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Dinghy Racing - Wednesday Evening

Dinghy Racing

Wednesday Night Sailing

The Wednesday Evening Informal Racing Series takes place from April to September – a fun series for sailors with all levels of experience. No prizes are awarded, though results are calculated for each evening.

The Wednesday night racing is very popular, with many members coming to sail or just to meet up. The bar and galley are usually open with the galley serving hot meals after the sailing.

There is only one race per evening and the start time will change during the summer to make the most of the available light in the evenings. You should consult your club handbook or the website diary for details of the start times.


Wednesday night sailing is intended to provide an informal and friendly racing experience to everyone taking part regardless of their racing experience. It is important that everyone taking follows the basic principles of sportsmanship in this regard.

Beginning on 1st April 2009, Wednesday evening racing now takes place under the Part 2 of the Racing Rules of Sailing. This means that all of the 'when boats meet', 'obstruction' and 'mark-rounding' rules now apply to everyone sailing. This is a big change from the previous format but was considered necessary to reduce the risk of collisions and to provide a better environment for people to learn to race.

The ISAF have published a simplified guide to the Racing Rules of Sailing which the club has modified and published in the rules section. This guide is primarilly aimed at novice racers and designed to allow novices to become quickly familiar with important 'when boats meet' rules. Everyone taking part on Wednesdays will be expected to follow the advice in this guide at all times.

The following points are recommendations to ensure Wednesday evening sailing remains both informal and friendly.

  1. It is recommended that disputes on the water are resolved under an Advisory Hearing with a rules advisor or the race officer present. Scoring Penalties are available to right any wrong-doing show your competitors that you're sorry. Protests are to be avoided.
  2. Race Officers should signal when boats are over the line at the start and helms are advised to return to the line and start correctly or accept a 2 place scoring penalty from the Race Officer.
  3. Helms should be mindful of the need for novice sailors to learn through experience and provide advice where necessary. If a sailor asks for, or needs, room (especially at marks) it should be provided in order to prevent contact between boats.
  4. If you hit a mark, you should take your penalty turn
  5. Rule 2 (Fair Sailing) will apply at all times.
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Last updated 09:42 on 12 April 2019

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