Racing at Loch Earn Sailing Club
The Racing Programme
The Sailing Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) puts together a comprehensive racing programme which runs from the beginning of April to the end of October each year. There are Monthly Series races for both dinghies and cruisers. This is augmented by various trophy races throughout the year for all comers, junior sailors, and cruisers.
Because of the variety of boats racing, the Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system is used. The committee are currently looking at the viability of introducing a rolling personal handicap system for the cruisers to allow racers of all abilities the chance to pick up a prize.
Race Calendar, OOD Duty
You can download the current Race Calendar and Officer of the Day (OOD) duty rota by clicking this link here.
Officer of the Day Duty Rota
All club members are included in a duty rota for Officer of the Day (OOD). Even if you don't race there is no need to worry as there is a comprehensive instruction manual in the Start Hut. The start sequence is fully automated. There will always be an experienced sailor around who will be happy to give advice, some of which may even be useful!
You should record your attendance in the Racing Logbook which is kept in the Start Hut. This should also be used to record any issues such as marks drifting or gear failure so the committee can take remedial action.
If for any reason you cannot attend for Race officer duty it is your responsibility to arrange a swap. You can use the OOD swap form on the club notice board or email the webteam and we will advertise your swap request on the website. You can see current OOD swap requests by going to the Members Login Page.
The following links describe how the race timer works, and the meaning of the flags used to control the race.
The Course Card can be downloaded by clicking the link
A RIB rescue boat must be in the water, fueled, and ready to go with a qualified driver before racing starts.
It may be necessary to use the blue rescue boat, for towing for instance. The starting sequence for the engine can be found in the clubhouse attached to the hook for the boat key or by clicking the following link.