Why Start Racing?

Racing is the natural progression for many young sailors providing them with great fun, and more ways to enjoy the sport.  It’s a test of both physical and mental ability as it takes concentration and thought as well as technical sailing skill.  It’s challenging too – the same sailors don’t always win. There are also plenty of rules and other things to encourage fair play and sportsmanship (such as the RYA Racing Charter) and it’s a self-policing sport (there’s no referee!).  All these factors help develop good sailors – and they also develop independent, confident and strong young people, with valuable life-skills that they’ll keep forever - all whilst having fun with their friends.

Junior Racing

Racing dinghies is great fun!  It’s one of the things we encourage at the club as it offers so much to young sailors.  We also understand that there’s a lot to learn and new things to understand which can be difficult when you’re just setting out. Because of these things we offer a huge amount at the club to get young sailors started, and to keep improving. As an RYA Champion Club we’re recognised within the RYA for providing this pathway into racing which, for some, can lead to becoming part of regional sailing squads, British squads and even more success! 

Our RYA Training Centre provides instruction over the whole Youth & Junior sailing scheme syllabus which culminates in three Racing levels of competency. At Cadet Week and other times in the year we offer training in those parts of the syllabus once sailors are sufficiently competent. Our Cadet Coaching days also offer race coaching and fun, informal racing as a way of stepping up too.  For those already racing the Club has a season-long racing programme on Sundays and we encourage all our juniors to take part. And there are numerous Junior sailing trophies – some awarded for racing success, and others awarded for other things like improvement and effort. Our Junior Points Series (run on coaching days) is set over shorter courses and a separate start line to adults to help coach experienced and beginner young sailors; while our Junior Coronation Cup and other trophies are longer races. In all cases, and all aspects of racing at the club juniors are fully encouraged to take part – so come and have a go!

The club offers a season-long racing programme on Sundays and we encourage all our juniors to take part. Children can enjoy competing in our Junior Points Series and Junior Trophy Races when we set child sized courses & offer a coached fleet for new racers. Juniors may also compete against the adults in club racing. Please see the calendar below for dates of all club racing and other key events on the Junior racing circuit.

Fleets Explained

  • Regatta Training Fleet
    Specifically aimed at less experienced or young sailors. This is a coached fleet where coaches will help children make it around the course. Ideal fleet for those taking part in their first few events, within their first year of racing but not yet ready for main fleet racing or who have come from the RYA OnBoard scheme with 6wks experience.
  • Silver Fleet
    Racing fleet for children who have been racing for about a year, Regional Squad Sailors or those aspiring to gain a place in next year’s Regional Squad.
  • Gold Fleet
    Racing fleet for children who have 1-2 years of racing experience, GBR, Welsh National Squad Sailors or those Top Regional Squad Sailors aspiring to gain a place in next year’s Welsh National Squad.

Racing is exceptional fun and a test of both physical and mental ability.

How to Progress in Junior Racing

Junior Points Series

You can learn to start racing during our cadet coaching days when we run the junior points series in the afternoons. We use the standard trapezoid ‘square’ / inner loop/ outer loop courses they are familiar with from the junior & youth racing circuit. Races tend to be quick 20-30 min long with a combined start for all classes of boats and are scored on a handicap system. During these races, coaches will be on hand to help those new to racing make it around the course ensuring its never too early or daunting to get started! It’s so much fun with lots of banter amongst the kids.

Junior Trophy Races

Our junior trophy races are slightly longer courses which run for 30-40 mins off the club start line alongside the main club racing. We offer a coached fleet to help juniors new to racing make it around the course and will ‘whisky’ finish any stragglers to ensure they get the most enjoyment from racing by receiving an appropriate finish place.

CYRC

The next step on from junior club racing is to travel & take part in the Club Youth Racing Circuit (CYRC) series, which offers fabulous days of racing for Regatta Training, Silver & Gold Fleets. Six racing events are designed to build on the South Wales Winter Training. The series will cater for experienced racers (wanting to practice against their squad mates!) through to novice sailors travelling to their first event. More details at RYA CYMRU.

