How to run an average lap race

Detailed instuctions by Richard D on how to run an average lap race.

MSC flag

Midland Sailing Club

Race Officer Tasks For Average Lap Racing

 

ON SHORE PREPARATION

  • Arrive at club preferably 1.5 hours before start of race in order to give yourself time to prepare in a timely manner

  • Open up container & get committee boat out

  • Check that course board is attached to side of committee boat

  • Check that all of the course number plates are present

  • Ensure that the committee boat anchor is present, attached to boat & free running.

  • Check that all flags on sticks are present & in good order (see later slide)

  • Obtain start clock & starter horn battery from behind bar & locate in committee boat

  • Connect battery to horn & check that it sounds

  • Ensure safety boats are fuelled

  • Safety boat to be loaded with the pin end mark flying a yellow flag

  • Assess weather conditions & talk through with safety boat team your course intentions allowing for potential black spots in bad weather (gybes close to shore or dam wall)

  • Discuss with safety boat team where you want the start line pin mark to be positioned

  • Put signing on sheet at clubhouse foyer

  • Obtain average lap recording sheets & put in committee boat

 

Nearly ready!

Now it’s time to get afloat

 

OPEN UP CONTAINER AND GET COMMITTEE BOAT OUT ('M' KEY REQUIRED FOR ACCESS)

 Container and committee boat

  • Check that Course Board is attached to boat.
  • Check that all Course Number Plates are present.
  • Check that Flags on sticks are present & in good order.
  • Ensure Committee Boat Anchor is Present, attached to Boat & free running.
  • Obtain Start Clock from bar.
  • Obtain Recording sheets.
  • Obtain Sign on sheets.

 

RACE LAP RECORDING SHEET

Race lap recording sheet

These sheets are printed on waterproof paper so are suitable for keeping a good record even in inclement weather whilst recording from committee boat.


These are normally kept in the Bar area of the clubhouse by the Large Blue Race Recording Book.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

START CLOCK

This timer  isused for starting race sequence and recording finish times. It is located next to the glass washer behind the clubhouse bar.

Timer

 

ON WATER PREPARATION

  • Ensure that Committee Boat & Safety Boat Teams have VHF Radios
  • Launch Committee Boat
  • Finalise course sequence & determine where start line / Gate should be placed
  • Put course sequence on Course board taking care to put correct colour of mark rounding.
  • Set start line / Gate upwind of final mark in the course sequence (probably 10 – 15 boat lengths towards the windward mark
  • With committee boat anchored, direct safety boat to adjust pin end mark for line length & line bias (Remember this is a mass start race so line needs to be long enough) & raise ‘on station flag’
  • Before starting race check wind direction & strength ( assess if the faster boats can complete a minimum of 4 laps) – If there is almost zero wind this is clearly not possible & one small lap may have to suffice

 

Thinking time to confirm course while being towed out to start line area.

What wind shifts?

 

 

Average lap racing. Example course - 6,3,5,1,2

  • SET GOOD WINDWARD FIRST LEG
  • SET START LINE AT LEAST 6-10 BOAT LENGTHS TO WINDWARD OF FINAL MARK OF THE COURSE
  • SET A FAIR START LINE

Example course 6,3,5,1,2

 

 

Place Course Boards On Committee Boat taking care not o Drop into Water  (they do not float)

 

Ensure The Mark Rounding Colours Are Correct

 Red = Pass Mark on Port Side

Green = Pass Mark on Starboard Side

Course boards

 

 

 

Set the outer limit mark of the start line

Start line mark

 

Raise ‘On Station’ Flag When Pin Mark in Position & Committee Boat Securely at Anchor

"On Station"

Check on Start Time & Be Ready to Start Race


Try to ensure a race starts late only as a result of wind shift requiring a new start line or course & not general lateness.

Check start time

 

 

STARTING THE  RACE

 

  • When all preparation is complete switch on the timer & select mode 2 by pressing the ‘mode’ button twice & be ready to commence race start sequence in line with published start time.

