The Lake Pupuke Optimist Teams Racing Regatta is a two-day regatta over Saturday and Sunday 2-3 March held on Lake Pupuke off the beach at Sylvan Park. Three person teams will race in their own optmists in a round robin series followed by a finals series on Sunday. The course will be immediately off the shore providing fantastic spectator viewing and a running commentary will be describing the sailing as it happens.
The regatta is open to both Open Fleet and Green Fleet teams, with all fleets combined in the round robin racing but separate finals series held for each of the Open and Green Fleets. The round robin will be based on the Swiss League format (see below) and the finals series will consist of best of three semi-finals and a best of five final.
Saturday 2 March
0800-0900: Registration and Check-In
0915: Welcome and Briefing
1000-late afternoon: Round Robin Racing
Sunday 3 March
0900: Round Robin Racing continues
1300: Knockout Finals Series
The Swiss League
What is a Swiss League? Not a sinister cartel of bankers or chocolatiers, but the name given (of unknown origin) to the system used since 1992 to run the Wilson Trophy and similar large teams racing events. As an alternative to a knock out basis where some teams could find themselves ashore permanently after only a few races or a league system which may result in one-sided races, the Swiss League format allows for more sailing, closer sailing between teams of similar ability, and knowing a team's standing at more frequent intervals.
Here is the recipe :
Place all the teams in a random draw for the first round of races; after that you have winners and losers, and in the second round the winners play the winners and the losers sail against fellow losers. After that you have people who have lost two races, teams that have lost one and won one and some teams that are looking smug because they have won two in a row. Each of the following rounds is drawn on the basis of teams sailing against those with a similar win record; if you have a bad patch you drop down to race against weaker teams, but if you really hit your stride you will end up challenging the top guys and have the chance to remove their afore-mentioned smug expressions. The end result is more balanced races and fewer processions where teams get into a 1,2,3 leading position by the first mark, so that by the time the knockout stage commences, everyone has had plenty of challenging racing.
A computer programme is used to run the Swiss League, keeping track of the results as they come in, sorting out tie-breaks so that at any given moment the overall winning team can be identified, and displaying upcoming races on screens in real time.
Teams will have an allocated area on the lakefront for rigging and parking their boat between races. The round robin racing is continuous so it will be essential that a team captain is aware of when the team is next racing and to launch in plenty of time for the start.
Trailers can be parked in the reserve and boats left in their allocated area overnight as there will be security provided.
A BBQ will be on site providing bacon & egg rolls and burgers, as well as coffee machine. There will also be snacks, home baking and drinks for sale. For those camping in the reserve overnight please note the galley will not be operating in the evening and there will be no alcohol sales.
Notice of Race and Entry Form