RACE COMMITTEE SIGN-UP

Every family must perform the duties of Race Committee TWICE in the season. There are 2 families together each time. And we make sure to pair a new family with a returning family. Your registration is not complete until you have signed up!

If you have question, ask or check out all the information below about what you need to do that day.

The race committee signups are listed below.  Please sign up for two dates using this form.  If you have any issues, contact Shea Lovan at shea@lovan.com.  Shea will send you a reminder the day before your are scheduled.

What to do when I am on Race Committee?

What to do on the day?

  • Call the other race committee family midweek and arrange to meet them at the dingy dock at 11.00am on your race committee day.
  • The dinghy dock is in front of West Marine in the harbor
  • Remember everyone in the safety boat should wear a life jacket (PFD)
  • It is recommended that children not be on the safety boat. If they are, they must wear a life jacket (PFD) at all times.

How to start the engine for the white inflatable (aka Small Safety Boat)

  • Tilt the engine back into the water by releasing the lever under the engine
  • Connect the fuel line to the engine
  • Check the fuel in the fuel can: you can fuel up in the fuel station, our account is Seashells SBSSA
  • Open the air valve on the fuel tank. It is in the center of the black cap
  • Pump the fuel pump which is on the fuel line 2 of 3 times until it is hard
  • Make sure the safety clip is inserted behind the stop button on the throttle
  • Make sure the shifts is in its neutral position
  • Pull out the choke
  • Pull the starter cord to start the engine
  • Push the boat out into the narrow channel or if you feel confident, enough set engine in reverse and carefully back out

How to start the engine for Roaring Waters (aka Large Safety Boat

  • Open locker with key. The locker is inside the boat and uses the same combination as the condos
  • Open the air valve on the fuel tank. It is in the center of the black cap.
  • Pump the fuel pump which is on the fuel line 2 or 3 times until it is hard
  • There is a lever above where the key insures into the motor control unit on the right side of the boat. Lifting the lever slightly can make starting easier as it increases the idea throttle
  • Make sure the engine is in neutral
  • Start the motor by inserting the key and turning it clockwise
  • Use the long pole in the boat, push yourself into the right position in the channel. The boat is large and the propeller cage can easily be damaged if you try to power yourself out
  • Once you are in a position to go straight out with no risk of hitting rock with the propeller, you can lower the engine using the "up/down" button on the left side of the throttle
  • One the propeller is fully submerged move motor control lever forward to go forward or back to go back

Setting the Marks

  • Motor over to west beach and leave the small safety boat anchored by the “mast”
  • Don't forget to push in the choke at some stage (if on the Small Safety Boat)
  • Head out on the larger boat and set the marks (some of the marks are left permanently, but not all (you must set A, B, D and start/finish line buoys)
  • The more experienced family will know how. Learn from them, as next year you will be the more experienced family

Meet with the race secretary to discuss the plan for the day

  • Races start straight after the mast meeting
  • The target is to have 2 kids race, I adult race and then one more kids race
  • The target is to have the last race start no later than 4:00/4:15 pm
  • If you have any questions about which course to run ask the race secretary
  • There is a guide to the flags and whistles by the mast (and in the SBSSA Booklet)

At the end of the day

  • Take down the “mast” and put it and the flags into the large safety boat
  • Collect the all the buoys (A, B, D and start/finish line) and put them in the large safety boat
  • When all the sailing boats have “rounded the point” you may head back to the dingy dock
  • Take the boats back and fill up with fuel if needed so that they are ready for next week
  • To close down the engine, proceed with the operations in reverse from the beginning of the day (see above). Make sure that the engines are tilted out of the water
  • Spaces are not allocated at the dingy dock, tie up wherever there is space
  • Back at the condos you will be responsible to make sure all the condos are locked (including the two mast lockers) and all forgotten items are stored in the "lost and found" locker
  • Also, make sure that the dollies ("Seitech") are all locked up and the water hoses are put away (condos on the back)

 

 

 

Start Sequence / Racing Rules

  • As Race Committee for the day, you will organize the races corresponding to the Regatta Series of that day (check calendar)
  • There are always 2 families on Race Committee each day 
  • Please refer to the SBSSA Booklet for more details
  • Typically, a race day will include:
    • Mast meeting with information, race instructions
    • 2 kid races (back at the beach after each race)
    • 1 adult race (organized by Rear Commodores - older skippers)
    • 1 kid race
  • All sailors will be called to the mast for their race course notice. At the mast, a sound signal will be given to signify that the warning for the first class will be in 6 minutes. Unless otherwise announced at the mast, race will be started in the following order (B and C fleet start may be combined)
    • 1st - RS Feva - 6 minutes - Green Flag
    • 2nd - RS Tera A-fleet - 9 minutes - Red flag
    • 3rd - US Sabot - B-fleet - 12 minutes - Blue flag
    • 4th - US Sabot - C-fleet - 15 minutes - Yellow flag
    • 5th - US Sabot - Novice - 18 minutes - Orange flag
  • The starting sequence for the whistle is as follows below:

 

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