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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 2017/18

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












Saturday1st April - 21st October


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









Spring1st April - 12th July

Summer15th July - 29th 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. 









Autumn5th November  - 31st December

Winter7th January - 25th 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
















Match Race & Quiz NightSaturday 6th May
Quiz Night to raise funds for a defibrillator. Starts at 7.30pm, tickets cost �10 from http://membership.islandbarn.org.uk
Club ChampionshipSunday 11th June
2x Handicap Races. Age group prizes
Round The IslandSaturday 29th July
Time trial style event 


Bart's BashSunday 17th September
Global event celebrating Bart Simpson, Anniversary Series starts


















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

Click on the articles below for further information about racing at IBRSC.


Team Entry Form - Commodores Day 201726 June 2017
Race Officers Guide18 April 2013
Starting Sequences And Flags06 January 2011
Racing Handicaps24 September 2009
Sailing Instructions and Racing Rules15 September 2009
Race Entry14 September 2009