2022 One-off Races » Team Racing Regatta
Thursday 2 June is the first day of a four-day weekend celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Seafarers is looking to run a team racing regatta on this day that is open to sailors of all abilities. This may well be a first for us and will therefore be somewhat of a trial to see how popular it is. The RYA describe this type of sailing as "an exciting and sociable sailing format in which a team of sailors work together to try and establish an overall winning combination for their team over their opposition". Team races are fast and furious and reward good starting, boat speed, boat handling, rules knowledge and team work skills.
One race typically lasts for about ten minutes but each team gets to sail in a number of races. As well as being an exciting form of sailing in its own right, team racing helps to sharpen up many useful fleet racing skills, especially close boat on boat tactics. It is also a great transitional step between fleet racing and match racing. The format of racing consists of a number of round robins, where teams are split into groups and race each team in their group. Umpires follow the races on the water in ribs and may award penalties to anyone who breaks the rules.
Our plan is to race 2 v 2 boats, using Club Stratos and Hartley dinghies, with one of each class forming a team. Each boat will have 2 crew and the helm will rotate for each race. Competitors will be based afloat in a 'holding boat' and rotate as necessary through the dinghies for their race. The starts will be from a Committee Vessel, use 3-2-1-Go and involve a simple windward / leeward course (no spinnakers), lasting 10-12 minutes. The idea is simple; do not be last. The team with a boat in fourth places loses, irrespective of who won.
The exact format will depend on the number of entrants, but the aim is to start with a briefing at 12:00 (there are a few extra rules) and then get afloat to commence racing no later than 13:30. High Water (Portsmouth) is at 14:21. You may wish to bring some lunch with you as there will be a bit of time to eat between races.
In summary, the aim is to have fun and try a different form of sailing. You do not need your own boat or even decide on teams / crew. This will all be worked out in advance and the round robin will ensure that everyone sails against each other.
There is a quite a bit of preparation needed by the organisers to make this work, so it would be really helpful if you would register in advance please. Simply go to WebCollect and 'buy' a ticket. It is free!
Volunteers are required to act as DOOD (operating afloat from one of the PBs), PB helm and crew, tractor driver, and beach crew. If you are suitably qualified and willing to help, please Login then Volunteer for the appropriate duty below.
There will be a new Seafarers Team Racing Trophy up for grabs and it should be a great day.
The bar will be open on completion.
If you have any queries, please contact Phil Warwick.
Crew needed and available
Last updated 9:27pm on 10 May 2022