Author Topic: Long-distance racing  (Read 3669 times)

Kuy

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Long-distance racing
« on: July 04, 2014, 04:48:30 PM »
Does anyone have experience with a long-distance race (and RC)?

We were planning to do a 40 NM race. The race would easily be a single-day, and the course is generally along the shore. We had to back out at the last minute due to a conflict; but the RC never really resolved whether they would allow a 20' sport boat anyway. (Seems silly to get yourself to the start line only to find out that you're ineligible).

There are a few obvious pieces of equipment that we're missing per ISAF Offshore Cat. 4 (25-Watt VHF; permanently-installed head; permanently-installed water tank). However, given the distance of the race, and the distance from shore for this race, these items seem rather insignificant to me.

Has anyone had a similar experience? Any idea what the general "safety" concerns would be? Any suggestions on how to approach the RC to overcome their concerns?

Thanks!

Kuy

Gregg Henning

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Re: Long-distance racing
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2014, 02:25:54 PM »
Kuy,

I have done many distance races with my U20 including a 189nm race.  I am running into the same problem with restrictions now.

Gregg

Keith Ziegler

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Re: Long-distance racing
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 12:59:15 PM »
I have done the Bayview North Channel Race which is 56 nm and the race is 30ft and under boats only. Lots of Megi 24's, a few Ecthell's. Only thing I had to do was temp running lights. I would do it again if I could find a way to clear the keel of weeds as the race is late Sept.

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Michael Eisenberg

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Re: Long-distance racing
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2014, 06:15:13 PM »
I raced the Border Run single handed twice from Newport to San Diego.  I think it's about 90 miles.  The R/C let me carry 2 hand helds, in case one failed.  They had no head requirements, but I carry a Port-a-Pottie.  Thy let me carry 5 gallons of fresh water in a dedicated strong water container strapped to the mast support tube.  BTW I use a Raymarine ST1000 Tiller pilot when single handing.  It works really nicely.

Kuy

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Re: Long-distance racing
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2014, 05:06:50 PM »
Thanks guys. I'm trying not to think that "safety" issues really means "our trophy may not be safe if we let in the sport boats" ;-)

Keith, I'll be keeping an eye on the BYC distance races. Would love to do a dash across St. Clair.