WEDNESDAY NIGHT PURSUIT SERIES.
History - The
organized an ad hock pursuit race in 2001 to assist
the sailors berthed in the Wabamun Marina to improve their sail and boat handling skills. As the skills improved so
did the competition. The informal races quickly became a regular
event. After a few years the Wednesday Night Pursuit Series was run by the Wabamun Marina sailors and
attracted an average of 15 boats per
night, with entries occasionally from PSC, EYC or SBYC.
As of 2014 Wednesday night racing started at the East end of Wabamun with the majority entries from SBYC and EYC.
General Race Rules.
Handicap System -
This a white sail pursuit race run on a
sausage course. There is no committee boat at the start
line. The success of this event is in it's low key operation and as such
demands honesty on the part of each entrant. Each
boat has a time handicap and the skipper is expected to follow the time
honoured tradition of not cheating by crossing early.
Location - This is a sausage course.
The start/finish line is located south
of the Wabum Marina and inline with the Genesee power plant. Hard to see
through the tree on the South shore. The second mark is on a heading of
2350 in the bay at the Southern end of lake.
This one of those races where you can really benefit from having a GPS
receiver. Each mark is too far away to be seen, even with binoculars, and the
SW leg may be directly into the setting sun.
Race Directions - Since
this is a sausage course, leave the start mark to starboard then go on a
heading of 2350 to reach the other mark at the Southern end
of lake. Round the second mark to starboard (turn right) and return to
the start line, leaving the mark to port. If the hour is not up,
continue racing till someone calls the race on channel 68. It is very rare that a boat
will cross the start/finish line before the hour. Once the hour is
up note your position relative to other boats around you. This is
your finishing position for the race. It might be useful to make a
waypoint on your GPS in case of a dispute. When the race is done return
to the Wabum Marina, You're homeward bound for bragging rights and barley sandwiches.
|Race Day||Fourteen Wednesday nights of racing starting
in the beginning of June
completing in the first week of September. The dates have more to do with
the amount of daylight left in the evening than anything
19:00 sharp. One 5
minute horn is blown at 18:55. Synchronize your watch with the GPS.
If your handicap is 5:20 then
your start time is 19:05:20.
Hr - 19:00
VHF channel 68.
All boats with PHRF higher than 186 are welcome. Simply show up on the race
course and the 'on the water' recording person will find you to enter your
boat in the