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Re: Rabbit Start Race Tomorrow
A Rabbit start is one where you have no committee/start boat, one of the competitors is designated the rabbit and runs the line at the designated time, the fleet crosses the rabbit's transom as soon as they can, after which the rabbit is free to tack with them.
We tried it a number of years back but managed to get a skiff and each racer had to take a turn as 'start officer'. But the Rabbit start is kind of interesting.
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