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1 Introduction to CYC Fun Races Steve Cray Race Secretary, CYC Yacht Section (please view in Slide Show mode)

2 What is a CYC Fun Race? The Fun Races are run along very similar lines to the club Cruises, but with a competitive element. Defined course - mostly in the right direction for our overnight destination. Defined start time and procedure (see later slide) Boats are given a handicap so that everyone has a chance.

3 What CYC Fun Races are not… It is not a hard core race series. No complicated rules (we race under ColRegs) You dont need a race boat (but youre still welcome if you have one).

4 How do I join in? Just like a CYC Cruise, you sign up to the Cruise List on the CYC website If you have not previously raced with CYC, you will need to fill out a handicap request form (available from CYC Race Secretary) Like the Cruises (and sometimes jointly) there will be a briefing on the evening before the race. The specific Race Instructions will be handed out at the briefing (or ed if you cant make it)

5 On the day… One end of the start line for most races starting at the Chichester end is Chi buoy and a nominated mark for the return leg. The other end of the line is the Race Secretary's (or OODs) boat in a rolling start Communications normally on Ch72

6 The countdown…… VHF time announcements at start minus…. 5 mins CHI All CYC race contestants, all CYC contestants, this is committee boat Crayzee Feeling, this is committee boat Crayzee Feeling. This is the five minute warning: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 NOW

7 VHF time announcements at start minus…. 4mins (and you should have your engine off!) The countdown… CHI All CYC race contestants, all CYC contestants, this is committee boat Crayzee Feeling, this is committee boat Crayzee Feeling. This is the four minute preparatory signal: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 NOW

8 The countdown… 1 min to go 1 minute before the start, the Committee Boat will head away from the starting mark….. CHI All CYC race contestants, all CYC contestants, this is committee boat Crayzee Feeling, this is committee boat Crayzee Feeling. This is the one minute signal: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 NOW

9 The Final Countdown… 5,4,3,2,1,GO!!! CHI All CYC race contestants, all CYC contestants, this is committee boat Crayzee Feeling, this is committee boat Crayzee Feeling. This is the start signal: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 NOW

10 Oh dear… crossed the line early! Return to the starting mark, leaving it to starboard and re- cross the start line CHI Yacht Eager Beaver, Yacht Eager Beaver, this is committee boat Crayzee Feeling, committee boat Crayzee Feeling. We believe you have crossed the start line early, please re-cross the start line after rounding Chi buoy

11 On The Course…. The course marks and which side to leave them will be detailed in the Race Instructions CHI

12 The finish There will not normally be a committee boat at the finish – it will be a virtual finish line. The Race Instructions will tell you what direction the finish line is from the finishing mark. – i.e., Finish Mark = Harwoods(P), Finish line runs for 100m due North. So you need to leave the finishing mark to Port and take your finish time when the finish mark (Harwoods) is on a bearing of 180deg and within 100m. Har

13 After The Finish Complete the form and hand to the Race Secretary (or OOD) or text your finish time as detailed in the Race Instructions Enjoy your moment of fame!

14 Other handy things to know… Spinnakers and cruising chutes – you dont need to use them, but if you do (and it improves your results), this will be reflected in your next handicap adjustment. Rounding marks – if another boat is within 2 boat lengths when you reach the mark, you must leave them room to round the mark. We dont fly a racing pennant, but we do use the club cruising in company pennant flown from the backstay We fly our ensigns as normal

15 Our 2014 Fun Races… Cowes and Back – 26 th & 27 th April CYC Round The Island – 28 th & 29 th June Cross Channel Plate – 24 th May Yarmouth and Back – 13 th and 14 th June Other Races… Bramidge Trophy (Vs CCRC) – 5 th July

16 Questions Contact CYC Yacht Section Race Secretary


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