Race Management

We have an extensive racing programme at The Poole Yacht Club

Look at the Notice of race below to see our list of regular sailing events.

The website calendar contains all of the forthcoming events, including regattas, open meetings and training events


Day Starts Time Classes Ends
Sat 8 Jan 10:30 a.m. 8 12 Mar
Sun 9 Jan 10:25 a.m. R 13 Feb
Sun 6 Mar 10:30 a.m. 1,2,3,R,4 10 Apr
Tue 29 Mar 6:15 p.m. R,1,1A,2,3,4 17 May
Sat 2 Apr 2 p.m. (G,D),8,T,7 28 May
Mon 4 Apr 6:15 p.m. G,D,8,T,7 16 May
Thu 7 Apr 6:15 p.m. R,G,D,O,8,7 19 May
Fri 6 May 6 p.m. R,1,1A,2,3,4 10 Jun
Mon 23 May 6:25 p.m. G,D,8,T,7 11 Jul
Tue 24 May 6:15 p.m. R,1,3,1A,2,4 12 Jul
Thu 26 May 6:25 p.m. R,G,D,O,8,7 14 Jul
Mon 18 Jul 6:15 p.m. G,D,8,T,7 5 Sep
Tue 19 Jul 6:15 p.m. R,1,2,3,1A,4 6 Sep
Thu 21 Jul 6:15 p.m. R,G,D,O,8,7 8 Sep
Fri 5 Aug 6 p.m. R 9 Sep
Sat 10 Sep 2 p.m. R,(G,D,8),T,7 15 Oct
Mon 12 Sep 6 p.m. (7,G,D),8,T 3 Oct
Tue 13 Sep 6 p.m. R 4 Oct
Sun 2 Oct 10:30 a.m. 1,2,3,R,4 11 Dec
Sat 29 Oct 1 p.m. (G,D,8),T,7 10 Dec
Class 1 Cruiser
Class 1A Cruiser
Class 2 Cruiser
Class 3 Cruiser (A/B)
Class 4 Cruiser
All Cruisers inc. R19s
YW Dayboat
Laser/Aero H’cap
Fast H’cap Dinghies
Slow H’cap Dinghies + Hobie 16
Medium H’cap Dinghies
E,F,9 + T (Class 8)
Asymmetric + Foiling H’cap Dinghies

Handicap Dinghy Rating

Handicap Dinghy Racing at Poole Yacht Club is done under the Portsmouth Yardstick system.

We race in three banded groups, fast, medium and slow.

Class 9

Boats with a PY number 1000 and below.

Fast (Class F)

Boats with a PY number between 1001 to 1024 inc. are part of the fast group.

Medium (Class E)

Boats with a PY number between 1025 to 1200 inc. are part of the medium group.

Slow (Class T)

Boats with a PY number above 1201 are part of the slow group.

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.

Notice to Mariners

Local Notices to Mariners are issued by the harbour master on a regular basis to inform mariners of any operations or works taking place in the harbour which may affect the safety of navigation. These are distributed to all the marine operations involved in the harbour area, as well as adjacent harbour masters, local marine offices and notice boards at harbour access points.

Handicap systems


Well known and established rating system, used worldwide. Typically used for all major regattas and racing in UK. Large database of boats enables good correlation of ratings. Uses measurements to define the boat and sails, also includes a boat type allowance (Hull factor) which is used to amend the rating for different types of boat. More information at www.ircrating.org.There is an annual fee to obtain a rating.

PY (Portsmouth Yardstick)

This is an empirical rating system (no measurements) which analyses the performance of boats to derive a rating. Some values of PY are fixed for the year, typically for dinghies. It is also possible to use a PY which is varied statistically for each race based on performance of the boat. This rating system is free and is typically organised through either the club or via nationally agreed values for PY.


New system (2010) based on velocity prediction formula, principally created for Poole Yacht Racing Association (PYRA). Uses only measurements to predict performance via polar diagram which is then converted to a rating based on averaged wind strengths. More information at www.vprs.org. There is an annual fee to obtain a rating.

Racehut Signals

If you are new to racing at Poole Yacht Club or have never worked out how we start, look at the excellent videos below.

These will explain the bespoke start sequence from the race hut. Otherwise they may remain a mystery to you!

General Recall Last Start

General Recall

Individual Recall

Full Start Sequence