This page is designed to help explain the role of the OOD.
Setting the course.
First know where the wind is and then decide on your first leg. The upwind beat and ideal course will have at least one beat ( if you can set two beats at slightly different angles then if the wind shifts you should still have a beat) a run and a reach. Ideally you will include Number 1 Buoy in the course so you can use 1 to the jetty as the finish line.
The display the course on the black board along with a number of laps. ( always display more laps than you expect to sail.)
Setting the line.
It is important to set a line long enough to allow each boat a chance to start well, but short enough to make it a contest. The line should be square, at a 90 degree angle to the wind. Some PROs set the pin end slightly to windward of 90 degrees, tempting boats to use the whole line. This gives a slight advantage to the boat starting at the pin end.
The Start Procedure.
For Club racing we use the follow sound signals we don’t use flags. But remember that if you attend events where flags are used its the flags that you should take notice of not the sounds which are used to help.
The starting sequence goes as follows:
3 minutes to start – hoot of horn
1 minutes to start – hoot of horn
0 minutes – The start – hoot of horn.
If a boat is OCS.
From the 1 minute to the start signal a boat that crosses the line is required to sail round the end of the the line before they cross the line. If a boat crosses the line early they are deemed to be OCS (On Course Side) and can be recalled for individual boats sound one horn followed by calling the sail numbers. Two horns for a general recall. N.B. they need to sail around the end of the line before starting.
Finishing the race.
To shorten to course give one sound signal as the lead boat rounds the penultimate mark. As each boat crosses the line note the race time so you can work the corrected times out.