different boat, guess your delay from your handicap or ask me beforehand. If we have slower boats wanting to compete we can fairly easily adjust to a 40 minute race.

I'm encouraging ODs to use a starting procedure of minute guns with corresponding flags (1 up, 2 up, 1 down, both down). Course use board and numbers for visual display. Once all watches are synchronised the race could run itself if the OD has to go off and help somewhere. Helms would note time 0, cross the line at their own start delay time (not before!), and race until the 35 minutes was up. Then see how many boats were in front or behind or, putting it another way, how many boats they overtook or were overtaken by. If OD is free to do so, he can sound the gun at 35 minutes. Return quickly for the next race or to tell OD you are retiring otherwise he risks keeping the others hanging around.

We'd hope to get in 3 races each day.

Soon we may feel confident enough to gather afterwards on the patio for chat or even tea and cake?

Feel free to ask for advice, in person, via Facebook or email .


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