Spring & Summer series
Bronze and Rookie Fleets will always have a start separate from the Gold and Silver Fleet.
Handicaps: please click the Handicap (Haversham SC, Portsmouth Yardstick) link.
Fleets: please click this link to find out which fleet you are in.
Ladies Series introduced which with a combined start at 13h30 start in the Summer and Autumn Series.
Racing takes place every Sunday throughout the year and each race takes about one hour.
Check the HSC Web Calendar for exact start times.
Race Series and Trophy Events – get a good idea of what's going on by looking at the Results web page.
evening races and Rookie fleets are intended to initiate people into
racing. If you have thought of trying your hand, but were
put off by the idea of getting in the way of the experts,
then please don’t worry, these ares for you. Come along
and give racing a try. The Dennis Cooke trophy for the Bronze (beginners) fleet and the Civil Service Sailing Club
trophy for the Silver fleet are up for grabs so there is plenty
to sail for if you are new to racing.
Wednesday evening races
are held between April and October when the evenings
are light enough. Race times are usually 18h30 April thru September and 19h00 from May thru August.
HSC Sailing Instructions and HSC Notice of Race documents have been revised as of January 2017. Please use the links below to download copies.
Rules of Sailing (RRS) are revised and published every
four years by the International
Sailing Federation (ISAF), the international authority
for the sport. The RYA makes prescriptions to the RRS and publishes the RRS together
with the prescriptions and other addenda in the RYA booklet
YR1. The ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016 - Effective 1 January 2013 link.
Pursuit race start times for each Class/PY of dinghies sailed at HSC - primarily for OODs if copies run out at club.
HSC PURSUIT RACE STARTS - 2 hour race
HSC PURSUIT RACE STARTS - 3 hour race
Those diligent racing members will have seen that the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for 2017 have been updated and are on the website. Although these seem rather boring there are some key changes for this season.
The main changes this year are for the 11.30 and 13.30 races in the Spring, Summer and Autumn Series. This year there will be no fleet racing for the Lasers and Supernovas. Instead we will have Fast Handicap and Slow Handicap fleets. Any boats with a PY Handicap lower than a Laser (i.e. Faster than a Laser) will race in the Fast Handicap Fleet and any boats with a PY the same or higher than a Laser will race in the Slow Handicap Fleet.
The 10.00 race will continue to be a General Handicap race and the 15.00 race will be Fleet racing for Gold/Silver/Bronze and Rookie Fleets.
The Rookie Fleet has been introduced for helms in their first year of racing at any club. This is therefore a genuine beginners' fleet, aimed at allowing helms to gain experience in boat-handling and sailing a course before graduating into the Bronze Fleet. In order to encourage participation, it's been made the rule that the Bronze and Rookie Fleets will always have a start separate from the Gold and Silver Fleet.
The Outside Assistance rule has been modified as defined below. This in real terms means that the Safety boat is allowed to help you recover from a capsize without the need (in most cases) to retire from the race.
Outside Assistance: RRS Rule 41 is changed for club racing as follows: 41(e) help from the Safety boat crew, following a capsize, to right the boat and hold the boat while the crew re-boards the vessel. However the Safety boat has the right to advise the crew to “retire” should they think the crew is in danger of any kind.
However, a boat that gains a significant advantage in the race from help received under 41(e) may be protested and penalized; any penalty may be less than disqualification.
Also, the Outside Assistance rule will not apply for the Bronze and Rookie Fleet races (that's RRS Rule 41 for those who like to peruse the rule book).