Peter van Muyden, International Race Officer, uses the following guideline for the length of a start line.
“Average length of a boat in the class x 1.5 x number of boats”
At the Glenmore Sailing Club, the Wednesday Night Racing Series often gets 15+ boats. In 2017 the peak number of SJ21s was 19! This means that the starting line length should be as follows…
Number of SJ21s racing Length of the Start Line (feet / meters)
15 473 / 144
18 567 / 173
21 662 / 202
A start line of sufficient length provides fair and even opportunities at the start for all boats and is safer than a short start line.
Thank you Peter for dedication to excellence in race management.
Note: At Glenmore, throwing out an anti-barging mark behind the barge and biasing the pin slightly helps to alleviate congestion around the barge.