Dinghy Racing

Dinghy Racing

The Club has a number of keen racers within its membership and promotes dinghy racing activities through a number of events:

10 Hour Relay Race – Frensham Pond Sailing Club

This event is held during a summer day at Frensham Pond Sailing Club. The race is open to teams racing the Club boats.

Match Racing – Frensham Pond Sailing Club

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We normally try to hold two series of match races, one in the spring or early summer at or near the end of the Level 1+2 course and one in the late summer after our summer camp. Both of these series use the Club boats on Frensham pond usually on a weekday evening and are open to all members. The racing is competitive, but not too serious and is an ideal introduction to club racing. Each series usually culminates in a race afternoon held at the weekend usually coinciding with a social event (Summer Social in July and the Late Summer Social in September). The races are usually held on an individual helm basis and trophies are awarded for best helm and best novice helm.

Summer Camp Regatta

A highlight of the Clubs annual camp is the Regatta, usually held sometime during the middle weekend. The day consists of races in a number of different categories. There is a handicap race open to all and a ladies helm race as well as races for the coveted ‘GP’ and ‘mirror’ trophies.

Bart’s Bash

Bart’s Bash is a charity event to raise funds the help transform the lives of young people through sailing. We are looking to put teams into the next race in the Autumn.

Winter Series – Frensham Pond Sailing Club

The club Comet Trios are available to Dinghy Section members and there are handicap series on both Saturday and Sunday.

Comet Trio Nationals

The club boats can be taken to any Comet Trio Open Meeting and Nationals. Any Comet Trio rigged as our boats are, with the sails from the standard sailmakers and just as they are can be taken to any Comet Trio event and it’s in class. That also means that you can race our Comet Trios in any handicap race as well, and it’s within class and ready to go.

Pictures of our boats at the Comet Trio Nationals in 2015 with thanks to Mike Rice.

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Round Isle of Sheppey Race Notes

A good sail is the longest dinghy race in Europe, and the notes for the race will help future explorers enter this race without making the mistakes that we made on our first year.

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It’s coming home – Location change for RYA Dinghy Show 2021 – Farnborough Hampshire

The location of the RYA Dinghy Show will change for 2021.
The venue for 2021 is the Farnborough Exhibition Centre – yes, the airfield which is the spiritual home of Cody Sailing Club. In 1948 the staff of the establishment banded together to create a club in order to get themselves a “Windfall” yacht from the UK Government. 73 years later, the RYA Dinghy Show is coming to our patch.
A review has been conducted by the RYA and the location for the show is a significant consideration. They have assessed London, Northern and Midland centres, and have scored the possible venues and made a choice.
Travel is a big consideration, public transport is better than at Alexandra Palace, as well as better WiFi, and getting in and out is easier. With 3500 free parking spaces, and good transport links it is expected to be a better experience that at Alexandra Palace (although it’s not all about the venue – if the train companies ran trains it would have very much helped).
The date for next year is 27th and 28th February 2021.
After 25 years at Alexandra Palace, this will be quite a shock for some exhibitors, and I think it could not be more convenient for us 🙂
All the dinghies with high masts will be along one side as the roof is shaped like a wing with higher and lower ceiling heights.
The price for the stand will be the same for exhibitors as this year. There are opportunities for some exhibitors to expand their space, as the Dinghy Show as it currently is will occupy only 2/3rds of the available space.

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