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 10:30am.

Race Results






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.

Cruiser Racing Class Definitions

Our Club rating system uses the Velocity Prediction Rating System, VPRS; www.vprs.org
For information about ratings contact Ruth Kelly, rating@vprs.org

Cruiser Class 1

The boat must hold a current VPRS rating certificate
The Low limit is 0.900 with no High limit
Racing emphasis will be on ‘Out of Harbour’ courses.
Class Capt. Mark Titterington.

Cruiser Class 1A

The boat must hold a current VPRS rating certificate
The Low limit is 0.831 and High limit 0.899
Racing emphasis will be on Harbour Courses and ‘Out of Harbour’ when conditions allow.
Class Capt. Ian Aitken.

Cruiser Class 2

The boat must hold a current VPRS rating certificate
The Low limit is 0.800 and High limit 0.830
Boats with lifting keels may race with keels set at no less than 1m.
Racing emphasis will be on Olympic style courses within Harbour
Class Capt. John Waters

Cruiser Class 3

The boat must hold a current VPRS rating certificate
No Low limit with a high limit of 0.799
Racing emphasis will be on Harbour Courses.
Class Capt. Maggie Horsford

Every effort is made to accommodate those wishing to race and provide fair competition.

Ratings should preferably include a spinnaker. However, boats without a spinnaker may race but results may, subject to numbers participating, be differentiated from those with.

Larger/heavier weight boats are accommodated in Class 1 and 1A
Smaller/lighter weight boats are accommodated in Classes 2 and 3

For information contact the Club’s Cruiser Capt. Roger Bond, roger@normtec.co.uk.