Most events now use the HLS system as a starting point. Scheduled for which are available from K-Sail. A HLS round is often followed by gold, silver and bronze leagues and then a semis and a final.

Other systems include seeding leagues + Gold Silver Bronze, and the Swiss League. Various schedules are saved at the bottom of the Event Management Page  Anyone organising an event is welcome to use them - thanks to Bruce and Amanda Hebbert, Jo Lucas and Ralph Tingle. The key to using them is to get familiar with their layout, some of them will calculate scores for you - study them!

Careful thought should be given to the number of teams which your event can accommodate, the number of flights of boats you will need, also getting the Umpires and your volunteers. Train your volunteers - a good Course Manager, Starter and Results Team can make a big difference to your event. 

Whilst it is possible to run an event for 32 teams over two days individual teams will get very little time on the water. 24 Teams is generally considered to be a maximum number, with an optimum of 20. 

The number of flights of boats should be considered carefully. With one flight of boats you will be doing very well to get three races in one hour. Race target times are 5-10 mins but changeover and pre-start eat the time even with no breakages. You are being optimistic if you say 10am to 4pm means you can run 18 races with one flight of boats. Two flights you could look to double the number of races without any need to extend the time. At three flights on a single course you will still get delays. However, on a single course four flights is about the maximum you can use. It is rare to have three races running at once, while the fourth flight changes over. Often you can manage with three flights and a couple of spare boats in case of breakages. 
The Event Time Calculator may assist you in calculating the likely time needed to run an event.
The format of the event can also be considered - Leagues are easy to understand and can be hand calculated. The Wilson Swiss League is more complicated and inevitably requires a competent computer operator. Something of a compromise has been developed recently with the Hebbert-Lucas Sammons (HLS) system. This enables the schedules to be pre-printed and avoids the problem of printer breakdown, lack of ink/paper. 

With the advent of the modern Firefly Boats have become more evenly matched, so the emphasis even distribution between sets of boats has become less important and schedules have concentrated on reducing the number of changeovers, so that it can be achieved with minimal crowding on the jetty or done by a support boat - depending on the layout of your lake.

Schedules are generally in Exel format. Instructions may be found on the first page. Don't forget to look at the tabs at the bottom of the page for the workbook/schedule you want. Some schedules have various "break out" points, where results can be achieved or progress to a knock out stage can be achieved. Some have been seeded so that the later stages should produce the vital races. Some have calculators where results can be entered and the spreadsheet will check their validity and populate a results grid - but space has been left so that results can be entered by hand on the printout, if you do not have a computer and printer on site.

Think carefully about the form you want your competition to take. If the teams vary in skill you may want quick first round, which will enable you to seed the next round (and thereby get better racing), but you should allow a team which starts slowly an opportunity to redeem themselves. If the teams are less skilled. a longer course (around 10mins) will give them more opportunity to process their thoughts.

On a practical note we recommend the use of a laser printer, if possible, as they are quicker and inkjet does tend to smudge easily in the sailing environment. Plastic filing pouches can provide some protection.

Various people have contributed schedules. Each have their strengths, use the one you find most comfortable. If you need a specific schedule you can contact Jo Lucas by e-mail at - just remember that schedules take time and Jo has to work.

Although in Excel format the pages should work on Open Office. This is an open source suite of software which you can download using the link.