Twilight series scheduling 2014

Some members who enjoy racing but struggle to make it to the lake on a Sunday have enquired if it would be possible to extend the Twilight series which runs on a Wednesday evening by moving the start time forward.

The limiting factor as to whether this is possible is the time at which sunset occurs. The figure below (click on it to enlarge it) shows the current situation based on a race starting at 7:15pm and an approximate duration of 60 minutes, which is typical for those last to finish.

sunset times

By moving the start time forward to 7pm, there would be the possibility to start the series 2 weeks earlier i.e. 2nd week of April rather than the last week, and finish the series one week later, i.e. 1st week of September rather than the last week of August.

This could be considered for the 2014 Twilight series at the AGM is there is sufficient interest. Please let the sailing secretary know your thoughts on this subject.

Other factors to consider are that average attendence for the Twilight series during 2013 was 11 boats per race, with the highest turnouts typically occuring during the summer months, and that more dates will mean extra duties which will need to be filled by the members.

Jon Edwards

I started messing about in boats at school, did my National Elementary Dayboat Certificate (a predecessor of the current level 2) in 1980 and have carried on ever since. My first sail at Shotwick Lake was back in '91 and I've been a member for the majority of the years since. My boat owning history is very simple; I don't do "narrow" as testified to by an International Moth, 2 Merlin Rockets and 2 RS300's, all of which are between 6' 7" (2m) & 7' 5" (2.25m) wide! But that said I'll sail almost anything and have in most cases, including the Laser, Laser 2000, Topper, Solo, Wanderer, Albacore, Wayfarer, RS400, RS100, RS700, 59er, Pico, Laser 4000, RS Vareo, Enterprise, Scorpion ..... Racing is very much my thing in all its forms, whether it is around the cans at Shotwick, the Merlin Rocket nationals around Olympic triangle courses with 1 1/2 mile beats, the Lord Birkett on Ullswater (200 boats; 19 miles) or the Round the Isle of Sheppey race (32 miles) with the unique feature of having to capsize the boat to get it under the bridge. I've even managed to fit in team racing in Pico's too! And as I advance in age I've even ventured in to yachting, doing the round the Island race on a couple of occasions. This is an annual race around the Isle of Wight with up to 1,500 yachts of all shapes and size participating.