Following a series of discussions on Facebook about the relative challenges of wearing a face covering while sailing. Keith had a fun morning with James Oborne (Spinnaker Sailing Club's Chief Instructor) to experience first hand what it could be like to wear different types of face coverings when sa...

08.10.20 02:07 PM - Comment(s)
When you are running an event, it is possible to collect a reasonably modest set of spares, parts and tools which will allow you to fix nearly everything; particularly if your boats are well prepared and maintained.

With the priority at a Team Racing event to get a boat back racing; repairs often nee...
13.11.19 06:49 PM - Comment(s)
We thought we would put some flesh and bones onto our Firefly Pre-Event Checklist and provide more details about how to best prepare your fleet of Fireflies for your Team Racing event.
There is no substitute for a well planned maintenance routine -  checks shouldn't be left so late that spare pa...
29.11.18 12:08 AM - Comment(s)
What type of rope should you use to rig a Team Racing Firefly...?
There are lots of choices out there, however before purchasing rope for your Fireflies, there are a couple of general rules which are worth considering.
  1. Team Racing Fireflies get a lot of heavy use, rope should be hard wearing. All ro...
28.11.18 06:19 PM - Comment(s)

The rules that govern how to score each individual Team Race is given in the Racing Rules of sailing Appendix D - specifically Rule D3.1. The following provides some basic interpretation as to what each section of D3.1 actually means for whoever is scoring your racing.

  • D3.1 (a)Each boat finishing a r...
28.11.18 02:12 AM - Comment(s)
There will always be bumps and scrapes in Team Racing, while we are committed to being a non-contact sport it is inevitable that there will be contact at times. As a fleet manager or owner, you will want to ensure that your boats are able to deal with the every day wear and tear with minimal damage ...
31.10.18 07:00 PM - Comment(s)
Where ever possible, try and be consistent with your Tiller UJ’s across your fleet. This means you can quickly and easily replace a tiller extension without worrying about whether the UJ will fit.

Consider a UJ as a consumable item; make sure you carry spares and know how to replace them. Some people...
19.03.18 10:30 PM - Comment(s)

For the 2018 UK National Team Racing Championships the race committee decided to run a trial to determine if it was possible to use competitor crowd sourcing to establish a ranking for seeding ahead of the event. Each team was provided details of all three helms and then invited to submit ...

18.03.18 11:15 PM - Comment(s)
Everyone knows that in a team race, the boat in 1st gets 1 point, the boat in 2nd gets 2 points, (etc.) and the team with the fewest points wins.

However, what happens to boats that are OCS, do not start or retire? Looking at the rule book you will find:

D3.1 (a) Each boat finishing a race shall ...
19.02.18 02:57 AM - Comment(s)
Help prevent the rope tail of your Jib Halyard from fraying and becoming detached by avoiding catching the rope between the wire and the hook block when hoisting the jib. There is nothing worse than finding the spliced loop breaks just before you go sailing.

When replacing a rope tail, take the time ...
17.01.18 11:50 PM - Comment(s)
Clear display of numbers on Start Boats is really important so sailors and umpires know what is happening. You may also have a need to display race numbers ashore, particularly if transferring sailors out to boats using changeover ribs. There are several options that you can use for displaying numbe...
08.12.17 10:58 PM - Comment(s)
In this series we look at different types of schedules that can be used either for the whole team racing event or for a particular stage. Other formats for events where competitors enter as a team are:
  • Full Round Robins
  • Groups/Leagues
  • HLS
  • Swiss League
  • Knockouts

Full Round Robin

What ...
30.11.17 12:58 AM - Comment(s)
In this series we look at different types of schedules that can be used either for the whole team racing event or for a particular stage. Other formats for events where competitors enter as a team are:
  • Full Round Robins
  • Groups/Leagues
  • HLS
  • Swiss League
  • Knockouts

Groups/Leagues

What is...
25.11.17 12:14 AM - Comment(s)
In this series we look at different types of schedules that can be used either for the whole team racing event or for a particular stage. Other formats for events where competitors enter as a team are as follows, we will be providing more information about each in the future:
  • Full Round Robins
  • ...
16.11.17 02:14 AM - Comment(s)
One of the things that we are regularly asked is what is the correct ratio of teams and flights when running a team racing event. There is not a perfect answer to this and every event will be slightly different depending on what the event objectives are.
For example, a group of friends who are having...
30.10.17 04:40 PM - Comment(s)
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