Dinghies

DINGHY RACING

The Club has an enthusiastic and active dinghy racing section. We race all the year round - up to four times a week during the Summer - as well as hosting major open events.

Club racing events and series take place on Sunday mornings (all the year round), and on Wednesdays (between April and November). Club members are also welcome to join the RLymYC Monday evening dinghy racing.

In addition, the Club runs Saturday Sailing - which is a less formal race series designed to encourage new dinghy sailors and allow others to sharpen their skills.

To take part in any LTSC organised club race all you need to do is complete a Contact Sailing Experience Form ( and if under 18 a Parental/Guardian Disclaimer Form) and pass it to the Sailing Secretary. Thats it ! When you plan to race put you details on the "signing on" sheet that will be posted on the notice board in the changing rooms. Please remember to sign off when you get back.

If you plan to do any racing with the RLymYC, you will need to follow the appropriate entry procedures.

All dinghy racing events are listed in the Calendar. The calendar entry will also include links to the appropriate documentation including the Notice Of Race and and reports or results that are published afterwards.

 

Open Events

The Club has a long tradition of hosting open events. These range from open meetings such as the LTSC & RLymYC joint Lymington Dinghy Regatta on 15th & 16th July, the Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller and Scorpion Open on 2nd & 3rd September and the Lymington River Scow Championship on 16th & 17th September, to long distance races such as the Christchurch Ledge Race on 4th June and the Newtown Race on 9th July.

Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller and Scorpion Open Results:

2017 Silver Scorpion Report

2017 Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Report

Lymington Dinghy Regatta 2017   15 & 16 July

The biggest ever Lymington Dinghy Regatta attracted over 130 boats including 60 visitors, who came for two days of exciting racing in the Solent.  Jointly hosted by the Lymington Town Sailing Club and the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, the weekend was made a great success by the hard work of dozens of volunteers helping on and off the water and a great spirit of cooperation between the two clubs.  The regatta was generously sponsored by Lymington businesses Nick Cox Chandlery and Harken UK.

For more information click below:

Lymington Dinghy Regatta 2017 report

Merlin Rocket Report LDR 2017

Merlin Rocket Prize Winners LDR 2017

RS400 Report LDR 2017

RS Aeros LDR 2017

View from the East Course

D-Ones Report

 

Fleets, classes & handicaps

Within the club we race a wide variety of dinghies - with the choice reflecting the varied diversity of classic and modern dinghies available on the UK dinghy scene.

We split the various boats into fleets into four bands using the Portsmouth Yardstick Handicap system.The handicap bands are selected in order to give best possible racing by keeping boats with similar speed characteristics in the same band. The most popular boats raced at the Club are:

 

 

Merlin Rocket            

Laser      

RS Aero                       

Lymington River Scow

Dinghy Park Layout

Saturday Sailing and Dinghy Cruises

Every Saturday from April until November (unless there is a regatta or Club training) there will be Club organised sailing.  This my take the form of either group sailing on a Saturday afternoon or an all day dinghy cruise, check out the calendar below to see what is on when. Meet at the Club at 12:30hrs for Saturday Sailing and at 09:30hrs for Dinghy Cruising.

Saturday Sailing and Dinghy Cruise Information

2017 Saturday Sailing and Dinghy Cruise Calendar

Club Boats

The Club has a small fleet of boats that are available for members to hire.  The fleet includes four RS Visions, two RS Quests and 2 Picos.  These can be hired by members who have a minimum of the RYA Dinghy Sailing Level 2 certificate or equivalent. The fee for hiring the boats is £25 for either a morning or afternoon session.  However, members can join the ‘Vision Club’ to benefit from a substantial saving.  For details on the ‘Vision Club’ and an application form please click the link below.

Vision Club Application Form 2017 April