Courses for keelboats change in 2021 because of change to fixed lap count and separation of the finish line from the repetitive part of those courses.
Courses are provided in three forms. The SI contains the official version of the courses. We provide two forms of unofficial aids to understanding the courses. One is a highly schematic sketch of the course layout as visualized by a couple of engineers who are overly familiar with the layout. The other is a similar sketch using the ‘google earth’ view of clear lake as a backdrop. Both are useful to the more visual types who insist on images but are far from perfect. Here are some of the major issues reported over the years.
- These course “schematics” do not follow map conventions.
- They are a strictly schematic representation of official intent. This means that details should not be taken literally.
- They are not to scale nor do they give specific direction (course direction is set by the wind, so could vary by 90 degrees or more from the sketches)
- Some features, such as the shoal, are actually not specifically marks or features of the course, hence may or may not be within the course boundary.
- Pathways shown between marks are not expected actual pathways (unless your boat sails well directly upwind) This is normal for sailing courses.