A Match Race: Consists of two identical boats racing against each other. This is a one-on-one duel of strategy and tactics and the objective is simple - to be the first to cross the finish line. A match racing course is always a windward / leeward course and each race takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
The Start: A match race begins four minutes before the starting time when each boat must enter the starting area from opposite ends of the start line. As soon as they enter the starting area they will engage in a pre-start battle as each one tries to gain an advantage over the other. They will both be trying to cause the other boat to infringe a rule and so receive a penalty, or to simply get the most advantageous position on the starting line for themselves so they are in control of the race.
The Umpire: Match racing is officiated by umpires on the water who follow the boats and make instant on-course decisions about whether a penalty is given. The umpire boat will use yellow and blue flags to indicate which boat has been given a penalty or a green flag if no penalty is given. When a boat is penalized it must complete a full circle penalty turn. This can be done at any time during the race before the finish line. If one boat has a penalty and the other also gets one before the first has taken theirs then they are cancelled out. If a boat receives three penalties then it is disqualified.
The Victoria Sailing School: Is going to host a match racing clinic presented by North U (North Sails University). The clinic will take place on the weekend of April 29th through May 1st., starting Friday evening and continuing through Sunday evening. The cost will be $50 per person.
Through out the summer, at least once a month we will be setting up match racing courses and "officially" conducting races. If you are a Why Buy member, there will be a nominal charge for these races - approx $50.