Sprint Racing Series - Briefing and Key points


Purpose is Recreational

The series is pitched squarely at recreational sailors with an emphasis being on fun. The short reaching course (see display board at club on day of sailing) is set to make high speed sailing, but minimise the spread in the fleet.

While pitched at Lasers these races are part of the club program and are open to all classes.

North East conditions only

  • The race will only be run in North Easterly or Easterly conditions. Southerly or North Westerly conditions are not conducive to aims of the series, which is recreational, fun, fast reaching sailing.
  • If, on the day, conditions are not conducive for the Series, the race officer will set alternative race(s) and course(s) as he deems appropriate. It is envisaged that this will be a more typical race day course, and may be in the form of or two or more short races.

Sign on procedure

Sign on and sign off sheets will be at the club house. There will be two sheets – one for Class 1 and one for Class 2. The sheet will have name, yacht class, sail number, and a sign in, and sign off the water.


The aim is for the races to be 20 minutes in a Laser, and “Reaching” course being a windward and 4 reaches. The Race Officer shall set the course, the anticipated location being:

  • Start: Usual MPYC CLub boat start position - located approximately half way between Inner and BB.
  • Top mark; "Bus Stop" located to NE of HP near the causeway (near the bus stop).
  • 3 reaching marks being; HP, Mortens, and BB.
  • Finish; Perpendicular to the start line consisting of two laid marks directly downwind of the start boat.

Start sequence

  • Race Officer will conduct an on-shore briefing 30mins prior to the programmed start of the first race.
  • Approximately 15mins prior to the warning signal for the first race, a sound signal will be made on shore.
  • The aim is for the next race to start approximately 10mins after the first boat has finished the previous race. The Race Officer may elect to commence the start procedure of the next race before all boats have finished.

(NB participants are to note that race officer may start more than one division at once, in which case more than one divisional flag will be displayed).




Flag and Sound

Time before start (mins)

Warning and Preparatory

Divisional flag* UP, one sound signal


Two Minutes

P flag UP , one sound signal


One Minute

P flag removed, one long sound signal



Divisional flag* removed, one sound signal




  • Places only. The race officer will record sail numbers in the order which they finish. No times will be taken, and there is no handicap. If the finish is congested, participants are asked to take note of relative position and advise the Race Officer if requested.

League table

  • Results will record sail numbers only. Sign on sheets (see above) are to include details on competitor name and yacht class. This will enable the development of League tables and scope for competition throughout the fleet.


  • It is anticipated that the most prevalent class will be Lasers, however all classes are welcome. The fleet will be divided into two divisions for faster and slower classes. Participants can choose which division they sail in, however class expectations are:
  • “Class 1” (Laser (all rigs), Zephyr, Phase Two, and Sunburst), and “Class 2” (Optimist, P-Class, Firebug). NB Starlings can enter in either division, with anticipation that more able sailors enter the ‘Class 1’ division.
  • The race officer shall decide the order of race and may elect to start both divisions together or separately. Communication is via flags, however with the recreational nature of the series, verbal communication is anticipated and encouraged.



  • The organising group discussed potential congestion at the start/ finish area. If you are not in starting sequence or have finished please remain well outside the Start / Finish area (greater than 30 meters to starboard and even or windward of the start line).
  • The race officer, at his judgment, may elect to start one division, while a second division remains on the course.
  • Depending on fleet sizes, there is potential for junior and senior fleets to conflict on start / finish line. Should the series prove popular with large entries from Junior level 2, and junior learn to race squads, the two fleets may operate on different start and finish lines.



Volunteers are sought for Race Officers and assistants for buoy laying and finish recording.