The start of a RS200 race at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club
Providing exciting and competitive dinghy racing is a mainstay of the Club. Racing provides the opportunity to improve boat handling and sailing skills and to meet and to learn from other sailors. On the water the atmosphere is competitive, but friendly, allowing for a wide range of sailing abilities. After racing you can return to the boat park and clubhouse and talk through the events of the day with your fellow competitors. Sailors like nothing more than talking about their exploits and that's how new skills are learned and tips shared.
Island Barn Competitive Dinghy Racing Series
Competitive racing at Island Barn is held on Sundays (all year round), Wednesday evenings and Saturdays (spring, summer and autumn). We run class racing, handicap races and pursuit races, see below for details of the racing series:
April to October
Start time: 14:30
Two back to back races with a single start for all classes (Saturday BB Handicap Series)
Spring: April to July
Summer: July to October
Autumn: October to December
Winter: January to March
Start times: 10:30 & 12:00
AM racing has two starts: Fast Handicap and Slow Handicap (Sunday Fast AM & Sunday Slow PM)
PM racing has a single start for all classes (Sunday BB Handicap)
Note: For the the first Sunday of each month the AM race is a Mountfield pursuit . 75 minute race in the Summer and 60 minutes in the winter
Late April to Mid August
Start time: 19:30
Slow and Fast Handicap starts (Weds)
Results are scored on Class handicap series and as a personal handicap series.
In addition to the regular racing we hold one off events such as Commodore's Day, Match Racing and the Club Championship
The current racing calendar has day by day details of the racing. Don't be fooled by the friendly atmosphere the races are competitive and the standard is high (a few world champions and even some of the Olympic sailing team raced at Island Barn)
New to Dinghy Racing
If you are interested in starting racing then the Saturday Series and the monthly Anniversary Series (Sundays) are for you. On Saturdays the pace is a little less frenetic and coaching is actively encouraged. In the Anniversary Series (1st race on 3rd Sunday of each month) there are Gold and Silver starts so the less experienced do not have to mix directly with the hot shots and get to sail with boats of similar ability.
For those new to racing, click for a complete beginners guide to racing sail boats.