Sailing Committee update - June 2014
We have made a number of changes in sailing committee which we hope will improve the quality of racing at Burghfield.
We have asked the race officers to move the start line further from the leeward mark when they set windward/leeward courses; possibly as far as a quarter of the way up the beat. This should relieve the congestion that sometimes occurs when the asymmetric boats get round their first lap before all the starts have been completed. You will then have to be aware where the start/finish line is so that you still sail through it on every beat.
Marks A and C are now in fixed positions and are shown on the course board. This should make it easier for race officers to set courses when the numbered marks, 8,9,10 and 11 are the windward marks but are under the trees. We now have a new very orange inflatable mark, known as Z, as the new moveable mark and this can be positioned anywhere in the lake. You can get a preview of it; it lives on shore either in or close to the rescue boat garages.
We have made 2 changes to the sailing instructions.
1 You may not pass between “desert” island (near marks 12 and 13) and the shore on any leg of the course. This stops you sailing across the shallows . The island and the shallows are an obstruction to sea room which you can call for room on in the normal way. This will start from the beginning of the Autumn series.
2 In a short series, that is 1 or 2 consecutive days, the helm and crew may swap over and still count as a single entry. The long series, that is Sunday fleet racing, Wednesdays and bank holidays, stay the same as now with each person helming requiring their on sign on.