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    Posted: 23 Sep 10 at 7:44pm
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Should all serious dinghy clubs offer course cards or maps of the sailing area which can be down-loaded and studied at the sailor's leisure before attending Open Events ?   It seems to becoming the norm and I welcome this as my eyes get weaker. Otherwise the first race at least is a gift to the homesailors if its a tad complicated.  I'm thinking of a situation where a sailor might have to pick out 7 or 8 marks amongst considerably more in poor visibility. Of course the OD must be free to move or introduce new marks on the day but a general gist of the sailing area is what I had in mind.    Nautical orienteering or what ?
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It depends... At my club we have a special set of inflatables we only use for open meetings. Club racing is done with fixed marks.
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We make course cards available and we also have one of the powerboats act as a lead boat so there is no confusion for visitors. 
Its the home crews that often forget the course (but perhaps thats an age thing!).
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I did a quite famous open on the east coast about 5 years back & the problem was that the course was spead over about 3 or 4 miles & you might have 3 bhoys in the same area & no way to tell which was which untill you could read the names.The course was a good course it would have provided very good racing with great reachs & beats for 3/4 mile on one tack possable but poorly marked for the vistor.
I was in a group of faster boats & I chucked it in so when I arrived at the bhoy`s I ended up having to take all 3 to stbd to be sure of the correct rounding.
I mentioned this to the race control & was fobed off with no one else complained comment & the suggestion of placing a bucket or simular on the bhoy went down like a lead balloon so I don`t brother to go there anymore & also their dinghy racing has suffered over time.
 
Maybe I was right maybe I was wrong & there were other reasons that the dinghy section has dropped off but that`s the reason I don`t go back.
On the first day I lost the course completely in both races & the second day the home fleet sat on the end of the slip way decussing if it was worth going out completely blocking it
So My suggestion is a lead boat ( thanks john w ) & mark clearly the bhoys to be used so you can see where the bloody course is.
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