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Racing at Midland

Racing is held at Midland on Saturday afternoons all year (except when the ice is too thick) and on Wednesday evenings in the Summer. Sailors compete for the honour of winning one of the Club's prestigious series trophies.


Saturday afternoons.

At Midland sailing club we race every Saturday with the exception of certain ‘exclusive days’ see calendar. The first race begins at 1.30 pm and is an average lap race and the second a pursuit race starts after lunch at around 3.30 pm. In January and December we start at 1 pm and 2.45 pm so that we can finish before dark. 

We have Winter (January, February March), Spring (April, May June), Summer (July, August September) and Autumn Series (October, November December).

For each series there are different trophies to compete for - fleet trophies (such as the Merlin, Solo, and GP14 fleets), handicap trophies and scratch (overall winners). 

Wednesday evenings.

During the summer we also hold a Wednesday evening race starting at 6.30 in April and September and 7pm for May, June, July and August. We have two series here the Spring and Summer. Wednesday evening races are generally pursuit races with the exception of the flag officers races which are held one each in May, June and July. These are average lap races and the flag officers are generally expected to provide strawberries and crea, for the competitors.

Pusuit Racing

The second race on Saturday afternoon and most Wednesday races are pusuit races. Slower classes of dinghy start first and faster ones later with the intention that all things being equal all competitors should finish at the same time after an hour's race.

Average lap racing

The first race on Saturday afternoon and the Wednesday evening flag officer series races are average lap races. The principle of the Average Lap Time (ALT) race is that it provides a mass start for all the classes of boat that we sail, and a nominal race length of around one hour for each competitor. It allows slow boats such as toppers and optimists sailed by the juniors to compete fairly with faster ones. It also means all competitors have the same wind conditions unlike a pursuit race where the wind may vary throughout the race benefitting one particular secton of the fleet.

National Competitions

The club and it's members also partcipate in many National competitions such as the Southport 24  and 12 hour races, Merlin Silver Tiller series, Enterprise, Laser, Solo and Topper area series, Salcombe week and the Coppet week.


The results of each race are announced after racing, (sometimes forecasts are made before races) and posted in the club house so you can instantly see how you've done and where you stand in the current series. 


Duty Rota

Each and every club race is run by a hand picked team of professionals.  Failing that, club members are picked at random out of a hat and put on the duty rota (login required). The Club uses 'Dutyman'.


Bar Duty
Mark McKeever
Race Officer
Nancy Gudgeon
Safety Boat Driver
Michael Homer
Asst. Race Officer
Andrew Hanley
Asst. Safety
Marina Gashinova
Bar Duty
Richard Adams
Race Officer
Rob Kennaugh
Safety Boat Driver
George Douthwaite
Asst. Race Officer
Louise Jackson
Asst. Safety
Aimee Allsopp
Bar Duty
Lawrence Bowbanks
Race Officer
Douglas Bridger
Safety Boat Driver
Kate Fairbairn
Asst. Race Officer
Matt Smith
Asst. Safety
Nick Taylor
Bar Duty
Steve Watson
Race Officer
Jenny Chen-Andronis
Safety Boat Driver
Chris Skelcher
Asst. Race Officer
Amanda Lake
Asst. Safety
Dean Jung

Weather Forecast

  • Saturday Aug 19, 2017
    16 knots, W
    27 knots
    Partly cloudy

    — Met Office