The Past Commodores Cup
Saturday 18th May, 2024
Navigate with High Precision
The Past Commodores’ Cup “PCC” was introduced in 2013 and follows on with the long standing traditions of Myora and Goodwill Cup and other Squadron activities.
This simplified event is focused around a morning affair in the predominantly sheltered waters of Waterloo Bay and circumnavigates the scenic islands of Green and St Helena over approximately a 12nm course, utilising either traditional methods of navigation or GPS aboard either a conventional power boat or sailing boat under power. The gorgeous back drop of the ever expanding Port of Brisbane and skyline makes for conversation upon returning to the Squadron.
The PCC is a friends and family activity, focusing on the ease of boating for several hours in the morning, and returning to the clubhouse pavilion for lunch and presentations overlooking Manly Harbour.
Previous events have experienced great turn outs for lunch and camaraderie, as the results are announced and trophies presented.
This is a great opportunity to join an experienced competitor, or tackle your first navigation event, and gain an understanding of log events and how to navigate with high precision.
Traditional Competitors please be aware of the following:
(By ticking Traditional Event and signing, I declare that I will use only the traditional Compass and Dead Reckoning Method and will not use GPS, iPad, mobile phone, Chart plotter, computer or any other electronic device during the event or within 2.0nm of the start line.)
When the Tack Tracker is collected, Traditional entrants must provide a paper copy of their run sheet, detailing calculated time of arrival at each navigation mark and noting what time they believe it was passed. It is envisaged other pertinent information, like heading marks, stern marks and set / leeway would be included on a traditional run sheet.
If applicable, run sheets will be compared with the tracker information during calculation of the results.
What is a Navigation Event?
A predicted navigation event is an on-water activity available to any RQYS member whose boat is seaworthy and capable of maintaining a constant speed under power throughout Moreton Bay waters. Traditionally a power boat event, however yacht owners are more than welcome to test their navigation skills too. It will help improve your navigational skills and also provide more understanding of your vessel. The event involves traveling over a set course at your nominated speed, meaning tidal and weather conditions have to be reckoned with to maintain this speed and to reach the finish at the correct time. Participants are scored by how close they are to staying on course and on time.
GPS chart plotters are found on nearly every boat these days and are by far the easiest way to navigate around our waterways. This technology has helped make our navigation events very close competitions with only seconds separating the competitors. You can choose to compete in the GPS division or you can turn all that technology off and compete in the Traditional division only using traditional navigation methods of dead reckoning such as a compass, bearing points, stop watch and speed through water.