  • Sound the horn, start the race timer & raise the 5 min flag simultaneously, the counter will now start to countdown in MM:SS format

  • At 04:00 minutes sound Horn & raise ‘Blue Peter’ flag

  • At 01:00 minutes sound Horn & lower ‘Blue Peter’ flag

  • At 00:00 Minutes sound Horn & lower MSC Flag

  • The Timer will now start counting upwards in SSSS format

 

  • The Race is now underway

 

Switch on Timer & Press Mode Button Twice to Select Mode 2

Timer

 

Flags & When to Use

 

 

 

On Station Flag

                        

5 minute Warning SIgnal - Midland Flag Midland

4 Minute Sound Signal

Midland 4 minute
1 Minute Sound Signal Midland
O Minutes Sound Signal (Start)

 

 

 

 

Individual Recall Individual recall
General Recall General recall
Postponement Flag if Required Postponement

Shortened Course FLag (2-off Sound signals & raise flag

before boat to finish rounds last mark of the course sequence). 

Shortened
On Station Flag for Finish On station finish

 

 

 When Ready

Sound One Horn Blast & raise Warning Flag (Midland Flag) & Start Clock

5 Minutes

This starts the Race Sequence 

When ready

 

 

Clock in Countdown mode towards race start.

Time format during countdown to start is in minutes and seconds.

Clock countdown

 

Sound one horn blast and raise preparatory flag.

4 minutes.

Preparatory 4 minutes

 

Prepare to lower preparatory Flag (Blue Peter) at 1 minute Gun.

Lower preparatory flag at one minute

 


Prepare to lower the Warning 'Midland Flag' at 0 Minutes

(THE START)

Lower "Midland flag" at 0 minutes 

 

Racing Underway and Clock now counts up in Seconds

Note that clock is now counting upwards in seconds only format.

 

Clock counting up in seconds

 

Race Recording

  • Enter class and Sail Number
  • Each time a boat completes a lap by sailing through the start gate put a tick in the lap number column.

Race recording

 

Finishing and Final Tasks

  • The race duration is based nominally on 60 minutes duration, therefore when it is getting close to this time select a boat that is heading for the final mark of the lap (leeward mark) & shorten course by sounding 2 blasts of the horn & raising the ‘S’ flag (shorten course flag) also replace the Orange ‘on station flag’ with the solid blue finishing line flag.

  • Ensure that a tick is placed in the lap count as the boat sails through the finish line & record its elapsed time.

  • Finish all subsequent boats as they pass through the finish line.

Final tasks

 

THE LAST LEG

When all boats have finished return to the shore & put all equipment away.

Transfer the recording sheet data into the ‘Blue Race Recording Book’ legibly filling in all the details of course, wind direction & strength along with boat  no. & class,  helm/crew names, No. of laps (show as ticks please) & elapsed time.

 

YOUR BIT IS FINISHED!


The results will be entered into Sailwave by the Recorder & result of the average lap time race will be published to the club website.

 

Further Course Examples

Course - 4,3,6,5,2,1

 

Further course example 4,3,6,5,2,1

Bar Duty
Lawrence Bowbanks
Galley
Dean Jung
Race Officer
Mike Anslow
Asst. Race Officer
Angela Daniels
Asst. Safety
Joseph Knowles
Safety Boat Driver
David Biddle
Bar Duty
Trevor Pearson
Bar Duty
Stuart Jones
Galley
Angela Daniels
Race Officer
Mark McKeever
Asst. Race Officer
Nancy Gudgeon
Asst. Safety
Will Naylor
Safety Boat Driver
Kevin Hopkins
Bar Duty
Race Officer
Asst. Race Officer
Asst. Safety
Safety Boat Driver

Weather Forecast

  • Saturday Dec 15, 2018
    Wind
    16 knots, SE
    Gust
    31 knots
    Temp
    2°C
    Conditions
    Heavy rain

    — Met Office

  • Wednesday Dec 19, 2018
    Wind
    10 knots, SSW
    Gust
    19 knots
    Temp
    7°C
    Conditions
    Cloudy

    — Met Office