NOTE TO SKIPPERS
COMMITTEE BOAT DUTIES
- 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!