One great thing about HLSC is that, as a member of the club, you can choose to sail on the lake whenever you want. However if you decide that you would like to sail outside our normal club racing times (i.e. when there are no club patrol boats on the water) it is important that you are comfortable with the prevailing weather conditions and that both you and your crew are fit for those conditions and competent to sail in them. If someone has very little experience we would recommend that their sailing takes place when the safety cover is there.
The Club holds three races on Sunday afternoons from the beginning of March to the middle of December. From April to early September, we also race on Wednesday evenings. Our Wednesday evening sailing is a welcome break in the work week and often has bigger fleets than those on Sunday. Members can go out for an informal social sail on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. It’s not compulsory that you have to join in the club racing and at these times there will be patrol boats around plus there’s the benefit of chatting to our members for a ‘bit of advice’. You will find they are always happy to help you.
We also run ‘Friendly Friday’ sessions in the summer months which is the ideal opportunity for any club member, however inexperienced, to just go out and have a sail. One to one instruction can be arranged or just come along and have an informal & relaxed sail.
To introduce a bit of variety to our club racing programme, a number of special races of differing formats are run throughout the year. These events include pursuit and handicap races.
Starting Times for Club Racing
We are currently in our winter shutdown period and this year’s sailing season starts on Sunday 4th March 2018. We haven’t as yet finalised our club racing programme for 2018 but it is very likely to follow the pattern used for the 2017 season which we have shown below as a guideline as to when we race.
Sundays 5th March 2017 to 23rd July and 3rd September to 22nd October 2017
Slow Handicap fleet (PY over 1050) 1.00pm
Fast Handicap fleet (PY between 940 & 1050) 1.09pm
Sundays 30th July to 27th August 2017
Slow Handicap fleet & Fast Handicap fleet (Mass start) 1.00pm
Sundays 5th November to 10th December 2017
Slow Handicap fleet & Fast Handicap fleet (Mass start) 12.30pm
Dependent on the numbers of sailors present and at the discretion of the OOD, the Slow Handicap start and Fast Handicap start may be merged into one Mass Start per race in which case the start for the first race will be no earlier that the stated start time for the Slow Handicap fleet.
Three points races will be sailed each Sunday
Wednesday Evenings 29th March, 5th April, 30th August and 6th September 2017
Mass Start 7.00pm
Wednesday Evenings 12th April to 23rd August 2017
During May, June, July and early August two races will be run ‘back to back’. This is the start time for the first race.
Mass Start 7.15pm
There are also a number of special races held during the season. Please click here to check their dates.