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.

Race Results

The Cruiser fleet uses Sailwave to record our race results.

They are available here

Cruiser Rating 2017

Class 1 Rating Requirements

The boat must hold a current IRC certificate
The low limit is 0.895
There is no high limit
More information about IRC at www.ircrating.org.

Class 1A Rating Requirements

The boat must hold a current VPRS certificate
The low limit is 0.810 (0.775 for non spinnaker ratings)
The high limit is 0.871
More information about VPRS at www.vprs.org.

Class 1B Rating Requirements

The boat must hold a current VPRS certificate
The low limit is 0.872
The high limit is 0.960
More information about VPRS at www.vprs.org.

Class 2 Rating Requirements

The boat must hold a current VPRS certificate
The low limit is 0.802
The high limit is 0.855
The max draft is 1.55m (taken from VPRS certificate)
More information about VPRS at www.vprs.org.

Class 3 Rating Requirements

The boat must hold a current VPRS certificate
There is no low limit
The high limit is 0.801 (0.740 for non spinnaker ratings)
The max hull length is 8.5 metres (taken from VPRS certificate)
More information about VPRS at www.vprs.org.

Class 1A Requirements For Sunday Races Only

For Cruiser Races that take place as part of the Sunday Early Spring Series, and the Sunday Winter Series only.
Class 1A and Class 1B are combined and shall be called Class 1A
The boat must hold a current VPRS certificate
The low limit shall be the same as the Class 1A Low limit for that year
There is no high limit
More information about VPRS at www.vprs.org.

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