Dinghy racing

At the HRSC we have an active dinghy racing fleet which races most Thursday evenings with a 1830 start gun and on Sundays at around high tide. All are welcome to take part either in your own boat or in one of the club boats which are available for booking. So come and join in, we are a friendly bunch with a wide range of abilities, some out for a sail with a purpose, others training hard to win!

At present based at the club there are Europes, Solos, Wayfarers, an Osprey and 10 + Lasers, along with the club lasers, RS Fevas, RS Visions, Toppers, Fusions, Opies and Wayfarers.

If you are interested please just come along or contact Captain of Dinghies, Nick Reuter or join our Face book group Helford River Sailing Club Dinghies .      

For all the racing to happen we have a rota system setup on DutyMan where you can sign up and help with the committee boat or rescue boats.  DutyMan Rota link  

Summary of Dinghy Briefing.
The racing calendar has been published in the club yearbook, website and on Facebook.

Cancellation of Racing
Cancellation will be announced on the Facebook page.
The judgement of the weather conditions is the responsibility of the individual helm.
Race officers and Safety Boat crew – volunteers are required to assist with both roles. It was agreed that dinghy sailors will be required to perform a duty for each series. They will be awarded average points or a discard for the series (TBC).

Start Sequence – sound signal supported where possible by a minute card.
Preparatory sound signal – 4 blasts
3 mins – 3 blasts
2 mins – 2 blasts
1 min – 1 blast
Start – 1 blast.

It was agreed that short courses were preferred, incorporating club marks and temporary marks. The decision on whether to hold two short races or one longer race will be at the discretion of the race officer in consultation with the helms and taking into consideration weather and tide conditions.

When 2 races are held there will be one score for the series.
The finish of each race will take place through a line denoted by the committee boat and the last mark of the course. There will not be a hook finish.

Results will be published on Facebook, website and club notice board.
VHF Radio – it would advantageous if a couple of helms/crew had a VHF radio with them to aid communication from the race officer. Channel P4.

All helms are required to complete a race entry form at the start of the season – available via
We will be racing to RYA rules. Appropriate penalties to be completed prior to the next mark of the course.
Life jackets or buoyancy aids must be worn.

Club boats are available, on a first come basis, for racing to competent helms at a fee of £25 for the season. Please report any defects or damage to Nick Reuter.