Wednesday Night Race Procedures
Wednesday Night Races start at 6:15 pm.
Time-of-Day Starting System: Wednesday Night Races are intended to be fun races that are simple to participate in and simple to run. One way we made them simpler was to eliminate the starting horn completely. You will use your starting time listed on the starting times sheet, but instead of waiting for a horn to start your countdown, you will use 6:15:00 as the "zero starting time." Just synchronize your watch to the "atomic clock" in the Hamilton Creek clubhouse or use the Official US Time at http://www.time.gov/ or http://time.gov/widget/widget.html . You can also put a link to the Official US Time Widget on your smartphone and use that to synchronize your watch. With this system, there’s no more "who's got the horn" or "was that the first or second horn." Less confusion, more fun! And since you won’t have to get there early to hear a horn, you can leave the dock a little later and still get to the starting line on time.
The starting times sheet also shows the time-of-day that each boat should start. Although you will probably still find it easier to use a countdown, you could just use the time-of-day to start. With the new system, you'll always know exactly when to start with or without a countdown.
Bee Fleet: Non-Spinnaker B (Bee Fleet) met and organized in March, 2017. Bee Fleet members are indicated on the starting times sheet as "NS-B." The fleet is made up of cruisers and captains who are eager to enjoy racing under a modified format that will include relaxing of RRS 41 so that we can provide race time coaching if needed. Their races will start a little later than our other fleets and will be set up on a smaller course. If you are interested in racing but have not brought your boat to the line for various reasons, this relaxed format may be just what you have been waiting for. If you missed our organizational meeting but want to join the Bee Fleet, contact Fred Bartrom, race director so we can get you added.
The Bee Fleet is also a good place for skippers who are not a PPYC member to try out the club and club racing. Encourage your boat neighbor to give it a try. All we ask is that you bring a signed Waiver/Release/Emergency Contact form for you and your crew.
Scoring Sheet and Novice Points
At the conclusion of the race, find the scoring sheet on the dock or deck. Record your boat, the boat that finished before you and the boat that finished after you. If you or your crew are a race novice add that to the score sheet. A novice is defined as a race participant that has been involved in 6 or fewer club races or regattas. You are allowed to count up to 2 novices on any given race.
Novice points are designed to encourage opportunities for prospective sailors to enjoy club racing. So, each novice counted will subtract 1 from your race score. 1 is your lowest possible score. (For example, if you finish 4th and have two novices on board you will receive a score of 2. If you finish 2nd and have two novices on board, you receive a score of 1 because that is the lowest possible score.)
Shortened Course for Low Wind
The following method will be used to shorten the course for low wind days.
· The call to shorten course will be made by consensus of 3 or more racing skippers or by the Race Director.
· The decision to shorten course shall be made no later than 5:45 pm under the following conditions:
o If sustained winds are 3mph or less at the Nashville Airport weather station. Or wind conditions are visibly light on the lake. http://w1.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KBNA.html
o And the wind forecast is not predicted to improve.
· The S Flag shall be displayed as soon as possible after the decision to shorten course. It shall be accompanied by two sounds of horn or whistle.
· The shorten course starting times on pages 3 and 4 of the starting times sheet shall be used.
· The shortened course is illustrated here.
Bee Fleet Note: Your course will be the same, but your start times are 15 minutes earlier to accommodate the lighter wind conditions. See your start times on page 3.
Abandoning the Race
· Racing for the day will be abandoned if no boat rounds the first mark by 7 pm.
· Racing will be abandoned if no boat finishes by 8 pm.
Starting Times (please print one to keep on your boat)
If you are a PPYC member and want to participate in club races, but your boat does not appear on the starting times list above, please complete a Portsmouth Rating Application. For questions about handicaps and starting times, contact the PPYC Director of Racing.
Monthly Wednesday Night Cookouts
There will be a monthly cookout on the 1st Wednesday of the month, April – September. Each person will be charged $5.00.