WHAT IS A PREDICTED LOG CONTEST?
It is a competition to predict accurately the time required to cover
a given course in your boat. Contest instructions are issued by
the host squadron, specifying the start, finish and several
intermediate points. In Lake Michigan, the course is usually 25
miles in length, divided into four "legs". Each contestant turns in to
the contest committee before the race his/her prediction as to how
long it will take to cover each "leg" and the time of his/her start.
Each contestant starts to cruise the course at the declared starting time. After the start
the observer on board will collect all watches from contestant and crew, so that only the
observer has access to time of day or elapsed time. The observer will also make certain
all navigation electronics are turned-off so you'll be required to use your compass for
maintaining your course and your tachometer for determining your speed. As each leg is
completed the observer records the actual time on the log. After the contest is completed,
the official scorer compares the predicted time with the actual time for each leg and
computes the percentage of error for each boat/contestant. The lowest percentage of
error determines the winner. Our youngest winning skipper was 12.
WHY TAKE PART IN PREDICTED LOG CONTESTS?
This sport combines fun, social activity, the joy of cruising your boat to various contest
locations; a contest for those who especially enjoy competition; a reason to use your boat
under-way and a learning experience. All you really need is some simple speed data and
an understanding of how to calculate your log. One more thing needed is the desire to
associate with a fine group of yachtsmen like yourself while you enjoy using your boat
during the contest and the good fellowship that develops afterward at the awards dinner.
WHEN IS THE NEXT PREDICTED LOG CONTEST?
The next local contest will occur in June. If you're
interested in participating as either a contestant or an
observer, contact Ron Redder for more information.
Ron Redder, Grand Rapids Sail & Power Squadron
|Westside Predicted Log Contest
Coordinated by Grand Rapids Sail & Power Squadron
Usually 3rd weekend in June
(Father's Day weekend)
Location: Grand Haven or Holland