“Introduction to Racing” Meeting and On-the-Water Practice

7pm Feb. 12th -13th       Instructional Introduction to Racing

If you have not raced before, it can be quite confusing and intimidating. In order to ease you into it, there will be a casual instructional meeting. The basics of racing will be covered. You will be paired with an experienced racer who will go out on your boat with you on Saturday the 20th to practice.

 Location:  Community Room, Pipers Ten Condominiums

423 Paula Drive South, Dunedin

We are just off the Dunedin Causeway across from Frenchy’s Island Outpost. 

Please park in the back of the North parking lot.

 12 Noon–4pm Feb. 13th         On the water Introduction to Racing

On this day, the tide is 2.4′ above mean low water at 3:20pm, allowing us to set up a nice practice in the Bay, just north of the clubhouse.  A start line will be set up and multiple starts practiced with the experienced racer mentoring you. After multiple starts, you will then sail the windward leg of the race up to a mark and back. Most races are won or lost on this leg where boat handling, strategy and tactics are more involved than on the other legs.

Have a power boat, a sail boat you don’t want to race or no boat

and still want to get involved???

As the saying goes, “It takes a village” and this is true of pulling off a sailboat race. Marks must be placed along the course, a Race Committee Boat is needed at the start/finish line, and a Race Committee is needed on that boat to run the race. This year, Bill and Carol Allen have graciously volunteered to use their boat for the Committee Boat which will help immensely. We do need people to be the Race Committee on their boat and help them retrieve the marks after the race. There are only 6 Gulf club races per year. Please consider doing Race Committee.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE INSTRUCTIONAL SESSIONS OR FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GET INVOLVED IN ANY ASPECT OF RACING:

PLEASE CONTACT CAROL ELWOOD 727-510-9158

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