Racing Rules - We will adhere to the primary right-of-way rules of racing (Port/Starboard, Windward/Leeward, Buoy room, Overtaking Boat). We will not allow "sea lawyer-ing" to mess up a good time. Yelling at someone that has completely screwed-up is prohibited … unless you never screw up, never!
Eligibility - If you are 55 years of age, and pay the entry fee, you qualify. Entries are limited to 30 skippers based on date of entry.
Uniformity - All boats supplied for this regatta will be identical in equipment and performance. The host club will be responsible for maintenance but each skipper may tune his/her assigned boat for racing (only one adjustment available :).
Boat Assignment - Local owners of RC Lasers will be assigned to a boat other than their own. Visitors will be assigned randomly. However, every participant will have only one boat to sail the entire regatta in hopes you know which boat on the race course is yours!
Familiarization - On Friday, host RC Laser sailors will be on hand to mentor visitors on the fascinating characteristics of racing the RC Laser. You will get plenty of stick time.
Race Course - All marks of the course will be clearly marked with a big fat number, readily visible from shore. The RD will announce the course by number at the beginning of each heat and as often as necessary to get you around the course!
Courses and Marks - Races will be sailed windward-leeward , and most likely, we will have an offset buoy at the windward mark and a gate at the leeward mark. If you don't know about gates, we'll explain over cocktails Friday night.
Race Series/Divisions - There are no divisions. All skippers will be assigned to races by name according to a random-assignment computer program. The race director will announce, by last name, those who will sail in the next heat. Sailors are required to know their own name (look at your name tag) and answer promptly when called.
Except for scheduled breaks, a finishing skipper will hand his transmitter to the person sailing his boat in the next heat (always the same person). Skippers sailing the same boat will be designated "team mates" and may help each other on and off the course.
Starts - A one-minute recorded start sequence will be used. It is loud, so no excuses.
Only the RD may call a boat over early (OCS). Do not argue with, nor ignore, the RD!
Finish - When you finish, you're not done! Stay out of the way of those still on the course or the RC may throw you out, or in!
Repair Delays - Normal repair delays are a thing of the past with our Geezer system. Spare boats will be on hand. For a boat that is disabled or doing stupid things (never the skipper's fault, of course), simply unsnap your mainsheet and move your entire rig to a waiting spare hull and away you go. The host club will repair the spare later.
Sail Changes - The RC Laser authorizes the use of 4 different sized sails for different wind conditions. However, in this regatta what sail you use is NOT skipper's choice. All sails will be changed at one time by direction of the RD.
Mark Penalties - There shall be no penalty for hitting a turning mark but you must round it correctly. There shall be a penalty for hitting a start or finish mark as they will be right in front of you.
Geezer Protest - If you don't call it, it didn't happen! If the ROW skipper feels that no loss of position or harm to his boat has been incurred AND that the Give Way boat has not gained any advantage, then the ROW skipper may announce to the Give Way boat "No Protest you old Geezer, but stay out of my way!".
* Prolonged arguing during a race will not be tolerated . . . unless you are on the scoring committee. Offenders may be thrown in the lake.
Redress - If you get tangled up with some other Geezer on the course for more than a minute, yell "redress". The RD will acknowledge your grievance or tell you to "forget it"". In either case, sail on to the finish and then decide if you want to accept redress. If you don't know what redress is all about - we will be glad to explain over drinks Friday night - hint, it has nothing to do with clothes.
Scoring - We'll do the scoring, and we will post the scores as we go along. No bitching at the computer!
Throw outs - There will be one discarded race for every 6 races.
Sportsmanship - Act right or go swimming!