Pursuit Racing Tools

Racing 2020 may seem like an impossible dream, but many of our Members are finding creative ways to get their passions going.

Pursuit racing has been raised many times and with that, there are references & tools that we are collecting for you to consider.

Our own Members are submitting spreadsheets for just this type of racing.

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Hugh Morrin

Nepean Sailing Club

Nepean Sailing Club

I created the attached spreadsheet for the pursuit races that we are planning this year

The spreadsheet is pretty self-explanatory. Data is entered in yellow cells; green cells contain formulae. Given the relatively short races for which this is intended, I've grouped boats into handicap ranges of 3 sec/mile, and used the average handicap. For longer races, one could expand the worksheet to provide a delta for every handicap.

Feel free to share.

 Excel 2010

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Sue Sproule

Bronte Harbour Yacht Club

Bronte Harbour Yacht Club

Here is one I developed with the time functions. The first sheet has instructions, the second sheet has the program. It uses a macro, so you should make sure that macros are enabled in your security settings.

Feel free to use or share according to the Creative Copyright restrictions on sheet 1.


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John Crawley

Port Credit Yacht Club

If you use Sailwave to do your results. It is very simple to get the times.  Using the TOD rating for ratings. Setup the racers, set the distance and give everyone the same finish time.
Print the BCE (Back corrected elapsed time)  This is the corrrected time a boat needs to be faster to tie the winning boat.
The print will show the slowest boat at 0:00:00 and the rest of the boats in order based on the ratings.

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Sail Magazine

published in 2012


Pursuit Racing: A Great Way to Start

I’ve long suspected there are a lot of sailors out there who would love to give racing a try, but don’t for two reasons: 1) they’re worried about trading gelcoat with someone during the controlled chaos that is a conventional starting sequence, and 2) they’re turned off by having to correct their finish time after the racing is done.

 Sail Magazine

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