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Series Seven Ended

Posted by Atashi at 2016.04.06 18.11 in News, Racing

Series Seven has come to an end, with our 24th Regatta today.

Once again, Kim has taken the top spot.

The final scores are as follows:

Series Seven Final Scores

For now, we’ll have some casual races, or maybe we’ll take a break. Either way the pressure is off and we’re in between seasons.

Looking ahead, a completely new boat design is in the works, and perhaps a complete overhaul of our Regatta system.

Thank you everyone who joined us to race over the past couple months, and congratulations to Kim for her win!

Series 7 Trophy

Season Seven Changes

Posted by Atashi at 2016.01.04 17.47 in News, Racing

Just a heads-up on some changes we are making for our seventh series.

First, we’re not going to do the qualifications round any more, and we’re not going to use the starting gates any more.

The idea behind the starting gates, was to try and avoid the ‘first turn pile-up’ when all the boats try and squeeze through the first turn or gate at once and inevitably end up in a big crash.

We still had the big pile-ups even using starting gates, so they did not solve the problem they were meant to. And without starting gates, there’s no need for qualifications.

Second, rather than 6 or 8 separate races, we’re cutting it down to just three races.

The first two will be shorter, being 5 to 10 laps. The third race will be a longer one, between 20 and 40 laps.

And finally, the points allocations will be adjusted slightly to account for the difference between long- and short- races. The short races will maintain our 4-3-2-1 points breakdown, but the long race will earn double points, eg. 8-6-4-2 points.

There will be two additional points awarded to the winner of the gold medallion for each race. In the event of a tie in the points after the three races are over, a tie-breaking race will be run and the winner of that race will get the extra 2 points and the medallion.

The Official Rules have been updated accordingly to reflect these changes.

Series Six Concluded

Posted by Atashi at 2015.11.19 9.16 in News, Racing

With the 20th regatta yesterday, our sixth season has come to a close.

I think it was a fairly successful season, we had a few new faces join us for a couple races, and one new driver join us for all the races – Ilaria not only made it to all 20 regattas, but also took 3rd place overall in the points!

Second place went to Sandi Omlet once again, after leading the drivers’ championship for a few regattas.

Kim Link held on to her 1st place overall for another season, besting Sandi by 15 points after 20 regattas / 160 races.

Series 6 Totals

Our official races are now on hiatus, likely until January, when we’ll begin Series Seven!

Until then, we’ll continue to meet every Wednesday and Sunday at 2pm Pacific (5pm Eastern) for practise races. During the off-season we do a bit of experimentation with the boats, the format, the course.

See you all at the hydrodrome!

Starting Gates Shuffled

Posted by Atashi at 2015.10.15 10.59 in Racing

We’re halfway through our sixth series, and one thing that has been noted a few times with our starting gates is that the 3-1-2 order was not entirely equitable.

That is, the 1st position, despite being infront of the others, was not in fact the ‘best’ position from which to start.

In deosil races, the 3rd gate seemed best, while the 2nd gate offered a better position when we raced widdershins.

I’ve now shuffled the gates so that the #1 position, and all subsequent slots, are in what seems to be a fairer arrangement.┬áSpace between the rows has also been increased.

If this new arrangement doesn’t work out, we’ll try something else. Feedback is welcome of course.

Starting Gates