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Novice & Casual Racing Saturday 6th July!

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Published 01:00 on 28 Jun 2024

Novice and Casual Racing Saturday 6th July - Here's Tony Bell, Novice Fleet Captain:

Just a quick reminder that next Saturday is the July Novice racing event. 

As usual its open to all members, and as I mentioned to several people during the course of the month, dont concentrate on the racing, just consider it a fun day of sailing in a big group of like minded sailors having a good time. If youve not raced before, sail around the course and get a feel for sailing in a fleet. 

As usual we will have safety cover in attendance and, hopefully a some coaching as you go around.

From a week away the forecast looks great. 

Hopefully well see lots of you there next Saturday. 

Tony

Some Background Info:

There's something for everyone-

For those new to racing:
- Friendly introduction to racing (no experience necessary)
- On-the-water support
- An ideal place to put into practice what youve learned on Saturday mornings and Pay and Play

For the improving or experienced sailors:
- Short-course racing
- Test your skills
- Compete with your friends, family and others
- Sail the near the course, in whatever boat you want, to take advantage of the safety cover

How the Event Works
The first race will start at 11.00 on the water with several back to back to races (likely to be 4-5), over two sessions (Am and Pm). We race over a fairly short course, with each race lasting about 20 minutes, so you should never be alone on the water. 
I would recommend arriving at just after 9.30; get your boat down to the beach with a view of launching at 10.30. There is only a limited quantity of club boats, which are allocated on a first come basis, so I would recommend not being late.

We will give a briefing prior to racing, explaining the start sequence and general points and rules. However to avoid any mishaps it would pay to brush up on the rules of the sailing prior to turning up. 
After you have got your boat to the beach, if you could let me know your name and sail number (on the sail not the front of the boat!!), so I can calculate the results. As many of you know there are prizes at the end of the day. (Wine and chocolate, with spot prizes for any competing youngsters) Although, prizes are secondary to the actual fun of the sailing.

Several safety boats will be on the water, and will help should you need assistance; however you should be confident to get back into your boat unaided. We, the race team, are very keen to help you improve your skills, so advice and tips will be hollered from the committee or safety boats.

There will be two races before lunch, which we have normally about 12.30 (important- remember to pre-book your lunch in the morning before you sail to save queuing time), followed by a debrief, then as many races as we can manage in the afternoon, generally three. Feel free to sail in either the morning or afternoon session if you are pushed for time.

Last updated 20:26 on 29 June 2024

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