By tscq, Jan 20 2015 12:41AM
For normal club races, the nominal start time is given as 11.00 am. Start times in non-MCC events will usually be staggered to try to get the fleet to finish closer together. The faster boats will try to catch the slower boats with the whole fleet usually staying within sight of each other. The lower handicap boats go first and the faster boats go last as shown below:
PBH up to 0.650 – 10.40 am
PBH from 0.651 to 0.700 – 10.50 am
PBH from 0.701 to 0.750 – 11.00 am
PBH more than 0.750 – 11.10 am
This can of course be amended by the starter of the day, depending on the number of boats. For overnight races, the starting times for the return trip will usually be brought forward, but the groups will be the same. It is the skipper’s responsibility to be ready to start at the designated time, and allowances for a late start will only be made due to circumstances beyond the skipper’s control. Boats that start more than 10 minutes late and perform poorly will not have their handicap adjusted.
You can check your usual staggered start time by referring to the “Stag Start” column in the overall race results sheet on the club web site. The PBH column in the overall results sheet was the boat’s PBH at the start of the race year. To check your latest PBH, you need to refer to the results for your most recent race.