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How to get into match racing?

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Category: Keelboat classes
Forum Name: Match Racing
Forum Discription: Discuss the head-to-head sailing discipline
Printed Date: 31 May 20 at 1:41pm
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Topic: How to get into match racing?
Posted By: doeywizard
Subject: How to get into match racing?
Date Posted: 22 Nov 11 at 5:33pm
I thought that this looked a lonely forum so I ask how do people get in to match racing at a youth level?

Posted By: Quagers
Date Posted: 22 Nov 11 at 5:51pm
I got into it at university, some clubs such as Royal Thames and Royal Southern have MR development programs I think but it is very very limited.

Posted By: Don Novello
Date Posted: 21 Sep 12 at 1:54am
It's not easy, my parents did it so I had access but it's not easy cold turky. Also depends on where u live, etc...

Posted By: lewis brown 29er
Date Posted: 10 Feb 13 at 7:56pm
i know of a few courses at lymington town on match racing and a few really experienced guys if you want to get involvedLOL

Posted By: laser4000
Date Posted: 17 Feb 14 at 9:59pm
Originally posted by Don Novello

It's not easy, my parents did it so I had access but it's not easy cold turky. Also depends on where u live, etc...

Rubbish - it's super easy. 
  • 2 boats of the same - run what you brung it doesn't matter much, 
  • 3 buoys and you're away. Setup a short startline and a windward mark (100m upwind will do for starters in a dinghy, bit longer for keelboats) set the course as upwind, downwind thru finish. 3-2-1 go and you're done
  • Don't need start/finish boat, don't need an umpire. just get on a give it a whirl.
You'll be amazed about what you learn about boat handling, manoeuvring in a very short space of time. Rules disputes - remember / jot down in a notepad and go through them afterwards with the call book and you should be able to nail some/most of them down

For a year at uni - a mate and I was always 'first to the lake' on a wednesday and we'd go out with our crews and spend 20/30 minutes doing the above. Funnily enough when we got onto the team practice later, we'd always be the sharpest for the next 30 mins or so...

Posted By: iGRF
Date Posted: 17 Feb 14 at 10:16pm
Agreed, on occasion we do it to train teams of newcomers, two boats, four teams, they rotate, alternately racing, running start sequence and the race and rescue boat training, great fun.

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Posted By: Presuming Ed
Date Posted: 18 Feb 14 at 10:59am
Sign up for the RYA match racing facebook group.

There may still be spaces at the last winter match race in Portland, a weekend specifically aimed at less experienced match racers.

Download the call book from the ISAF website

NorthU have some resources.

Posted By: tink
Date Posted: 03 Aug 19 at 6:13pm
For juniors West Kirby run a brilliant random pairs team racing each year, only for Optimists but each helm gets 20 or more races in the day


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