We had a wonderful Open Class Regatta yesterday with 16 boats taking part overall.
What a stunning sight to see them all sailing together.
We have been using the Handicap system for some time now (based on the Hotlaps courses around SL) and for this race, I have applied the new North Sea Handicaps based on previous race results in these waters.
So for the first race, we sailed the North Sea Olympic course. We had 15 boats race and 15 boats finished. A good result from all.
Well done to Destiny, our winner; Kurt the runner-up; and Justin for coming 3rd. Well done to all sailors for sailing a good race with no major incidents.
Our second race was interesting. It was 3-laps of the North Sea Short Loop course (link to chart). This was so cool as the racers were going around the spectator platform each lap. It made for some exciting viewing.
To calculate the handicap-corrected times, I have added the 3 lap times (in black below) and multiplied the total to the handicap value for each boat. The handicap time (Corrected total lap time) in red has nothing to do with the start time or the overall time (in grey).
Well done again to Destiny, our winner; Anu the runner-up; and again Justin for coming 3rd. Well done to all the rest.
We had a few crashes, one withdrawal, and Maiti did not start.
Thanks very much to my best friend Laycee who helped with organisation and judging at various buoys.
As RD, I had to return 4 boats during the racing yesterday. I really don’t like doing this, but sometimes it has to be done. 2 were random people who were out sailing in the waters. One guy sailed directly into the start – he didn’t have time to get out the way – and I apologised a few times for taking such drastic action. He was fine with it though. The second was a lady who I warned a few times, but she still sailed into oncoming racing boats, trying to squeeze past. She may have seen them, but some of the racers are concentrating on the race and don’t expect another boat to come head-on towards them. The third and forth deletion was one of our sailors, who for some reason decided in both races to turn 180° when finishing into other boats coming behind. I’ll have a chat with this sailor to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
A video of the event. Thanks to Fabber (fabber resident) for shooting and editing this. I know how much work goes into making a film like this and I really appreciate it.
Some photos of our spectator platform and of the racing. Gwen did a spectacular job again in setting up the bar and the lighting. Thanks to her for that.