EYC parents and members are always encouraged to watch EYC races and regattas, from the EYC pier or from their own boats, and to cheer EYC racers. Please remember a few points of race spectator etiquette:
* Do not provide assistance to a racer from the warning signal until the racer has finished the race. A racer who receives assistance will be disqualified from that race. “Assistance” can include verbal instruction, capsize recovery, boat repair or tuning, or even allowing a sailboat to tie up to a non-racing boat. Of course, don’t let this rule stop you from helping a racer who is in danger. Etiquette does not not trump safety! Assistance and advice is permitted when a competitor is not racing, and cheering is encouraged at all times.
* Spectators in their own boats should stay well clear of the race course. The best place to watch races is from at least 100 yards downwind of the leeward-most mark (or downwind of the start-finish line, if that line is to leeward of all the marks). Remember, the race course can be very wide, and racers will not always steer a straight line between marks. Thus, merely staying out of the straight line between marks may not keep you out of the race course.
* Avoid being upwind of racers. Your boat’s wind shadow may reduce a racer’s wind, for a surprisingly long distance downwind of you. This means that upwind of the weather mark is a bad place from which to watch races.
* Avoid making a wake. Your wake might help one racer and harm another, depending on their position on the course. When anywhere near the race course, drive only at a slow-no-wake speed, except when necessary in an emergency.
Thanks for helping the EYC to make its races as fair and fun as possible for all racers!