Monday, June 16, 2008

Course Guide, New Mexico Sailing Club Racing

In the version of the Olympic Circle that many sailors are familiar with, the races begin and end in the middle of the circle. We are establishing a small Olympic Circle and will be racing from one side to the opposite side, so the courses are adapted from the traditional courses. In a larger Olympic Circle, course G would go from the center to the windward mark, then down to a leeward mark, and back upwind to the finish. Here we have no leeward mark, so the start/finish pin does extra duty as a rounding mark between the second and third legs of the race for course G.

Course W takes advantage of a popular geographic feature of Heron Lake and Course T is reserved for special distance races.


At 11:28 PM, June 16, 2008, Blogger Jos said...

Hi Pat,
Some friendly advice:
In course C there might be some confusion about rounding R twice, instead of rounding the Pin-end as the second of those two.
The picture is clear enough, but designating different marks with the same letter R, isn't.
PS: Nice square angles! :-)
PPS: Why a different starting boat in G?

At 7:08 PM, June 18, 2008, Blogger Pat said...

Yes, the instructions for Course C could be clarified.

The club doesn't own a committee boat, so which boat is available depends upon who is willing to lend a boat.

The "Junior Olympic Circle" may eventually be replaced with a larger Olympic Circle with a center pin. Some challenge is involved, because water depths in some parts of the lake can exceed 200 feet (60 m).


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