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Each fortnight you will find published a detailed commentary written by Windward Buoy + /or Mark Windward, complete with some interesting graphs + stats, it provides weather conditions, quizzes and most importantly, how well your boat is doing! – suggestions of how to improve and enjoy your sailing, often with humour and sometimes serious!

Please email mark-windward@live.com.au with any comments, photos or contributions, all are very welcome!

 

The Mercedes-Benz Brighton Sunday Series runs on a Sunday morning afternoon, all year (except over Christmas/New Year).

Two Series’ are run:

  • summer which runs October to early April; and
  • winter which runs April to September.

The starting signal is at 09:30.

Starts are a staggered or “Pursuit” style from the SYC Tower, which means that participants start according to their relative speed, with smaller boats starting first. The aim is to have the whole fleet finishing close together. Each boat is allocated a time in minutes that is their individual starting time after the starting signal.

Pursuit start handicaps for each entrant are listed on the race noticeboard at the Ken King Centre.

Courses are sailed around fixed marks as indicated in the SYC Sailing Instructions. The course for each race day is indicated on the SYC Tower and may be broadcast on the VHF race frequency.

Whilst racing is typically “No Extras”, an option to fly spinnakers (and incur an associated time penalty) was recently introduced to provide an option for relatively inexperienced participants to build on their crew work and boat handling techniques.

The typical duration of racing is 2.0 – 2.5 hours.

The Notice of Race, along with any Notices to Competitors for this series, are published on the SYC website in the Keelboat Racing section or alternatively contact the Boating Department.

Series entry or casual entry is available online through the SYC website under Keelboat Racing > Online Entries. Results are published to the SYC website under Keelboat Racing > Race Results and a copy placed on the notice board in the Members’ Bar.

Please note that as part of SYC’s focus on safety, an annual Man Overboard drill is required along with an associated declaration and crew register. This is required to be lodged in October and remains current for 13 months. Failure to lodge this declaration may result in your result not being scored.