At the September sailing committee a number of items came up some of which we would like feedback on:
Sailing Committee matters
Review of class fleets
Class fleet status for the Sunday series – there are no clear grounds for adding or changing the fleets for 2022 based on the numbers qualifying in each race series. This will be reviewed again when all the Main Series race results are published. One suggestion made is to combine the Lasers and Solos into one start whilst scoring the results separately. This would speed up and simplify the Sunday start sequence. Please let any member of the Sailing Committee have your views on this in the next few weeks before we finalise next year’s arrangements.
Sunday race times
The Sailing Committee discussed the experiment with the timing of the Sunday Wadsworth race this season. We noted that the average number of competitors is down to 6 from 10 in 2019. There has also been negligible take up of the opportunity to cruise on the main lake in the afternoons. We are also aware that the requirement for duty crews to arrive before 9am is unpopular and a reason not to volunteer on Sundays. We believe we should revert to the 3.15pm start time. If you have views about this please talk to any member of the Sailing Committee.
Race Officers: Course setting.
This season has had a high number of races in light wind. Buoys 1, 3 and 5 are particularly tricky to negotiate when the wind happens to put them directly in the lee of the clubhouse and trees on the nearby shore. In the worst case the race order can be completely disrupted as the fleets round them. If this not your intention please can we use the 3 moveable marks