Race Officer & Assistant RO - Hints, Tips and Guides
Course Setting Guidelines
- Avoid un-necessary complexity.
- Boats must cross the start / finish line every lap, once only.
- There must be at least 1, preferably 2 accurately laid beats, as long as possible for the given wind direction.
- Make every effort to lay the start line such that the first leg is a beat, and that no end of the line is overly favoured.
- Avoid placing marks in or too close to wind shadows.
- Include a variety of legs. Avoid a course of reaches.
- Avoid fetches unless absolutely necessary. They serve no purpose.
- Bear in mind that the round lettered buoys are fixed, so if using as windward or leeward marks, ensure that the other end of the leg is a mark which can be moved in either direction to maintain an accurate beat or run.
- Do not assume that the wind you observe on the bank by the Clubhouse or Race Hut is consistent across the lake. Go on the water to make observations before setting the course. Do not put 'pointless' marks in the course, which serve little or no purpose.
SPINNAKER SPECIFIC TIPS:
- Maximise use of available water in good wind.
- If the wind is not conducive to a decent windward start, use a reaching start, but ensure the line is well offset to make it fair
- Do make use of the islands as separators, but try to avoid specifying them in the course (ie lay marks such that people naturally go the side you want).
- In a Northerly wind, the part of the lake beyond the small island usually has excellent wind, so use it.
- In a Westerly wind the bays behind buoys C and F have good wind, so use the water behind them and avoid the Clubhouse shor
Please see the Spinnaker Race Officer Guides for the Race Officer and their Assistant(s)
Last updated 09:22 on 7 April 2021