Thoughts, Hints and Tips

This page is just a collection of thoughts, basic explanations for newbies and some hints and tips.  This will be added to as they come to mind - or suggest something to include

Perfect Minutes  (Added in 2015)

You may hear ROs talk about taking the next “Perfect Minute” for the next warning signal or whatever - so first of all what is it?  A perfect minute is when you start a five minute sequence on the next five minute - e.g. 15:05 or 15:10 would be perfect minutes.

Why do it? - It is usually easier for your timekeeper to think in five minutes segments if they start on a Perfect Minute. The competitors usually like us to do this as it means they do not have to reset their watches.

However when time is short or sometimes on a general Recall where it is definitely the fleet at fault and not our line then you may, signal the recall, and one minute later take 1st Sub down and start the new sequence two minutes after the recalled start.

Call a Flag a Foxtrot Lima Alpha Golf  (Added in 2015)

Well actually this is really about calling a flag by its phonetic name when on the CB  i.e. Say “two minutes to Tango up” rather than T up - it just makes sure that we don’t mistake a T for a P or a D or whatever.

Time Gentlemen Please  (Added in 2014)

Well actually I prefer to use the female of the species as my timekeeper as this job requires concentration that most of my male friends don’t have! (Bound to get in trouble for this and Michael Barry is the exception - not just because he is bigger than me!)

Anyway what I really intended to talk about was what the timekeeper actually says.  I much prefer them to give me the time to the next signal, and what that signal is and leave it at that. i.e.  “1 minute to Papa Down” is good, “Two minutes to the start” is equally valid but not as useful.

During the five minute sequence I also like to hear the time every thirty seconds, every ten seconds in the last minute and a full countdown from ten seconds.

I will usually get my timekeeper to give me a count down to the last perfect minute, five minutes before the warning signal or attention flag, so that I can have my own countdown watch running before we start the sequence.

When is a Flag not a Flag? - When it’s a Board   (Added in 2014)

Rule 25.3 allows us to use “an other object of similar appearance” instead of a flag and there are some instances when this is a must - signalling a course change at a leeward gate - if using a flag it is almost impossible to see from the approaching boats.  Making up flags on something like Corriboard (the stuff Estate Agents use for their signs) is easy and cheap.