Peter van Muyden, International Race Officer, uses the following guideline for the length of a start line.
“Average length of a boat in the class x 1.5 x number of boats”
For a class of SanJuan 21s at the Glenmore Sailing Club this could translate to 21 x 1.5 x # of boats… or a 475 foot start line for 15 boats.
A start line of sufficient length provides fair and even opportunities at the start for all boats and is safer than a short start line.
Thank you Peter for dedication to excellence in race management.
Note: At Glenmore, throwing out an anti-barging mark behind the barge and biasing the pin slightly helps to alleviate congestion around the barge.