Sailing Rules

Established in 1972

We race a handicap fleet, which means all is fair and equitable.  This includes but is not limited to, two races on Saturday afternoons and one race on Wednesday evenings.  We have a variety of courses and special races, as well as days when groups from the local community join us for sailing.  See the documents at the bottom of this page for details.

There is sometimes a barbecue in the boat pen after sailing on Saturdays, to which all are welcome - please come and join us.

We also have a regatta once a year when visiting boats are also welcome to take part.  

Of course, visiting boats are welcome to sail with us during any of our races, provided your details are passed to the Race Officer prior to the race.

If you would rather simply enjoy the sailing in the most picturesque bay in the country at your own pace, then our safety boat crew and the occasional dolphin will keep a watchful eye over you.

Portsmouth Yardstick Numbers for dinghies used in the club, plus one or two that usually turn up for our regatta and summer sailing are available to download at the bottom of this page.

Please be aware that all races are timed races; no lap races until further notice.

Timed races finish like this: Red and amber lights will be illuminated when the leading boat approaches the finish line. Thereafter each boat that finishes will be acknowledged (one sound) and scored as having finished.

Current Sailing Instructions, Notice of Race and PY numbers will be uploaded when the Club returns to sailing activities. 

A Fleet of sailing dinghies with bright sails crosses the start line in a race.

A Handicap Fleet crosses the start line.

A seal swimming in St Ives Bay

St Ives Bay gets a Seal of Approval

Sailing Instructions 2024.pdf
NoR 2024.pdf