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Either the best friend or worst enemy of the competitors, the line

sight person is responsible for several functions. Competitors

have two minutes from their preparatory signal to enter the

starting box. The line sight monitors this and if they fail to

complete, signals the penalty. More exciting yet, many starts

are determined by inches. If one or both boats are over early at

the start, it is the responsibility of the line sight person to make

the correct call, put up the correct flag (blue, yellow or both) and

watch until the boats have successfully restarted. This is usually

one of the most exciting and challenging tasks for the Race

Committee (RC). At very close finishes, the line sight is usually

backed up by the Principal Race Officer (PRO) to determine the

winner of the match.


ongressional Cup is all about the sailing teams who race

for the Cup. They must study and prepare for the weather

conditions each day. They must understand all of the racing

rules and be able to make split-second decisions. They must

deal with equipment problems. They must practice as a team to make sure that

every maneuver and detail is not overlooked. In the end, the really good teams

make it look easy. There is another team on the water each day that often operates

out of the limelight, but is a key component to a successful Congressional Cup. This

team is comprised of typically 12-15 people who are out on the water for six to eight

hours each day.


There are at least four sound

signals for every single match. LBYC uses basic air horns for most

functions. The sound signal person must have a high level of

concentration at all times during the starting sequence. A wrong

horn at the wrong time may result in a protest from a competitor

or a request by the umpires to terminate the match and start over.

Over the years, the Congressional Cup sound signal person has

developed a system of holding a horn in each hand and firing

both at the same time in the event that one fails.


LBYC was one of the first clubs to use a digital

recorder as a timing source. Affectionately known as “Larry”,

named after long-time Quartermaster Larry Lane whose voice

is on the recordings, the timer has become a trusted piece of

technology. The PRO, DPRO and scorer also keep time by hand

and, in the event of a malfunction on the digital timer, the

scorer typically takes over calling the time.


The bosun is on the water at all times with a

supply of tools, spare parts and any other items that might be

needed for a repair to one of the Catalina 37s. The bosun is

on the spot immediately after a collision or breakdown and has

the responsibility of getting the boats back racing as soon as

possible so there is not a break in the action.