Club Racing

Double Handers

Cherub at LRW Photo by Marc Turner

Single Handers

Cats

A Class Cat sailing in light winds

Introduction

Club racing is run in the sailing area off the clubhouse regularly on Wednesday nights from 7:10pm and two races on Sunday mornings from 11:00am. It is open to all club members with sailing memberships. During the racing there are safety boats on the water setting out the course, and looking out for the sailors. Each type of dinghy is allocated a handicap by the RYA, and this is used to adjust the finishing times so that different types of boat can race against each other. The fastest boat in the slow handicap race will be the Laser. All types of dinghies are welcome from Optimists to Hurricane 5.9’s.

Race Organisation

The racing is organised by volunteers, who organise the starting, and record the results. Others go out on the water to set the marks and keep and eye on the racing. The rota for volunteers is done through the Dutyman system which helps to keep track of who is on when, lets you arrange swaps, and sends out reminder emails. If you want to help, but don't know how to do it you can put your name down as assistant, and learn the ropes that way. The two handicap fleets start and race separately on Wednesdays, with  fast handicap boats having longer courses than the slow handicap. The races through the year are split into series; over a series you can discard several races so if you miss a weekend it does not ruin your chances. For specific information about how the racing will be run, the notice of race, and sailing instructions are at the bottom of this page. To enter a race all you need to do is turn up and enter your details onto the entry sheet, which will be on a table in the Lookout Lounge next to race organiser, who can help explain the course and how to take part. After racing, the results will be published in the clubhouse and here on the web site in the calender entry for the series. Prizes will be awarded after each of the series to the top three boats in each class.

Benefits of Club Racing

It is a great way to meet and socialise with likeminded people, helps to develop sailing skills, means that you are sailing in an area that is monitored, in case you get into trouble. Talking to the more experienced sailors can help you quickly develop your skills through additional race practice and seeing different techniques. And finally it is FUN!

Sailing Convener - Howard Smallwood

The sailing convener is responsible for organising the running of the racing at LSC, and is a good initial contact if you are interested in taking part. ...


Latest News

Open Series of racing for dinghies and cats
Sun 26th Nov 2017

The open winter series returns to Largs for 2017 with racing over five weekends from the start of November through to the start of December. The entry fee for visitors includes a boat parking space for the duration of the series.  The format will be two races per day starting from the shore with one class sailing shorter triangular courses where possible and the other sailing longer windward leeward courses.

Celebrate the New Year by getting out on the water!
Tue 3rd Jan 2017
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RYA Scotland Awards Ceremony
Wed 4th Jan 2017
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Evening Club Racing for Dinghies and Cats
Wed 5th Apr 2017 to Wed 10th May 2017
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Sunday Morning Racing with two races back to back.
Sun 9th Apr 2017 to Sun 14th May 2017
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Evening Club Racing for Dinghies and Cats
Wed 17th May 2017 to Wed 28th Jun 2017
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Sunday Morning Racing with two races back to back.
Sun 28th May 2017 to Sun 2nd Jul 2017
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One Off Race with a different format from normal
Wed 5th Jul 2017
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One off race using the fixed marks for a different course
Sun 9th Jul 2017
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Evening Club Racing for Dinghies and Cats
Wed 12th Jul 2017 to Wed 23rd Aug 2017
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Sunday Morning Racing with two races back to back.
Sun 16th Jul 2017 to Sun 20th Aug 2017
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Sunday Morning Racing with two races back to back.
Sun 10th Sep 2017 to Sun 29th Oct 2017
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The RYA Scotland Class Academies are unique to Scotland and are your source of accessible high level coaching
Sat 14th Oct 2017
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Open Series of racing for dinghies and cats
Sun 5th Nov 2017 to Sun 3rd Dec 2017
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Race Duties

The racing at run by Volunteers, to help manage this we use an online duty management tool called Dutyman. This allows people to volunteer for specific dates, and to arrange for swaps if plans change.

Instructions on how to use dutyman are contained in the attached pdf file.