Wednesday Evening Racing
Wednesday evening racing is one of our most popuar activities.It is particularly good for those getting to know the club or just starting to race. The ambience is relaxed and everyone is there to enjoy a great evening. The format is a 45 minute handicap race starting at 17:45 followed by a pursuit race that finishes at 20:00 with first starters at 1830. In a pursuit race each entrant is given a personalised start time so that the least experienced sailor should still have a chance of winning. and the start line is less busy. The Club Cafe will be open afterwards on some evenings,
HOW DOES IT WORK?
In a pursuit race, boats of different speeds start at different times based on their RYA Handicap rating (PY number). All boats are finished at the same time and the boat that is in front at that time is the winner. If the handicapping is done right, every boat would be at the same place at the finish time but vagaries of wind, tactics, personal performance etc. means the boats are usually well spread out.
At Spinnaker, our Wednesday Night Pursuit has an added element each helm is also started according to their own personal handicap within their class. Each class of boat has an easily calculated start time using the boat's PY number and the finish time of 2000. This is the "A" start time for that class. A good sailor will be asked to start at this time. Helms with progressively less experience will be assigned the "B", "C" or "D earlier start times. Any helm swapping between classes should keep their rating designation for their new class, but overall results will be calculated only on their results from one boat. It is vitally important that everyone knows their start time before setting off. If in doubt refer to the Race Officer who will discuss your likely performance and award a start time accordingly.
With up to 30 boats sailing the course at the finish gun, it is an impossible task for the Race Officers to log every position. For this reason it is important for each helm to note the sail number of the boat in front and the boat behind and to sign off with this information in the Club House at the end.
Pursuit Race Series
The Wednesday Pursuit is split into two series roughly either side of mid-summer's day. The first series is for the Holman Bowl and the second is for the Summer Cup rounding off with a one off race for the Alice Lisle Trophy.
It is not necessary to compete in the earlier handicap race to enter the pursuit race.
Last updated 18:00 on 2 May 2020