collage of recommended start procedure click to enlarge): Recommended start procedure demo video:
The basket is 20.2" tall and 17" wide.
We recommend practicing the start procedure by slowly pulling up to and lightly hitting the tall can buoys with the lip on the bottom. Steers should pull up and have the boat check at least 5 feet away, then turn control over to the Strokes. Strokes will then bring the boat forward, and chum/draw as needed. The Drummer shouldn't help too much because when they turn around to look at the basket/buoy, their weight shifts and the boat may start angling in that direction. If you hit the buoy slowly enough, you boat will actually sit on the ledge and stay there for an extended time.
Why use the Strokes instead of the Steer? Steers can't see the basket anyway, especially not through the Drummer. Also, with the dragon head on, the boat is now like three feet longer than the Steer is used to. The boat shouldn't hit the basket too hard anyway, so having just the Strokes paddle in fine, and they can see exactly where the head is in relation to the basket. They don't even have to look around the Drummer.
Start Blocks System video:
What NOT to do: video 1 - , video 2 - , video 3 -
Last Edit: Jun 5, 2014 21:44:54 GMT -8 by Stephanie
Course map is up. Please note that there are 8 lanes and only 8 lines of buoys, therefore lane 1 is not enclosed by buoys and only has them on the right side. A lot of steers mis-counted buoys last year, which caused many lane crossings, and more than a few collisions. Rather than counting buoys, it's best to remember what color buoys to keep on your right (or left) side.
Buoy colors (on your Right side) 1. pumpkin orange 2. green 3. bright yellow 4. orange 5. white 6. blue 7. mustard yellow 8. red
We'll have this map posted at the Marshalling area as well.