Before You Launch
- Attend the Briefing so that you understand what marks need to be rounded during the race, whether it is port or starboardhand course, number of laps, etc.
- Note the sailing course.
- Understand the Flags Sequence & Start Format
Check your equipment:
- Is the boat rigged properly?
- Are you wearing suitable clothing (wetsuit, spray top, etc) for the conditions and a countdown stopwatch for timing the start.
- Everyone racing must wear a buoyancy aid.
Before the Start
Understand the basic “rules of the road” ie windward boat keeps clear, boats on starboard tack have right of way. Aim to be on the water and sailing 10 minutes before the start, to give you enough time to settle down and check wind direction and identify the startline and windward mark.
Always make your final approach to start the race on a starboard tack so that you have right of way.
Remember that it is important not to be over the line at the start, or you will have to go back and re-cross it.
After the Start
Make sure you sail the course issued at briefing. You may be requested to go through the start/finish line at the end of every lap. Before tacking look around to see if it is safe to do so. Enjoy your racing experience.
After the Finish
Look at the results, which are posted on the website. If you don’t understand the handicap system or if you are unclear on any aspect of the race, ask a more experienced sailor to explain it to you.
Don’t give up!