As we commence the summer series it is an opportune time to remind competitors about pursuit start sheets.
Pursuit start sheets are defined by start groups, each group starts in minute segments after the first group sails. Ideally the first group sails at the appointed start time – but this is not always the case. The first group start may be delayed due to conditions, tower issues or other reasons.
The first group start sequence is signaled by flags and may be called over the radio by the squadron tower. The following groups are in sequence based on handicap. The gap between groups will be a minute or multiple minutes according to fleet handicaps.
The important point is start groups are not specific time starts, they are time segments after the first starter.
So as an example group 26
If the first group starts at 1800 then group 26 starts at 1826. But if the first group is delayed and starts at 1805 then group 26 start time is 1831.
The message is competitors need to check the tower signals (flags and boards) before determining their own start time.