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Race Series and Trophy Events take place every weekend throughout the year and Wednesday evenings in the Summer. 

Other than 'pursuit' events, each race takes about one hour. Get a good idea of what's going on by looking at the Results web page.

Check the HSC Web Calendar for exact start times

For the Spring, Summer and Autumn Sunday Series racing there are General Handicap Races at 10.00 and 11.30 with a single start for each race. The 10.00 and 11.30 races will count towards separate series. In addition the 11.30 race will count towards the Hot Lady Series which will be a combination of results from the Spring, Summer and Autumn 11.30 races. The ladies results will be taken from the overall results and will not be sailed separately. The 13.30 and 15.00 races will be fleet racing for the Gold, Silver and Bronze and Rookie fleets and will both count towards the same Series. The Bronze and Rookie Fleets will always have a start separate from the Gold and Silver fleets.

Handicaps: please click the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick link. The PNs can be found in the first link on the right hand side of their page.

Fleets: find out which fleet you're in by following this link. If your name doesn't appear on the list please contact the Rear Commodore, Gillian Thompson, at and you will be assigned to a fleet. If you feel that your name is on the wrong list then please let her know.

Wednesday evening races and Rookie fleets: are intended to initiate people into racing. If you have thought of trying your hand, but were put off by the idea of getting in the way of the 'experts', then please don’t worry, these sessions are for you. Come along and give racing a try. The Dennis Cooke trophy for the Bronze (beginners) fleet and the Civil Service Sailing Club trophy for the Silver fleet are up for grabs so there is plenty to sail for if you are new to racing. Wednesday evening races are held between April and October. Race times are usually 18h30 April and September and 19h00 in May and August.

Message from the Sailing Committee

The Rookie Fleet is for helms in their first year of racing at any club. This is therefore a genuine beginners' fleet, aimed at allowing helms to gain experience in boat-handling and sailing a course before graduating into the Bronze Fleet. In order to encourage participation Bronze and Rookie Fleets will always have a start separate from the Gold and Silver Fleet.

The Outside Assistance rule has recently been modified.

RRS Rule 41 is changed for club racing as follows: 41(e) help from the Safety boat crew, following a capsize, to right the boat and hold the boat while the crew re-boards the vessel. However, the Safety boat has the right to advise the crew to 'retire' should they think the crew is in danger of any kind. However, a boat that gains a significant advantage in the race from help received under 41(e) may be protested and penalized; any penalty may be less than disqualification.

In real terms means this means that the Safety boat is allowed to help you recover from a capsize without the need (in most cases) to retire from the race. The Outside Assistance rule will not apply to the Bronze and Rookie Fleet races.

Pursuit race start times for each Class/PY of dinghies sailed at HSC - primarily for OODs if copies run out at club.

The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) are revised and published every four years by World Sailing, the international authority for the sport. The World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 can be seen here. The RYA Racing link (disputes, advise etc) can be found here.



Please use these links to download copies of the:

HSC Notice of Race for Club Race Series and Trophy Events and the HSC Sailing Instructions (awaiting 2018 update)

Map of Haversham Lake with racing buoys (click to download your own copy)


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