To make the events competitive, boats are handicapped using the Lake Champlain PHRF rating system. To get your boat rated, download an application here. The maximum head sail size allowed is a 155% genoa (no spinnakers permitted). Fast Sail races typically start near the Point Bay Marina at 10:30.
This year, we will hold two pursuit style races, one to Westport, N.Y., in conjunction with the club weekend in Westport, and one back home to Town Farm Bay from our club weekend trip to Burlington. In pursuit style racing, start times vary depending on PHRF rating, with slower boats starting first, so the winners are determined at the finish line.
There is a captains’ meeting at 9:30 a.m. before each Fast Sail, under the RSYC tent at Point Bay Marina. For the non-pursuit races, all captains are to keep their own time in hours, minutes and seconds, and report to the Fast Sail captain on Channel 8 after finishing. If a boat does not make it across the starting line at the close of the five minute start window (typically 10:30- 10:35), the captain shall start recording time at the close of the start window. No motorized momentum is allowed in the starting zone or after the start window has closed. For each race, each boat will receive 1 point for starting the race; 1 point for finishing the race and 1 point for each boat they beat on corrected time. Every boat starting a Fast Sail will receive at least one point. The overall season winner will have its boat name and captain’s name engraved on the club’s John Donnelly Fast Sail Trophy. As of last season, boats can throw out their two worst results.
There are multiple courses, depending on the wind strength and direction. RSYC Fast Sail Courses. The course and start times will be announced at the captains’ meeting. RSYC loosely follows the racing rules of sailing, (a great summary of the changes to the racing rules in the 2017-2020 edition from the prior one can be found by clicking here). Fast Sails absolutely follow boating rights of way, and most importantly follow good sportsmanship. The Fast Sail captain’s decisions on the rules are final.