Club Race Officer Notes, Sounds & Flags
QUOILE YACHT CLUB
NOTES on RACE OFFICER DUTIES
QUOILE YACHT CLUB
• It is assumed that all starts will be from the Workboat. It carries a set of course boards and a set of flags. It also has a horn. There is a portable Autohoot system which can be used to automatically time the starts, complete with sound signal. The boat also has a Race Officers bag containing Sailing Instructions, record sheets and other information to assist with running the racing.
• If you intend starting races from another boat it will be necessary to take the course boards from the workboat. Please use either the workboat flags, or flags from the large set kept in the clubhouse. It will also be necessary to take the crosstrees to hoist flags and the Autohoot. Return all after use.
• Bring at least one helper, preferably two. There can be quite a lot to do particularly at the start.
• Arrive early at the club. Aim to leave the clubhouse at least 30 minutes before the start of the first race.
• Read the Sailing Instructions. Particularly the sections on starting, finishing and courses.
• Turn on the VHF to channel 37 or M1 (press M1/M2 button)
• Look at wind strength and direction.
• Decide where your beat(s) will be and design a course around the beats. You may decide to have two or more laps with a light wind, to allow you to shorten course if the wind drops. In your course selection be aware that the slowest boat in each class needs to finish within the time limit.
• Squibs start first and have 2 races on a Saturday only. Each race should be no longer than about 30 minutes. Use the marks available close to the start and Killyleagh area. It will not be normal for squibs to sail further than No4, N or K.
• On Saturdays class 2 will normally sail a Lough course i.e. north of No7. Dinghy classes may sail a Lough course or an Estuary course i.e. south of No7. Read SI's about starts and finishes.
• On Wednesdays, Start on time. Be aware of depth of water, falling or rising tides. Normally a falling wind so best to set two laps and prepare to shorten. Better a short race than no result!!
• Caution. Check that all marks form a proper course. Imagine a piece of string laid along the course, it should go round all the marks. Ensure two classes are not going round the same mark in different directions.
• On Saturday, when starts are at No 7 the last mark of all courses will be 7 port. Dinghies may sail in the lough or in the estuary. If they are sailing the Estuary course this may mean a hook finish for dinghy classes but that is OK. It is however preferable to have the last dinghy mark as F starboard before finishing at 7 port
• The time limit for each class is 2 ½ hours except for second Wednesday series when it is 1 ½ hours. On Saturdays, if one boat finishes within the time limit it is extended by 30 minutes for that class.
• Squib Time Limit on Saturdays is 1 hour each race. Any boat not finished is deemed to have retired.
• Please download the Sound and Flag Sequences which also gives advice on other situations which might arise. Go through the full procedures even if no boats in a class are present.
• Fill in race results sheets accurately giving start and finish times in 24 hour format (Hrs, mins, secs) for all classes.
• Tidy the boat, leave the results in the office