Monday Night Pursuit Race Series

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Kenneth nilsen

May 20, 2024, 9:34:07 AMMay 20
Two weeks from today is the first of this four (and potentially more) race series. Please come on out and give racing a try. If not fully confident we can try and find more experienced racers to join you!

Thank You,
Kenneth Nilsen

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From: Kenneth nilsen <>
Date: April 25, 2024 at 7:12:54 PM EDT
To: Billy Menninger <>
Subject: Fwd: [MSSA] Monday Night Pursuit Race Series

Thank You,
Kenneth Nilsen

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From: John Baker <>
Date: April 25, 2024 at 2:20:43 PM EDT
To: MSSA Group <>
Subject: [MSSA] Monday Night Pursuit Race Series

Attention Sailors!

Have you ever wanted to experience the thrill of sailing in a yacht race?

Did the start sequence, close quarters sailing and overly-competitive nature of a conventional racing put you off?

The Navigators Pursuit Race may be for you.  We have prepared a new race series to mitigate your concerns.  This is intended to make racing your yacht and easy, rewarding experience. Utilizing your sailing skills to get around a set course with other boats in ‘pursuit’ can make for an exciting evening aboard your boat.

The Navigators Pursuit Race is open to ALL sailors regardless of club or sailing association affiliation. The Mount Sinai Sailing Association is organizing this no-cost, open event.  Racing will be conducted on Monday nights, the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th of June, on the waters between Mount Sinai and Port Jefferson Harbor.  Anyone with a suitable mono-hull sailboat can come out and sail the course.

The Pursuit Race format provides a starting time for each competitor based on their handicap rating. Thus, the starting line is not crowded with boats trying to cross the line ahead of, or in an advantageous position to their competitors. This results in a more relaxed starting line, where some boats are given a ‘head start’, and the other boats ‘pursue’ the one ahead. During the race, boats will converge, presumably near the finish line. Since the handicap was applied at the race start, the finish order is the final result. In a pursuit race, slower boats have a chance to lead the race. They will know how well they are doing by the rate in which the faster boats close on their lead.  This provides a better sense of their performance and provides encouragement to keep their lead position. The Navigator's Course will be established to provide a combination of broad reaching and upwind legs around a series of marks that will put on emphasis on navigation skills to sail the course.

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