Club Racing at Midland

All about Club Racing

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 the winter months November to February 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). 

Club racing calendar 2017-18

Helm and crew availability (log-in only)

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.

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. 

Information and instructions about how races are run at Midland Sailing Club

We have lots of practical information on the website about how to run races at the club.


Pusuit races.

Average lap races.

Racing instructions

Midland Sailing Club Notice of Race (PDF)

Midland Sailing Club Sailing Instructions (PDF)

Racing program rules



The Midland Sailing Club Trophies.

Details of our beautiful and historic club trophies.


Bar Duty
Jan Kimber
Sue Burton
Race Officer
Chris Martin
Safety Boat Driver
Martin Slyne
Asst. Race Officer
Anna Matthews
Asst. Safety
Steve Watson
Bar Duty
Mark McKeever
Race Officer
Andrew Prosser
Safety Boat Driver
Stephen Nicholson
Asst. Race Officer
Richard Hadley
Asst. Safety
George Douthwaite
Bar Duty
Julian Harms
Amanda Lake
Race Officer
David Homer
Safety Boat Driver
Chris Skelcher
Asst. Race Officer
Nick Taylor
Asst. Safety
Chris Homer
Bar Duty
Adam Maclean
Race Officer
Mike Anslow
Safety Boat Driver
David Biddle
Asst. Race Officer
Peter Stanbury
Asst. Safety
Will Naylor

Weather Forecast

  • Wednesday Jun 27, 2018
    8 knots, ENE
    16 knots
    Sunny day

    — Met Office