LTSC Cruiser Racing Series
LTSC has a small but enthusiastic Cruiser Racing group and hosts a series of events throughout the summer months. Racing is held in the Solent and Christchurch Bay, with a mixture of round the cans and passage races. The Cruiser Racing Series starts in May with the Hamble Scramble, a long standing LTSC event which these days sees the clubs Cruiser Racing and Cruising fleets meet up in Hamble for dinner at one of the Yacht Clubs or local pubs.
Racing is run on an informal basis, with simple sailing instructions and is an excellent way to start racing in a low stress environment. Crews come in all shapes and sizes, with double handed and family crews amongst the entrants. Entry is open to all types of keel boats and subject to some very simple safety rules. Yachts are handicapped using the Lymington Adjusted Handicap system developed by LTSC and RLymYC from the RYA’s National Handicap for Cruisers. To obtain an LAH an application form needs to be completed and returned to the RLymYC.
There are no entry fees for LTSC or RLymYC members and only a notional entry for other competitors. There are six individual races throughout the series, with prizes awarded for the overall series at the clubs annual prize giving dinner in November.
The 2017 LTSC Cruiser Racing Series comprises the following events:
Sat 6th May Lymington to Hamble (Hamble Scramble)
Sun 7th May Hamble to Lymington (Hamble Scramble)
Sun 4th June Christchurch Ledge Race
Sun 9th July Newtown Race
Sat 9th Sept Cowes & Back (counts as 2 races)
The Notice of Race, Entry Forms and Sailing Instructions will be posted HERE by the end of March.
The Solent Circuit
The Solent Circuit is the West Solent’s principle autumn yacht racing series. Established by LTSC in the early 1970’s the series has run every year since. In its heyday, the event attracted fleets of over 150 yachts each Sunday morning and the club was packed to the rafters with sailors enjoying post-race drinks. More recently, with competition from other venues, the numbers have dwindle, but the event regularly attracts fleets of over 60 yachts for racing over seven Sundays throughout October and November. Racing is held for IRC and LAH handicap fleets as well as one design classes, which currently include J80’s and Folkboats. Courses are set in the West Solent, with Committee Boat start lines and race durations of approximately two hours.
Dates for the 2017 Solent Circuit run from Sunday 15th October to Sunday 26th November. Further details and Race Documents will be poster HERE in due course.