Advice on running racing at Midland

Practical information, hints and tips for race teams about how to run the Pursuit and Average lap races at Midland.

Average Lap Racing

The principle of the Average Lap Time (ALT) race is that it provides a mass start for all the classes of boat that we sail, and a nominal race length of around one hour for each competitor. It allows slow boats such as toppers and optimists sailed by the juniors to compete fairly with faster ones.

It also means all competitors have the same wind conditions unlike a pursuit race where the wind may vary throughout the race benefitting one particular section of the fleet.

Pursuit races.

In this format the competitors have staggered start times based on the Portmouth Yardstick. This means slower boats start first, faster boats afterwards at known intervals. All things being equal all boats should finish together. 

Pursuit race signal times 2017

It is important that the race course set by the race team is the best it can be to allow the boat handicap ratings to work properly. Ideally a course lap needs to encompass two beats with one or two reaches and one or two running legs giving a least five legs.

Tips for setting a race cours

The MSC's handicap system

How to use the automated race management system for pursuit races

Finishing lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bar Duty
Kevin Hopkins
Galley
Claire Taylor
Race Officer
Keith Garrett
Asst. Race Officer
Ilana Davis
Asst. Safety
Kate Fairbairn
Safety Boat Driver
Stephen Nicholson
Coached Practice Lead
Oliver Mason
Junior Sailing Asst.
Junior Sailing Lead
Bar Duty
Julian Harms
Bar Duty
Megan Ward
Galley
Louise Hassall
Race Officer
Julian Harms
Asst. Race Officer
Joseph Knowles
Asst. Safety
Stefan William-Worrall
Safety Boat Driver
Philip Deeley
Coached Practice Lead
Oliver Mason
Junior Sailing Asst.
Junior Sailing Lead
Bar Duty
Stuart Jones

Weather Forecast

  • Saturday Oct 19, 2019
    Wind
    8 knots, WSW
    Gust
    11 knots
    Temp
    13°C
    Conditions
    Cloudy

    — Met Office

  • Wednesday Oct 23, 2019
    Wind
    8 knots, S
    Gust
    16 knots
    Temp
    12°C
    Conditions
    Cloudy

    — Met Office