Why Did The OOD Shorten Course?

The OOD can declare "Shorten Course" for several reasons. The most common is a change of wind conditions. Another reason may not be so well understood.

Typically if during a race the wind increases excessively creating safety risks or fades to the point where the time limit may be exceeded, the OOD may shorten course in a way that is as fair as possible to all competitors.

To understand the other reason for shortening course, we first need to understand how pursuit race starting time offsets are calculated by TopYacht. After the course is set on a pursuit race day, the OOD makes an estimate of the elapsed time for the lowest HC boat in the fleet considering the length of race and predicted weather conditions. Based on this time and each boat's HC, TopYacht calculates theoretical Start times (to the nearest minute) for all boats to finish together. If wind strength is less than predicted and the race takes sigificantly longer than in the TopYacht calculation, the back markers would gain an advantage. 
In such circumstances the OOD may shorten course by declaring an earlier finishing line to achieve an elapsed time closer to the day's predicted value and so maintain the fairness of the starting offsets used that day.


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New Sailing Calendar Posted

Please note that a new Sailing Calendar dated December 2016 has been posted onto the SCYC website.  Go to Documents and click on Sailing Calendar.

SCYC Christmas Party Friday 9 December 2016

SCYC is pleased to invite members and families to their Christmas Party and BBQ at 6.00 pm on 9 December at the Club Rooms.

CRUISING-in-COMPANY Moreton Bay 4 to 10 Dec 16


The inaugeral Cruising in Company consists of 5 starters leaving MBA and may be joined later in the week by other yahties. For details see Cruising Forum


Sea safety and survival course : Sunshine Sailing Australia

Announcing that we are running a full 2 day Sea safety and survival course in Mooloolaba Dec 3-4.

This course is perfect for both the racer and cruiser and of course covers the requirements for CAT 1 & 2 races

We are offering the course to any club member (membership proof required) at the discounted rate of $550 (usually $595)



SUNDANCE V skippered by Keith Baker has won the French Cup. The French Cup is highly regarded and attracts large fleets. Thank you to Keith and crew for representing the SCYC.

Planning is underway to restore The Sundance Cup with a Club Race and CiC to Moreton Bay Boat Club. The event will be held in the New Year. Other destinations are in the pipe line including a CiC to Cairns.

SCOR 2016

The 2016 Sunshine Coast Ocean Regatta was successfully completed once again at the Sunshine Coast Yacht Club from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15 October 2016. 

For full details, please visit http://www.scor.com.au/



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