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.