Sailing Activities for Volunteers

Below is a description of the regular sailing activities conducted by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club that uses volunteers  (does not include special events)

 

Summer (October to April)

KEELBOAT CLASSES

Wednesdays - Twilight Sailing

  • First warning signal is 1815
  • Two Fleets:  A Fleet includes Division 1, BW8s, Sports Boats and Etchells.  B Fleet incorporates all other fleets.
  • Sign and off is by SMS, VHF Chanel 77

Thursdays - Mid Week Race Series

  • First warning signal is at 1510
  • Three Fleets:  A Fleet includes Division 1, BW8s, Sports Boats and Etchells.  B Fleet incorporates all others apart from Contenders who sail as C Fleet.
  • Sign on is done by the Start Box.

Saturdays - Keelboats (Senior Classes)

  • Two separate Starting areas:  Club Line 1 or Club Line 2
  • Two separate Finishing lines:  Club Line or mid river finish as specified in the Sailing Handbook and courses for each fleet.
  • Racing is conducted in Freshwater Bay and Melville Water West
  • First warning signal is 1330 unless specified otherwise in the Sailing Handbook
  • 10 Fleets:  Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, Sports Boats, Couta Boats, Etchells, BW8s, Dragons, Flying 15s and Contenders
  • Each of the above fleets have a Championship and Consistency Series.  Some fleets also include a Mid River or Line Honours Series, AMS and IRC.
  • On specified race days, some fleets will do 2-3 short races or have a Handicap start.
  • Sign on is done by the start boat

Sundays - Dinghies (Senior and Junior Classes)

  • Race day is Sunday
  • Multiple races are conducted on each race day
  • Racing is conducted in Freshwater Bay.
  • Races can either be morning or afternoon.  First warning signal for morning sessions is 0855. First warning signal for afternoon sessions is 1355.
  • 10 Fleets:  Optimist Gold, Optimist Silver, O’pen BIC Gold, O’pen BIC Silver, Mirror, Laser Standard, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 420, 29er.
  • Each of the above fleets have a Championship and Consistency Series.  The first race of each day counts towards consistency.  All races contribute towards an amalgamated end of day result.
  • Sign on and sign off is done on shore

 

Winter (May to September)

KEELBOAT CLASSES

Thursdays

  • First warning signal is at 1510
  • Three Fleets:  A Fleet includes Division 1, BW8s, Sports Boats and Etchells.  B Fleet incorporates all others apart from Contenders who sail as C Fleet.
  • Sign on is done by the Start Box.

Sundays on Selected Dates

  •  Winter Frostbite Series:  Races can either be morning or afternoon.  First warning signal for morning sessions is 0955.  First warning signal for afternoon sessions is 1355.
  • Four Fleets:  A & B Fleets have a single race starting and finishing at the Club Line.  Etchells and Dragons sail multiple windward leeward races mid river.

DINGHY CLASSES

Sundays on Selected Dates

  • Dinghy Winter Series: Series comprises 12 races and can be either be morning or afternoon.  First warning signal for morning sessions is 0955.  First warning signal for afternoon sessions is 1355. Two races sailed each day
  • Dinghy classes are invited as specified in the Notice of Race.
  • Racing is conducted on Freshwater Bay