2020 Pursuit Races
June 19th - Pursuit Race #1
July 3rd - Pursuit Race #2
August 7th - Pursuit Race #3
October 3rd - Potluck Pursuit Race
The Eastern YC invites all area racing, cruising and one-design keel boats to join us for Evening Pursuit Races each month this summer! Racing will feature an easy-to-navigate course around government marks & islands in Salem Sound.
The Pursuit Race format is user-friendly and eliminates the complicated timing of handicap races and also eliminates the crowded and sometimes intimidating starting line. Handicaps are built in to start times, with slower boats starting first and faster boats' starts delayed to allow slower boats the head start they deserve. With staggered starts, most boats get their own start - rather than fighting off the crowds on the start line, a boat must simply know their assigned start time, listen for the timer on the VHF to "count them in" to their start and off they go. The winner of the race is the first to cross the finish line - no complicated time corrections to compute in the scoring office!
For one-design boats, Pursuit Races offer a "race within a race". Each one-design class will start together at their designated time. They'll have the challenge of being the first of their class to finish, while also trying to chase down the fleet (or hold the fleet off!) for overall honors.
The EYC will host all sailors in the EYC Sailing Center after racing for light refreshments, a chit/cash bar, and impromptu prizes.