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.