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Re: race participation

For our club's Weds. night racing series they have 1 spinnaker class, 2 non-spinnaker classes and a 'fun' class. This entails at least 2 starts which reduces the number of boats 'on the line' which makes the start a bit less stressful - usually. A little more work for the RC but we seem to think it is all worth the effort.

Re., the water balloon idea. While it sounds fun, the idea of leaving all those tiny bits of rubber in your water does not. They make those mega squirt gun toys which can shoot pretty far and will not leave litter around your waters.

Also, try to get 1 person on each boat to take pictures of their competitors while racing and share them with each other after the races. It is really impossible to get a good, complete picture of your own boat while you are sailing on it but pretty easy for someone passing you or whom you pass.
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Re: race participation

Adopt a cruiser is a good start. Get seasoned racers out and put one of them on each cruising boat. Weds night series we get a great turnout but the weekend races are weekk. One of the best turnouts we have is a "mixed couples" race. You double hand your boat w/ a member of the opposite sex and it's an informal race w/ an overnight raft up at the end. You can bring as many people as you'd like but only 2 can sail. I'm sure you could modify the rules to 3 or 4 people crewing. The start is up to the boat. You can start between 1000 and 1030. Take your own finish time and then someone from RC reads the results.

It's a lot of fun and families, kids, etc. are encouraged to swim, drink, eat, and be merry. No one really cares who wins.
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Re: race participation

zz - to summarize, you propose

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an overnight raft up w/ a member of the opposite sex
That will be sure to increase participation. Sounds like a fun club you have. How does one join?
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Re: race participation

I only started racing a few years ago and am now addicted. Some things that helped me get started: Mandatory non-spin events can make it less daunting. Pursuit races (with staggered starts based on your rating) can make the start a lot less intimidating. Also, if you can do anything to facilitate getting more experienced racers on the new racers' boats for a race or two that can help make the whole thing less intimidating. Also, they can't help but improve with the help of some more experienced racers.
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Re: race participation

Another event that we do that gets some non-racers racing is we combine it with a tennis tournament. Tennis in the morning and non-spin race in the afternoon. Each boat competes against each boat with equal weight given to the tennis and the sailing. Gets the tennis players to race and the racers to play tennis and is great fun.
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Re: race participation

Over the years my clubs have tried most of the ideas that have been brought up. The obvious things like giving cruisers their own "no flying sails" class are the most practical, but the fact of the matter is that even if you bend over backwards to accomodate them, most will not show up consistently, and the ones that do quickly get bored from lack of competition and either gear uo to get into the main fleet, or more likely just quit racing.

The most success in getting cruisers out racing comes from special events, not part of the regular racing series. Charity races where boats are encouraged to dress up their boats and crews in costumes for prizes, and layover races with good parties always attract non racers. Another popular event locally is a "scramble" where there are a number of marks laid out, but skippers can round the marks in any order they wish.

Don't fall in to the trap of "dumbing down" the existing racing series, leave those to the serious races. Instead come up with new events that cater to cruisers.
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Re: race participation

As SolSailor mentioned, Hoofers Sailing has introduced a lot of people in Madison, WI to racing. One thing that makes it more accessible is that there is a Wed night newbie race and a Friday race for more experienced sailors. The courses were very short, so we could run 4-5 short races in a night. Could work for cruisers as well.
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