The Club has a long history of organising Dinghy and Yacht racing in and around Plymouth.
Racing was originally organised for three classes of yachts; and 1902 the Club pioneered dinghy racing in the Sound. Between the World Wars more and more classes were catered for, including the large ‘J’ Class yachts and followed by the twelve metre boats. The Club was closed down in 1940 by the Second World War and the premises requisitioned for military use.
Racing started again in 1947 and has continued ever since. Various championships have been promoted, and National, European and World events were held.
In the 1950’s and 1960’s the Club slipway and dinghy park were created.
Members of the Club who have gained a Royal Yachting Association Level 2 qualification are able to sail in one of the Club’s Topper Topaz and Topper Xenon dinghies.
The Club has two Visitor Moorings available for yachts up to length of 36ft or thereabouts.
The Club continues to have a busy calendar, with racing for dinghies in particular being organised on a year round basis; divided into four Series – Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn, – with ‘prizes’ awarded for each Series. Spring and Summer Series are raced on Thursday evenings; Autumn and Winter on Saturday mornings.
At present dinghy racing is organised into four divisions or classes.
Asymmetric with PY of 1085 or lower
Fast Handicap with PY of 1101 or lower
Slow Handicap with PY of 1400 or higher
With Asymmetric and Fast Handicap starting together; and Slow Handicap and Enterprises starting five minutes later. Dependant on weather between twenty and forty boats usually cross the Start Line.
Yacht racing starts in March with a Spring Series; this year sponsored by Plymouth Gin. The Series normally runs on five Saturdays to the end of April; and weather permitting two races are sailed on each day.
The Pigeon Trophy charity race up the Tamar river to Cargreen normally takes place in May or June (in 2013 on May 19th), and is competed for by both dinghies and yachts.
Members yachts have competed in both the Fastnet and the Round the Island races in recent years.
There are current plans to reinstate some passage races for the 2014 season, particularly to Roscoff where a new and very attractive marina has recently opened. The marina is accessible at all states of the tide and overcomes the previous problem of waiting for the right tide in the Morlaix river before being able to access the marina there.
For those people who are no longer actively sailing there are always opportunities to undertake line duties from being the race officer to merely sending flags up and down; and safety boats seems always to be in want of a crew. A word to the Rear Commodore Sail – Stephanie Newcomb – will have a volunteer gainfully employed in no time.