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How to set the start line when 1st leg is a fetch
Nationality: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Regional Race Officer
Club Race Officer
The start is for a long-distance dinghy race with 30 boats in mixed classes. The wind is 135° and the first leg is 170°. Little tidal current; If the line is set square to the wind (045°), the committee boat end will be favoured too much.
If it's set square to the course (080°), the pin end will be favoured, and boats on starboard will only just be able to cross the line – so some boats may try a port tack start, with much confusion.
In the event, I set the course by eye, on a bearing of about 065°, which gave the line a moderate pin end bias. Everyone started on starboard and they were reasonably well spread out along the line, with no bunching at either end (they were a well-behaved fleet!). So I got away with it!
But how should I have determined the best bearing for the line?
Created: 21-Jul-12 11:06
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