An All New Sunday Afternoon Race Series 2008

The Club is introducing an exciting new concept for the Sunday Afternoon Race Series this summer. The races will take place in the Club’s 420s and everyone is invited to show up and sail…kids, instructors, alumnae, directors, parents and grandparents. The plan is for everyone and anyone looking to participate to meet at the club on designated Sundays at 12:30 p.m. No need to organize a crew in advance…Boat crews will be worked out at the Club and the fleet will take to the waters for a series of fairly short races, up to 5 races every Sunday.

Under Richard Robert’s scoring proposal, points will be awarded to the sailors in each boat for every race that is completed, with one point awarded to every member of that crew for finishing the race and one additional point awarded for each boat that that boat beats in the race. For example, if there are 10 boats in a race, each member of the winning crew in that race will score 10 points (one point for finishing and 9 points for beating 9 other boats). The second place finishers in that race will each be awarded 9 points. The winning boat each Sunday will be the boat with the most total points on that race day. After each Sunday’s races, sailors will get together at the club for munchies and drinks and debate and (good natured) mocking. Ribbons will be awarded to the crews of the 3 boats with the highest number of points for that Sunday.

The series Champion will be the individual sailor or sailors with the most total points counting the top 60% of completed races (rounded up) at the end of the season (i.e., if 20 races are completed over the series, points scored in the top 12 races sailed by each sailor will be counted). We are hoping to encourage intergenerational competition for bragging rights, parents vs. kids and instructors vs. juniors. It will also present an opportunity for Bronze sail kids to get some coaching from instructors and adults and for kids to teach the old guard a thing or two about how to get the most out of a 420. To even the playing field, there will be no spinnakers, so that boats not equipped with a spinnaker will not be disadvantaged. Sailors will be encouraged to mix it up by saling with different crews over the Series.

The Series will run over 5 Sundays, starting June 29, the day before the commencement of Club…Spread the word and show up at 12:30 p.m. on June 29 to launch the racing season. It’s going to be a blast!

Race dates are as follows: June 29, July 6, July 20, August 10 and August 17.

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