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  Number of Committee boat starts
Posted by Ed Mockridge on Wed Jul 10, 09:14 [3778-12372]
Hi, looking at the SIs, I can't help but notice that the number of committee boat starts scheduled for the fleets seems uneven.
For example, as written IRC 4 (our likely home...) have only one CB start on the Tuesday, where every other IRC class has 2, all Cruiser classes have 2, and HP30, Contessa 32, 1/4 ton class, Sunsail, GRP classics and doublehanded get 3.

Can IRC 4 have another CB start please?
  Number of Committee boat starts
Posted by Laurence Mead on Wed Jul 10, 13:36 [3778-12377]
Hi Ed,

I've just posted a reply to another question on a similar subject which might form part of this picture.

However, in answer to your query, we try to make it pretty even across the fleets as to how many Committee boat starts each gets but it's bit more complex than that because in fact a lot of the Black Group boats end up starting from the Bramble Start Line (in effect a committee boat) when they are listed as "R/B" (RYS line or Bramble Line). We can really only send the smaller white group boats to the Bramble start line if conditions are OK for day boats (without engines) to get there.

You perhaps mean can you have more windward / leeward courses? IE Laid marks which are truly upwind.

We are going to change the angle of the Bramble Committee boat more aggressively this year to make the start line more even. We did that last year for a reaching start on one day and it worked well, in effect making the leeward end a bit more positively biased to drag people away from the windward end.

I'll look again at the schedule for this year.



  Number of Committee boat starts
Posted by Ed Mockridge on Wed Jul 10, 14:09 [3778-12384]
Laurence. Thank you for taking the time to reply. WW/LW of course forms part of it. But I was mostly curious as to why IRC4 has only 1 day scheduled to start from the committee boat, when every other black group class, and every other IRC class particularly, has at least 2. It just looked like an oversight, and since it looks our most likely home I thought I would question it....

In answer to your question in the other thread, having some days with multiple races would be a massive draw for us. Currently we are not "every year" competitors at Cowes, but having multiple races on a day would create a much more compelling case for us to return next year instead of skipping a year or two as we have been.
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