Albert Park Non-Sailing Corona Series

Welcome to the new series to be conducted whilst ASC and APYC members are not sailing due to the Corona Virus situation.


Eligible Entrants:   Entries can either be individual or team entries, with as many family members participating in each team as you wish. Multiple entries from within the one family will be accepted. Team members must remain the same in each week.  Please select a boat/team name for each entry or else your own name will be used. This boat/team name must be used throughout the entire Autumn series.


  • Line honours only.  No handicapping allowed. 
  • Each week, a number of sailing/boating questions will be posted on this site. Online research may be required in order to answer some questions. Questions must be answered and forwarded via email to  within the overall race time limit.
  • The Autumn series will run from 11 April until the end of May, after which the Winter series will commence. 5 races must be completed in the Autumn Series to be eligible for the prize. If you complete more than 5 races, your best 5 scores will count.
  • The overall number of series and races will be determined by the resumption of real sailing on the lake.     Prizes will be awarded in each series conducted.


Scoring: usual line honours race/series scoring will be used.  The first correct set of answers to be received within the time limit will be scored 1 point, the second, 2 points etc.  The overall series result will see the lowest total score at the end of the series being awarded the prize.

  • A time lodgement penalty of 5 minutes will apply for each incorrect answer up to a maximum of 3 incorrect answers. Four or more incorrect answers will result in a "DNF" . 
  • a DNF will be given a score 1 more than the total entrants in the race

Protests: No protests will be considered (especially between family members all wanting to use the same computer/tablet/device)

Time Limit:  the time limit for each week's race is 3 hours.  No entries received outside of the time limit will be allowed.


If you would like to assist by setting the questions for any week of the series, please contact Cindy at Those acting as Race Officer will receive a weekly score of the average of the races finished to date.


Answers must be forwarded to  or within the race time limit.



Question 1:   A boat finishes when:   C

a)   Her foremast crosses the finishing line from either direction

b)  All of her hull, or crew or equipment in normal position crosses the finishing line from the course side

c)  Any part of her hull, or crew or equipment in normal position, crosses the finishing line from the course side

d)  Her foremast crosses the finishing line from the course side 

Question 2:   Your boat has capsized just before the finish line but drifts across the line whilst capsized.  Have you finished the race?   Yes.  A capsized boat is regarded as being in 'normal position'.

Question 3:  The Volvo Ocean Race entry “Brunel”, representing the Netherlands, and the British Industrial Revolution have something in common. In 1803, Marc Isambard Brunel patented 6, multi-task, metal machines, powered by the new steam engine, that could cut, shape, chamber and drill so precisely that any and all parts produced could be interchangeable. By 1808, 10 workers could build over 100,000 of these marine items per year laying off 100 journeymen. Over 1000 of these items were required for each ship built in that era. These machines were in use until 1965 and now are in the Maritime Museum. Marc Brunel went on to work with his son to build the first tunnel under the Thames River. Jan Brand, in 1975, chose to name his new engineering and construction company Brunel to recognize the contribution made by Marc Brunel.

What marine item did these British machines make?  B
a)  dead eyes
b)  pulley blocks
c)  belaying pins
d)  turnbuckles

Question 4:  Which three countries have successfully become the challenger for the America’s Cup but have never won the Auld Mug?   England, Italy, Canada

Question 5:  The  Spanish Armada ("Great and Most Fortunate Navy") lost to the English fleet in the battle of the Spanish Armada.  The English had fewer boats than the Spanish, making this a truly remarkable victory.  False

a)  True

b)  False     The English had more boats:  193 to Spain's 130

Question 6:  A boat's leeward side is  C

a)The side on which her boom lies

b) The side that is away from the wind

c)  The side that is or, when she is head to wind was, away from the wind    (as per the RRS definition)

d)  The side opposite to the side on which her boom lies if running by the lee

Question 7:   You see the following light symbols on a marine chart.   What will you actually see when the light flashes?   A 4 second repeating cycle of 2 seconds of green, 2 seconds of darkness.

Iso:  equal periods of light and darkness

G:  green colour

4s:  total duration of cycle:  4 seconds, 2 green, 2 dark

Iso G 4s

Question 8:   World Sailing Trip:    You are nearly on your last leg of your journey, and berthed at the bottom of the world at Ushuaia.  You are surprised to learn there is a Ski Resort just out of Ushuaia.      What is this resort called?  Cerro Castor, or Refugio Cauquen or the Glacier Martial

Question 9:        How far out of Ushuaia is this ski resort?   Cerro Castor:  26 km.   Refugio Cauquen:  about 3.5 km, Glacier Martial:  7.1 km

Question 10:  What do the letters EPIRB stand for?   Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon

Question 11:  What is the Marine Radio VHF Distress Channel frequency?  16

Question 12:  Under boating regulations, how long does your vessel need to be if you want to carry six people?   5 metres

Question 13:  What kind of anchor is this?  Danforth or Fluke


Question 14:  At what average wind speed (in knots) does the Bureau of Meterology issue a Strong Wind warning?  26 Knots

Question 15:  When leaving a harbour via a channel, will the red channel markers be on your left or right hand side?  Right