I'm interested in doing some simple racing. whats the general layout for the course? and what is the best way to set one up.
The experience we have is that the most important thing is the start and placement of the starting line contra wind-direction. The sailors stand in about 50 cm water, with about 15 - 20 meters between every sailor. If You draw a line from the first upwind top mark in the wind direction, you have the angel for the starting line. The sailors will then bee started one by one, and the first one to go is the sailor standing the longest way from the top mark. A person or boat is "going" along the starting line, starting the sailors one by one. If you run a number of heats, you can give the sailors different positions on the starting line in every heat. This will make the starting procedure much more safer, and the sailors do not have to look at the watch all the time.
If the wind is low, there must be more time between every sailor, so the person has to go slowly along the starting line. If the wind is high he has to go/run faster (it can be a very hard job to be "the starter" especially in high wind).
In Danish we call this start a "Hare-start" I donÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â´t know what the term is in English.
We have sailed courses with 2-3 and 4 marks, and it really dosenÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â´t mater. If the wind is low we use only a few marks, but we have always both an up- and downwind mark.
Hope the above description is understandable.
You can se pictures from 2 of the races in a earlier post "Cabrinha Kite Race" in Denmark.
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