Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Alameda, San Francisco Bay
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You guys are making this way too complicated. I see Smack’s regatta more like a “speed trial” (Think bicycles). That way, guys like Smack who may not have much of a chance to race and compare themselves to other boats, and will get a rough idea on how well they sail. (Plus, I think what Smack is really trying to do is compile a database of potential next boats.) So I say we all pick the “short course” and sail that. (But how about making it an integer, say, 3NM). By keeping it short, we are all pretty much using white sails. Rather than making the divisions length based, how about using PHRF divisions? (0 – 100, 101 -150, 151 – 200, +200). Using PHRF (and a 3 NM course). All what Smack has to do is multiply the person’s PHRF number by 3 and subtract that (in seconds) from that person’s time. What could be easier? And, besides, this gives the non-racers an introduction into our sport. No PHRF? No Problem. There a several PHRF data bases out there so, all you have to do is look your boat up. When in doubt, we can use the NORCAL PHRF data base and the multi’s can use San Francisco BAMA’s ratings. Boats smaller than 22’ can use their Portsmouth rating. Basing the divisions on LOA only is kind of meaningless, I used to race on a 36 footer that had a 78 rating and my family station wagon, only two feet shorter, is a 147.
This should be a FUN kind of thing (Smack, no trophies!). If you have to keep score, score it so no boat finishes lower than third (like the Baja Ha, Ha). I’m a pretty serious racer, but I can assure you that I’m doing Smack’s regatta as a double hand with Mrs. B. (and I’ll probably have to come up with an excuse for why we are sailing in a circle). Let’s keep it fun, simple, and short. Make it complicated, and no one will do it. Now, all I got to do is figure out how to make a serial interface work on my new computer and figure out how to get the old Garmin MAP software to run on Vista.