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At Wilsonian the Fleet Captains set the courses and the RO merely checks there are no clashes with other fleets or safety issues.

If you're getting the call of nature after an hour PB, you'd better cut down the number of pints before you go out there...

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Originally posted by Prince Buster

Personally I think that an hour is long enough to get a fair spread of reults and positions and often after that it's just a boring parade.  

And that's a common and understandable view from people who prefer multiple shorter races in the day. However you don't seem to want that either. You just seem to want less sailing.  

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We have gone for 2 or 3 short, back to back races in the morning with simple courses taking about 1.5 hrs in total to work on starts. So races about 20 to 35 minutes long.

In the afternoon 2 longer races of about 1 hr, with more complex courses such as trapezoid with outer loop!

Replaced once a month by a long race Round the Lake which can take between 2 and 4 hours and be up to 20 miles, visiting some spots with interesting shifts.

We enjoy the variety - keeps us on our toes.

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I like lots of racing so our current format of 2, 75 minute to 90 minute races suits me fine.  At Wilsonian we race down the river to the wide open spaces I wouldn't want a shorter race as this would restrict our space.  I wouldn't mind if they were a bit longer!  I really enjoy our long distance races - the Medway Marathon is marathon length (is that 26 miles) and can take anything between 3 and 5 hours.  We also have a creeks race (always at high tide) that too is about 20 odd miles and great fun since we go places you can't normally get to.

At Bough Beech they have a monthly short course series of 4 races 2 back-to-back, am and pm.  Not so good for me but good for Lasers although I do know of one Laser helm who turned around and went home when he discovered it was scheduled.  There was a time when we did 3 back-to-back!

 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote BBSCFaithfull Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 07 at 3:55pm
Time spent on the water is better than time spent on land complaining about the race length!  
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Originally posted by vscott

We have gone for 2 or 3 short, back to back races in the morning with simple courses taking about 1.5 hrs in total to work on starts. So races about 20 to 35 minutes long.

In the afternoon 2 longer races of about 1 hr, with more complex courses such as trapezoid with outer loop!

Replaced once a month by a long race Round the Lake which can take between 2 and 4 hours and be up to 20 miles, visiting some spots with interesting shifts.

We enjoy the variety - keeps us on our toes.

That sounds good to me.  Shame you're 400 miles away.

 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote feva_sailor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 07 at 4:42pm
We get 5-6 45 mins races out here. But with warm water 18kts of wind and long downwind legs we dont mind.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote vscott Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 07 at 5:15pm

Pierre,

Not a lot of chance of you coming up to visit us in September for the Osprey Open, then? You can fly to Newcastle and I am sure someone would give you a lift out. Then we would just have to provide a suitable boat.

At least we should meet at the Nats, which must be nearer you if you are 400 miles away.  I liked the 2 races a day at the Nats but we are back to the whole week format again with one long race. I would agree that a week makes sense if we are going all that way, but on balance I prefer more shorter, more intense races.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pierre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 07 at 5:35pm

 

I tend to agree with you Viola re the nationals, and thankyou for the invite.

Don't know if you've ever sailed in St Austell Bay before, but it is a brilliant location.  I love it (but then again that's where I first sea sailed in a Mirror I built with my Dad way back when).  The only downside to Porth Pean is the ramp down to the beach.  It's real heart attack material!!!!

Shame it couldn't have been off the beach at Pentewan, just around the corner.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote vscott Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 07 at 5:40pm

I've had warnings about the ramp from my husband Michael, who went to the Contender Nats there.  He loved the club and the water but does have reservations about the ramp!

Im looking forward to meeting Basking shark!

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