The slowest class of boat starts first following the usual 5 minute, 4 minute, 1 minute and start signals. Each class of boat then starts at a designated time interval after the slowest class calculated according to its RYA PY handicap, these times are displayed in the clubhouse prior to the start. All boats finish immediately on the sounding of the Finish signal. Boats are NOT required to pass through the starting line on every circuit of the course. The final positions are the "on-the-water" order of boats. Race duration will be approximately 30 minutes for a normal Sunday series race but may be 40 minutes if slow boats are racing.
A guide to Pursuit Racing can be found in the Document Library.
The standard Portsmouth Yardstick for each class of boat and a Pursuit Race Calculator can be found on the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick webpage.