Wednesday Night Racing

Next up S1R4

Wednesday, May 27 !!

S1R3 scored and posted

First a word from the watchers. We want to emphasize that the point of our discussion about dissimilar boats is that the rules work both ways.  In no instance does your status as a boat following your own best course to finish give you any additional rights beyond the written rules.  This is true whether the boat you meet is  racing, cruising, drifting, misbehaving, or even anchored.  "Get out of my way, I am racing" only serves to tell others how un-informed or mis-informed you are about sailboat racing.  So the small boat must give way to the large right of way boat, and the large give way boat must honor the rights of the small right of way boat, no matter the consequences to their success in their own race. Your self-interest is best served by avoiding or at least preparing for those encounters.  

Another interesting night of "Things that NEVER happen."  The little birdies tell me that things got a little hectic when a boat got seriously fouled in the Committee boat anchor rode and disentanglement took a while, delaying the starts. And somewhere in there the wrong flag got put up, which put one class out of order, and... Then the J22 fleet got out-of-hand and needed a general recall, cause there were more of them on course side than not.  But of course, the starting buoy sank while being re-aligned, and had to be replaced by a fender from a racer.  And even the restart had a few boats over, but we think we caught em.  Wild night.  Add that to the closeness of the finishes, highly variable winds and what you have is standard Wednesday Night Sailboat Racing FUN.

 S1R2 was an interesting race... But perhaps only in the sense of the Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times..."  We have two major issues which need to be addressed with respect to our behavior on the race course.  They are collisions and interactions between classes.

Collision is NOT a feature of the sport of sailing, whether international, Olympic, national championship or Wednesday Night backyard funsies on Clear Lake.  Contact between boats is unforgivable.  A collision did happen Wednesday night this week. The damage was considerable, and most likely avoidable.  

While the risk of virus exposure is great, wearing a mask which covers the eyes is not useful, nor is the extreme failure to maintain the ‘social distancing’ that we expect when sailing.  Keep your eyes open and keep aware of your surroundings, so that errant mistake or misbehavior by others does not cause you to lose the use of your boat. Damage to a “Right-of-way boat is still damage. “Be careful out there.”

We are sending everyone a note called “Wednesday Night Sailboat racing from a small boat perspective”.  Though the conditions and set up have largely been at fault for the many interactions between dissimilar boats, even as we move to limit those interactions, all must remember that:

In a sailboat race, under the rules you agreed to, all boats have rights, regardless of size, shape, color, national origin, skill level, boat type or class.” This works BOTH ways. 

We do this for fun, and the fun increases if more people feel comfortable come out to enjoy it.



S1R2 Scoring is complete, posted, and initially checked.

Sailing instructions have been revised with course description clarifications.  More coming.  

No Wake buoy to be replaced by orange inflatable away from shore and shoals on East lake courses.





What a night.  A lot of boats out relative to expectations.  Hope you all had fun. Scoring is done.  

We have a couple of technical glitches in the scoring. A couple of boats raced without registering, but that is taken care of now.  And we have worked out how to get the right Skipper's and boats together with the chartered boats. A review of the J22 race has led the PRO to abandon that race. All participants have been told.  A couple of issues came up that suggest a need to clarify some points that are covered in the SI.  (After all, it is several pages long...)  

Yellow buoys are relevant for Portsmouth class (boardboats and multihulls) ONLY.

Marks referred to as large orange West Marine marks may be substituted by large red or orange marks.  (the reference to "West Marine" is primarily to recognize their donation of the set of marks some years ago and their continuing support and sponsorship)

Every repetitive course, ie all keelboat courses, includes rounding BOTH the large orange 'West Marine' mark near the Villa Capri dock AND the black 'Boater's Resale mark, which is also the finish line mark when your course is shortened.  And for completeness, because we get violations every year, the SI includes stern warnings and penalties for any boat crossing the line between those two marks incorrectly. (see SI)

And most importantly! remember this ain't a televised (yet) life or death struggle for an Olympic prize or America's Cup, it is for entertainment and good clean fun to break up the monotony of staying at home. (except for you-know-who).

Please bear with us and let us know of anything else that's troublesome to you (other than that you lost...) Overall a great first night for a new PRO.





Just so everyone understands... as you might expect, We do not have an awards party scheduled, so for protests, the SI suggests you print out a couple of protest forms and keep em in your car.  If you protest, or have been protested, be sure to note the other party's sail number and write out your description on the form and send a clear photo of it to 'contact us'.  Make sure you identify protestor and protestee.  See the special 2020 appendix of the SI(at the end).  With no party, scoring will be done elsewhere and results will be posted in the usual fashion.  Sail safe, don't hit anyone and don't come out if you have a temperature.

We have re-issued the SI, both to address issues about our new schedule, and to respond to a couple of issues brought up in the Skipper's meeting.  We have also re-issued the Portsmouth ratings in use for this year, in line with the policy of using US Sailing data.  We are exploring handicap adjustments, but that would only happen after series 1.  The new schedule has the same 20 races, by eliminating bye weeks.  Welcome aboard.  (new picture, too)



There will be a virtual Skipper's meeting Wednesday April 1.  To participate, register on Regatta Network (there is a link in the left column).  If you cannot register, use 'Contact us' to request the information.  Make a compelling case.  

The site's features except for 'contact us' will be shut down until sometime!.  Current plan is to mostly use Regatta Network, so keep your eyes open for that.