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 between 10:30 and 10:40 a.m.
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 start window, the captain shall stop the boat’s engine and 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, the first place boat will receive 10 points, second will receive 9 points, third will receive 8 points, etc. Every boat participating in 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.
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 follows good sportsmanship. The Fast Sail captain’s decisions on the rules are final.