Netley Sailing Club

Don't forget to sign-off after racing.

COVID-19 Amendments to Sailing Instructions are below. Please read.

N.B. At the end of your first lap, the marks at the ends of the start/finish line form a gate, You can exit to the left or to the right.

N.B. Slow boats will be finished after their first lap. If you hear a finish hoot as you cross the line you have finished - regardless of how many laps you have completed.

Covid Racing

A patrol boat will be on the water but in order to avoid contact between individuals in the patrol boat and those racing:

NSC COVID-19. Amendments to the Sailing Instructions. Revision 3. 15 Sept 2020




The racing programme may be changed from time to time as circumstances change. Members will be kept informed via social media and email.




The make-up of the different fleets (starts) will be as follows.

1.    Slow Fleet. Any boats with PY greater than 1004

2.    RS 100 Fleet.

3.    Fast Fleet (all other boats)

The 3 races for the Slow fleet will be scheduled first, followed by the 3 races for the other two fleets (2 different starts. See below). If conditions dictate, the Race Officer may decide not to start some or all of the races.

RS 100 and fast fleet racers are required to get on the water early in order to leave the beach clear for returning slow fleet sailors.




All races will be signalled from a RIB acting as a committee boat.

The course shape (windward/leeward) is formed by an upwind laid mark and two laid marks at the downwind end (see diagrams below). The upwind mark will be left to port. The two marks at the downwind end form the start line. They will also become the downwind gate after the race has started. Boats may exit the gate at either end.

The committee boat RIB will be in position off the starboard end of the line during the start sequence but it does NOT form part of the start line.

The maximum number of laps is 2. The race office may shorten the course at any time during the race. There will be no shorten course signal. If a boat is hooted as it crosses the finish line it has finished; regardless of how many laps it has sailed. Average laps scoring applies (see 'Scoring' below).




The start sequence will be 3-2-1-Go.

3 minutes before: Warning. 3 sticks. Sound signal

2 minutes before: Preparatory. 2 sticks. Sound Signal.

1 minute before: 1 stick. Long Sound Signal.

Go: No sticks (or 3 sticks for next fleet). Sound Signal.

The fast fleet will start 3 minutes after the RS100 fleet. The start signal for the RS100 fleet is the warning signal for the fast fleet.



Individual Recalls shall be in accordance with RRS 29: The sound signal will be made but no signal will be displayed.

General Recalls shall be in accordance with RRS 29: Two sound signals will be made but no signal will be displayed. The recalled fleet will 'join the back of the queue'. If there is no queue, the next signal made by the committee boat RIB will be the 3 minute warning signal for the recalled fleet.




The finishing line will be between the two marks forming the gate at the downwind end of the course approached and crossed from the course side.




Handicap Scoring

To obtain a score, boats must sign-off after the race, before midnight, giving their finish time and number of laps sailed. If the course is shortened for some boats, the handicap fleets will be scored on an average lap basis as outlined in RYA document 'Portsmouth Yardstick - Running Races'.

There is a link on the club website for signing on and signing off. Signing on is permitted after the race has taken place.


Average Points

No average points will be awarded for sailors doing duties.




Boats are required to carry a 2-metre tow rope.

A patrol boat will be on the water but in order to avoid contact between individuals in the patrol boat and those racing:

       People should only take part in racing if they are fully competent to do so in the conditions on the day. They should retire if conditions change.

       Racing will not take place if conditions are likely to be challenging (a conservative decision will be made in discussion with the RO and OOD).




If it becomes necessary to abandon the racing, the committee boat RIB will signal with 3 sound signals. No visual signal will be made. The committee boat RIB may repeat the signal several times. All boats should come ashore and await further instructions.