Acorn​ ​Regatta

Another great event for newcomers is the RYA Cymru Wales OnBoard  Llangorse Acorn Regatta. We encourage all our budding racers to come to the LSC Acorn regatta – it’s great fun and a fantastic opportunity to start racing in a low key fun environment on home turf. There’s a coached fleet called the OB Regatta Training fleet where Charlotte & Will will be two of the coaches there to help new racers make it around a basic ‘square’ course. This is the perfect opportunity for new sailors to make that leap from sailing to racing!  Plus there’s a separate Silver & Gold fleet for those more experienced racers.

Welsh

The Welsh Zone Championships, Welsh Topper Championships, Welsh Optimist Championships and Welsh Junior & Youth Championships are all the next level to progress to and add to your racing schedule for more experience in larger, more competitive fleets. They often have a Regatta Training Fleet too for the less experience but keen racers to take part in. They’re great events to travel to and camp alongside your sailing buddies! More details can be found at RYA CYMRU.

National

When children have been racing for a year or two and gained enough experience, we encourage them to add national and qualifying events into their racing schedule. These are also important for gaining a UK ranking & qualifying for Squad places. Our Junior Calendar lists the various National events taking place which we suggest as a starting point. As always, please come to us for advice if you’re unsure which events to take part in.

Junior Racing Events Calendar

Jul
9
Sun
Junior & Novice Morning Handicap Race Spring Series
Jul 9 @ 11:15 – 12:15
Junior & Novice Morning Handicap Race Spring Series @ Llangorse Sailing Club

JUNIOR & NOVICE RACING
Morning Handicap (MHJN)

1st START: 1 LAP: DONE ​!​
Ashore in time for a picnic overlooking our stunning lake!
ANY BOAT, ANY ABILTY, ANY AGE

You’ll need to be rigged and changed by 10.45 ready to sign up, attend a briefing with the Race Officer and launch ready for an 11.20 am Start.

If you don’t yet own a boat, you may hire one from the club – please see our membership pack for terms & fees.

FORMAT: Junior and Novices will start together on the first start with a ‘5,4,1, Go’ sequence. The onus will be on the more experienced racers to keep clear of you. The committee boat will display the course so make sure you bring a marker to note it down on a lake plan so you know where you’re heading. Lake plans can be found in the club.  It’s a one lap course and a safety boat will lead you round and answer any questions you have on where to go (safety duty permitting). Once finished, you can head in for lunch. If you’d like to race with the General Handicap fleet in the afternoon, then feel free to partake in one or both of the afternoon and evening races which run back to back, starting no earlier than 1.30pm.

The Morning Handicap Junior and Novice Series runs all season with Trophies presented to Juniors and Novices respectively at the annual prize giving.
The emphasis is on fun and learning with others of similar ability so please come and give it a go!

Jul
16
Sun
Junior & Novice Morning Handicap Race Spring Series
Jul 16 @ 11:15 – 12:15
Junior & Novice Morning Handicap Race Spring Series @ Llangorse Sailing Club

JUNIOR & NOVICE RACING
Morning Handicap (MHJN)

1st START: 1 LAP: DONE ​!​
Ashore in time for a picnic overlooking our stunning lake!
ANY BOAT, ANY ABILTY, ANY AGE

You’ll need to be rigged and changed by 10.45 ready to sign up, attend a briefing with the Race Officer and launch ready for an 11.20 am Start.

If you don’t yet own a boat, you may hire one from the club – please see our membership pack for terms & fees.

FORMAT: Junior and Novices will start together on the first start with a ‘5,4,1, Go’ sequence. The onus will be on the more experienced racers to keep clear of you. The committee boat will display the course so make sure you bring a marker to note it down on a lake plan so you know where you’re heading. Lake plans can be found in the club.  It’s a one lap course and a safety boat will lead you round and answer any questions you have on where to go (safety duty permitting). Once finished, you can head in for lunch. If you’d like to race with the General Handicap fleet in the afternoon, then feel free to partake in one or both of the afternoon and evening races which run back to back, starting no earlier than 1.30pm.

The Morning Handicap Junior and Novice Series runs all season with Trophies presented to Juniors and Novices respectively at the annual prize giving.
The emphasis is on fun and learning with others of similar ability so please come and give it a go!

