Dinghy Racing on the Sussex Coast
Racing at Lancing Sailing Club
CMYC members have again been invited to join in with the Lancing sailors and to race with them on three occasions this season.
Lancing Sailing Club
The dates are:
18th June 2017, Club Racing. Class Handicap at 11.00 Spring Handicap at 13.30 HW 05.50 5.2
6th August 2017, Battle of Beaches 2. This is a joint event with Shoreham SC.Sail out from Lancing meet up with the Shoreham sailors half way. The course is set off the Beach near the Church of the Good Shepherd. These events generally get a good turnout and a great variety of dinghy classes. 11.00 start, 2 races back to back. (HW 11.20 5.7) Racing is followed by a BBQ back at Lancing.
17th Sept 2017, Barts Bash, Beaches Battle of Beaches 3. Come and support the Andrew Simpson foundation and then more racing off the beach. 11.00 start 2 races back to back. (HW 09.40 5.5) Racing is followed by a BBQ back at Lancing.
Pre registration is not necessary but please let me know if you intend to come as it helps to have an idea of numbers.
Sailing at Lancing is a great experience and is very different from Hedgecourt Lake. It is great fun sailing in the waves. There will be plenty of people to assist with boats and trolleys on the beach. Do come.
Donal Roche, Sailing Secratary.
Class Racing at Lancing
The morning race is part of their Class Handicap series and the afternoon one is part of their Spring Handicap series.
The morning race will start at 11.00 (precisely)and it will be a Triangle / sausage course with inner marks for the Topper Plus fleet.
There will be three separate starts at THREE MINUTE intervals, not our 5, 4, 1, Go system. The three fleets are as follows Fast fleet PY 1079 or less; The Laser Plus Fleet PY 1080 to 1195 and the Topper Plus Fleet PY 1196 or greater. If you are in one of the slower fleets it is worth watching the start in the fast fleet to see what start tactic gives the best start.
The afternoon race will have a different course for the fast asymmetric boats and the others and will start at 14:00. The asymmetric boats will sail an upwind / downwind longer course as suits them. The Symmetric and Slow Fleets will sail a triangle / sausage course with inner marks for Slow fleet (smaller course).
If you are not used to sailing in the lumpy stuff remember IT DOES NOT PAY TO PINCH. I know it works at Hedgecourt but on the sea you will be slow or worse end up "in irons".
Lancing Sailing Club is at the bottom of Shropsdam Road South Lancing. The lane down to the club is narrow and it is best to unhitch your boat at the top of the lane and pull it down to the beach. There is street parking and also a large car-park on the green.
If you want more information then please visit http://www.lancingsc.org.uk/
Toppers and Lasers will be especially welcome as Lancing has fleets of both but do come along whatever you sail. It is a very friendly and well organised club with good shoreside facilities. You will meet new sailing friends and should have a great day on the water.
Have fun Donal