Milwaukee Area Sail And Trail
Sailing took on a fun element when MAST, Milwaukee Area Sail and Trail, was out up by a group of sailors who have similar interests in sailing. The Mast Yacht Club defined a motto for the event as well. They stated that the motto of the event was serious fun and not serious racing.
The club has just finished its forty first season and it does not seem to have lost out in spirit in any way. The last race for the season was just conducted by the club and the fun format was used by the club here. They have had other kinds of formats in previous races such as pursuit race. They also had a Frisbee race of the relay kind. This year they have a regatta dart race. It was a novel format that raised a lot of enthusiasm among the participants.
The race course in this format was a twice round the leeward or the windward with the use of PHRF handicaps. Those who finished the race then got onto the shore and tried to improve scores for their team by throwing in three darts. The score of the darts thrown were added to every boat’s handicap gathered during the race. This helped to add a new element to the usual boat racing. There was a fun element added to the race in this way, and it meant anyone could win the first prize of a week’s yacht chartering in Scotland.
The results were shown on the wall so that everyone could see how the teams performed. This really got the drama going. The dart scoring included the use of double and triple rings. Every boat team had to have three members throwing in the darts to keep the chances fair. The novelty aspect of the races helped add more enthusiasm among the participants and reduce the monotonous and predictive nature of the races.