Jul
30
Sun
Junior & Novice Morning Handicap Racing Autumn Series
Jul 30 @ 09:59 – 10:59
Junior & Novice Morning Handicap Racing Autumn Series @ Llangorse Sailing Club

JUNIOR & NOVICE RACING
Morning Handicap (MHJN)

1st START: 1 LAP: DONE ​!​
ANY BOAT, ANY, ABILTY, ANY AGE
You’ll need to be rigged and changed by 10.45 ready to sign up, attend a briefing with the Race Officer and launch ready for an 11.20 am Start. 

If you don’t yet own a boat, you may hire one from the club – please see our membership pack for terms & fees.

FORMAT: Junior and Novices will start together on the first start with a ‘5,4,1, Go’ sequence. The onus will be on the more experienced racers to keep clear of you. The committee boat will display the course so make sure you bring a marker to note it down on a lake plan so you know where you’re heading. Lake plans can be found in the club.  It’s a one lap course and a safety boat will lead you round and answer any questions you have on where to go (safety duty permitting). Once finished, you can head in for lunch. If you’d like to race with the General Handicap fleet in the afternoon, then feel free to partake in one or both of the afternoon and evening races which run back to back, starting no earlier than 1.30pm.
The Morning Handicap Junior and Novice Series runs all season with Trophies presented to Juniors and Novices respectively at the annual prize giving.

The emphasis is on fun and learning with others of similar ability so please come and give it a go!

Aug
6
Sun
Junior & Novice Morning Handicap Racing Autumn Series
Aug 6 @ 09:59 – 10:59
Junior & Novice Morning Handicap Racing Autumn Series @ Llangorse Sailing Club

JUNIOR & NOVICE RACING
Morning Handicap (MHJN)

1st START: 1 LAP: DONE ​!​
ANY BOAT, ANY, ABILTY, ANY AGE
You’ll need to be rigged and changed by 10.45 ready to sign up, attend a briefing with the Race Officer and launch ready for an 11.20 am Start. 

If you don’t yet own a boat, you may hire one from the club – please see our membership pack for terms & fees.

FORMAT: Junior and Novices will start together on the first start with a ‘5,4,1, Go’ sequence. The onus will be on the more experienced racers to keep clear of you. The committee boat will display the course so make sure you bring a marker to note it down on a lake plan so you know where you’re heading. Lake plans can be found in the club.  It’s a one lap course and a safety boat will lead you round and answer any questions you have on where to go (safety duty permitting). Once finished, you can head in for lunch. If you’d like to race with the General Handicap fleet in the afternoon, then feel free to partake in one or both of the afternoon and evening races which run back to back, starting no earlier than 1.30pm.
The Morning Handicap Junior and Novice Series runs all season with Trophies presented to Juniors and Novices respectively at the annual prize giving.

The emphasis is on fun and learning with others of similar ability so please come and give it a go!

Aug
20
Sun
Junior Dr MacMillan Trophy Racing
Aug 20 @ 11:00 – 16:00
Junior Dr MacMillan Trophy Racing

Our junior trophy races are slightly longer courses which run for 30-40 mins off the club start line alongside the main club racing. We offer a coached fleet to help juniors new to racing make it around the course and will ‘whisky’ finish any stragglers to ensure they get the most enjoyment from racing by receiving an appropriate finish place.

Aug
27
Sun
Junior Points Racing Series (run as part of Cadet Coaching)
Aug 27 @ 10:00 – 16:00
Junior Points Racing Series (run as part of Cadet Coaching)

Our Junior Points Series is run as part of Cadet Coaching days and offers a coached fleet to help even the most inexperienced beginners take part & make it around the course having fun!

You can learn to start racing during our cadet coaching days when we run the junior points series in the afternoons. We use the standard trapezoid ‘square’ / inner loop/ outer loop courses they are familiar with from the junior & youth racing circuit. Races tend to be quick 20-30 min long with a combined start for all classes of boats and are scored on a handicap system. During these races, coaches will be on hand to help those new to racing make it around the course ensuring its never too early or daunting to get started! It’s so much fun with lots of banter amongst the kids.

