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
Mark McKeever
Galley
Claudia Carter
Race Officer
Mark McKeever
Asst. Race Officer
Lazaros Andronis
Asst. Safety
Nathan McGrory
Safety Boat Driver
Kevin Hopkins
Coached Practice Lead
Lazaros Andronis
Junior Sailing Asst.
Junior Sailing Lead
Bar Duty
Nick Medlicott
Galley
Paul Young
Race Officer
Chris Martin
Asst. Race Officer
Aimee Allsopp
Asst. Safety
Ellie Pearce
Safety Boat Driver
Paul Young
Bar Duty
Kevin Hopkins
Galley
Nancy Gudgeon
Race Officer
John Couperthwaite
Asst. Race Officer
Marina Gashinova
Asst. Safety
Jane Raca
Safety Boat Driver
Rob Thorp
Coached Practice Lead
Junior Sailing Asst.
Junior Sailing Lead
Bar Duty
Jan Kimber

Weather Forecast

  • Saturday Sep 21, 2019
    Wind
    11 knots, ESE
    Gust
    22 knots
    Temp
    22°C
    Conditions
    Sunny day

    — Met Office