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Club Racing

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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 boatpark 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 2018/19

Competitive racing at Island Barn is held on Sundays (all year round) and 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:

Racing Series


SeasonSeriesRace Start TimeDescription




Saturday Series7th April - 27th October


Saturday B2B Handicap Series14:30Two back to back races,  single start




Spring1st April - 18th July

Summer20th July - 27th October


Sunday Class Series10:30Single race with Fast and Slow (Laser and slower) handicap starts

Sunday B2B Handicap Series12:00Two back to back races, start time apx

Mountfield Pursuit Series10:301st Sunday each month April through October, 75 minute race. Class results extracted for Sunday Class Series

Anniversary Handicap and Personal Handicap Series10:303rd Sunday each month April to October inclusive, Fast and Slow (laser and slower)  handicap starts. Class results extracted for Sunday Class Series




Wednesday22nd April - 19th August


Wednesday Handicap and Personal Handicap Series19:28Slow and Fast Handicap starts. 




Autumn28th October  - 30th December

Winter1st January - 31st March


Sunday Class Series10:30Fast and Slow Handicap starts

Sunday B2B Handicap Series12:00Two back to back races

Winter Pursuit Series10:301st Sunday each month, 60 minute race. Class results extracted for Sunday Class Series








One Offs






Schools RegattaSaturday 9th June10amOpen Meeting for local schools (club racing from 14.30)
Club ChampionshipSunday 10th June
2x Handicap Races. Age group prizes
Laser OpenSaturday 16th June10amOpen to all Laser sailors including non members (no club sailing).
Solo & Streaker OpenSaturday 14th July10amOpen to all Solo & Streaker sailors including non members (no club sailing).
Commodore's DaySunday 22nd July10:30am
Round The IslandSaturday 28th July
Time trial style event 
Bart's BashSunday 16th September
Global event celebrating Bart Simpson, Anniversary Series starts
Topper OpenSaturday 22nd September10:amOpen to all Topper sailors including non members (no club sailing).
RS200 Open and SEAS EventSaturday 20th October10amOpen to all RS200 sailors including non members (no club sailing).
Bonefire NightSaturday 3rd November10amJunior Regatta 10am,  Fireworks & Food 5pm




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​​​​​​​