On Course Activites

This page is dedicated to providing resources for on the water racing activities and helping to ensure your event is both safe and fun.  A Race Director needs to remember the golden rule and that is “Cater so all competitors enjoy the event”.   You can’t satisfy everyone to the fullest and compromises have to be made. 
WEATHER can changed quickly.   http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/full_loop.php    
There must be a person or team charged with the descision of stopping the racing in time to get competitors off the water if a storm is moving in your direction.   A good rule to remember is “If you can see threatening weather don’t send the fleet out on the water”,  wait for the weather to pass.   

FLAGS for the RC BOAT are required as it is nearly impossible to coordinate sailors in any way other than the age old traditional use of coded flags. The Race Committee should have a full set of MOWIND flags or a set of equal value that allows the event to run successfully.

MOWIND has a LOANER set of Race FLAGS that are available for loan to your event to ensure your event runs smoothly. If you want to borrow a set of Race Committee FLAGS, please contact Jeff in Worthington at xxemail@jeffsplace.com to arrange to borrow the MOWIND flags for your event.

Keep in mind you may be asked to return them to the “next” event that needs them, ensuring they make there way back to Jeff at years end.

FLAGS as used by the race committee as part of the start sequence should follow the following sequence, unless the Race Director approves a different sequence at the skippers meeting.


CHECKLISTS for the Race committee boat ensure that when the RC boat leaves the dock they have everything needed to not only run a safe and fun event, but also have enough supplies to make their experience on the water as volunteers enjoyable.

Check list items for consideration include: mowind-regatta-checklist

COMPETITOR SAIL NUMBER LIST  is simply a list ideally sorted by  sail number with name and fleet.  This greatly helps the scorer on the committee boat identify a hard to read sail numbers.    For example a sail number might look like M11 (M eleven)  but it’s really Michigan One.   Most scoring programs will have a print competitor list feature.

SCORING SHEETS  serve to score each individual race on hard copy so that the feed of results into the scoring spreadsheet (EXCEL) is prepped for easy entry at the end of the event.  You should print extra  copies and keep them in separate places on the RC boat to ensure that if a mishap occurs, you have a backup set of sheets to continue scoring on.

Permanent ink goes without saying.  Purchase a box of extra large baggies to keep paper dry.

Download the Scoring sheet here: Mowind Race Finish Scoring sheet   .doc format

SETTING THE COURSE should be as close to shore but also away from any harbor entrances or channels so you avoid boat traffic.    Keeping the course close to shore allows competitors of all skills the ability to arrive on time and flee a storm to safety.  When you file your Coast Guard permit you designate an area your event course will be located so be sure not to deviatate from that.  

The Door County Regatta set this course during the 2008 Regatta. Note the start line is close to shore, and while a few marks are further out, the majority of the course is close to shore, but in good wind.










COURSE TYPES are your choice – they vary in complexity. Run the first race and see if the time it takes to complete it is excessive or too short, then adjust the course or add a lap. Ideally you want to get 5 races in on Saturday and 3 on Sunday.

The I course is a simple 2 mark system with just a leeward and windward mark and start/finish line in between.  Other courses require more marks but also add excitement and the need to jibe in both directions.   The more marks there are the longer it takes to reset a course when the wind shifts.  If you only have one boat consider using an I course.      

B Course