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
Stuart Jones
Galley
Claudia Carter
Race Officer
Chris Martin
Asst. Race Officer
Matt Smith
Asst. Safety
Alex Homer
Safety Boat Driver
Jared Lewis
Bar Duty
Trevor Pearson
Galley
Race Officer
Nancy Gudgeon
Asst. Race Officer
Louise Hassall
Asst. Safety
Douglas Bridger
Safety Boat Driver
Paul Young
Coached Practice Lead
Junior Sailing Asst.
Junior Sailing Lead
Paul Young
Bar Duty
Lawrence Bowbanks
Galley
Angela Daniels
Race Officer
Steve Watson
Asst. Race Officer
Marina Gashinova
Asst. Safety
Ian Naylor
Safety Boat Driver
David Trott
Bar Duty
Kevin Hopkins
Galley
Claire Taylor
Race Officer
Adam Maclean
Asst. Race Officer
Richard Adams
Asst. Safety
Jane Raca
Safety Boat Driver
Philip Deeley
Coached Practice Lead
Junior Sailing Asst.
Junior Sailing Lead

Weather Forecast

  • Wednesday Aug 28, 2019
    Wind
    8 knots, SSW
    Gust
    16 knots
    Temp
    21°C
    Conditions
    Cloudy

    — Met Office