The Fastnet series is now at an end, as is the back to back afternoon trial. The race committee met after the last race and have agreed not to go forward with back to back for the remainder of the summer series, instead the following adjustment for times will be made with effect from the start of the Portland series:
First race 11am
Second race 1:15pm
Third race 3:00pm
A formal notice of the change to SI will be posted shortly on the club notice board. The Houghton cup and Fastnet pursuit races will be at the already published times.
On the subject of the pursuits they are a great way to start racing for new helms:
In normal handicap racing all boats start together, and are timed for the duration of the race, and then the result is worked out from their handicap. In pursuit racing, it is done in reverse. Our pursuit races are 90 minutes for the slowest boat, faster boats start later at times according to their handicap, with the slowest going first. this means you get the start line pretty much to yourself, so no hectic start line, and crowded mark roundings.
It is then a straightforward race to the finish as their is no finish line! When the time duration is reached, the
results are determined by the actual observed positions on the water. If it all goes well, there could well be several
boats in close proximity to each other as the finish time approaches, all fighting for the win. Similarly in the rest of
the fleet as boats compete for positions.
The club open day is on the Sunday the 12th of June, members are encouraged to invite attendees advertising material will be available shortly. there is a working party to get ready on Saturday the 11th, I am compiling the jobs list, if you have anything you would like to add to the list please respond to this post or contact me via Facebook or Email.
The committee has asked me to remind the membership of the following club rules:
5. a) All boats must be covered by Third Party and Passenger Risks AT ALL TIMES to a minimum value
please note this is increased from the previously required £2,000,000 this rule applies to all craft stored and used on the lake which includes tenders, windsurfer, kayaks etc.
17. Dogs must be kept on leads and under control at all times, and not allowed to foul areas frequented by members. Dogs may not be taken afloat.
18. Cars shall use only such areas of the Club premises as authorised. Cars are permitted on dinghy park approach road for loading and unloading only.
it is requested that members limit their loading and unloading times to quarter of an hour in light of the damaged cased by vehicles to the grassed areas.