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. With a few exceptions each series has awards for the following: Double Hander, Single Hander (excluding standard Comet and Comet Xtra), Under 16 (but over 12, age taken at the start of the season), Under 13 (age taken at the start of the season), Lady, Novice, Comet, Comet Lady, Comet Novice
The events fall into a few main categories:
Racing for beginners
On one Saturday each month, inbetween the morning and afternoon 'Saturday Club' training sessions 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 instructors out on the water providing advice to those taking part.
The Wakefield series is also aimed at encouraging beginners and improvers to race, our most suucessful race helms are not allowed to compete as helms.
Those beginning to race are welcome at all our races, do not be put off by the more experienced racers, they will be pleased to give advice before and after the races - most of all they will be pleased that you are joining in. We were all beginners once. The Benefits of Racing gives more information on racing.
There are four Sunday Series, typically each series will run for two months and races will take place on three Sundays each Month. With the exception of the Autumn Leaf series there are two back to back races in the morning.The Autumn Leaf Series has a single morning race. All Sunday series have separate starts for Comets and Handicap.
Saturday Series have two back to back races in the afternoon, with the exception of the Wakefield Series which is a morning series from which our most successful helms are excluded and is aimed at encouraging beginners and improvers. All Saturday series, except Wakefield, have separate starts for Comets and Handicap.
Between May and August a single short race is held on most Wednesday evenings. Wednesday evening series have separate starts for Comets and Handicap.
Each year we hold Open meetings for Comet and Topper classes, to which boats from other clubs are invited. These are great days where the whloe laoke is given over racing a single class of boat. Although there will be some really competitive helms don't let that put you off, an Open meeting is a great way to improve your racing with four races in one day.
We also usually hold three or four 'one day' events over the course of the year and a pursuit race following New Year.