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Introduction to Racing at NUSC
2009 - TBA
Cruiser & Dinghy Racing at NUSC
Introduction - cruiser and dinghy racing is held throughout the sailing season at NUSC. We have a number of closed and open race series during the year and two weekend open events. As a club member all races are free to enter. Please see below for all of the forthcoming events this year.
Knickertwister – series. Short races, typically start an hour and a half before high tide, lasting two hours or less. The handicap system used for 2016 will be the RYA National Handicap for Cruisers (NHC) and dinghies will be allocated a base number as well based on previous results. NHC automatically adjusts the Time Correction Factor (THC) for each race depending on the previous results in the series and therefore the penalty system for 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions as used in past Knickertwister races at NUSC will not be applied. The NHC TCF number used in the this years KT series will use an adjusted number based on the previous years final handicap in the KTS or KT series whichever was last raced in accordance with the RYA calculation system.
Knickertwister races are run either on weekday evenings or late Saturday afternoons. Courses will be kept short - usually around the buoys marking the entrance into the river. Spinnakers cannot be used in this series.
Tide Races – series. Slightly longer races than the Knickertwisters, taking place on neap tides and at around high tide on the weekends. These races will be for cruisers only and will employ the NHC scoring system. Starting handicaps will follow on from the previous years final Tide or Sunday Series handicap achieved. .
Day Races – starting at about high tide on a Sunday, sailing further down channel, returning to the club on the evening tide. See Note 1
The NUSC Rally (May) Open races for fast and slow fleets on Saturday and Sunday and an open event for dinghies and small keel boats competing in short course handicap races. Refer to SAILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR OPEN EVENTS for Cruisers and Dinghies as required in the top left margin of this page
NUSC Regatta (Sept), Open races for fast and slow fleets on Saturday and Sunday and an open event for dinghies and small keel boats competing in short course handicap races. Refer to SAILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR OPEN EVENTS for Cruisers and Dinghies as required in the top left margin of this page.
Frostbite Series This is an open series is for dinghies and small keelboats. Races will be generally kept short and races set around laid marks in the river in front of the clubhouse. Three discards will be allowed. Each day 2 back to back races will be held using average lap time scoring and RYA PY handicap.
Winter Series This is an open series for dinghies and small keelboats staged after Christmas and runs up to the cruiser launch and the start ot the spring series races. All races will be kept short and an attempt will be to get two back to back races per day although due to tide, light and weather these may be just one race. The decision will be taken on the day. races will be in the river around laid marks to form a suitable course for the wind direction and will be variable number of laps. Average lap scoring as per Frostbite races will be used. Helms that lose a race due to safety boat duty will be given avarage race results for that day. The average will be calculated at the end of the series and will ignore any DSQ, DNF or DNS results.
Note 1: For Tide, Day and open event races spinnakers can be used. Boats are divided up by rating into two fleets to allow suitable courses to be chosen.
Note 2: All races usually start and end from the club house line but can start and/or end at the west slipway (at the river mouth end of the moorings) depending on wind and tide race conditions.
Never Raced Before?
New sailors are often reluctant to start racing because they are worried about the racing rules or simply about coming last. Most sailors who have raced however, will argue that racing is by far the best way to improve your sailing skills, get to know other club members and have more fun in your boat.
NUSC is an ideal place to
start racing. The races are short, the fleets are small and friendly,
and the bar is open at the end to facilitate discussions on tactics, ratings,
boat problems or life in general.
Looking for a chance to crew or some help on your own boat?
If you haven’t raced your own boat before, need crew or would like to crew for somebody else, come to the club on a race night. We will always try to ensure that everybody who wants a race can get out, either on their own boat, or with somebody else. Please do not be shy, make it known you would like to crew. There are often people standing around waiting for their skipper to turn up and you maybe confused with one of these if you keep quiet.
The results for the club
Knickertwister and all club Cruiser races will be calculated using the RYA’s National Handicap for Cruisers (NHC)
system. The Club calculated NHC rating will be used for each competitor who has raced in previous races where NHC has been used. There is a seperately calculated rating for the KT and Tide/Summer series due to the different racing format. If a club calculated NHC rating is not available then each yacht is allocated a NHC base rating as published by the RYA for each yacht class.
If there is no rating given in the current RYA documents,
the RYA will be contacted to obtain a base rating or failing that the Race Officer will allocate a base rating based on best available data. The current NHC base ratings are available as a pdf go to links above to get the latest version.
For 'Open Events' (Rally and Regatta) the Byron handicap system will be used for cruiser racing. It is the responsibility of the competitors to obtain the Byron number for their Yacht. RYA PY will be used for dinghy racing.
Want To Know More?
Contact Roger Ayres, our Sailing
Secretary by phone on 01633 677976 or at the club.
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