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    Schedules

    Schedules are now saved on the Running Events 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. - though this is a work in progress.

    Careful thought should be given to the number of teams which your event can accommodate. 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 an optimum number. Similarly, the number of flights of boats should be considered. With one flight of boats you will be doing very well to get three races in one hour. Racing may be 10 mins but changover 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. More flights only extend the time slightly so with two flights you could look to double the number of races without any need to extend the time. 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 system.

    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 we 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.

    Instructions for schedules may be found on the first page. Don't forget to look at the tabs at the bottom of the page for the 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 format of competition you will use. If the teams vary in skill you may want a first round of very small leagues, which will enable you to seed the next round, but where posible you should allow a team which starts slowly an opportunity to redeem themselves.

    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 schedules@teamracing.org - 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.