USING THE OLLIE RACE
Using this machine is very simple and will insure that you have loud and clear signals at the correct times. However, you need to know a few things about its operation so that you can raise and lower the flags correctly. Remember it is the flags that indicate the official time, not the Ollie, so the signal officer (flag person) needs to SMARTLY raise or lower the flag at the precise time. (Note: In real life, the sailors will trust the Ollie more than the flag person -- machines are more reliable than people -- so don't worry if a small mistake is made.)
Inside, the machine
has a little toggle switch with three settings: 1) dinghy, 2) short
dinghy, and 3) rule 26. It
should be on the rule 26 setting. This
is the 5-4-1-Go system.
machine has a black button and a toggle switch:
The machine makes
loud horn blasts for the competitors to hear and “internal beeps”
for the RC to hear so that they know what is coming up.
competitors, the machine first makes 5 “wake-up” blasts that begin
10 seconds before the FIRST 5-minute warning blast.
(A mistake for the signal officer to avoid is to raise the
flag or to appear to begin to raise the flag when the 5 wake-up blasts
begin.) The machine then makes a blast at 4 minutes for the prep
signal, a long blast at 1 minute when the prep signal comes down, and a
blast at 0 for the start and the next class’ warning.
The whole process from turning on the machine to the first warning blast
takes 20 seconds: 10 for countdown to beginning of wake-up blasts, 5 for
the wake-up blasts themselves, and 5 for countdown to the first warning
upcoming signal at 4, 1, and 0 minutes, the machine gives the following
get ready beeps to the RC:
After all the
classes have started, turn the machine off (by the toggle switch).