Poole Yacht Club Cruiser Fleet
Cruiser racing is the biggest thrill on the water. Teams of between 2 and 10 test their skill, seamanship and knowledge in an invigorating competitive enviroment. Yachts of all types compete every week against the wind, the clock and each other.
There's an atmosphere of friendly competition on race nights. Teams vie to be the evenings fastest, and to beat their own personal best. But really everyone is here to have a good time. After the sailing is over and the results are in, everyone gets together at the bar for a chat, a drink, and a review of the race. We exchange tips and techniques for improvement, catch up and congratulate each other.
With over 70 boats out on the water at the height of the season, it's always social and competitive.
The racing season runs from Spring to Christmas and new competitors can join at any time. During the Spring and Summer months we race every Tuesday night at 7:00pm. During the Winter we race on Sunday mornings at 11:00am.
The Cruiser Fleet
We race in banded classes, grouping similar speed yachts against each other to make each time out on the water competitive and exciting.
Cruiser racing is for boats between 19ft to 40ft. Crews on a cruiser are between 2 to 10 sailors, with races lasting between one and two hours.
Cruisers race under a handicap system, having the fastest time doesn't always mean you're the winner. The handicap is based on the length, weight, draft, rig size, sail area, and specific characteristics and features of the yacht. With the slower built yachts getting a time reduction and the faster builds getting a time addition.
Every year competing yachts need to get a rating certificate to determine their handicap. Poole Yacht Club uses two different rating systems. Cruiser Class 1 uses IRC (International Rating Certificate), an international racing standard. All other classes uses a regional handicap system called VPRS (Velocity Prediction Rating System).
This allows the results secretary to check the handicap when a yacht is entered into a series and determine which class they should be part of and how their finishing time should be adjusted.