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Post annotated by jakob :
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Hi everyone,

I create this new thread to discuss the overall concept of the race schedule that the Race Committee should try to set up.

To start the discussion, here are my ideas:

- Every month, one or two major ocean races. These races would be at least one week long, and would form a separate championship.

- For those of us that have problems playing at work (like me!), week-end races almost every week-end of the year. These races would start on Friday evening or Saturday morning, and would be supposed to finish by Sunday afternoon. There would be a separate Week-End Championship.

- For those of us that are too busy during the week-end and resting at work, working man races almost every week of the year. These races would start something like Tuesday morning and finish around Friday morning. Again, there would be a separate championship.

- Drag races of only a few hours, perhaps as a replacement for some of the week-end and working man races.



I think your proposal is great as it addresses the needs of pretty much everybody. With the "short" weekend and workday series being in the 2-3 day timeframe that pretty much takes care of the timezone issue. The "drag races" should be equitatively distributed timezone wise to keep things even.

This is a great first step.


I posted this idea on the Chat, but it could get more lasting feedback here?

Like the recent Orno Races, how about a 'Regatta'. The same race, on several days but with the start time staggered to make all Time Zones able to play equally?

The best time of all finishers is the winner, (if software supports this)?

what about us that can race 24/7/365 ? :-)

what about us that can race 24/7/365 ? :-)

What do you suggest? A race every day? A never-ending race?

--- Last Edited by Incognito at 2009-11-12 17:51:19 ---
Francois, what about us that can race 24/7/365 ? :-)

How about 3 times around Antarctica against the Prevailing

--- Last Edited by Aethereal at 2009-11-12 19:07:07 ---


This was intended as a joke


--- Last Edited by Aethereal at 2009-11-13 00:01:04 ---
None so blind
Or sail around the pacific loop?

Or a race down the Nile, Ganges, Amazon?
If it breaks, it's not strong enough!
Like the recent Orno Races, how about a 'Regatta'. The same race, on several days but with the start time staggered to make all Time Zones able to play equally?

To pick up on this, I think it might be a good idea to discuss the issues of starting times for races.

The shorter the race, the more sensitive the issue, with drag races such as the Orno Runt really problematic.

I feel that it would be useful for the Racing Committee to have some guidelines in this respect.
In another thread, Jakob told us the following:
If I get nicely prepared data I typically put together a NEW race in 1-2 hours. To set up a copy of an old race takes only 15 minutes.
Within the foreseeable future I will have to manage all the race setup. And let me say that I will gladely continue doing this :-)

I have another practical question, Jakob.

Say, the Race Committee comes up with three fully prepared but brand new races, for example one ocean race, one week-end race and one week race, all three to be set up for the next week for example. Is that too much work for you, or is that OK?

If not, then the Race Committee should take care that the work load remains bearable. By recycling older races or by lightening the schedule.
Well hehe, to set up three new races every week is maybe on the high side... but to get things rolling now in the start - sure, no problemo. We must all also have some technical things in mind:
- Too many active boats in relation to server capacity makes the system slower (which is not good, especially for short races). With active boats I mean the sum of all registered boats (that are not finished) in all races that are open. For the moment I think that we do not really want more than 2000 boats active. This limits the amount of races that we can have open in parallel. This also makes long races somewhat "expensive" since we cannot do a lot of other stuff at the same time. But, if SYC grows we will be able to invest in servers to increase capacity. It is mostly a matter of €.
- I can however prepare races for "pre-registration" by a limited group to view and check the course etc.

...one of the guys behind the game...

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