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Trying to start a small race series

I live in the middle of nowhere -- especially when you consider sailing.

I would like to try a small boat (dingy) race series. I have some interest -- about three boats. I need advice on an easy way to do this.

First off I would like to not have to set a course...so I am trying to find an island or buoy to go around. I have done a little research on Portsmouth Yardstick (my Paceship P-12 isn't listed) and would like to find an easy formula for a handicap system.

Any advice?
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Re: Trying to start a small race

Run multiple races on a short windward-leeward course or triangular course (beat,reach,reach). Make the course less than 150 yards long. With a course that short you can use clorox bottles as marks and they'll still be seen. Multiple start of short courses will give you lots of practice starting and mark rounding.

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Re: Trying to start a small race

Thanks... but not clear for the multiple races... I think there will be about 4-7 boats.

Are you saying to have 3-4 races a night on a short course so everyone can practice the technical aspects of a race?? I think that make sense... Thanks
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Re: Trying to start a small race

In the Boston Harbor Winter Frostbite Series, there is ~ 2.5-3 h of racing and 4-6 races are run in that time frame. Each race is ~ 20 minutes long with 5-10 minutes between when 1st boat across the line and the start of the next race. 15-17 boats participate.

Race distances are real short (windward/leward) with start line in the middle. Depending on winds and race #, 2X or 1X around.

The suggestion that Hudsonian makes is excellent. Multiple short races requiring multiple points of sail to practice starting, tacking, sail changes (spinnaker hoist/takedown), covering etc.
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Re: Trying to start a small race

I figured it out as I was answering it. And a good idea.

I think there might be a small problem with setting the bleach bottles, but on a short course one could just sail to it... though I do think the lakes are pretty deep
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