Sternchases 

In contrast to the usual race, in which boats start together and finish at different times, in a sternchase (or pursuit race) boats start at different times but finish at the same time. This means the startline is uncrowded (less daunting for newcomers), but for the leaders the finish is boat-on-boat, adding to the excitement. To make for a fair race, slow handicap boats start before fast handicap boats, the exact start times being published in advance of the race.

Summary

  • Boats start at different times, depending on their handicap - slow boats start before fast boats.

  • Times for each boat are listed below for two lengths of race: (a) a race in which a boat with a handicap of 1200 races for 90 minutes and (b)a race in which a boat with a handicap of 1200 races for 60 minutes. 

  • The time is displayed from the safety boat on a flip board which counts down the minutes, e.g. 62 61 60 59 58 ...

  • A boat may start as soon as its start time appears on the flip board.

  • All boats finish racing at exactly the same time, when the counted down time (if it were displayed) reaches zero.

  • Finishing positions are exactly as the boats are on the water at the finish time.

  • Further details are available in Race Officer Guidance.

 

 Yacht Start Times (based on FYCA handicaps issued 10 May 2022)

Yacht Handicap Start time for 90 minute race Start time for 60 minute race
Slainte 1260 * 95 63
Abril 1260* 95 63
Mayflower 1212 * 91 61
Piper 1212* 91 61
Countess Linda   1201 90 60
Rebel Rebel   1184 89 59
Sulumar

1151

86 58
Firecracker 1147* 86 57
Kinsman 1116 84 56
Deantoun

1102

83 55
Swirley 1078 81 54

 * Club number, not the FYCA handicap.

 

 Dinghy Start Times (2021 handicaps applied)

  Handicap Start time for race of
90 mins 60 mins
Avon Scow 1456* 109 73
Mirror (S/H) 1380 104 69
Topper 1365 102 68
Pico 1330 * 100 67
RS Feva (2 crew) 1244 93 62
Laser 4.7 1208 91 60
Byte 1190 * 89 60
RS Feva (S/H) 1150 * 86 58
Solo 1142 86 57
Laser Radial 1147 86 57
Byte CII 1135 85 57
RS Vision 1137 85 57
Enterprise 1122 84 56
2000 1114 84 56
Wayfarer 1102 83 55
420 1105 83 56
Laser 1100 83 55
Lark 1073 80 54
RS200 1046 78 52
Tasar 1022 77 51
Sprint 15  926 70 46
Vortex  914 69 46

* the handicap applied is not from the RYA - see Handicaps