LOST BOYS SAILING TEAM
THE LOST BOYS SUMMER REGATTA
The Lost Boys are proud to announce the finish of the Lost Boys Summer Regatta on Lake Waco. The regatta was be held on Sundays at 3:00 PM in July (July 13, 20, and 27). The overall winners were Jack and Donna. The photos of the 5th and 6th races are published below.
SUMMER REGATTA RESULTS
FALL 2009 LOST BOYS SAILING TEAM RACE NOTICE
Series starts September 13, 2009
Race dates: September 13, 20 and 27
First gun: Sunday 15:00 (3:00 PM)
One or two races per date, numerous throw-outs
Time limit = until we get bored or the gin runs out
Time on Distance
Rules: The Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012 plus Lost Boys local rules will be in effect. Rule 26 of the Racing Rules of Sailing 2005‑2008 shall be used with the exception of a 6-minute warning.
Classes: Two classes - Winners and Losers
If three or more boats of the same class register at least one week prior to the beginning of the series it may constitute a separate class. If not enough boats are entered in a particular class, the Lost Boys reserves the right to combine classes.
Scoring: The low point method will be used with points in the order of finish. DNF is one point more than qualified boats finishing in the race. DNS is one point more than qualified boats finishing in the series. DSQ is one point more than qualified boats finishing in the series.
Awards: One bottle of rum after series for first place and name on the Big Ass Trophy. Rum must be shared with the Lost Boys and we keep the Big Ass Trophy.
Safety: Wearing personal floatation devices may be required during some races. All boats are required to meet U.S. Coast Guard regulations including working lights, anchor and rode, life jackets for each person aboard, fire extinguisher (if engine is present), and one throwable cushion with line attached.
Eligible entries: Owner of boat may or may not be a member in good standing of the Waco Sailing Club with racing fee paid or not. The Lost Boys don't care.
PHRF ratings: Requests for headsail only (rule 50.4) allowance must be made before the first race of the series. Any request for an adjustment of a yacht's PHRF rating shall be requested at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the series. The races will be scored as PHRF Time-on-Distance.
Courses: The race committee will run windward/leeward, triangle, and Olympic courses. A color copy of the sailing instructions, a diagram of courses, a map and signals can be requested from the race committee. The Lost Boys reserve the right to refuse such requests it we so choose.
Protests: Protest forms due no later than 2 minutes after a race. Protest forms are to be submitted to the WSC Race Commander. Protest meetings will be held at the end of the next regular WSC meeting after the 7-day period. Absent protester or alleged perpetrator forfeits rights. No rescheduling allowed. Any decisions by the WSC Race Commander and Committee will be ignored by the Lost Boys and the Lost Boys reserve the right to make whatever decisions they so choose.
Request for Adjustment: Any member in good standing may file a Request for Adjustment (Form) on either his/her own boat or any active racing boat. This form will be available from the current Race Commander.
The Form must be filled out and received by the current Race Commander at least 21 days before the start of the next series.
If the submitted form regards a boat other than the one raced by the submitting member, the skipper/owner of the boat in question will be notified of such a request before the Committee convenes. The submitting member MUST have the signatures of at least two active owners/skippers in the same fleet. The Committee will keep the identity of the submitting member and any signatures secret.
The results of any Change in Rating will be given in writing to the owner/skipper of the adjusted boat and will be recorded in the club newsletter.
The Lost Boys reserve the right to ignore such nonsense and reserve the right to adjust handicaps and adjustments as deemed most satisfying to the Lost Boys.
THE LOST BOYS RETURN FROM THE ISLANDS!
We have also listed a link to the Lost Boys 2008 Windward Island Tour (Grenadines, St Vincent, St Lucia and Barbados).
To The Participants in the Fall Lost Boys Regatta
Richard and I feel that we owe you a debt of ‘Thanks’ for your participation these last 4 weeks. When we had this idea to try to get boats on the water in a celebration of sailing we had low expectations as there has been no organized racing on the lake for numerous years – we were amazed and quite pleased with the participation and feedback. Thank you all.
We have heard there has been some discussion regarding sailing with a handicap both from experienced sailors as well as from the new sailors. Our explanation is that the sailing handicap is in place to level the odds from boat to boat in an effort to allow different boats to compete more fairly. What we did was to extend this to level the odds from boat and crew to other boats and crew. This type of handicap not only takes into account boat design and spinnaker but also the ability of the crew to actually get better over time. We felt that a way to encourage participation in racing is to reward those crews who actually get better over time – something we all should try to achieve and encourage in others. What we learned with this approach was encouraging. If a normally ‘fast’ boat did not sail a good course, use proper sail trim etc., they were penalized. Conversely, if a boat who did not do well in the beginning performed better and increased their ability to set sails, course, etc., they did remarkably better. The result is new crews gain confidence and have a desire to practice what they have learned which results in more boats on the water with greater enjoyment.
Recreational sailing can be fairly easy to master. However, race sailing forces the crew to make decisions and hones a skill-set which makes better sailors of all who participate.
