Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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Re: Friendly race...need help (new sailor)
We have a fun race each year at our club too. We go with a pursuit format so that everyone pretty much gets to the party at the same time. The finish is about 20 miles away, so we overnight there and sail home on Sunday. We used to start with boats anchored, but people began using 5 pound dinghy anchors, so it got silly to insist on that point. To liven up the competition, boats entered in our race get to use their engines for a total of 20 minutes, any time during the race. This makes the finish in light air very exciting, because you don't know if the guy you're about to pass will start up his engine and roar over the line ahead of you. Last time I counted there were 16 racers rafted up after the finish, plus an assortment of powerboats that came just for the party. It is quite popular.