With Round the Island race only a few weeks away, now is the time to consider brushing up on your racing rules of the road, race tactics and sail trim.
For some, the Round the Island race is part of their normal racing calendar, but for others it is the only race they enter all year.
Racing with 1700 other boats the Round the Island Race can be daunting for even the most experienced racers.
Equinox Sailing has put together some worksheets to make sure to make the most of your race.
Make sure you have all the information you need and some useful checks before going racing
Knowing the race flags is important, the above guide is for the start sequence and common additional flags. Please check your class flag, in the sailing instructions (SI) or the notice of race (NOR)
Racing Rules of Sailing
The racing rules are lengthy and complicated but for most people the above guide is enough to be able to go out on the water and enjoy your racing. A full copy of the racing rules can be found on the ISAF website.
A useful guide to what you should think about and how to get ready before the start of your race
The start of a race can be a nerve racking experience, we have put together a few pointers to help make the start that little bit easier.
Its impossible to provide a complete guide with every eventuality, but there are a few basic rules that you should follow.
Once you’re racing then it’s time to make sure you’re getting the best from your boat. The Round the Island race is 50-60 miles and can take 10-12 hours to complete.
Make sure your crew are up to the task, ensure you have plenty of food and water (avoid alcohol until after the race).
Below are some useful guides to trimming your sails to help you get the most from your boat and get around the island that little bit quicker.
The basics on how to use tell tales and how to position your jib cars
How to get the best from your main sail and what all the different controls do.
How to trim a spinnaker
Different types of boats use more or less headsails; we have a look at the why some boats carry more head sails, and detail how to change them.
What and why we do it
Just remember it’s only a race and it should be enjoyable, understanding the rules and being prepared for the race will allow you and your crew to enjoy the race.
Not got a space on a boat?
We have a limited number of spaces available; contact us if you’re interested in joining us for the race.
For details on how to enter the race or for information on the sailing instruction’s or notice of race,
log on to the JP Morgan’s Round the Island race website.