Chicago Yacht Club Power Fleet Presents the 2019 Navigation Rally Series
Previously known as "Predicted Log", this competition focuses on wit and navigation.
"The race works much like a rally for cars. Instead of basing the course on speed, a log race has each boat predict its own time through a course of buoys based on their cruising speed. The closest boat to its own “logged” or predicted time wins. Because a log race is as much about knowing what kind of a boater you are as it is about skill, beginners win as often as experienced skippers. This can make it fun for everyone involved, as there is rarely a “ringer” who wins every time. On the day of the race, boaters are only allowed to use their tachometer, compass, depth sounder, radar, and autopilot compass; the GPS, speedometer, loran and radio timekeeping device must be disabled. Running the course ahead of time is against the rules, but if you want to practice, you’ll need to be confident and comfortable navigating without your usual electronics." - Andrew Shoemaker, Ballast Point Yachts
Chicago Yacht Club is fortunate to have its' very own Navigation Rally Perpetual Trophy. The Nicholas C. Giovan Memorial Trophy is awarded at the Club Championship that takes place in August. The trophy is named after storied predicted log participant, Nicholas C. Giovan. With his name on many predicted log trophies, Nick knew the characteristics of his yachts. To fine tune the throttles on Bimini he had a mallet which was used to “tap” another few revolutions from his engines for perfect arrival times.