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
Julian Harms
Bar Duty
Jan Kimber
Bar Duty
Megan Ward
Galley
Sarah Crabtree
Race Officer
Jenny Chen-Andronis
Asst. Race Officer
Ella Mason
Asst. Safety
Graham Maclean
Safety Boat Driver
Stuart Jones
Coached Practice Lead
Junior Sailing Asst.
Junior Sailing Lead
Bar Duty
Adam Maclean
Bar Duty
Douglas Bridger
Galley
Angela Daniels
Race Officer
Oliver Mason
Asst. Race Officer
James Guy
Asst. Safety
Matt Smith
Safety Boat Driver
Jared Lewis
Coached Practice Lead
Junior Sailing Asst.
Junior Sailing Lead

Weather Forecast

  • Wednesday Nov 13, 2019
    Wind
    6 knots, SW
    Gust
    11 knots
    Temp
    7°C
    Conditions
    Partly cloudy

    — Met Office

  • Saturday Nov 16, 2019
    Wind
    8 knots, NNW
    Gust
    16 knots
    Temp
    6°C
    Conditions
    Cloudy

    — Met Office