Wednesday Night Racing Starts Tomorrow, Here is How It Works

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Wednesday Night Racing Starts Tomorrow, Here is How It Works

With the lighter evenings arriving it only means one thing, the Wednesday night pursuit races are starting.

The first of this season is on Wednesday 12th May and they run all the way through to August with one race every Wednesday evening.

The race is organised as a pursuit race where the slowest boats go first and then depending on the speed/size of your boat you get an allocated time to start the race. The faster you are the later you start. The ultimate goal is to be at the front by the end of the race which is a capped amount of time. Wednesday evening races usually finish around 8.10pm.

If you are sailing a Topper or Mirror you will start at around 7pm, Laser around 7.15pm and then a Tornado catamaran goes at around 7.38pm. See below for the full list of start times. The times should also be published with the course on the day.

Pursuit races are great fun and are brilliant for beginners. The start of the race involves a standing start with you pushing your boat off and starting to sail when the whistle goes – this means no start line to worry about. The courses are very easy to follow and there is usually always someone in front of you to guide you around the course. You keep sailing the course until the whistle is blown, or you are told to stop and head back to shore.

If you want to give it a go just arrive at the club with plenty of time to be ready to start at 7pm (worse case scenario) and find the race officer who will be able to talk you through (from a safe distance) how the race works in some more detail.

As an added bonus Sam is opening the galley for a take away service so you can also grab something to eat before or after sailing.

Wednesday Evening Pursuit Race Start Times

  • Start time – 7pm
  • Finish time – 8.10pm
Class of Boat PY Number/Rating Start Time
(scratch) 1416 19:00:00
Topper 4.2 1409 19:00:30
Mirror 1390 19:01:30
Mirror S/H 1380 19:02:00
Topper 1365 19:02:30
Pico Std/Train’ sails S/H & 2 Up 1338 – 1330 19:04:00
Pico Race S/H & 2 Up 1265 – 1260 19:07:30
RS Feva XL 1244 19:08:30
Laser 4.7, Comet, Byte C1 1215 – 1208 19:10:00
Miracle, Wanderer, Comet Duo 1194 – 1190 19:11:00
Topper 14 Sport, Solo, Laser Radial 1147 – 1142 19:13:30
Byte CII, GP14, RS Vision, Aero 5 1135 – 1128 19:14:00
Enterprise 1122 19:14:30
Laser 2000 1114 19:15:00
420, Comet Trio Mk I, Laser Full, Wayfarer, Stratos 1105 – 1100 19:15:30
Laser II 1085 19:16:30
Lark, Laser Vago XD 1073 – 1068 19:17:00
RS Aero 7 1065 19:17:30
Comet Trio – Mk II 1052 19:18:00
Kestrel, RS200 1046 – 1038 19:18:30
Tasar 1022 19:19:30
Fireball 952 19:23:00
Topaz 14 kite 936 19:23:30
Sprint 15 (Una rig or 2 up), Osprey 930 – 926 19:24:00
RS600, Laser 4000 920 – 916 19:24:30
505, 29er 903 19:25:30
Sprint 15 Sport (1up, 2 sails, trapeze) Dart 16 894 – 890 19:26:00
Topaz 16CX inc kite, RS700 856 19:27:30
RS700 845 19:28:00
Dart 18 – single hand 839 19:28:30
Dart 18 832 19:29:00
Condor 16 809 19:30:00
RS800 799 19:30:30
Hurricane 4.9 780 19:31:30
Shadow, Shadow X (larger kite), International 14 765 – 758 19:32:00
Nacra 15 749 19:33:00
Spitfire 719 19:34:30
Viper, Tornado Classic 712 – 709 19:35:00
Hurr 5.9 SX 695 19:35:30
A Class (foiling) & A Class Classic 690 – 684 19:36:00
Formula 18 inc Nacra F18, Tornado 24mSpin 670 – 666 19:37:00
Tornado 647 19:38:00
Moth Foiling 570 19:42:00
FINISH TIME 20:10:00
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Andrew is Marconi Sailing Clubs webmaster. He sails a Tornado Sport Catamaran and Sprint 15.

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