Learn to Race
The basics are easy get... sail upwind, turn left around a buoy in the water, sail downwind, turn around another buoy, head back upwind to the finish line. Sure... easy.
Now, add boats around you blocking your wind, add the right of way rules, add varying wind speed in different areas of the lake... and you have a boat race.
What is a sailboat race?
We race around fixed marks on the lake, races are started in the middle of the lake by volunteers running the Race Committee boat for the evening. The Race Committee sets the course by displaying numeral cards on the back of their boat indicating the order the selected marks are to be passed.
What Types of Boats are Sailed
The type of boat you sail determines the kind of racing you'll be doing. Sailing the same type of boat as others puts you into fleet racing. First one across the finish line wins.
If you are sailing a unique type of boat, you're handicap racing. Your time to sail around the course is recorded and a handicap number is applied to the time of all handicap boats. The calculated fastest time around the course is the winner.
How to Get Started?
We all abide by the Racing Rules of Sailing. It's a daunting document that will make more sense once you've been out on the water. Those you'll be sailing against will be helpful and patient with your learning curve. They had to learn this also.
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