The change for summer is the removal of the finish line as an obstacle and the addition of its use as a gate – “G”. The first thing is boats may now come across the S/F line without penalty unless there is a start sequence in process. This will require some additional attention from the RC if you’re running a start for the 2nd group and the 1st group is already headed back. The line will remain an obstacle for the first group until the 2nd group is started.
The 2nd thing is the introduction of the line as a gate. The Gate may be cleared at either end or through the middle (expect as above). I expect that by using the line as a gate, the RC will be able to do a shorten course without moving the boat. For example, if the course were 3 7 G 3 G 7, the RC could finish the group at the G after a 3 to 7 round, or after the next 3 to G. The idea is to have some ability for the RC to manage a light air night and shorten course with the boats coming back to the RC boat instead of the RC running off to some mark – like 3 or 7 in the example.
This will be a challenge for the B/C reaching group start as they do not normally come by the RC until the finish. It will take a different wind and require some planning to route them close to the RC area to take advantage of a gate shortening. However, it would allow RC to finish the first start possibly and still make a cruise to the final mark to finish a shortened B/C group. Or possibly give a shorter reach or a reach on the first leg and a windward or leeward finish for the 2nd start group.
This will take some learning on all our parts. Your patience and attention will be appreciated.