City Sailing Championships 2004

How To Sail It

This is relatively friendly one design racing where the boat that makes the fewest mistakes will probably win. Getting a good start is important and picking the proper side of the course where the wind is is two of the basics that will really help.

There is no tide to be concerned about and the water is flat. Winds can vary greatly during the racing we had predominantly 5-12 knots over the two days. The day we were leaving it blew 15-25 knots. The sailing conditions are very pleasant with temperatures of around 75 deg ft and nice water temperatures for a quick dip between races.

One important note is that there is no time to practice on these boats, there is only just enough time to rig the boats before the first race. If you are serious about competing then the crew should practice on JOD 35 if possible before coming to the regatta.

The races consist of 5 windward leewards and 1 coastal race around the island. The windward leewards have quite short legs so there is not a lot of time to prep for kite hoists and make tactical maneuvers so reducing mistakes here again is key. The coastal race is a good distance of about 12 miles and includes some great scenery if you have time during the race. Again there is no tide to contend with so the key is picking the best side of the course for the wind. Getting a good start and sailing the first leg is the key to doing well as once you round the first part of the island the race becomes a soldiers course and it becomes very difficult to move up in the standings.