Race Information

This list of exercises, which Scuttlebutt originally published in 2003, is still a pretty good way to prepare yourself for the sailing season:

1. Buy a case of beer, sit with it in a very warm place for a few hours, then drink it.
2. Apply sunscreen to your face in streaks and sit in front of a sun lamp for 2 hours.
3. Sit on a bench with large metal fixtures cutting into your legs, stare straight up into the sun for two hours – for a more robust workout: invite 4 friends to come over and yell at you the whole time.
4. Go out and get very drunk, sleep 4 hours, then stand on a rocking chair for 6 hours.
5. Go to bank and withdraw $1,000 – then light it on fire.
6. Sit in front of a commercial fan and have someone throw large buckets of salt (Lake Erie cold) water on you.
7. Repeat number 6 in jeans and a sweatshirt and /or repeat number 6 with head turned sideways to ensure water lodging fully into ear drum.
8. Cut limb off nearby tree, tie ropes to it, stand on rocking chair with tree limb and ropes – hold them over your head for 3 hours… at 5 minute intervals drop on your head – more robust version: have friends yell at you in 6 minute intervals.
9. Set your wrist watch to 5-minute repeating counts … let it go off all day long.
10. Pour cold water in your lap and give yourself a wedgie, now alternate between sitting and running around bent over.
11. Tie ropes between 2 trees – push your body against them as hard as you can for 6 consecutive hours – don’t stop for pain or bruising.
12. Place sandpaper on your stairs, crawl up and down on your knees for several hours.
13. Make 12 sandwiches on white bread with bad meat and cram them into a bread bag – eat one a day for 12 consecutive days… make sure the last one is peanut butter and jelly if preparing for Race Week.
14. Tie ropes to rear bumper of friend’s car, hold on tightly, but allow rope to slip through fingers as car drives away – TIP: works best with nylon fibre ropes, lengths in excess of 50′.
15. Upon completion of previous 14 drills – sit down and drink 14 Mount Gay Rum drinks, any flavour.

Have fun and stay safe!
The Race and Committee Boat Schedule can be found here.


Get on station early to ensure you can set a good, square line and set your anchor.
When setting the line, please ensure the mark is off your PORT side to ensure correct alignment.
Place the course board that shows the course number.
Try to keep your line perpendicular (90 degrees) to the first mark.
Set a good, long line (a minimum of 1½ boat lengths per boat racing). We average 10-14 boats per race so a line of 250 – 300 feet would be the minimum length. Longer lines in high winds are helpful.
Please ensure you have GPS time available to set your start and record finish times in GPS time.
Please ensure accurate finish times are recorded and give each boat a horn as they cross the finish.
Please fill out the Race Worksheet completely – course used, wind direction, etc.
Give a 5 second countdown before each flag/horn change over the VHF on Ch. 68. When you reach the 5 second countdown, broadcast “Five, four, three, two, one” as a countdown for all racers
Before the start sequences begins, broadcast the course number that will be used that evening at least three times i.e. Attention CIYC racers, course __ will be used tonight”.
Announce “One minute to Prep Flag”.
At the start, pay close attention to any boats being over early. If a boat is over early, attempt to hail the skipper in question, but it is the skipper’s responsibility to start correctly.
Use a line from your mast to the start pin as the start line.
Have fun!