Monohull Fleets, Handicap groups 1, 2 (H/C 1 and H/C 2) and Laser Fleet.
(PY 1120 down) The current core of commited monohull racers comprising 2 Contenders, Laser, Laser 2 and 4000, with the occasional 505 and Redwing will hopefully be augmented this season by John Taylor’s Scorpion, Tim Cobby’s Fireball and Guy Robinson’s Seafly which also qualifies. Hopefully as experience is gained in the burgeoning Laser fleet further sailors will wish to ascend into H/C 1.H/C 1
H/C 2 (PY 1120 up) Sadly moribund for far too many seasons; there is in the club a potential fleet of 9 Enterprises (a superb dinghy, raced in extensive fleets throughout S Wales and the Westcountry), these, with some enthusiastic input could well form the nucleus of a revitalised H/C 2 Fleet. Few appear to venture out at all, seldom together, and some without essential TLC would be quite unable. They will be harried into activity! To bolster the fleet it will proposed that less experienced owners, crews recently trained and training (using Club boats) may race on revised PYs e.g. Wayfarers perhaps joined by iron plated Redwings, both on 1109. Competitive club sailing provides no better opportunity to hone sailing skills and boat performance and to miss-out on the inherent fun and camaraderie is a loss to both club and sailor.
Laser Fleet What a success story is this; all thanks to Sam Heaton, Pete Ewing and everyone else involved; you can’t turn around in the boat park without falling over a Laser! Remember there are now 3 brand spanking new Laser 4.7 boats, courtesy of Sport England, for which Club members (young and old) may put their name down to race at weekends (list is on the boards). There is a nominal £2 charge per day per boat and cadets must have RYA Level 3 and adults need to have successfully completed the adult sailing course.
Courses of free coaching sessions with RYA coaches have been planned and found to have been of great value by young and old alike.
Course Markers Apart from some special events all starts/finishes are from/to one of two fixed lines (Inner Home and Outer Home) determined by the alignment of the black triangles on the control-tower and marked at their outer ends by yellow can buoys. Courses are set around a series of Club fixed/temporary yellow buoys and estuary navigation marks (click ‘Racing’ link to view).
H/C 1, H/C 2 and Laser start times Currently all three fleets will start together and sail their particular course as set by the OOD. Start time will be advertised race time plus 10 minutes. Warning signals will be race time minus 30, -10, -5, 0 (fast cat start), +5 (Sprint 15s), +5 (monohulls).
Pre-race essentials (1) Minimum third party insurance (your boat should not be on Club property without it) endorsed for racing. (2) race fee £2 per race to the OOD (correct money please) unless you have paid an annual race fee (3) sign on Fill-in the details requested on the form to found at the back of the changing-room entrance or you will not be considered to have entered! (4) note your course From the board on the left-hand wall carefully note your particular class course. (5) fitness to race Your safety, that of your crew and your boats ability to adequately meet the conditions that may prevail whilst racing, are entirely your responsibility; if you are totally satisfied with these provisions then, GO RACING !