Marco Polo Trophy 2021

Back for 2021 this annual event will be held on Saturday 30th October and as in previous years will be a pursuit race, starting on a Committee Boat line and finishing by rib out on the course at the end of the advertised time limit.

Marco Polo pursuit racing objective

The objective of a pursuit race is that, if crews of equal ability sail boats of different classes, they should all cross the finishing line together, having started at other times related to the Portsmouth Number of their boats.

Race Duration

The race has to be for a fixed duration. This needs to be decided upon early enough to calculate the different starting times for the various boats in the fleet. Whether for the slowest, the fastest, or a class near the middle of the fleet needs consideration. A 2-hour race for a Bosun is about 3 hours for an Optimist and only about 1.5 hours for a Laser 5000. A good duration for one class may be too short or too long for other classes.

Class start times will be published in the secondary sailing instructions on Saturday morning. These start times are calculated after the entry closes on Friday 29th at 16.00h

This is one of the few times club and Otter members can race their own boats together in the same race and is great fun, always ending in a thrilling climax as the faster boats try to catch the slower boats on the course.  The Trophy will be presented to the winner at the evenings Laying Up Supper so don’t forget to book yourself in- click here for details.

The race start times/class flags and the course, will be published on the day of the race.  There are start Ttimes for Dragon, Squib, RCOD, Optimist, RS200, Laser and Blaze, however if you wish to race another class of boat, please inform the Club Office seven days before the event so that a start time, based on your handicap, can be calculated.