Over the past two or three years Club racing in dinghies has been really successful, and takes place most Sundays between April and Boxing Day, as well as most Wednesday evenings, when wind, tide and light allow. Our Ajax and Laser fleets are flourishing, and seem to need no encouragement, but as we do have a huge fleet of dinghies of all different classes based at our Club, we would love to see many more members joining in our Handicap Fleet racing. Handicap fleet turnouts so far this season have been most encouraging, as the results page confirms.
Much help and encouragement is freely available at our Club for all those who up to now (especially any new members) have not yet joined our growing Handicap fleet. Owners of any class of sailing dinghy are eligible; so if your boat does not have a Portsmouth Yardstick number, the Club can devise a suitable PY number for you, if you give us details of your boat.
Notable entries include National 12’s, Fireflies, Solos, Larks, Wayfarers (who have their own class Captain) Enterprises, Wanderers, Fins, Phantoms, GP 14s, Toppers, Graduates, Europes and Bytes, all varieties of the ever popular RS classes, especially RS200s and Teras, both of which classes seem to be particularly suited to our conditions,. And of course Lasers, using any size sail, are also welcome to join in Handicap racing.
Another class, not yet seen at the Club, but which has become particularly resurgent in Northern areas, is the Streaker; one of which Derek Lyne has been sailing occasionally at Oulton Broad. This class, being a smaller version of the Solo, could possibly be of interest to those of our older racing members who are perhaps finding Lasers and Solos a bit too much for them.
Please do consider joining in, starting perhaps by contacting either of your Class Captains, or indeed any member of our enthusiastic racing fraternity who will be only too willing to pass on their advice.
Results for previous years’ racing indicate that few members can manage to turn out for every race, but that is not a problem as they do not need to do so in order to achieve sufficient qualifying points.
Our handicap fleets comprise experienced helms, together with sailors of all ages and abilities, through to complete beginners – all are welcome, and our very friendly competitors are always willing to provide advice, help and encouragement for anyone who ventures to join us on the water.
Gordon Sutton, sailing’s most enthusiastic Marketing Manager ever, is very keen to run basic racing tuition evenings, provided there is sufficient interest, in addition to the our other informal sailing sessions, as listed on the website calendar. Please do let us know if this idea is of interest.
As well as the regular races listed in the calendar, there are also some “Fun Races” which are open to everyone – The “Scatter Race” is one example which is simple, and has been very popular.
More information and photos yet to come…..
Class joint Captains:
Derek Mayhew 01473 657 072
Derek Lyne 01473 828 420