Schedule a start every 6 minutes (10 races per hour)
Short postponements might be necessary depending on time required by riders to go upwind again to be in time for their next start.
Start on the outside with sufficient space to line up. Mark 1 ideally shall be set close to the beach to create picture opportunities and easy viewing for judges/umpires and spectators.
With onshore or offshore wind, preferably equal number of legs on each tack
The Start Line
Small RC boat on the windward side of line, displaying heat numbers and flags
Starting line is set square to the first leg. Depending on the line length, there should be up to 10° bias for the pin (referring to direct line to mark 1) – look for bunching on either end and adjust. The best place to start should be the middle of the line.
Line length: number of competitors x 10 meters
Black flag rule on all starts.
Competitors must be informed on the finish line about BFD scores (Bravo Flag)
2/7 minutes before 1st Warning:Orange/white chequered flag
- 3 minutes: division flag + heat number (Warning Signal)
- 2 minutes: red flag (Preparatory Signal)
-1 minute: red flag removed and yellow flag (1 min signal)
0 (START)yellow flag removed and green flag
+1 minute: green, division, and heat number removed
For full fleet races and depending on the number of riders, a rabbit start may be used.
At the start signal, high speed vessel progresses from the pin mark to committee boat at full speed.
Course of the vessel shall give a line bias to provide all riders the same starting chance.
Practice starts shall be made before the actual start