Easy Race Format
Below is an e-mail from another group, which poses a question about easy race
In the March issue of "Sailing World" magazine, editor John Burnham
suggested an informal "Easy Race" format to maximize the benefits of yacht
racing while minimizing the barriers to participation. JB's initial format
(start on a reach; simplified rules; race against the clock; socialize; etc)
seems like a great way to introduce novice skippers/juniors to our sport
without the "wonderful, confounding intricacies, of signal flags, rules,
customs, and procedures". Future issues of SW will expound on this
proposal -but in the mean time our sailing club in Guilford, CT. needs
similar suggestions to plan our junior "Introduction To Racing 101"
I have often thought about this in the context of home built boats. Here is
Start from the beach. The course would then take you around one or more
marks, with natural marks such as buoys or small islands or whatever being
preferred. Allow for any and all incidental contact. First boat to return to
shore wins the heat.
Any other ideas?