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|
|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|
|420, Comet Trio Mk I, Laser Full, Wayfarer, Stratos||1105 – 1100||19:15:30|
|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|
|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|
|Sprint 15 Sport (1up, 2 sails, trapeze) Dart 16||894 – 890||19:26:00|
|Topaz 16CX inc kite, RS700||856||19:27:30|
|Dart 18 – single hand||839||19:28:30|
|Shadow, Shadow X (larger kite), International 14||765 – 758||19:32:00|
|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|