Dinghy Classes A variety of dinghies are sailed at Haversham Sailing Club. If you are thinking of racing, have a chat with club members. Best time to do this is on a Sunday when many different types of boats will be about.
Race SeriesandTrophy Events These take place every weekend throughout the year and Wednesday evenings in the Summer. Other than 'pursuit' events and the new (2020) short race sequence (details below) that will take place on the Spring and Summer Bank Holidays, each race takes about one hour.
Get a good idea of what's going on by looking at the Results web page
For the Winter and Mid Winter Series there are General Handicap races at 10.00, 11.30 and 13.30
For the Spring, Summer and Autumn Sunday Series racing there are General Handicap Races at 10.00 and 11.30 with a single start for each race. The 10.00 and 11.30 races will count towards separate series
In addition, the 11.30 race will count towards the Hot Lady Series which will be a combination of results from the Spring, Summer and Autumn 11.30 races. The ladies results will be taken from the overall results and will not be sailed separately
The 13.30 and 15.00 races will be fleet racing for the Gold, Silver and Bronze and Rookie fleets and will also count towards separate Series
The Bronze Fleet will have a start separate from the Gold and Silver fleets if there are four or more boats in the Bronze Fleet
Short Race Sequence for Spring and Summer Bank Holiday Races There will be a new race format for the Spring and Summer Bank Holidays.
There will be three 20 minute races sailed back to back – when the previous race has finished the shortened course flag will be lowered and the start sequence for the next race will begin
The start sequence will be 3 minutes, 1 minute, start
All races will be counted for the final result
The races will commence at 12.00 and the rest of the day will be for social sailing
Handicaps and Fleets
RYA Portsmouth Yardstick – link. The PNs can be found in the first link on the right hand side of their page.
Club handicaps may differ from PN’s, and can be found by following this – link July 2020
Find out which Racing fleet you're in by following this– link.
If your name doesn't appear or you feel you are on the wrong list please contact the Rear Commodore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday evening races and Rookie fleets These 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 sessions are 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. Race times are usually 18h30 April and September and 19h00 in May and August.
Racing Rules of Sailing
Are revised and published every four years by World Sailing, the international authority for the sport.
The World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 can be seen here
The RYA Racing link (disputes, advise etc) can be found here.