One thing that I learned is that you can not have sailors who get together only for racing or only for social events. You must have both. I fought with this when I was Club Commodore and finding the precise balance can be tricky. It is our sincere hope that what we have started will be carried on and continue to grow. To host a Regatta or Series takes attention to detail, commitment and dedication. Richard and I have hosted many races in years past and have also found it to both fun and entertaining. Committee boat can be enjoyable if you allow it to be.
We had fun hosting this 1st Regatta and from the feedback so did all of you. Where it goes now is up to you.
FALL 2007 SERIES RESULTS
The DRBs and Masterson tie for first place.
RULE 26 STARTING SEQUENCE
The following is the new starting sequence in the 2009 – 2012 rules (rule 26).
Both Winner and Loser Class will start during the same sequence. The start flag will be YELLOW. The
preparatory flag is BLUE with a WHITE CENTER (P flag). The committee boat on station at finish line is the SOLID BLUE flag.
shall be started by using the following signals.
Times shall be taken from the visual signals; the absence of a sound signal shall be disregarded.
All rounding of marks are to port except:
Position of Next Mark Has Changed:
LOST BOYS SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Rules - All series races will be under the jurisdiction of the Lost Boys Sailing Team. The official racing rules of the International Sailing Federation known as The Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012, the prescriptions of the United States Sailing Association, except as any of these are changed by these sailing instructions will govern all series races. All races will be designated Category B.
Entries - For a boat to be officially scored, the participants should sail near the committee boat so that their sail number and type may be recorded. It shall be the sole responsibility of each boat to decide whether or not to start or to continue the race. By entering races the participants will save harmless The Lost Boys from whatever source causing injury or death to persons or damage to boats.
Notices - Notices will be published on the Lost Boy Racing Team's webpage prior to the beginning of each series. Current handicap ratings will be probably be ignored. A request for a non- spinnaker allowance must be made prior to the first race of a series but the request may or may not be accepted depending on the whims of the Lost Boys.
Course and Signals - The race committee shall designate the sequence of start prior to the warning signal of the first class. Each subsequent class will be posted between its preparatory and starting signal. A signal board or marker board will be used to post the following.
Mark Roundings - Marks are normally rounded to port. A green flag indicates starboard rounding. A red / green flag indicates rounding marks from either port or starboard (tacticians option).
Starting Signals - Races will be started using rule 26 of The Racing Rules of Sailing 2005-2008 with classes starting at 6 minute intervals in the order Winners, Losers, etc. If less than three boats from one class are present for a start, then all boats may be started as one class.
Starting and Finishing Line - The line shall be between the committee boat sequence flags and the starting and finishing mark. All contestants shall finish on the most direct course between the Committee Boat and the finish mark from the direction of the previous mark.
Recall (Individual) - Code Flag X will be displayed accompanied by one sound signal and the Lost Boys will attempt to notify the boat or boats who were on the course side at the start. The boats who are OCS shall comply with rule 29.1 before starting.
Recall 9 (General) - Code Flag First Substitute will be displayed accompanied by two sound signals. When a general recall has been made rule 30.3 Black Flag Rule will be in effect for that class.
Time Limits - The time limit for each class will be either sundown, whenever the Lost Boys on the committee boat get bored or due to drunkeness. One boat finishing within the time limit will make the race valid for that particular class. Boats finishing later than the prescribed limit may be scored DNF at the discretion of the Lost Boys. If no boat finishes within the time limit the race shall be abandoned for that class and we all drink the rum at the dock.
Scoring - The low point scoring system will be used. Any boat competing in at least 50 % of the scored races in a series will be considered a qualified boat.
Automatic Abandonment - Races will not be started and abandoned for the day if any of the following conditions exist 30 minutes prior to the start of the first race scheduled. NOAA Weather will be used as the official source of current conditions.
The race committee may also abandon the races according to rules 27.3 and 32 if necessary.
Shortened Course - The race committee may shorten the course to any mark prior to the rounding of any boat.
Safety - All Coast Guard and State Laws concerning boating are to obeyed at all times. When code flag Y is displayed it will be mandatory for all participants to wear life jackets.
General - Neither the Waco Sailing Club, the Lost Boys Sailing Team, its officers or members assume any liability whatsoever for the boats and equipment involved in a race sponsored by them nor any liability for the personal effects of or the personal injury of participants or spectators..
There are four notations for marks:
There are two basic race configurations:
The Committee Boat (CB) will indicate courses as follows:
A configuration "T" is always from the CB to the windward mark to either the port or starboard mark to the leeward mark to the CB.
CB - W - P or S - L - CB
A configuration "I" is always from the CB to the windward mark to the leeward mark to the CB.
CB - W - L - CB
T2 - do a triangular course twice ( CB - W - PS - L - W - PS - L - CB )
I2 - do a windward / leeward couse twice ( CB - W - L - W - L - CB)
I 1.5 - do a windward/leeward course and then a I 1/2 (CB - W - L - W - CB)
TI - do a triangular course followed by a windward / leeward course ( CB - W - PS - L - W - L - CB )
TIT - ( CB - W - PS - L - W - L - W - PS - L - CB )
FALL REGATTA 2009
Helm: Steve Scott