R.U.S.T
Cup Race Series

About R.U.S.T Racing

About R.U.S.T Racing

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How to Participate

How to Participate

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Race Details

Race Details

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Registration

Registration

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The popular R.U.S.T cup race series continues for Season 6 in 2023. Open to everyone, the series includes all classes in short Round the Buoys Mid-week races.

SAILING BOAT RACES IN OTTAWA

About R.U.S.T Racing

We invite you to become a part of the vibrant R.U.S.T. fleet and experience the excitement of our “round the buoys” weekly races, held every Wednesday afternoon from May to October. It’s an opportunity to indulge in thrilling competition while enjoying the company of fellow sailors.
R.U.S.T., which humorously stands for For retired and unemployed/underemployed sailors trophy, caters to boat owners of all classes and designs, with a special emphasis on those who are retired. However, don’t worry if you’re not retired or unemployed – as long as you’re free to sail on Wednesday afternoons, you’re more than welcome to join us!
But that’s not all! R.U.S.T. racing offers much more than just thrilling races. Our events are designed to foster a relaxed atmosphere with minimal stress, where experienced skippers exhibit polite and accommodating behavior. 
Don’t miss out on the camaraderie, excitement, and memorable moments that await you in the R.U.S.T. fleet. Join us as we embark on thrilling adventures and create lasting memories on the water.
JOIN THE R.U.S.T FLEET

Participation and Registration

Ready to set sail with R.U.S.T. racing? To participate, simply follow these steps:

Register with Your Club:

Use your Club’s standard registration form, just as you would for any other race. Remember to check the RUST box to indicate your interest in joining the series.

Notify the RUST Coordinators

Let the volunteer RUST coordinator, Tony Latus, know about your intention to participate. Additionally, inform the RUST scorer, Kirk Robertson, so they can ensure your inclusion in the race.

For complete details and guidelines, be sure to consult the comprehensive 2023 RUST Cup Sailing Instructions (SI). You can find this valuable resource on BYC’s website. If you have any questions or need further information, don’t hesitate to reach out to Tony at bycalias@gmail.com or rustracing@byc.ca. He’ll be more than happy to assist you.
Get ready to embark on an exciting R.U.S.T. racing journey filled with camaraderie, competitive spirit, and a passion for sailing. We can’t wait to have you on board!
RELAXED SAILING RACES IN OTTAWA

R.U.S.T Cup Race Details

Start your R.U.S.T. racing adventure with these important details:
We typically kick off the races at 14:20 on Wednesday afternoons. Mark your calendars and join us for thrilling mid-week sailing action!
Open to all boat types, the R.U.S.T. races welcome a diverse fleet.
Forget about fees and complicated handicap numbers. R.U.S.T. racing eliminates any financial burden or additional paperwork. Simply register in your standard sail configuration, and we’ll assign you an initial handicap accordingly.
The R.U.S.T. race courses are flexible, adapting to the ever-changing wind conditions. The shapes and lengths of the courses are announced in the start area using VHF and voice hail. We ensure that each race provides a fair and challenging experience for all participants.
The NHC (National Handicap for Cruisers) handicap system is the backbone of R.U.S.T. racing. It’s an algorithm-driven system that adjusts your handicap based on your performance. This tried-and-tested system has been refined over the past five years at BYC, with over 1800 boat/race combinations analyzed.
The “rabbit start” is an exciting racing technique where a designated boat, known as the “rabbit,” sets the pace for the other competitors. As the rabbit boat sails ahead, the rest of the fleet attempts to catch up and overtake it. This style of start adds a thrilling dynamic to the races, making it an exhilarating experience for all participants.

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable racing adventure with R.U.S.T. Discover the joy of sailing, the camaraderie of fellow sailors, and the thrill of competition.

EVERYONE IS A WINNER

Finishing The Race
With Integrity

As you sail your way to the finish line, there’s an important tradition that sets the R.U.S.T. Fleet apart: self-recording your finishing click time. Once you cross the line between the distinguished S Mark and the proud BYC’s Flag Staff, take a moment to note your time. It’s a testament to the spirit of sportsmanship and integrity that thrives within our friendly R.U.S.T. community.
After the race, simply email your recorded finishing click time to the dedicated R.U.S.T. scorer. This act of honesty contributes to the overall fair play and transparency that defines our races. Together, we foster an environment where every participant’s efforts are recognized and respected.
Join us on the water, embrace the camaraderie, and celebrate the values that make R.U.S.T. racing an extraordinary experience.
GET TO KNOW THE R.U.S.T FLEET

Season Opener & End of
Season Potluck and Social

Twice a year, the RUSTers come together for a delightful gathering filled with camaraderie and delicious food. These potluck events provide an opportunity to bring your own snacks and delicacies to share with fellow sailors.
Located in the scenic North Harbour area, these gatherings serve as a chance to reconnect with old friends and warmly welcome new members into the RUST community. Keep an eye on your inbox for detailed emails from Tony, which will include all the essential information about these exciting social events. Don’t miss out on the chance to indulge in great food, engaging conversations, and a wonderful sense of belonging.
Don’t miss out on the chance to indulge in great food, engaging conversations, and a wonderful sense of belonging.
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