Provisional Program

The Provisional Sailing Series for 2017 is as follows ... (Times are all 'local')

HW times in red are for Avonmouth - knock about 20 minutes off these times for Weston - they will do to get started with.

Also - all placeholders are mostly dated on the Saturday of the weekend - that is up for debate as well.

DayEventOODSeriesStartHW timeHW Height (m)Result Summary
Sat 18 March Race Prep - postponed NA   09:00 09:55 10.58 Your boat here perhaps?
Sat 1 April Single 1   Single Tide 09:45 10:39 12.11  
Sat 15 April Single 2   Single Tide 09:00 09:57 11.28  
From Sat 15 April Samson Trophy NA Samson Trophy 00:01 09:57 11.28  
April Two Day Rally          
Sat 29 April Single 3   Single Tide 08:45 09:39 12.69  
Sat 6 May Single 4   Single Tide 16:00 16:50 10.27  
Sat 20 May Single 5   Single Tide 13:30 14:19 9.18  
Sat 27 May Lundy Race - IYC     08:00      
Sun 28 May Single 6   Single Tide 08:30 09:26 12.57  
Sat 03 June Single 7   Single Tide 14:00 14:56 9.61  
Sat 17 June Two Day Rally   Single Tide 11:45 12:37 9.73  
Sun 18 June Two Day Rally   Up to a Channel mark and back 12:45 13:41 9.62  
 July Cruise          
Sat 1 July Single 8   Single Tide


Sat  29 July Regatta Day 1   Bay Race      
Sun 30 July Regatta Day 2   Bay Race      
Sat 12 August Two Tide Race 1 - Minehead Wave Rider - Breaksea [Not the tower!]     09:30 10:30 11.60  
Sun 26 August Single 9   Single Tide 09:45 10:37 11.59  
Sat  September Weston Bay Plate          
  Channel & RNLI Pennant Race          

As we said in the racing overview pages, the club has a proud tradition of organising and taking part in races and cruises in the Bristol Channel, and we mean to keep that going.

A key innovation for 2017 is to attempt ad-hoc sailing events via our Facebook chat page @Weston Bay YC. If enough 'regular' participants make use of this, then this might lead to a framework around which we can hang mid-week racing for those that can make use of it.

More formally, the club will hold two structured racing leagues as well as a number of one off events.

The most popular league event is the Bay Series, which is typically held on a Saturday or Sunday over a single tide. This gives us enought time to make one or two laps around the bay on various courses. The bay is relatively sheltered, so it is an ideal introduction into mixed-class cruiser-racing. When the handicaps are calculated, the times are remarkably tight, with places being won or lost across just a few seconds in some cases. Every tack and trim change really counts in these races!

However, as we all tend to have markedly different boats, there is usually plenty of space out on the water. Encyclopeadic knowledge of the racing rules is not necessary, and the prime directive is simply to 'stay out of trouble', and the best advice is usually to 'make sure you finish'!

The proposal for the various series can be seen in the first draft of the programe for 2017.

See the 2017 Open Racing Opportunities article for information on other events to which members are invited to take part in.

Inter Club racing is...