The M32 Series is a regatta format where the focus is on the spectators in the race village and the guests on the racing boats. The race area is small and close to land. The races are short, 8-12 minutes and as soon as one race is finished the start preparations for the next one begin. Each day’s race period is 3-4 hours of very intensive racing for both sailors and spectators.
The course is not predetermined, but tailor-made for every venue and wind condition. A good course shall provide good visibility and action for the race village and be a fair race
that rewards the best teams. The course of the day is decided and communicated to spectators, sailors and media by the Principal Race Officer every race day morning, sometimes with several options when the wind conditions are uncertain.
The action points on all race courses are the start, the mark roundings and the finish. As many as possible of those action points are placed directly in front of the race village.
The start and first leg
A reach start and a reach to the first mark provides tight action and speed and keeps the fleet together. Whenever possible, the first mark will be a bear away mark since that is more spectacular and one point of the start line will be at the race village.
Windward and leeward legs
The windward and leeward legs after the first mark make up the body of the race. Gates are used at both ends to keep the race tighter. Both gates must be visible from the race village and can be adjusted to encourage manoeuvres just in front of it.
The finish line shall be in front of the race village, and with one end of the line on land in the race village whenever possible. The final reach to the finish will be made at an angle that powers up the boats for a spectacular finish.
Open water and coastal races
Depending on venue and schedule, some of the races might be stretched out into open water races. With a longer windward leeward course another type of strategy comes into play to keep things interesting. Coastal races can also be sailed at suitable venues.
Image: In this very small harbour with two basins, the course was adapted to fit to the venue restraints. The positions of the bear away mark and gates were used to get the boats to have an exit angle that would make them tack or gybe just in front of the race village.