Question 1


1.     One start if there are limited numbers at Open Meetings

 

If a situation occurs when there are less than 20 boats or less than 8 boats in one fleet, then we race together with one start.  There would still be prizes for red and blue fleet boats.  The ultimate decision would be down to the Yacht Club and it would depend on the state of the tide, how busy the harbour is, strength of wind, etc.  The idea being that it would be good to race together as one fleet, give less pressure on the watch house and rescue boats, provide better integration in the bar afterwards and generally unite the fleet on and off the water.


 

Big Debate Question 1:

12 thoughts on “Big Debate Question 1:

  • 03/02/2017 at 5:21 pm
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    Under certain conditions, as we are all too aware, and with a much reduced start line (if the fairway is in operation) and if the harbour is busy especially off Smalls then a reduced number starting is probably best. Much safer for all water users and increases the chance for boats to make a reasonable start which then increases the competition during the whole race.
    I suppose if the state of wind and tide were favourable and the fairway was off then we could consider the one fleet start as per the dispensation afforded to merlins.

  • 16/12/2016 at 4:03 pm
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    This makes every sense and then you could have options as to how to determine result, either red fleet blue fleet or a NHC type handicap system (similar to a golf handicap but adjusted more frequently) This new NHC system has encouraged more people to race

  • 15/12/2016 at 3:29 pm
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    If you have both fleets sailing together could you have a listed handicap in the same way that one has in golf.

  • 03/11/2016 at 8:43 am
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    I don’t agree. If the objective is to persuade more yawls to race, then two races are likely to attract more competitors than one race.
    Having sailed in red and blue fleets and in red and blue boats in one-start fleets, the red boats are clearly faster in most conditions, and although a good crew in a blue boat can compete with a red boat with a less experienced crew its not a level playing field, and generally less satisfying for blue boat crews.
    There are plenty of opportunities for single start racing on Saturdays and during the Town Regatta. I want the opens and YC Regatta to remain as two starts.

  • 01/11/2016 at 10:08 am
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    Agreed, although it would be a sad day if it happened.

  • 31/10/2016 at 10:49 pm
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    Totally agree. Ideally as one fleet with classic boat prizes.

  • 31/10/2016 at 2:26 pm
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    I agree.

  • 31/10/2016 at 11:21 am
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    I have no problem both fleets racing together, it’s more exciting and more interesting. It ups everyone game. I agree they should all be in the same race.

  • 30/10/2016 at 3:14 pm
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    I 100% AGREE.

  • 30/10/2016 at 3:14 pm
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    100% agree

  • 28/10/2016 at 3:38 pm
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    I would be happy with this. My only concern would be that I think all boats that start together should be racing against each other, otherwise rules and etiquette can get confusing.

  • 28/10/2016 at 11:05 am
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    Wholly agree, the only reason that the fleet split was due to large numbers on the start line.

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