Sep
2
Sat
Acorn Llangorse On Board Regatta
Sep 2 @ 09:00 – Sep 3 @ 16:00
Acorn Llangorse On Board Regatta

A great event for newcomers is the RYA Cymru Wales OnBoard  Llangorse Acorn Regatta. We encourage all our budding racers to come to the LSC Acorn regatta – it’s great fun and a fantastic opportunity to start racing in a low key fun environment on home turf. There’s a coached fleet called the OB Regatta Training fleet where Charlotte & Will will be two of the coaches there to help new racers make it around a basic ‘square’ course. This is the perfect opportunity for new sailors to make that leap from sailing to racing!  Plus there’s a separate Silver & Gold fleet for those more experienced racers.

Registration and more details at RYA CYMRU.

Sep
10
Sun
Junior Trophy (run as part of Cadet Coaching)
Sep 10 @ 10:00 – 16:00
Junior Trophy (run as part of Cadet Coaching)

Run during our Cadet Coaching day making it a full day of sailing with a Trophy to win too! Open to all levels.

Our junior trophy races are slightly longer courses which run for 30-40 mins off the club start line alongside the main club racing. We offer a coached fleet to help juniors new to racing make it around the course and will ‘whisky’ finish any stragglers to ensure they get the most enjoyment from racing by receiving an appropriate finish place.

We use the standard trapezoid ‘square’ / inner loop/ outer loop courses they are familiar with from the junior & youth racing circuit with a combined start for all classes of boats and are scored on a handicap system. During these races, coaches will be on hand to help those new to racing make it around the course ensuring its never too early or daunting to get started! It’s so much fun with lots of banter amongst the kids.

Sep
17
Sun
Junior & Novice Morning Handicap Racing Autumn Series
Sep 17 @ 09:59 – 10:59
Junior & Novice Morning Handicap Racing Autumn Series @ Llangorse Sailing Club

JUNIOR & NOVICE RACING
Morning Handicap (MHJN)

1st START: 1 LAP: DONE ​!​
ANY BOAT, ANY, ABILTY, ANY AGE
You’ll need to be rigged and changed by 10.45 ready to sign up, attend a briefing with the Race Officer and launch ready for an 11.20 am Start. 

If you don’t yet own a boat, you may hire one from the club – please see our membership pack for terms & fees.

FORMAT: Junior and Novices will start together on the first start with a ‘5,4,1, Go’ sequence. The onus will be on the more experienced racers to keep clear of you. The committee boat will display the course so make sure you bring a marker to note it down on a lake plan so you know where you’re heading. Lake plans can be found in the club.  It’s a one lap course and a safety boat will lead you round and answer any questions you have on where to go (safety duty permitting). Once finished, you can head in for lunch. If you’d like to race with the General Handicap fleet in the afternoon, then feel free to partake in one or both of the afternoon and evening races which run back to back, starting no earlier than 1.30pm.
The Morning Handicap Junior and Novice Series runs all season with Trophies presented to Juniors and Novices respectively at the annual prize giving.

The emphasis is on fun and learning with others of similar ability so please come and give it a go!

Sep
24
Sun
Junior & Novice Morning Handicap Racing Autumn Series
Sep 24 @ 09:59 – 10:59
Junior & Novice Morning Handicap Racing Autumn Series @ Llangorse Sailing Club

JUNIOR & NOVICE RACING
Morning Handicap (MHJN)

1st START: 1 LAP: DONE ​!​
ANY BOAT, ANY, ABILTY, ANY AGE
You’ll need to be rigged and changed by 10.45 ready to sign up, attend a briefing with the Race Officer and launch ready for an 11.20 am Start. 

If you don’t yet own a boat, you may hire one from the club – please see our membership pack for terms & fees.

FORMAT: Junior and Novices will start together on the first start with a ‘5,4,1, Go’ sequence. The onus will be on the more experienced racers to keep clear of you. The committee boat will display the course so make sure you bring a marker to note it down on a lake plan so you know where you’re heading. Lake plans can be found in the club.  It’s a one lap course and a safety boat will lead you round and answer any questions you have on where to go (safety duty permitting). Once finished, you can head in for lunch. If you’d like to race with the General Handicap fleet in the afternoon, then feel free to partake in one or both of the afternoon and evening races which run back to back, starting no earlier than 1.30pm.
The Morning Handicap Junior and Novice Series runs all season with Trophies presented to Juniors and Novices respectively at the annual prize giving.

The emphasis is on fun and learning with others of similar ability so please come and give it a go!