The map shows the new mark positions starting in March 2022. Mark 0 has been added to the lake and is in place where mark 1 used to be. Marks 1 through to 4 have been moved around the lake and marks 5 onwards remain in their place.
This will allow an extra mark along the eastern bank of the lake and should reduce the need for the Race Officer to move marks to be able to set the course they need.
Why have we added a new mark?
Feedback from Race Officers suggests that marks 3 and 4 were often being moved around to create the right sailing angle. This often meant that they were not in their usual place for the following week which then causes a knock-on effect. By having an extra mark along the eastern bank, we now have multiple options for sailing angles without having to move the marks.
One example would be the start of a lap in a south westerly. You now have multiple options to generate the second beat depending on what the wind is forecast to do without moving a mark: 3 to 6, 4 to 5, 3 to 5 or 4 to 6. In easterly winds, there are now more options for the opening beat without moving marks.
Are we getting a new course guide?
Yes. We are finalising a new course guide with updated advice and instructions for the Race Officers. In the meantime, the previous courses have been updated here for you to use from the previous RO guide: