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:
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).
|Season||Series||Race Start Time||Description|
|Saturday Series||7th April - 27th October|
|Saturday B2B Handicap Series||14:30||Two back to back races, single start|
|Spring||1st April - 18th July|
|Summer||20th July - 27th October|
| ||Sunday Class Series||10:30||Single race with Fast and Slow (Laser and slower) handicap starts|
|Sunday B2B Handicap Series||12:00||Two back to back races, start time apx|
|Mountfield Pursuit Series||10:30||1st Sunday each month April through October, 75 minute race. Class results extracted for Sunday Class Series|
|Anniversary Handicap and Personal Handicap Series||10:30||3rd Sunday each month April to October inclusive, Fast and Slow (laser and slower) handicap starts. Class results extracted for Sunday Class Series|
|Wednesday||22nd April - 19th August|
|Wednesday Handicap and Personal Handicap Series||19:28||Slow and Fast Handicap starts. |
|Autumn||28th October - 30th December|
|Winter||1st January - 31st March|
|Sunday Class Series||10:30||Fast and Slow Handicap starts|
|Sunday B2B Handicap Series||12:00||Two back to back races|
|Winter Pursuit Series||10:30||1st Sunday each month, 60 minute race. Class results extracted for Sunday Class Series|
|Schools Regatta||Saturday 9th June||10am||Open Meeting for local schools (club racing from 14.30)|
|Club Championship||Sunday 10th June||2x Handicap Races. Age group prizes|
|Laser Open||Saturday 16th June||10am||Open to all Laser sailors including non members (no club sailing).|
|Solo & Streaker Open||Saturday 14th July||10am||Open to all Solo & Streaker sailors including non members (no club sailing).|
|Commodore's Day||Sunday 22nd July||10:30am|
|Round The Island||Saturday 28th July||Time trial style event |
|Bart's Bash||Sunday 16th September||Global event celebrating Bart Simpson, Anniversary Series starts|
|Topper Open||Saturday 22nd September||10:am||Open to all Topper sailors including non members (no club sailing).|
|RS200 Open and SEAS Event||Saturday 20th October||10am||Open to all RS200 sailors including non members (no club sailing).|
|Bonefire Night||Saturday 3rd October||10am||Junior Regatta 10am, Fireworks & Food 5pm|
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.
Click on the articles below for further information about racing at IBRSC.