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Racing at Spinnaker, programme and Sailing Instructions


Spinnaker Sailing Club runs a full dinghy race programme starting with the New Year's Day Race and finishing in December, yes we race all year! Most races are only for club members but each adopted class also runs an Open event open to visitors.

  • Sunday Racing, one day events and Wednesday racing are open to club members.
  • Open Events: Open to members and visitors alike. See the relevant Notice of Race for boat eligibility.

Our standard racing Sailing Instructions (SIs) for Sunday and Wednesday can be found as a PDF on the link below (Nov 2023 Updated). They are based on the recently updated Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) available from World Sailing or the RYA. They cover all of the important topics like safety, starting, finishing, the flags and much more.

For more info about the SIs, and most recent updates please watch the short YouTube video.

Additional supplementary instructions for the Laser fleet (single page) and heavyweather sailing are published below.

Calendar/ programme

The Club Calendar shows all of the race fixtures. A convenient summary of the season's races for Wednesday and Sunday is available using the two PDFs available under Downloads below.

You will see that we have two main formats - traditional racing that computes the results using the RYA Portsmouth Yardsticks (PY) basis where each boat type has a Portsmouth Number (PN), and the very popular Pursuit format where there are start times that vary by boat/ sailor and a fixed finish time. For all the details on Pursuit Racing including all start times for each Wednesday race by boat time/ sailor grade, see the separate tab.

The wind

See what the wind is doing at Spinnaker: Click here!

Further information

There are lots of good sources of information on the racing rules of sailing. Try this link courtesy of the AERO sailors.


Last updated 14:58 on 7 March 2024

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