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    Posted: 05 Jul 09 at 7:59pm
When I was at wilsonian, we had 2 races a day each sunday. One in the
morning, stop for lunch and then out again for another.
Now I've joined swanage I feel as if the afternoon is being wasted. They only
do one race in the morning and then that's it. Having not been a member of
many different clubs, I was wondering what the norm is??
How many races in a day does your club have and are they back to back or
spaced through the day?

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At Bala we have 4 races on Sat and again 4 on Sunday. 45-60 minutes long.

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Yonks ago when I sailed at Oxford SC they ran three races on a Sunday. At the time, I felt that was too many - by the end of the day the distinctions had blurred and each race somehow seemed less significant individually. For club racing, two races a day - one either side of lunch - suits me best.

For opens, I also find three races per day too many, especially if they are each a decent length. By the time I've driven to the venue, rigged, rushed onto the water, done the races, come ashore, sorted accomm, scoffed something, I feel knackered rather than satisfied, esp. if the races are split by a lunch-break. Two longer races back-to-back would be my optimum, leaving plenty of time for sorting stuff ashore.

That said, this year we did the Langstone Race Weekend. I was a bit dismayed to find there was only one race a day. But in the end we really enjoyed the relaxing schedule, leaving plenty of time for socialising ashore, and even a bit of local exploration. The weather was perfect for tourism, however....

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MSC has 2 either side of lunch on Sunday.
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How long do club races last?

Most of ours are 60-75 min. (we are on a pond). We are debating having a short race of 40 min on a Saturday as it is felt that our younger sailors in Oppies and Toppers are put off by the lengh of the race otherwise.
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On Saturdays we run races at 14:30 and 15:45.
On Sundays we run a 45 to 1 hour race at 10:30 and two b2b twenty minute races starting nominally 11:45, but usually 12ish after a tea break. Folks don't seem keen to race later on Sunday afternoons, so we run training sesssions then.
We run a different schedule for open events of course.
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We have 3 races at Hunts. First race 11:30 on Sunday, then a leisurely lunch with the second race at 13:30, last race a 15:15.

Time for a reasonable break between each race (we are only a small pond).

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We are very similar to jeffers above.

We have a leisurely lunch, and a small break between the 2 afternoon races.
We sail on a narrow river, and the stat/finish line used nearly all the time is outside the clubhouse, so no need for back to back races.

Roughly once a month we do not have a second race and do an hours training session instead.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Captain Morgan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jul 09 at 12:51pm

Originally posted by Doug.H


Now I've joined swanage I feel as if the afternoon is being wasted.

Doug - It's Swanage. The afternoon isn't wasted - it's for getting wasted!

The club has a membership base which can't commit to a full day of racing (unfortunately). It's been discussed before, but there just isn't the desire to hold two races, back-to-back or otherwise

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Originally posted by Captain Morgan

Originally posted by Doug.H


Now I've joined swanage I feel as if the afternoon is being wasted.

Doug - It's Swanage. The afternoon isn't wasted - it's for getting wasted!

The club has a membership base which can't commit to a full day of racing (unfortunately). It's been discussed before, but there just isn't the desire to hold two races, back-to-back or otherwise



I understand that some members have a long way to drive home and don't want their series destroyed by not being able to make a second race in the day.  But running an afternoon race as a seperate series, ie. a summer am and a summer pm series, would solve that issue. 
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