Dinghy Racing at Hedgecourt Lake
Thanks to its relatively sheltered inland location and its shallow depth throughout, our home base at Hedgecourt Lake is an excellent venue at which to develop your sailing skills as you move on from the beginner stage. The trees that fringe most sides of the lake mean that the winds we experience here are often variable in direction and strength. Although this can be trying at times, sailing in variable conditions helps you to develop a keen awareness of wind strength and direction that will help you no matter what path your sailing interests follow in the future. And if you become one of those who regularly take part in club races at Hedgecourt, you will soon find that learning to deal with the vagaries of the sailing conditions is part of the challenge!
Something for Everyone
Racing takes place at the lake from late March through to mid December, usually with at least one event each weekend and often more. You can find out more details of the different events in the Club Handbook or by looking at our programme. The events fall into a few main categories:
Spring, Summer and Autumn series taking place on Saturday afternoons, normally with two races run 'back to back' (meaning that a second race is started once everyone has finished the first race, without returning to the clubhouse). These are all handicap races.
Early and Late Summer series with a race in the morning and another (for a separate series competition) in the afternoon. These are also handicap races.
A Sunday morning series with class racing for Comets plus separate handicap competitions for (a) other single handers and (b) double handers. This is one of our most popular and keenly contested series.
Between May and August a single short race is held on most Wednesday evenings, with class racing for Comets and a separate handicap competition for all other classes. Again, these are usually very popular events.
Racing for beginners
On one Saturday each month, to follow our morning 'Saturday Club' session we hold a 'Start Racing' series aimed at people who have little or no previous experience of racing. For these races there will normally be an instructor out on the water able to give advice to those taking part.
Each year we hold Open meetings for Comet and Topper classes, to which boats from other clubs are invited.
We also usually hold three or four 'one day' events over the course of the year for handicap or pursuit racing.