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Tide Race Summer Season
August 19 @ 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Tide Races – series. Slightly longer races than the Knickertwisters, taking place around high tide on the weekends, usually on Neap tides. Individual courses will be set for Div1, Div2 and Dinghies and these may include different start positions and different times. Div 1 and Div 2 will be split between single keel and multi keel boats although catamarans and trimarans will be in Div 1. The RYA NHC system will be used for Cruiser scoring but the TCF will be maintained separately from the KT series since Spinnakers can be used and tidal conditions will be significantly different. The TCF of each competitor at the end of the first Tide Race series will be used to calculate the starting TCF for the Summer Series (refer to the NHC guidance notes downloadable from the ‘Racing’ page of the club web site.
General Racing Guidance
Races usually start at the clubhouse race box transit line however under certain conditions of wind and tide the start may be from the slipway at the river mouth end of the moorings and finish back at the club house line.
For Cruiser racing, courses will be set around fixed navigation buoy markers in the channel and at the entrance to the River Usk. Occasionally an additional mark may be laid by the safety boat which can be included as part of the course.
The course will be set approximately 1 hour prior to a race and will be displayed in the start hut on the blackboard.
All competitors must sign-on prior to each race on the prepared sheet in the start hut.
Never Raced Before?
New sailors are often reluctant to start racing because they are worried about the racing rules or simply about coming last. Most sailors who have raced however, will argue that racing is by far the best way to improve your sailing skills, get to know other club members and have more fun in your boat.
NUSC is an ideal place to start racing. The races are short, the fleets are small and friendly, and the bar is open at the end to facilitate discussions on tactics, ratings, boat problems or life in general.
To enter just turn up and sign-on. Please read the Notice of Race for the event you are doing. It sets out the terms and conditions under which we race. You agree to abide by these and the sailing instructions when you, owner or skipper sign on to enter the race.