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Old 11-20-2009
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We found that a good way to keep people happy is to have a white sail (main & jib) division and a separate spinnaker division. The slower boats don't get as frustrated trying to keep up with the "hot shots", and the race committee can provide different courses and starts. If the RC does it right, everyone finishes at about the same time so they can share stories on the club porch afterwards. Another trick is to manipulate the ratings. We had about 60" added to our rating for Wednesday night club races after we won the club championship a few times. Others had theirs adjusted too, so that the race results became much more equitable. We had to sail our best every time if we wanted to keep first place. Others had a better chance to beat us if they came out. Participation increased to the point that we needed to create two divisions, and the story goes on with new tweaks each season, based on what we think will work.
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