Club Racing

Double Handers

Cherub at LRW Photo by Marc Turner

Single Handers


A Class Cat sailing in light winds


Club racing is run in the sailing area off the clubhouse regularly on Wednesday nights from 7:10pm and two races on Sundays from 10:30. 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

Early Season Dinghy Racing at LSC open to visitors and members
Sun 3rd Mar 2019

LSC will be running our early season open series again in 2019. We will be repeating the successful format from the latest winter series, with three short races, and two classes. With Completely new courses for 2019 more options for triangles or quadralaterals. Competitors can choose which class they want to be in, either the short class which will do short courses which will always include a wing mark and a tight reaching leg. Or class long which will be set much longer and will be windward/leeward with a short hitch leg. Please look at the SI's for details.

Mid Winter Racing to blow away the cobwebs.

The New Year Race attracted a good turn out of 36 boats despite the forecast of light wind and rain. On the day there was a light breeze from the South East with enough strength and shifts to keep things interesting. Congratulations to Alistair and Bernadette McMillan in their Merlin Rocket who took first place, followed by the Albacore of Crawford Reid, then the Solo of Kevan Gibb in third. More details below:

Late Season Racing first start 10:30 and up to three races per day

The Largs SC Winter series was run again in 2018, over 6 Sundays, with a revised format to give better, more interesting racing and with much apreciated support from Harken. We started earlier, with the first start at 10:30, to give time for more races, up to three per day.

Great summary here -

Mid Winter Racing to blow away the cobwebs.
Sun 6th Jan 2019
Early Season Dinghy Racing at LSC open to visitors and members
Sun 3rd Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019

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.