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Racing for 2017 at Brading Haven Yacht Club Racing Section is organised by:

  • Sarah Noyes, Rear Commodore Sailing
  • Duncan Bates, Captain of Racing
  • Ian Jefferies, Cruising & Motor Boat Captain
  • Roger Herbert, Sailing Committee Member

All members who race any class of boat or who assist in the running of races
are considered to be members of the BHYC Racing Section


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Duncan Bates
Captain of Racing

All members are welcome to join in the Club racing.

Full Racing Instructions covering all Club races are available here; paper copies will be available at the Annual Briefing on Saturday 18th March and afterwards from the bar or The Jubilee Centre. Racing instructions covering the events organised under the burgee of East Wight Combined Clubs will be issued in the summer as part of their Regatta Series Programme.  Details of Classes are listed in the Class Pages of this website.


It is essential that helms sign the indemnity form in the Jubilee Centre before their first sail of the season.
All helms must Sign-On at the race box before launching for each race.


Duncan Bates

Aero 9

Sept. 13th 2017

William Morris

Laser 4.7

Sept. 13th 2017


Format of Racing 2017

We start our main season with the Lent Series, a series of six races. The idea is a quick blast hopefully in some good March sunshine.

To reduce congestion in the harbour and to reduce the risk of collision, the majority of starts at summer weekends will be from a Committee Boat outside the harbour as identified below. There will still be starts from the Harbour Line for most races in the Icebreaker, the first of the Spring series, the Breakfast, Evening and the Frostbite series. Where two races are designated, the points from each race will contribute towards the series totals.

From April to early June there will be some Cadet Challenges alongside other racing. This is primarily for cadets (although all welcome), at the discretion of the training programme leader on the day. It will be a number of short races from a committee boat, depending on the weather.

There are two Pursuit Races this season, one in May and anther in October details of which will be posted on the Club notice board and Newsletter. The schedule of racing for the season is given in the sailing programme. Apart from the Icebreaker Series, which is for Slow Handicap boats only, and other special races as indicated in the racing instructions, dinghies will race in three separate groups; Fast Handicap (PY 1194 and under) Slow Handicap (PY 1195 and over), and Bembridge Scows with 5 minutes between starts. The start time and starting line, Home (H) or Committee Boat (CB), shown in the programme is that for the first race. For the Committee Boat starts please allow enough time to sail out of the harbour and get to the Committee Boat.



The BHYC Regatta 2017 will be held on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August. Details and racing instructions will be available on the BHYC website and on the East Wight Combined Clubs website accessed via 'Useful Links' on the menu bar above. The Cadet Regatta 2017 will be held on Monday 28th August; all events will be in the Harbour off the clubhouse. Full details will be posted on the notice board in the Club foyer.

The EWCC Dinghy Regatta, Bembridge Village Regatta and Scow Open Championships are hosted in turn by BHYC, BSC and SVYC. Full details of all the local Regattas can be found in the East Wight Combined Clubs Programme available from their web site and from the Club bar.

Inter-Club Racing 2017

Apart from the EWCC Regattas, there are 'home and away' interclub team events for Scows. Details will be available later.

Race Series 2017

Please refer to the Fixtures list in the Race Results section of this web site
for a complete list of events including start times
Series Dates Series Total Races No. of Races
on Day
Start Line
Icebreaker Series (ICE)* 15 Jan - 12 March 10

Two races

Slow H/C

Harbour starts and finishes

(Racing in Harbour only)

Lent Series (LE) 18 March - 9 April 6 One race Harbour start and finish
Easter Series (EA) 14 April - 17 April 8 Two races Committee Boat starts and finishes
Spring Series ( SP) 30 April - 11 June 8 Two races Committee Boat starts and finishes
Evening Series (EV) 4 May - 15 Sept 10 One race Harbour starts and finishes
Summer Series (SU) 18 June - 16 July 10 Two races Committee Boat starts and finishes
Holiday Series (HOL) 23 July - 13 Aug 6 Two races Committee Boat starts and finishes
Autumn Series (AU) 3 Sept - 7 Oct 8 Two races Committee Boat starts and finishes
Frostbite Series (FB) 8 Oct - 17 Dec 14 One race Harbour starts and finishes
Wayfarer Series 26 March to 1 Oct 12 One or two races Sailed within other Series and Races
Swan Series 26 March to 1 Oct 12 One or two races Sailed within other Series and Races

* This series is open to all Island sailors


Single Races

Breakfast Race 1 23 April One Race
Governor's Trophy 1 May One Race All classes race together
Breakfast Race 2 7 May One Race
Pursuit Race 27 May One Race
RNLI Pennant 29 May One Race
Midsummer Race 24 June One Race
Ladies' Race Day 15 July

Long Distance Race (Summer) 22 July One Race Fast and Slow H/C classes
Breakfast Race 3 19 Aug One Race
Breakfast Race 4 2 Sept One Race
Long Distance Race (Autumn) 9 Sept One Race Fast and Slow H/C classes
Breakfast Race 5 17 Sept One Race
Bart's Bash 23 Sept One Race
Pursuit Race 21 Oct One Race
BHYC Nouveau 19 Nov One Race
Breakfast Race 6 2 Dec One Race
Breakfast Race 7 16 Dec One Race
Christmas Cracker 23 Dec One Race Fast and Slow H/C classes


Portsmouth Yardstick numbers used in BHYC Handicap Racing: Click here to download a printable version
BHYC Sailing Programme 2018 - 2019: Click here to download a printable version
BHYC Race Sailing Instructions: click here
A chart of the marks used for BHYC Club racing is available from the Club bar price £5.
For Race Reports, Sailing Support information and other racing topics use the menu on the left of this page.

This page last updated January 16th 2018

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