258 boats, nearly 400 sailors, so far!
Pre-entry saw an incredible last dash and there are now nine classes qualifying for class prizes, including: RS 400, Merlin Rocket, 29er, Laser Standard, RS 200, D-zero, RS Aero 7, Laser Radial and Topper, which all have over 8 boats in their class. There are 60 different boat classes represented in the 258 (pre-entered) fleet.
Hot off the Press - Two! Thames A-Rater are now in the boat mix looking to tower above the rest adding a touch of magic on Saturday, 2017 is setting up for a classic.
ENTERING ON THE DAY
The Entry desk will open at 8:30 am on race day and close at noon, If you are planning to enter on the day please arrive early and head to the clubhouse to complete the forms. Please note there is a 350 cap on entry numbers - once reached, no further entries on the day will be accepted.
The Parent Consent Form is a section on the Entry form found in the Notice of Race. If parent consent is required this form must be signed and handed to the reception team before racing on the day.
The Bloody Mary gates will open 08:00 on Saturday and we encourage the first starters and Toppers, Lasers and youth fleets to get in nice and early. Please keep to the one-way system on the upper level as directed. The one way system will be reversed for departure.
LAUNCHING AND RACING
The course will be posted at many locations at 11:00 and tweeted one hour before the start. We will have plenty of reservoir maps and start lists available on the day. The launch flag is planned to be raised at 11:15. Launching will then begin in strict order of launching colour groups, starting with the slowest classes. Please keep your boat in its allocated rigging area until your launch colour group is called and do not try to join the launch queues early.
Toppers (first start at 12.00) and keel boats needing to use a hoist will be encouraged to pre-launch before 11.15 and tie up to pontoons or buoys. Toppers taking advantage of this must sail off from the pontoons no later than 11.15 or as soon as the launch flag is raised. Once you have launched and are sailing to the start area or waiting to start, please keep clear of boats already racing.
Remember that in a multiclass event like the Bloody Mary you are not permitted to use propulsion even if this is permitted under your class rules.
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Further down in this email there is a link to the briefing video, which we are very pleased to see has had over 400 plays. There is also a link to the 'Weather Live' and 'Weather Forecast' the live feed is from our clubs WindGuru wind station.
Wishing the very best of luck to all those sailing tomorrow. Follow the event on twitter and facebook #bloodymary #GJWsailjuice
The Bloody Mary Team