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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 19 at 8:53pm
We don't have a finish line as such, race run to the Hour, who ever is in front is winner, no times taken or second third place etc.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 19 at 8:41pm
Our 'race team' (usually WaGs) have no trouble running pursuit races, they get a spreadsheet with the start times and just log the boats across the line. The finish is down to the sailors themselves but, as it's low key, it's never troublesome.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 19 at 8:34pm
Not rocket science, really? A well written set of instructions and a crib sheet of start times and it could be done by a 10 year old. I know this, as it is the age rupertson started running them.
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The majority of our trainee members would not be able to run a pursuit race without back up, (back up would in reality be running race), the staggered start, then keeping track of entrants positions.
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I love pursuit races and always have.

They are relatively easy for a novice race team to run. They keep your attention to the very end, unless you are doing really badly.
No packed start line.

Add in the potential for personal adjustments if you have a pursuit series and you can have a great series.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 19 at 12:02pm
Yup me too, I enjoy pursuit racing and handicap racing, nice to have a mix.

I don't have the opportunity to class race locally in the Blaze though. Nice that there are a couple of others at L&LSC and maybe another in the pipeline so maybe one day.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote GybeFunny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 19 at 11:26am
I actually like pursuit races, I have done them as the slowest boat when it is fun seeing if you can hold the fast boats off and also as the fastest boat when the thrill of the chase is also fun. That said I wouldnt want to do them every week but they do make a nice change.
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Originally posted by mozzy

Pursuit racing has it's own foibles as does corrected time. But as it builds to an exciting finish I find it easier to forgive the frustrations just because of the suspense of the chase. Corrected time is just as inaccurate, but I also find the format pretty dull. 


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Yeah, it's super annoying. Especially on start lines and they're very prone to breaking if a leeward boat sits it's racks on them. 

Quite a few boats in the fleet are unused to them and sail in late at the start tight to leeward, forgetting that when you head up to keep clear not only will your transom need room to swing toward them, but also the extension will too on top of that. 

On the other hand, it means there's no main-sheet in the middle which is one less thing to get snagged on in tacks and gybes. Plus it means you're much less restricted in where your weight is in manoeuvres . For instance the crew doesn't have to go forward between main and kicker and can keep their weight a little further back in hoists and drops, with more space for their arms flailing. Plus it's easier for the helm to keep their weight forward in light wind tacks.  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 19 at 9:24am
Having that other wiggle stick thing banging about and dragging in the water would really piss me off,I'd have to devise some other method of steering.
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