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Advice for starting a race series.

Postby jrad » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:21 pm

I need some pointers from others that have organized races at their launch.

What is needed?
What does the course look like?
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What time works best weekends, weekdays after work, mornings, afternoons, or evenings?

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Re: Advice for starting a race series.

Postby gbleck » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:51 am

Take a look at the notice of race for the worlds in SF starting tomorrow for a good coarse diagram. Most appear to be using a standard triangle. Start gate going upwind with a windward mark, optional offset mark, off to the left of the course if you are looking from the start a triangle mark at 45deg then down to a leeward turning mark for around twice or back to the start gate to finish. Optional upwind gate for finish. If you have no idea WTF I am talking about go to your local yacht club and volunteer for race comity duty. I would also try not to schedule on the same night as the local weekly bear can races. Most places do the weekly race on a Wed night and then offshore and big regata's on the weekends.

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Re: Advice for starting a race series.

Postby Toby » Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:19 am

you need about 3 buoys and a boat. Then a race director and about 3 people to help out, who control if the riders make the buoys and who finishes.

You also need: 1 red flag, 1 yellow flag and one green flag. Also a horn.

Find the racing rules on the PKRA site and read it, to know what to take care about. Also make sure the racer get to read the rules.

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