Club Racing

Double Handers

Cherub at LRW Photo by Marc Turner

Single Handers

Cats

A Class Cat sailing in light winds

Introduction

Club racing is run in the sailing area off the clubhouse regularly on Wednesday nights from 7:10pm and two races on Sunday mornings from 12:00am. It is open to all club members with sailing memberships. During the racing there are safety boats on the water setting out the course, and looking out for the sailors. Each type of dinghy is allocated a handicap by the RYA, and this is used to adjust the finishing times so that different types of boat can race against each other. The fastest boat in the slow handicap race will be the Laser. All types of dinghies are welcome from Optimists to Hurricane 5.9’s.

Race Organisation

The racing is organised by volunteers, who organise the starting, and record the results. Others go out on the water to set the marks and keep and eye on the racing. The rota for volunteers is done through the Dutyman system which helps to keep track of who is on when, lets you arrange swaps, and sends out reminder emails. If you want to help, but don't know how to do it you can put your name down as assistant, and learn the ropes that way. The two handicap fleets start and race separately on Wednesdays, with  fast handicap boats having longer courses than the slow handicap. The races through the year are split into series; over a series you can discard several races so if you miss a weekend it does not ruin your chances. For specific information about how the racing will be run, the notice of race, and sailing instructions are at the bottom of this page. To enter a race all you need to do is turn up and enter your details onto the entry sheet, which will be on a table in the Lookout Lounge next to race organiser, who can help explain the course and how to take part. After racing, the results will be published in the clubhouse and here on the web site in the calender entry for the series. Prizes will be awarded after each of the series to the top three boats in each class.

Benefits of Club Racing

It is a great way to meet and socialise with likeminded people, helps to develop sailing skills, means that you are sailing in an area that is monitored, in case you get into trouble. Talking to the more experienced sailors can help you quickly develop your skills through additional race practice and seeing different techniques. And finally it is FUN!

Sailing Convener - Howard Smallwood

The sailing convener is responsible for organising the running of the racing at LSC, and is a good initial contact if you are interested in taking part. ...


Latest News

Season starting open series
Sun 25th Feb 2018

Our regular Warm up series of 5 Sundays of racing to start the season, the series is open to visitors, and boat parking is availible. The format will be two classes, one on shorter triangle courses, and the other on longer windward leeward courses. Two races will be run back to back with the first start at 11:50.

Blow away the cobwebs with some mid winter racing
Tue 2nd Jan 2018
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Season starting open series
Sun 25th Feb 2018 to Sun 25th Mar 2018
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Sunday Club Racing
Sun 8th Apr 2018 to Sun 13th May 2018
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Evening club racing
Wed 11th Apr 2018 to Wed 16th May 2018
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Evening club racing
Wed 23rd May 2018 to Wed 27th Jun 2018
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Sunday Club Racing
Sun 27th May 2018 to Sun 1st Jul 2018
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Stand alone evening pursuit race
Wed 4th Jul 2018
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Stand alone race around the fixed marks in Largs Channel
Sun 8th Jul 2018
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Evening club racing
Wed 11th Jul 2018 to Wed 15th Aug 2018
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Sunday Club Racing
Sun 15th Jul 2018 to Sun 19th Aug 2018
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Race Duties

The racing at run by Volunteers, to help manage this we use an online duty management tool called Dutyman. This allows people to volunteer for specific dates, and to arrange for swaps if plans change.

Instructions on how to use dutyman are contained in the attached pdf file.