Club racing takes place on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. There is additional racing/cruises on Bank Holidays. Race training is provided for newcomers. There is always safety boat cover for racing, but of course the safety of a boat and her entire management including insurance is the sole responsibility of the owner and sailor. Members should not venture on to the water if they or their crew do not feel able to cope with the boat and/or conditions, either immediately or forecasted.
A member of the sailing committee sets the course and sailing members are expected to undertake either race officer or patrol boat duties (about 3 or 4 times during the season). The sailing committee member on duty has the final decision on whether racing will take place.
The Club has class racing for RS400s and 2000s with handicap racing for other boats. The short course series is handicap racing with all-in starts.
Beginners to racing are welcomed. Established sailing members are always willing to give help and advice. Several have volunteered to operate a buddy system to coax new racers on to the water and help with tactics and tuning.
The start is normally from the shore but there is an option to have afloat starts should the conditions allow. Racing is competitive but friendly. The racing rules are largely competitor-enforced, and occasionally protests are lodged, though this should not put off novice racers as they do improve rule knowledge.
Prizes are awarded for each of the race series at the annual Laying-Up Supper. All series winners are entitled to compete for the Club Championship which is scheduled for September. Race and series results are posted at the clubhouse and on the website as soon as practicable after the race/series.
The club normally hosts class open events, but we have not scheduled any for 2014 because of the impending redevelopment of the clubhouse. We expect to attract open meetings from 2015 onwards and perhaps a national championship is 2016. There are opportunities to sail with members from other clubs, however. We will host 2 interclub events in 2014 (The Turk Trophy and the SLOSHH) and outside sailors are invited to sail in our Solstice Regatta in June and our Club Regatta in September.
We also organise a number of dinghy cruises, some quite local and some more challenging. These are a fine opportunity to hone your sailing skills in the company of others and with patrol boat cover.
And if all this doesn't suit - members are welcome to suggest additional activities at our Sailors' Forum or by contacting a member of the Sailing Committee.