courses for yacht racing
|This page contains details of courses for the following club races:
GreensleevesThe Greensleeves Races are the shortest of our club races. There are usually four races in a series, best 3 results to win. The races are sailed over one tide around a triangular course close to the entrance of Mochras lagoon. (See chart below) The races will start about 1 hour before high water and, provided sailing conditions are favourable, will end about 1 hour after high water, having completed 2 laps of the course. The races always starts into wind, so the course may be sailed either clockwise or anticlockwise.
Greensleeves was the name of the Eventide yacht owned by one of our founder members John Parkes, who presented the cup to the club.
HongKong Cup RaceThe HongKong Cup Race is a medium length race. It is sailed over two tides around a triangular course in Tremadoc Bay. (See chart below) The race will start about 1 hour after high water and will end well before the next high water, having completed 1 lap of the course. The race always starts into wind, so the course may be sailed either clockwise or anticlockwise.
The origin of the trophy is very interesting. The three legged , two mouthed cup was a ceremonial wine "glass" and was designed way back in China's past, probably the Shang Dynasty (c.1750 - 1150 BC) as one of a body of sacrificial wine and food vessels only used ceremonially. The award of such a vessel could be made for any success. This vessel is called a "CHEUK" ("ch" pronounced as a j) in the Cantonese dialect used in Hongkong, and it was presented to the club by a couple called, we think, David and Suzy Griffiths (We are trying to confirm this!).
TAKI Cup RaceThe TAKI Cup Race is a longer length race. It is sailed over two tides around quadrilateral course in Tremadoc Bay. This course takes in the St. Tudwals Islands and, passing by the Careg y Trai Buoy, you may see seals on the rocks at low water. (See chart below) The race will start about 1 hour after high water and will end before the next high water, having completed 1 lap of the course. The race always starts into wind, so the course may be sailed either clockwise or anticlockwise.
The TAKI Cup was presented by one of our founder members, Ken Mann. Taki was also the name of his boat, an Eventide, and the name comes from names of his wife and daughters. They are called Ingrid, Teira, Anita and Karen. Unfortunately the yacht was wrecked on Sarn Badrig after being sold to another member.
Combined and pursuit RacesThese two races are sailed over the Greensleeves course over one tide.
The Combined race is for both dinghys and cruisers together. The cup was presented by David Lampert.
The pursuit race is for cruisers. It is different in that all the boats taking part start at different times, according to their handicap (TCF). The idea is that they should all finish at the same stipulated time. The boat in the lead at the finish time is the winner. The cup was bought by the club.
Dinghy RacesThere are four cups for dinghy races. These are the Laurette, presented by Tom and Laura Griffiths, the Comet, presented by Cmdr Hooper, and the Regatta and Novice cups bought by the club. Because of the weak representation of dinghy sailers within the club at present, these races have not been sailed for some years.
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