Yachting WA Power Yacht Committee

Yachting WA Power Yacht Committee

What fosters friendships and camaraderie ?

What builds confidence in every boater ?

What sharpens navigation skills ?

What is an on-the-water competition ?

A Time Trial Event

It's the sport where every power boat owner can compete and have a great time while learning more about boating and navigation !

What is a Time Trial Event?

It's a sure way to practice navigation and satisfy your competitive nature in a friendly environment. This is not a test of speed - it's a test of accuracy. It doesn't take a special boat or high priced electronics. All it takes is:

A Boat.----- A Compass.----- A Tachometer.----- A Clock.------ And a crew of 2

You should have an operating 27mghz radio, and your boat must meet the Minimum Marina safety requirements and hold a current Safety Certificate issued by your Yacht Club.

Time Trial Events are similar to road rallies on the water. You don't remember road rallies ? You don't have to ! All you have to do is determine your arrival time at each point on a designated course. You do the calculations in advance, then run the course in your boat on the day of the contest with a navigator, a clock and a tachometer or speedometer.

The Result ?

  • A better understanding of your boat's performance
  • Increased confidence in your own boating skills
  • Expanded knowledge of the local cruising waters
  • Lots of new friends
  • And, a trophy or two to remind you what a great sport this is !

All too often we hear :

  • It sounds too complicated
  • I don't know how it works
  • I don't want to embarrass myself with all those "experts" out there
  • My boat is too small, too big, too fast, too slow, too old, etc. etc.
  • What if the weather is bad?

We are here to help

Local Yacht Clubs hold contests on a regular basis, they also hold classes to help you sharpen your skills. Seasoned competitors share their knowledge of the sport and work with you until you know the ropes. Many act as mentors working one-on-one to help you develop your confidence. It won't be long before you are ready - and don't be surprised at how well you do!

Power boaters of every skill level participate regularly

Time Trial Contestants compete in every type of boat - from outboards to cruising yachts. Contests are scheduled well in advance, but they are postponed when adverse weather conditions arise.

Learn more about cruising

You'll find that local contests teach you more about the waters near your home port. Longer contests give you the confidence to cruise on your own and visit new ports.

Enjoy new friends

No matter what kind of contest you enter, rest assured that each offers camaraderie and fellowship. The "stories" you'll share while you wait for the scoring results will rival any fish tale you've heard. The folks you'll meet will share your love of the water and boats. And you'll have a chance to visit various yacht clubs in your area.

If you want to learn some of the nuts and bolts of Time Trialling contact your Yacht Club


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