- Boats close = umpire close; boats far apart = umpire further away.
- Find the points on the boats which are closest to each other, draw a line between those points and position yourself at a right angle to that line.
- When you have to open up your throttle, you haven't anticipated the situation. Think ahead!
- Never be in the same line as the boats. In front or behind.
- Approaching the starting line, don't get behind both boats, until you are certain they are going to start, better stay on the shoulder of transom.(windward).
- Before entry, discuss the start line bias or if one of the boats is going to be late to enter; otherwise 9 out of 10, Port (blue) cannot cross Starboard (yellow).
Friday, 7 March 2008
Best Positions to Umpire a Match Race
At a Match race event last year we had some extra time on our hands, because there was no wind. The Chief Umpire gave us a couple of pointers about positioning in a short presentation. This is what I wrote in my notebook: