- Jan 26, 2004
I see a lot of races with maximum boats limits. Atlanta, Gas Nats, and others. Heard a lot of upset racers this past weekend on the races filling up and not being able to get in. The problem with boat limits is it cut off other classes from running or getting a enough to fill the class. The two race site's both have the number of boats per class. This is where you should put your limits at. Lets talk numbers. If we have 10 classes and we set the boat limit at 30 boats for that class. That will give us 300 boats. Now if you run 5 rounds that will give us 250 heats total. That would work out to about 84 heats a day for a three day event. Now I know that not all class will have 30 boats. Some may only have 10 boats and this would turn into 2 heats per round. And by adjusting your heats by the classes that do not fill allows to cut the number of heats a day. It can also allow the bigger classes that have racers waiting and wanting to make it into the race. You can allow another 6 racers into a class and only add one heat. I was just using round numbers for the total number of boats per class. And the fewer classes you offer the more boats per class you can have. The Internats in 2017 and 2019 we had the boats per class set at 50 boats. When it was all ready to go to print we had 60 heats on Wednesday, 65 heats on Thursday, and 55 heats on Friday running 5 rounds and 13 of US 1 classes. Everyone that wanted to run got to run. No one was cut off. So set your races with a max per class and don't worry about the max numbers of boats. It will work itself out. This will make everyone happy and the CD's for sure for not having to hear the phone calls of why I can't get in.