New web cam for 2018. Also Race Office weather panel.
Now fitted out for racing 'Stan' replaces our elderly Shetland. Which has been with us for number of years and has served as well. But its time to move-on, easier access, good all round visibility, better anchor-handling and decent shelter from wind, rain and even the sun!
We are still working on these 'instructions' for its use and there will very minor amendments to the race instructions. Flags are on poles and the sequence remains the same.
Plans and costings are being done for an electric winch anchor winch to be fitted for the next season.
But what is the yellow flag for?
It is a sight-line for the Duty Officer and shows you (and the DO) the start/finish line to the 'pin-end'.
All the main race flags are on poles and should be prepared for placing before timer starts. There are a couple of spare flag sticks and a new set of flags to fly on them for special events
The yellow marker start-line can be placed in any slot. If the weather is bad put it up near the cabin.
- • The engine is more powerful than any other boat in our fleet. Warn your crew to hold on before opening the throttle in either direction
- • Use the kill cord.
- • The boat has considerable windage. Be generous with chain when anchoring. Take a transit to ensure that the anchor is holding
Operating the boat
The ignition key and kill cord are kept in the main key locker. Ensure that they return there at the end of the day.
You should not need to fuel the boat. It should be sufficiently fuelled to last the day. The tank is under the cockpit floor and filled, using a funnel from the fuel store, via a red filler cap starboard aft.
Locate the red battery isolation switch in the port after locker and turn it to show a green segment. Check that you have power by trial operating an auxiliary or light.
Remove and pack away the anti bird net (into the sail bag). Mentally record how it fits so that it can be refitted at the end of the day.
Starting the engine- The engine should have been left raised. ENSURE THAT THE ENGINE IS LOWERED BEFORE STARTING IT. The key switch has a note - "press for choke". Obey that for starting from cold. There is a water tell-tale to check but no light.
Where is the battery isolation switch?
At the rear, right-hand side. For the nautical that is the stern locker, port side. It is best to turn off the master switch at close of play in case a light or instrument has been left on.
Timer & Horns
The boat has been set up to operate either of the two race timers. The timers can be placed in brackets within or without the cabin. Leads are long enough to stretch to the two positions without disconnecting and losing data. The socket for the timer plug is under the air horn panel (see image and description below). Don’t forget to turn the plug to lock it once it is fully inserted.
The twin air horns are powered via a small aluminium panel just inside the door. Spare fuses are labelled. The horns (on the cabin roof) should be inclined downward slightly to prevent water ingress.
Press-button switches for the horns are provided within and without the cabin.
A beam is located, normally on the port side, with sockets to accept flags on aluminium poles. One flag/pole combination, coloured yellow, is longer than the others and forms the boat end of the start or finish line. This can be positioned in any of the sockets to suit the conditions and preferences of the duty crew. The finish position for this pole need not be the same as the start position . However; it must not be moved during the start sequence or the finishing process.
The yellow pole is too long to fit in the cabin space so is stored (with the flag rolled) under the beam.
The usual flags required for race management are pre-prepared on poles and stored within the cabin. These should be selected and placed so as to be to hand ready for the start sequence. To assist in identification the lower end of each pole has identifying colours and/or marks which give a clue as to the flag on the far end.
There are a couple of spare poles, and a new set of flags to fly on them, for special events.
All the poles are plugged at both ends and have been confirmed to be buoyant. If any pole loses a plug please record this in the Bosun’s log.
Remember that sailors take official timing from raise and drop of the flags and could theoretically protest if flags do not move smartly up and down at the correct time.
The course board from the previous committee boat has been transferred over to “Stan” so should be familiar. It mounts on a short aluminium tube fitted in a white plastic socket on the quarter.
How is it anchored?
Stop the boat head to wind and upwind of the desired final position. Move slowly astern and lower the anchor so that chain does not build in a heap on top of it. The rough guide is to pay out a chain length three times the water depth. The maximum reservoir depth is 10 m.
When the chain is paid out take a transit of two objects in line across the wind to check that the anchor is not dragging. If in doubt pay out more chain/rope.
When recovering the anchor swill the chain to remove the black silt. A bucket is provided. The chain locker has a drain so that can also be swilled.
Ensure that the chain is fed via the lid cut-out, as shown, to avoid damage to the lid.
How best can I approach the pontoon?
On the windward side, come parallel to the pontoon and let the wind push you on. The boat has a lot of windage. and needs a lot of space clear off rescue boats.
At end of the day
- Remove 1. THE TIMER. 2. RADIO and 3. IGNITION KEY with KILL CORD. Return these to the proper places.
- Clean mud from the anchor, chain, foredeck and chain locker.
- Return the boat to its mooring. A rope loop is provided to fit, with two turns, round the Samson Post. If done correctly the stainless chain will be over the bow roller and the chain swivel should be clear of the boat and free to function.
- Raise the engine.
- Turn the battery isolating switch to the off position.
All the control panel switches should be in the left hand position at end of day. This leaves the automatic bilge pump functional. It takes power from the battery side of the master switch.
- Fit the anti bird net.