BYS GPS assisted Mark Laying Course

by / Monday, 13 August 2018 / Published in Latest News

GPS assisted Mark laying course

Last Sunday, the Regatta and Race Management subcommittee conducted a half day seminar on the use of GPS assistance for accurate mark laying. Familiarity and skill in using GPS is not only important and useful for club level  racing, but is a requirement for conducting State and National regattas with the precision expected by competitors.

Our committee aims to progressively up-skill our race management volunteer base so less experienced  volunteers will feel empowered by their new found knowledge to contribute meaningfully to our club’s racing activities. 

The seminar, conducted by Andrew Little, Pete Southwell and Greg Rowland kicked off in the Commodores lounge with a series of presentations about the concept of GPS for navigation, the different global navigational systems available, and examined the standard course geometries, course charts and target times charts as published by World Sailing. 

Afterwards the class jumped into the BYS bus and made its way to Stringer Reserve with a whole bunch of witches hats from the yard to practice laying a standard triangular course, shifting the course due to a windshift and laying a start line. Each participant had their own GPS unit to practice on which maximised the learning opportunity.

The committee will arrange mentoring and on-water opportunities for this group with some of  our future regattas.

 We’re planning on conducting the seminar again during the season. If you’re interested in attending, please contact Andrew Little via [email protected]

Andrew Little

Membership Services and Engagement


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