Tips for setting a race course

To allow the boat handicap ratings to work properly a course lap needs to encompass two beats with one or two reaches and one or two running legs giving a least five legs. With the arrangement of marks that we have on the reservoir it should be possible to achieve this with the wind blowing from any compass point.

Course legs (ideally):

  • 2 x upwind legs
  • 1 or 2 x reaching legs (1 x broad and 1x Beam)
  • 1 or 2 x Running legs
  • Ideally 5/6 legs

Weather forecast:

  • Check the wind forecast on the day – Local forecasts usually detailed every 1 - 3 hours
  • Several free forecasting apps available – e.g. ‘Windfinder Pro’ gives Edgbaston Reservoir local forecast
  • Be aware of any forecasted swing in the wind direction throughout the dayCheck the wind direction before each race (ideally from in the committee boat in the middle of the reservoir) and set the upwind legs, bearing in mind any forecasted swing of the wind during the race if possible

Real time weather conditions at the club.

Setting the course:

  • The first mark should be a windward mark
  • Set the 2 x upwind legs first
  • Once you have your upwind legs, work out the downwind legs ensuring you have:
    • 1 or 2 x running legs
    • 1 or 2 x reaching legs
  • If it makes sense to improve the angle of individual legs of the course – move the marks

Setting the starting line:

  • The length of the line is determined by the number of boats times their average length.
  • The port end of the line should be favoured (Up wind by 3 to 5 degrees) to spread the fleet
  • If using a committee boat the committee boat should be on the starboard end of the line.
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
Bar Duty
Trevor Pearson
Galley
Angela Daniels
Race Officer
Andrew Prosser
Asst. Race Officer
Nick Taylor
Asst. Safety
Chris Homer
Safety Boat Driver
David Homer
Coached Practice Lead
Junior Sailing Asst.
Junior Sailing Lead

Weather Forecast

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

    — Met Office

  • Saturday Oct 26, 2019
    Wind
    10 knots, W
    Gust
    22 knots
    Temp
    10°C
    Conditions
    Partly cloudy

    — Met Office