I met Eero Laurila, the finnish NCA representative, during the weekend, and he has given some thought to the 6-up/down idea and 76 maximum number of boats. He came to the conclusion that the scheduling for race 1 is not as simple as it seems.

The idea I guess is that based on finishing places in race 1 all skippers are divided fairly into heats A-E for race 2. Based on this the only viable solution Eero found with 76 boats is to have

**seven**heats in race 1:

11-11-11-11-11-11-10

1A - 1B - 1C - 1D - 1E - 1F - 1G

from these heats the division into race 2 is as follows:

1. and 2. -> 2A

3. and 4. -> 2B

5. and 6. -> 2C

7. and 8. -> 2D

9. and 10. and 11. -> 2E (in heat 1G there is no 11th)

race 2 and all following races are run with the logical

14-14-14-14-20 configuration

If someone can find a simpler solution (smaller number of heats in race 1) that is also fair in the sense that an indentical finish in any heat in race 1 gives an identical heat assignment for race 2, then I'm sure Eero would be interested in hearing about it !

regards,

Anders Wallin