The ‘New’ R.U.S.T. Cup Race Series continues for 2019
Open to Everyone*
All Classes of Boat in a Short Round-the Buoys mid-week Series
2019 RUST Cup SSI
More details: The start time (1415 Wednesday afternoons at S-Mark) gives many boat owners their only chance to go in for a short fun race, without having to muster full crew, or spinnaker. *Solo or fully crewed, with/without spinnaker, any class of dinghy/keelboat (plus anything else that floats and sails) will be assigned an initial NHC handicap & can race successfully*. You do not need a PHRF or Portsmouth number to race in RUST. Courses: We use existing permanent marks (e.g.: Olympic Circle, etc.) on the Bay, ‘Rabbit-Start’ techniques (see below), and require no support from any Club staff. Course shapes/lengths vary according to wind strength and direction. Your finish occurs on rounding S-mark for the final time, and you self-record and later report your time for that race. Obviously, sportsmanship and honesty are highly desirable. Also, terrorising small dinghies with massive yachts is not what RUST is about. We have expert volunteers lined up as Scorer, Handicapper, Fleet Rep and Start (Rabbit) Boat to kick off our 2nd season. Talk to some of the 2018 RUSTees around the Clubhouse. The RUST Cup is up for grabs!
The Rabbit Start: (for those not quite sure what’s involved): The ‘Rabbit Boat’ (easily identifiable) executes a specific set of manoeuvres, as described in the SSI, and provides a minute-by-minute count-down of sound signals. Once that set of pre-determined manoeuvres and signals is completed, you get a start signal and the Rabbit’s wake essentially becomes your expanding start line. The line terminates at a certain point, depending on the number of boats in that particular race (that’s to prevent excessive crowding). The RUST Cup SSI contains a full description and time sequence. And remember, it’s not JAM or PHRF racing; you register for RUST in any configuration you like and will be handicapped accordingly. We really hope to see you out there. It’s a lot of fun and RUST NEVER SLEEPS!!