Example Sailing Race Courses

Shown here are some examples of course illustrations. Click here for suggestions on setting buoys or marks.

Course example #1

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This course is frequently used. Options include (1) varying the interior angles of the triangle (45 degrees-90 degrees-45 degrees and 60 degrees-60 degrees-60 degrees are common), (2) deleting the last windward leg, (3) using a gate instead of a leeward mark for downwind legs (not reaches), (4) using an offset mark at the beginning of downwind legs (not reaches), and (5) using the leeward and windward marks as starting and finishing marks. Be sure to specify the interior angle at each mark.

 

Course example #2


This course is frequently used. Options include (1) increasing or decreasing the number of laps, (2) deleting the final windward leg, (3) using a gate instead of a leeward mark, (4) using an offset mark at the windward mark, and (5) and using the leeward and windward marks as starting and finishing marks, respectively.

 

Course example #3

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Trapezoid courses are becoming more common in multi-class regattas. Options include (1) adding additional legs, (2) using gates instead of leeward marks for downwind legs (not reaches), (3) varying the interior angles of the reaching legs, (4) using an offset mark at the beginning of downwind legs (not reaches), and (5) finishing boats upwind rather than on a reach. Be sure to specify the interior angle of each reaching leg. It is recommended that Mark 4 be different from the starting mark.

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