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 7 in 2024. Open to everyone, the series includes all classes and even unique designs in short Round the Buoys Mid-week races. The RUST Fleet is now the largest regularly-racing fleet in this area.

SAILING BOAT RACES IN OTTAWA

About R.U.S.T Racing

The RUST Series provides a unique opportunity for all boat owners, of all classes, to compete in short races as a single fleet, every Wednesday afternoon. RUST is short for Retired and Unemployed/Underemployed Sailors Trophy (see the SI for more details).

The guiding principles of the RUST Series are to provide a relaxed and friendly racing environment, to be welcoming to novice or less experienced racers, while still remaining satisfying for all levels of racing skill.

Accordingly the Series’ details, as set out in the RUST SI, are neither designed nor intended to create a serious, highly-competitive event.

No PHRF or Portsmouth Certificate is required, and there are no fees. Just register for racing as usual with the club registrar. RUST uses the National Handicap for Cruisers system, explained further at the link on the RUST Documents page.

The fleet consists of about 40 boats, as of 2023, with some participating in every race all season, and others only occasionally. You may expect 12-15 boats on the start line, and in mid-summer we often see 20 or more.

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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 course is announced by the Rabbit boat, normally 10 minutes before start time. Course marks may be any of the available Olympic Circle marks, which may require either Port or Starboard rounding, as needed to create a suitable course shape and length. In the event of a simple windward-leeward course, the windward mark will always be rounded to Port. When feasible, the Rabbit Boat will confirm the Start Area & all course marks on VHF Channel 06, and will also hail boats directly. . In the event of East or North winds, that Start Area may be moved to P or Q mark, and the start time will be delayed sufficiently for boats to make the additional transit. 

NHC (National Handicap for Cruisers) is an RYA-developed, easily adopted handicap method, which applies boat performance concepts known & used internationally to analyse and adjust handicap numbers. NHC will handicap individual boats, as no two boats are exactly the same, and will take account of size & configuration, weight of boat, LWL etc. After the initial handicap number has been calculated and used in the first race, each boat develops its individual ‘club number’, as the algorithm updates after each race, according to performance of the vessel & crew.. Handicaps increase faster, after good race results, than they fall after poor results. This tried-and-tested system has been refined over the past six years at BYC, with around 2000 boat/race combinations analyzed. The best racers, with a well-prepared boat, will always succeed in the overall series results.

The RUST Rabbit Start procedure follows the Duluth Yacht Club instruction at: Duluth Yacht Club – Rabbit Start Intructions [NB: the spelling error is valid]. The purpose of the Rabbit Start is to allow a fleet of racers to conduct their own start without the requirement for any mark-set boat, Race Committee, or pin. The Rabbit Boat conducts a specific set of maneuvers prior to, and during the actual start. The wake of the Rabbit becomes the start line, which lengthens as the Rabbit sails past, and away from, an existing permanent race mark. The Rabbit Boat continues to sail close-hauled, creating the start line, for a length of time sufficient to give space for all racers to execute a safe start. All boats give way to the Rabbit Boat until the end of the Starting Period.

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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