Eastbourne offers both class racing and handicap racing and we have a busy sailing programme, running from early March through to Christmas. Racing takes place on Sundays throughout the season and we also have a popular Wednesday Evening Series. Saturday sailing is very popular in the summer months, with many members either free sailing or attending one of the club’s training courses, or simply soaking up the sunshine on the club patio which overlooks the beach!
Sunday racing comprises of 3 races for most of the season, with there being 1 race in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. The racing can often be viewed from the beach, although the race course will be further out to sea if we’re operating a committee boat start. Our courses are usually windward/leeward for asymmetric boats and either a trapezoid or a triangle for conventional boats.
Our competitions range from class series throughout the season to a number of trophy events which are keenly contested! Our members sail a variety of classes, including Laser, RS800, RS400, RS600, Contender, Spitfire, A-class, F18, Laser and Dart 16.
We also have a very popular Wednesday Evening series in the summer months. Everyone races as a handicap fleet, although there are additional competitions within the series for Lasers and Dart 16s. The Laser class have even come up with their own individual handicapping system, which has made for a wonderfully competitive series!
The club’s own safety boat is on the water for all organised sailing and will provide assistance when required.