Since 1 April is fast approaching, I thought it would be a public service to publish the Sailing Instructions for a race we held on 1 April last year.
SPECIAL SAILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR 1 APRIL
As the fairy Puck so eloquently puts it in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
So, fellow fools, let’s celebrate the one day a year dedicated to all of us and have some fun!
As Head Fool for the race scheduled on 1 April, I hereby decree we will race the following course. To the extent this deviates from the Club's Official Sailing Instructions, deal with it.
The course will have 4 marks with the start/finish line in the middle which is also the Gate (following diagram is non-contractual, not to scale and may be wildly different from the actual course):
The single start will be downwind and to complete the course you must round each mark, in any order and on either side, but you must pass through the gate, either way, between each mark rounding.
After having rounded the 4th (or more if you wish) mark, the finish line must be crossed from the leeward side.
The Class flag for the Warning Signal will be a white background with a fish on it – ask your French friends why.
Bonus points awarded to those who correctly calculate the total number of different possible routes.
Please note that RRS 18.1 provides that “Rule 18 applies between boats when they are required to leave a mark on the same side….” Therefore, Rule 18 would not apply to mark roundings in this race and, as Head Fool, I hereby illegally (See RRS 86.1(b)) change Rule 18 to provide simply “At all marks, be careful.”
I trust this is all very clear.
The Committee of Fools on the Committee Boat will try to keep tabs on all and ensure that each boat complies with these rules. In the event the aforesaid Committee fails in its duty, we will rely on the integrity of each fool competing to faithfully and honestly complete the course (assuming he or she can figure it out).
Special prizes will be awarded in the Bar following the race.