The Pacer is the "Yachting Australia Preferred Equipment" for School and Youth Team Racing in Australia.
The purchase of the Pacers could only have been possible due to very generous donations by Club members referred to as the “foundation”.
The Pacer is a two person centreboard dinghy. It has three sails – main, jib and spinnaker –however, the spinnaker is not used during Team Racing. The boats are distinctive and recognisable as the class rules specify that the sails are made of blue sailcloth. When used for Team Racing is it usual for 3 boats to have the standard blue jibs and the other 3 boats to have white jibs – therefore identifying the two Teams.
The Pacer is also suitable for use as a “learn to sail” training boat. With comfortable seating, simple rigging and an optional high tensile rubber bow (for greater protection), they are a good dual purpose boat.
Many yacht clubs, schools and sail training establishments throughout Australia have invested in a fleet (usually 6 to 7 boats) to use for both sail training and for school, youth and adult Team Racing
The objective of the purchase is to:
- Invest in the future generations of sailors
- Get as many members enjoying the sport of sailing
- To increase and improve participation in Sail Training Activities
- Increase dinghy sailing participation at the club.
- The recognised format for the Team Racing World Championship involves racing in two handed dinghies, three a side. The boats are provided by the organisers to ensure that they are evenly matched, and are of a type that can be sailed effectively without there being a premium on strength or an optimum weight. This means there is no gender advantage for boys or girls.
- The two teams of three race to try and achieve a winning combination of places – the lowest score wins. The scoring system is usually: 1st place – 1 point 2nd place – 2 points 3rd place – 3 points and so on.
- A team that scores ten or less is therefore the winner, so that 2,3,4 beats 1,5,6 – being first past the post does not guarantee glory!
- To maintain order and competitiveness all racing umpired on the water. Everything happens very quickly and there is no better school for tactical decision making and understanding of the rules.
- The Pacers allows for inter club competitions against clubs such as Sorrento, Blairgowrie, Westernport, Ranelagh, Davey’s Bay to name a few.
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