Everything You Want to Know about Racing

Tom FeeHoover Sailing Club, Leadline, Leadline Club News

HSC Race Management Seminar
Thursday, May 6, 6:30 – 9 PM
Presented by Jamie Jones on Zoom

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been sailing or racing, you can always learn something new. Jamie Jones will conduct a Zoom seminar on the finer points, or maybe not so fine, of managing a sailboat race. Jamie is a US Sailing Certified Race Official. He’s spent years adding to his resume of successfully managing regattas and other sailing events. Take a couple of hours to take advantage of his experience.

Here are some of the things you could learn:

  • Choosing courses to give competitors the best possible races
  • Adjusting the course in response to changing conditions (that never happens at Hoover!)
  • Starting and finishing the fleets
  • Recording the finishes
  • Ensuring the safety of the competitors and the race committee

The goal of this seminar to make racing more enjoyable for all competitors as well as the race committee.

Keep an eye out for a Zoom invitation for the event – will email to everyone on May 5 or 6.

The Rules from Start to Finish Seminar Now Online

If you missed the Dave Perry Seminar on March 29th below is a link to the recording and the passcode. As much as you think you know the racing rules you’ll be surprised at what you don’t know. You’re not alone. See if you pick up something.


Passcode: n*L0#fVX 

Remember, HSC Racing Rules are published in the HSC Directory on pages 53 thru 64. 

Mark these events in your calendar.

Saturday, May 22—All club members welcome to the Training and Coaching event. Not just for racers, we want everyone who sails at Hoover to have an opportunity to up their game with on-land demonstrations and on-the-water drills and coaching. More details to follow.

Saturday, May 29—Trailer backing and launching event followed by a cruise to the north bridge.  Would you like to get more comfortable backing up and launching your boat without all the “helpful” advice from impatient bystanders? I sure do.

May 30 & 31 Memorial Day Holiday Series Racing—first warning signal at 1:45 p.m. Sunday and Monday

Monday, May 31—Memorial Day Club Picnic. This is BYO food and the club will supply beverages including beer.

Wednesday Night Racing begins May 5 and runs through August 25. The first warning signal 6:50 p.m.

Pursuit Races are held on the third Wednesdays: Mark your calendar May 19, June 16, July 21 and August 18. We will use the same a color-coding scheme from last year to communicate the wind speed range for each Pursuit Race. Look for a colored flag on the Race Committee Boat under the RC flag. The wind speed sheets will be at the top of the ramp for dry sailors & on the porch of the club for raft owners.

What’s Pursuit Race

In a pursuit race, you are competing against all boats in the race. Each class of boat at HSC uses a national handicap based on its relative speed vs. a theoretical “scratch” boat (we use the Sunfish as our scratch boat, but our pursuit race process does not require an actual Sunfish to be racing).   The Sunfish starts at “zero,” with each HSC class starting after, slowest boats first until all have started.  The finish line is set up 60 minutes after the Sunfish start.  In theory (and in practice) all classes of boats have an even chance to win.