The Sailing Committee has now reviewed the feedback and suggestions on the race format review and wishes to thank everyone who has contributed. The Committee has discussed a wide range of issues and concerns and has identified the following aims –
- To enable OODs to set shorter length courses for the slow handicap fleet. This should improve racing for sailors in the club’s largest fleet.
- To encourage junior sailors to participate in Sunday racing within the slow handicap fleet
- To avoid additional complexity, OODs should not have to set more than three courses
The Committee has also considered the fleet turnouts and feedback, in particular from sailors in the asymmetric and fast handicap fleets, and has decided against the suggestion of merging these two fleets at this time. Whilst the asymmetric turnouts remain a concern, there is a clear preference from the fast handicap fleet, plus a significant number of asymmetric sailors, to retain separate fleet starts. It is possible that the recent drop in asymmetric fleet turnouts is temporary, but the Committee will review this situation again if numbers in this fleet continue to decrease.
To facilitate setting smaller courses for the slow handicap fleet, the Committee has agreed the following changes for normal Sunday club racing from the beginning of the Spring Series –
- Asymmetric fleet – retains separate start but will now sail the same course as the fast handicap fleet.
- Fast handicap – no change
- Slow handicap – no change, apart from shorter courses
- Hurricanes / Darts – no change
The Wednesday evening format will remain unchanged (fast, slow and catamaran starts).
The Committee recognises that the change from windward / leeward to ‘round the cans’ courses is not ideal for some asymmetric classes hence, as a partial mitigation, OODs will be encouraged to set courses which include a run whenever possible. The Committee will also be looking at ways to improve course setting for the slow handicap fleet. If you are interested in helping to improve course setting, please contact Dave Lee (Sailing Secretary) or Robin Charles (Vice Commodore).