The sailing programme revolves around racing, and various “series” in which competitors are awarded points to produce a series winner. Sundays are the main sailing days with racing organised throughout the year. The Spring Series starts toward the end of April with races each Sunday, followed by Summer and Autumn Series. During the year, there are specified Trophy Days with trophies awarded to specific classes of boat for the racing on that particular day.
Non Racing Activities
There are plenty of occasions to enjoy West Riding on days where racing does not take place. Saturdays are a popular day and the club organises the very popular summer camp in June where many people enjoy a weekend of fun, training, camping and the odd beer!
For Hardy sailors
Hardy sailors can continue from early November through to Christmas in the Frostbite Series. The really keen start up again in the New Year with the Northern Brass Monkey Series, followed by the Early Spring Frostbite Series, which starts in early March. It is a club rule that minimum sailing wear of a suitable wet/dry suit must be worn from early November to end of March.
Wednesday Evening Sailing
From the end of April to the end to the end of August, two Wednesday Evening Series are held.
The club’s main event of the day is the Spring Bank Open Regatta. Held over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, this attracts numerous visitors who enjoy the friendly atmosphere and lively social events in the evening. The club also hosts open events for specific classes during the year. Currently these include Laser and Solo Travellers events, and other class open meetings including Northern Area Championships.Full details of the sailing programme can be found in the Year Book, available when you join. All racing is held under the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) “Rules of Racing” administered in the UK by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). WRSC has signed up to the RYA Charter. This means the club has made a commitment to uphold the “Rules of Racing” and above all, to ensure fair play.
In addition to hosting events, WRSC members support other clubs’ open events. Notably in recent years, we have well been represented on the Laser, Solo, RS400, and Phantom Travellers circuits, plus national handicap events.. During the last week of July, a large proportion of the club decamps to North Wales for Abersoch Dinghy Week. We have had over 20 boats and 80 members there in the past. Similarly the Lord Birkett Trophy two-day event on Ullswater has been traditionally well supported in early June. The West Lancashire YC 24 Hour Race, held on Southport Marine Lake, is a unique event on the dinghy calendar. WRSC entered a team in this event for an unbroken sequence of 41 years!
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