Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club
FS 5804, Fleet 23
Corinthian Sailing Club
White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX, USA
quote:[i]Originally posted by sawyerspadre[/i]
[br]There are no prerequisites. The normal mode has been to hold qualifying races to sort out who is in Championship versus Challenger fleets.
In 2007, Fishing Bay held a three day NAC, to allow time for the 50th anniversary celebration. Each skipper chose their fleet, and great racing was had by all, in a more compact time frame.
One somewhat goofy (IMHO) aspect of the 2007 NOR was the rule that if more than 60 boats were in a fleet, the fleet would sail a round-robin format.
There was some controversy over this decision, and some champ fleeters moved down into challenger to get the champ fleet number below 60, so the round robin could be avoided.
This brought some tough competitors such as Michael (who won) into the challenger fleet, but I think the benefit to the fun and fairness of the racing was enhanced in the champ fleet, and it made the challenger fleet bigger and more competitive.
Personally, I liked the three day format. It was a benefit that we could show up on the weekend, weigh-in, rig boats, practice sail on Saturday and Sunday, and race Monday-Wednesday. I went back to work for Thursday and Friday, preserving vacation days.
The only way this could get a little goofy, is if folks register for champ fleet, who may be more suited to challenger, or if really high-level racers register for challenger and blow away the fleet. I don't see a big risk of that, as the Scot skippers tend to be a pretty fair bunch.
I will be there, for my second NAC, happily in challenger, unless we have to sail qualifiers, then, we'll see.
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