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You only need to know about 3 basic rules and some common sense to start racing.

If the start line is crowded start about 10 seconds back from every one else. Easiest way is at the startboard end of the line after everyone is lining up reach down to leeward behind everyone and then as the gun goes harden up into a space. You will be at the back, but not too far back. You can then follow the fleet round, so you get a course to steer and you can see how many of the slower boats you can overtake. pictures worth a thousand words (no rude comments about my artistic skills please )




I would advise anyone starting racing until they have built up their confidence to:

  • Leave a couple of boat lengths between you and anyone to leeward
  • and the essential rules - Same tack windward boat keeps clear
  • Port gives way to starboard
  • At a mark give the inside boat plenty of room and until you're happy with close quarters handling go wide (or slowdown)rather than trapped in the middle of a bunch (in fact if a big bunch is at a mark slow is often faster even for experienced racers)


You could also buy an understanding the rules book - Bryan Willis is fairly straightforward but there are lots available. Don't buy the actual rules because you can download them for free and if you're not familar with the interpretations they'll seem like gobblydegook anyway.

You could also get one of the better sailors at your club to helm for a few races for you so you get a feel for what's going on. Anticipation is the key to avoiding incidents (and, as I'm sure Redback will confirm, the faster your boat the more you have to anticipate).

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To improve your skills i would say you should race as it makes you think about everything to get the best out the boat, so you should improve quicker, and most club racing is friendly enough so people shouldn't be to annoyed if you occasionly get in their way.  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote redback Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Mar 05 at 9:25pm
Great idea, Garry.  I'll use it with some of the newer racers at Bough Beech.
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On rules, I came across this summary:-

1. Avoid collisions.
2. Port keeps clear of starboard.
3. Windward keeps clear of leeward
4. The boat astern keeps clear of the boat ahead.
5. A boat tacking keeps clear of one that is not.
6. If you gain right of way or change course, give the other boat time to keep clear.
7. The inside boat(s) at two boat lengths from the mark is entitled to room to round the mark.
8. A boat that is backing up or not racing keeps clear.
9. If you have violated a rule, take a penalty
This summary was written by Don Becker, a senior (sailing) judge for the US Sailing association.
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Yeah the rules in a nutshell.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Black no sugar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Mar 05 at 12:45am

Garry and JimC

Thank you very much for these tips. I'd like to start racing this season and rules are really daunting. I'm sure the other contestants will be indulgent, but I'll feel much better when I've memorised a few basic rules. To prove your point, Garry, I picked up the rules book once (not twice  ) and it made very little sense... I suppose it gets clearer once on the water. From what I can gather, lots of those basic rules are directed by common sense and safety for all competitors. No to mention fairness of the game

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Doctor Clifford Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Mar 05 at 9:21am
Originally posted by KnightMare

yeah, I would say race. But it
is upto personal choice. Also I see you have chosen
cont. jib sheets.  if they are too much trouble they
can always be cut into two.


careful here...continuous sheets can be a lot shorter
than the combined length of seperate sheets. This is
more noticeable on the spinnaker than the jib, but
still true.
that is another advantage of continuous sheets
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Post Options Post Options   Quote headfry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Mar 05 at 9:54am
  Wow, heaps of help, great ideas about starting to race, thanks, I will give it a go! Need a little time to get to know her first though. Mr Headfry is very keen to race and I will give it my best shot too!! We have some very kind racing folk at my club and I am sure they will help with getting us on the right track 

Hope to take her out for the first time over Easter, nervous but very excited

Thanks kind forum'ites for all your help and encouragement!!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Calum_Reid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Mar 05 at 12:41pm
We use contiuous sheeting but with the ends of the sheets tied in the middle of the boat this always gives you something to grab for if u drop the sheet. We have one length of rope with the center attached to the jib by pushing the folded over center through the cringle and thn putting the rope back through this created loop you have a very light atachment on the sail.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote KnightMare Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Mar 05 at 2:15pm

yeah Doc, I did think about that when writting it. But it is still a posibility.

I agree with Calum that is one good way of doing sheets, must admit we have it diferently and that the two ends are attached to the jib, by passing them through from either side and tying a knot. Im not exactly sure why it is done in this way other than thats the normal way in the class.

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