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I am looking forward to going to Dallas and meeting many international friends and skippers going as far back as the 1978 RM and IOM Worlds held in Durban.
It will also be a great opportunity to meet those responsible for conceiving and producing this great boat for all of us to enjoy.
With a lack of large fleet competition in recent years I am rather apprehensive and believe the starts will be extremely important. Hope to enjoy and give of my best.
This will be my first Big Regatta and I’m glad to be going with Des as he has a wealth of experience in many previous World Championships.
I can only do my best, and I am looking forward to meeting all the other competitors, and I am sure I will learn allot.
My Motto is “KISS” -
The event venue is at the Bass Pro Shop at Lake Hubbard, Garland Texas USA.
This is a battle tested, world class radio sailing venue. TRYC & AMYA have hosted several national events here including the 2010 IOM USA NCR, 2016 DF95 USA NCR, and the 2017 IOM USA NCR.
The dock is used as a control area, it is over 270 meters long and 4 meters wide. It curves along the shore providing excellent sight lines and the flexibility for the Race Committee to set long square, consistent courses with the prevailing north south winds, or even an east course if needed in the event of the crazy Texas weather.
Lake Ray Hubbard is a freshwater reservoir with a 10 kilometer fetch from the south of the dam. In prevailing winds there is great wind and wave action providing a fantastic test of sailing for the competitors.
This is a popular destination for windsurfing / kite boarding with the Windsurf Bay Park right around the corner.
Considering a large majority of the skippers for the DF95 Global will already have a big investment in time and money for international travel, the primary goal of the Host Committee is to provide a competitive , fun regatta with the maximum amount of racing at a minimal cost
The 2018 DF95 GIR Host Committee did an exhaustive analysis of available scoring methods and systems, and we determined the best and most efficient system available to was the Simple Heat Racing System (SHRS), developed by Roy Granich (New Zealand) in conjunction with the automatic heat and live scoring system employed by Harry Drenth (Netherlands)from Sailing Today.
The SHRS system is similar to race scoring used in larger sailing regattas and will allow us to complete races in 4 heats (instead of typical S heats used under the HMS promotion /relegation system) for the 80 boats in this regatta, and will allow for a far simpler 3 man protest committee (Consisting of an International Judge as committee chair, a National Judge, and one other qualified person) to be employed, in conjunction with a skipper based Observer System, to ensure fair sailing, and reducing overall regatta costs usually associated with an big international radio sailing events.
SHRS also allows for racing to continue while protests are heard M most cases , not holding up the regatta needlessly.
The event will be run with 10 Races of initial Preliminary Rounds ( with 2 discards). The Preliminary Scores will then carry into the Championship round, the competitors will be split into 4 final fleets based on the preliminary score results:
Championship Fleet / Places 1-
Gold Fleet / Places 21-
Silver Fleet / Places 41-
Bronze Fleet / Places 61-
With each fleet consisting of 20 boats each for the remainder of the regatta. Races will be run for each fleet with the following discard schedule: 4,8,12,16. Awards will be given for the top ten places of the Championship Fleet, and for the winner of each Gold, Silver, and Bronze Fleet. A more detailed outline of the SHRS system can be found below (The Race Committee may modify SHRS specifically for the 2018 DF95 Global Invitational Regatta) :