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
Nick Taylor
Bar Duty
Julian Harms
Angela Daniels
Race Officer
Keith Garrett
Asst. Race Officer
Trevor Pearson
Asst. Safety
Safety Boat Driver
Stephen Nicholson
Bar Duty
Stuart Jones
Bar Duty
Lawrence Bowbanks
Sarah Crabtree
Race Officer
John Couperthwaite
Asst. Race Officer
Evan Base
Asst. Safety
Douglas Bridger
Safety Boat Driver
George Douthwaite
Coached Practice Lead
Oliver Mason

Weather Forecast

  • Wednesday Feb 20, 2019
    14 knots, SSW
    25 knots

    — Met Office