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Club Racing

10th September 2016


11th Sept to 23rd Oct 2016


4th June 2016

Ballyholme YC has Club “Points” Racing on Tuesday nights and Sunday afternoons throughout the “summer season”. It is free for members and all you have to do is turn up and sail. Both “series” are split into the

  • Early Season running from April until the end of June and the
  • Late Season from July to early September.
  • (We also have racing on most Sundays during the Autumn and Winter under the “Icebreaker”).

Racing is split into Class Starts:

  • Topper dinghies alongside other Small PY Dinghies (eg Pico, Mirror) and Laser 4.7’s
  • Double-handed dinghies including RS400, RS200 and Laser 2000 – raced under PY handicap
  • High performance/ Multihull – raced under SRCS handicap
  • Laser and Laser Radial
  • NIRKRA Keelboat
  • NHC Keelboat alongside Waverley & Bay Class

Prizes are awarded at the Annual Prize Giving. All of the details for the races can be found in the BYC Points Series Sailing Instructions and the courses are found on the BYC Course Cards. Laminated dinghy course cards (applicable for Short, Medium and Topper courses) are normally available in the foyer. For new members, the “brief” details are as follows. Please note that the BYC Points Sailing Instructions, RRS and any Amendments always take precedence.

  • The first warning signal for the races is 19:00 on Tuesdays and 14:30 on Sundays. (Icebreaker 14:24).
  • There are 3 minute intervals between Flags/Starts
  • The sequence is currently Topper Class Flag, Warning Signal, Double Handed Class Flag, Multihull Class Flag, Laser Class Flag followed by NIRKRA Class Flag and NHC Keelboat Class Flag on Tuesday nights only.
  • Remember that your start is 3 minutes after your Class Flag is “raised”. In other words, you start when your Class Flag is “lowered” and the next Class Flag is displayed. The Topper/Small Dinghy Class start is therefore at 19:06 on Tuesday nights.


  • The new start and finish lines are between the Orange Mast on the Summer Battery and the Black F mark for all boats.
  • All boats must go through the finish line to complete each round. However they are not allowed to cross the finish line when sailing to the Green TM mark.
  • Toppers use the small red Topper outer marks, Lasers and Double-handed use the Black outer marks while High Performance class use the Red outer marks in the Topper, Short and Medium courses. The course is displayed using the “Southerly” course board i.e. the board to the left of the battery looking from the shore.
  • Keelboats use the large Red marks normally. Their course is displayed using the “Northerly” course board.
  • Waverleys start at the same time as Toppers from the keeboat start line under “T”. They race under Class Flag “E”.
  • Laser 4.7’s start at the same time as Toppers under Class Flag “T” on the Dinghy start line. Laser 4.7’s sail Short Courses under Class Flag “J”.
  • Safety boats are normally provided during club racing. However racing is always at the club sailor’s own risk. Do not race unless you are confident about your own sailing skills in the weather conditions on the day. Please read the Risk Statement and Insurance requirements in the Sailing Instructions.
  • The BYC Points Sailing Instructions work alongside the normal “Racing Rules of Sailing” which are available to download on the ISAF website. Any changes to the RRS are described in the BYC Points Sailing Instructions.
  • You do not have to “enter” and there is no charge to race in the BYC Points Series. However the helms-person and boat owner should be a BYC member unless through a residual agreement with another local yacht club (eg RUYC). BYC Social members are not allowed to participate in Club Racing. Visitors are allowed to race subject to the normal Club Rules for the number of times a visitor can visit BYC.
  • The Icebreaker is a separate “Open Event” – you must enter and there is an entrance fee to race in the Icebreaker Series. In the Icebreaker, we also normally provide Windward starts from a committee boat.

Please remember the Race Officer, Battery and Rescue teams are volunteers as listed on the DutyMan roster. They will hopefully try and answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to seeing you out on the water.

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