Bartley Burn Out
Are any of the local Merlins going to be there?
yeah i'll be there! Biggsy will too.
my dad and chris martin will be there to
dickie is also.
is there any other midland boats going to bartley tommorow?
Smokin will be there.
Sorry, not me. I'll be training, race officering and then bar stewarding at Midland. Why not drop in for a pint after you win the Burnout!
Has anyone got a copy of the results they can post or pm?
results were a bit messed up so you will prob have to email bartley sorry!!!!
Ben, only three results count really, who was the first Merlin, who won overall and was there anyone behind me?!!!!
1) Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis (2nd Overall)
you are not jokeing we show a dnf when they finished the boats either side of us should of been a 12th to count and about 8th overall. even the OD gave up and came and sat in the bar as they tried to make the results up!!!
Alan Birch OOD
I should like to apologise sincerely to all who raced in the Burn Out, and particularly those Merlin sailors who were inconvenienced. The truth of the matter was that the system of finishing required by the sailing committee could not cope with 62 boats. The recorders were swamped, in one case literally, as the support boats went back through the fleet and boats were missed or some sail numbers incompletely recorded because of the angle presented to the support boats.It was very difficult to sort out this mess and it took ages. Lessons have been learnt!
Alan, I have every sympathy with you. We run the Starcross Steamer at SYC and we've tried many different ways of finishing over the years. The fairest way is to have the finishing boat power down the fleet and capture each sail number but this relies on the competing boats playing their part and making sure they are in a good position to be recorded and that they hold station in relation to other boats. It's not a lot of help if they decide to bang a corner on the last beat just before the finish signal!!!
One useful trick is to ask people to sign off and declare the sail numbers (and classes) of the boat ahead of them, and the boat behind. This can be used to reconstruct the finishing order later, and stops anyone lying because each placing can be double-checked.
Burgfield for their Wednesday evening summer races use a continually adjusting personal handicap pursuit with up to 75 boats: so by the end of the series all the boats are finishing in under 5 minutes.
Oh Dear oh dear, I really do feel for Bartley and the mess they have got into.
Mags is correct. They certainly adopt this procedure in the Round The Island race. (1700 boats)