Predicted Log Challenge

The NEWPORT YACHT CLUB has issued a challenge to the BARRINGTON YACHT CLUB for a predicted log competition.

When: Saturday, October 8

Where:  The course will be provided in your packet but will be a course from Barrington to Newport utilizing government marks.  There is no set time for departure.

Awards:  The predicted log competition has been a tradition at BYC for many years.  Awards are given at the November Awards Ceremony at BYC.  This year with the challenge by NYC we will be announcing the winner and distributing the award in Newport on October 8.  The location will be announced as we get closer to the Columbus Day Cruise.

Boats come in many shapes and sizes.  No two are exactly alike.  Looking out into the harbor from BYC one can distinguish between two different types of boats:  those with a mast to which sails are affixed to power the boat along using the wind, and those without a mast that rely on some form of mechanical power to move them through the water.  On any given day in the bay you will see sailboats competing in regattas.  Sailboat racing is a very big part of the BYC tradition.  Although there are many challenges in sailboat racing the primary objective is to get the boat around a course faster than anyone else in your class.  But what about our friends who choose to “sail” on powered boats?  Relative speed between power boats is often less a matter of seamanship than of horsepower.  So how do they satisfy the competitive urges that we all share?  The PREDICTED LOG COMPETITION that’s how.

Predicted Log Competitions are similar to road rallies on the water.  All you have to do is predict the time your boat will take to get from point to point on a designated course without adjusting your throttles.  You do the predictions in advance then run the course in your boat on the day of the competition without clock or speedometer.  An observer aboard, perhaps your spouse, records the time at each point afterward the actual times are compared with the predictions to determine the error.  Trophies are awarded to the winners with the lowest errors at the end of the race.  You don’t have to be a mathematician to be successful.  In fact many first time entrants have won the competition.  You simply need to know how your boat will perform at a particular RPM and factor in things like wind and current in advance.       

Here is a link to a website that explains how a PREDICTED LOG CHALLENGE works.  The North American Cruiser Association gives all the details of these competitions and has a link to a video explaining the competition.

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