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Thanks for the help 🙂 The course is 8.8 NM s (so about 10 miles).

So the Grampian, then 120 sec later the Tanzer, then the CS 10 mins after the Tanzer.
To avoid having arguments for the next three years it would be better to use the exact course length x handicap seconds, rather than rounding to 10 miles for the distance. ToT would be quite complicated, and everyone would have to start at the same time to make that work. You want everyone to arrive at the same time (for the party!!), so the pursuit style start is the way to go. A rabbit start is something else. This video shows the rabbit in a small fleet of 505's starting:
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Parcipitated in a friendly race in Australia.Vessels all at anchor, Skippers ashore at a safety meeting. They down the flagon of rum, row to their vessel. I was on a 55' schooner. First time boat had actually sailed as skipper had just built it. Great sail in Sydney harbour. Leading until the skipper got lost while grinning up at the helicopter with the big TV camera. Much more to the story but not now.
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Someone had said earlier that the handicap is per mile. The course is 8.8 nautical miles, which converts to 10 miles. Is the handicap based in a nautical mile or mile?
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Someone had said earlier that the handicap is per mile. The course is 8.8 nautical miles, which converts to 10 miles. Is the handicap based in a nautical mile or mile?
I would think it would be nautical miles since boatspeed is measured in knots not miles per hour.

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I would think it would be nautical miles since boatspeed is measured in knots not miles per hour.

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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.
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