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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
Richard Adams
Race Officer
John Humphries
Safety Boat Driver
Kate Fairbairn
Asst. Race Officer
David Wheeler
Asst. Safety
Gabrielle Barthelemy
Bar Duty
Adam Maclean
Race Officer
Andrew Prosser
Safety Boat Driver
David Eltringham
Asst. Race Officer
Peter Stanbury
Asst. Safety
Richard Hadley
Bar Duty
Rob Kennaugh
Race Officer
Trevor Pearson
Safety Boat Driver
George Douthwaite
Asst. Race Officer
Simon Daniels
Asst. Safety
Stephen Ward
Bar Duty
Mike Anslow
Race Officer
Mike Burke
Safety Boat Driver
Stephen Nicholson
Asst. Race Officer
Keith Garrett
Asst. Safety
Tiberiu Simu

Weather Forecast

  • Saturday Jul 29, 2017
    10 knots, SW
    17 knots

    — Met Office