Sailing at CCSA

Race Day Overview

Basic Timeframe

  • Boat Prep: 12:30pm – 1:45pm
  • 1st Race Countdown: 1:55pm
  • 1st Race Start: 2pm
  • Last Race will start before 3:30pm (Goal: 3 Races / Race Day)

What to Expect

  • 12:30 pm: Skippers and Boats Arrive / Setup – Our race days typically begin around 12:30pm as Skippers arrive with their boat and crew at the boat ramps off of Marine Ave. next to the flag pole.
  • 1:00 pm (ish): Race Committee Setup: The CCSA race trailer arrives. The race committee’s tent and boat are setup.
  • 1:00 pm-1:30pm: Course Prep – “Dry Race” writes the course on a board at the Race Tent and “Wet Race” drops “Marks” around the lake.
  • 1:40 pm: Last Minute Boat Ramp Rush – Skippers put their boat in. Crew wrangle boats while other Skipper and Crew practice. They often “Run the Line”. Last minute boat adjustments and strategy are done.
  • 2:00pm – Start of Race #1.
  • 3:30pm – All Races Must Start before this time.
  • 5:00 pm (or so) – Racing is complete.

Start Sequence:

  • 6 Min – Preparatory (Four Short Horn Blasts – One Minute Until Race Sequence Start)
  • 5 Min – Race Sequence Start (One Short Horn)
  • 4 Min – (One Short Horn Blast – Skippers use this to test onboard countdown)
  • 1 Min – (One Horn Blast)
  • Start – (One Horn Blast)