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Race Series

LOSSC holds a number of club racing series, with racing on Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons throughout the main sailing season.

New for 2021, we will also be holding a series of five longer races on various Sundays throughout the Summer.

Sail Numbers

If competing in a race at LOSSC, please make sure you have a recognisable sail number clearly visible on your sail when competing. If the Race Officer is unable to identify your boat, or you have not signed on, it will not be possible to record your result.

Race Duties

All races require a minimum of four people to ensure the race is run efficiently and safely. These are the Race Officer, Assistant Race Officer, Patrol Boat Driver and Patrol Boat Crew.

If you are competing in a series and miss a race due to having volunteered to do a duty, please remember to let the Race Officer know so you can claim your average results for the race you miss.

A summary of the Race Duties and what these involve can be downloaded here Race Duties 2021.pdf

The Race Officer's Guide, providing a more detailed explanation of this role, can be downloaded here Race Officers Guide 2021.pdf

Handicap Racing

The club has a healthy mixture of handicap races, as well as separate fleets for boats of all types and sizes. Our largest fleets are the RS 400s, 2000s and Aeros. Other boats regularly taking part include the RS 200s, RS 600s, Phantoms and Lasers. Not to forget the Europe, Contender and 49ers.

We race on a Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening and have our own fleet prizes at the end of the year.

The split between fast and slow and/or Asymmetric and conventional is decided depending upon the boats racing each year.

2021 classes will be Fast (Sub PY-955), Medium (PY-956PY-1210) and Slow (PY-1211 plus and includes Novice racers of any class type).

Courses range from the short average-lap racing run over 30/40 minutes, to a new series of longer Endurance races up to 120 minutes.

Everyone is welcome, so please come along and join in.


Tuesday Series

There are three different series held on Tuesday evenings from April to September, with class starts for the Fast and Medium fleets. The Fast fleet will set of first followed by a second start for all other Handicaps.

A different course is set each week, taking into account weather, tide and conditions.

Races start at 7 pm (6.45 at the start and end of the season due to days being shorter)

These races are free to enter for all sailing members.


Saturday Series

There are five series held on Saturdays. These run from the last weekend in March through to mid-November

There are two Class starts series (fast, medium and slow fleets) and three all in starts.

We have two series with two races per day and one with three races, these are all average lap races with shorter courses and all in starts. The start and the end of the season see our two Class Start series with one longer race per day.

There is a different course each week, with each race starting at 2.30 pm. For less experienced sailors a briefing will be held at 1.45 pm at the signal station, which will include an explanation of the course, wind tide and anything else you wish to ask!

These races are open to all sailing members.


Thursday Series

We run three different series on Thursday evenings from April to September, with class starts for the Fast, Medium and slow fleets. The Medium fleet will set off first, followed by a second start for the slow fleet and then the fast fleet starting third.

A different course is set each week, taking into account weather, tide and conditions.

Races start at 7 pm (6.45 at the start and end of the season due to days being shorter)

These races are free to enter for all sailing members.

These are open to all sailing members.

For less experienced sailors, coaches and experienced club sailors will be on hand to offer advice and tips before and after going on the water.


Sunday Monthly Individual Handicap Series

This is a series of five One-Start races on one Sunday of each month starting at 11am.

The result of each race will be calculated on individual handicaps for each boat.

Races will be approximately 90 - 120 minutes long over a longer course.

Each course will be different, taking into account the weather, tide and conditions on the day.

This series is open to all sailing members.


Novice Sailors - Race Development

Novice sailors are encouraged to join the slow fleets on Thursday evenings (7 pm) and Saturday afternoons (2.30 pm). All types of boats are welcome.

During the Thursday Spring series there will be a separate Race Development course, away from the main racing, with coaching and tuition on hand from experienced club sailors and Instructors, on shore and from a dedicated RIB. Please arrive by 6pm and be rigged and ready as soon as possible. There is no cost for this but we would appreciate if you could register so that we can plan the activity.

After the initial eight weeks, you will be ready to join in with the slow handicap in the Thursday Early Summer series. Experienced sailors will be on hand at the beginning and end of the evening for tips and advice.

You can also join in the Slow fleet on a Saturday afternoon, when there will be a briefing held at 1.45 pm at the signal station. This will include an explanation of the course, wind tide and anything else you wish to ask!

These races are open to all novice adults and cadets, and can be sailed in club boats.

In addition to our regular series we also have many other opportunities for racing, including Bank Holiday and a number of one off races. Please check the Racing Calendar for dates.


Last updated 10:04 on 27 September 2021

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