Club Racing

Club Racing

Club Racing at Largs SC

Cats

Nacra 18 at Largs SC

Singlehanders

Phantom, Laser and DZeros at Largs SC

Singlehanders

DZeros at Largs SC

Doublehanders

RS 400 at Largs SC

Doublehanders

RS 200 at Largs SC

Club Start

Club Race Start

Double Handers

Cherub at Largs SC

Single Handers

Toppers, Laser and Optimist at Largs SC

Cats

Introduction

Club racing is run in the sailing area off the clubhouse regularly on Wednesday nights from 7:10pm  (summertime only) and races on Sundays from 13:55 (April to October). It is open to all club members with sailing memberships.  Each type of dinghy is allocated a Portsmouth Yardstick handicap by the RYA, and this is used to adjust the finishing times so that different types of boat can race against each other.  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 in support boats 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 handicap fleets start and race separately on Wednesdays, with  faster handicap boats having longer courses than the slower handicaps. 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!

Social Sailing

Social sailing is really the use of the outside facilities of the club to allow sailing in a non-racing format. This has proven to be a popular activity as it can be undertaken at short notice alone or with friends any time outside races. The Social Sailing section on this page explains the guidelines for using the club slip, dinghy park etc outside normal club opening times.

Dinghy Convenor - Mark Edwards

I started sailing as an infant  on the Thames and up to my mid teens sailed cadets, GP14 and Graduate dinghies in club racing , team racing and local regattas. ...


Latest News

Would the last person to use the access to the club slip please remember to put the chain across the entrance and use the padlock to ensure members only access.

Social Sailing - Updated 26 May 2022

SOCIAL SAILING

  • Following the success of social sailing during the Covid restrictions, we are keen to encourage members to continue to take advantage of our facilities on non racing days. This will provide opportunities for sailing in optimum conditions and as was proven during the last couple of years allow sailors to practise and improve techniques that will benefit them for competition.
  • Ideally you should try and go out with others, although sailing alone is acceptable. In this case though we ask sailors to take more care in ensuring that someone knows they have gone out on the water (and returned safely).
  • It is suggested that you book out going on the water using the track and trace link (no longer for COVID reasons) at the top of the page so that there is a record of you being out on the water in case of accident. (RYA Safe Trx is an additonal option).
  • Changing rooms and showers may be used if the clubhouse is open, BUT, please consider removing your kit from the changing rooms after changing in case the clubhouse is locked up whilst you are on the water.
  • Although many members will make arrangements to go out directly between themselves, a popular way of spreading the word is through the Largs Sailing Cub Racing Page on Facebook. Just post saying you intend to go out at a certain date and time and ask if others are interested. This method has been very successful in getting goups together to enjoy good weather and increase saftey.
First Series of 2022, open to club members and visitors
Sun 27th Feb 2022
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Wednesday Evening Mid Series
Wed 18th May 2022
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Sunday Mid-Summer Series (Change of format)
Sun 29th May 2022
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Wednesday Evening Late Series
Wed 6th Jul 2022 to Wed 31st Aug 2022
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Sunday Late Summer Series
Sun 10th Jul 2022 to Sun 28th Aug 2022
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Sunday Autumn Series
Sun 4th Sep 2022
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Sunday Winter Open, NORs and SIs to follow
Sun 23rd Oct 2022
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Frosty Fun Race, NORs and SIs to follow
Sun 8th Jan 2023
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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.