Mylor Yacht Club encourages everyone to have a go at yacht racing whether it’s in your own yacht, crewing or helping on the Committee Boat. You can also man the Safety RIB and we will help with the training for that.
If you have never raced before or feel like some extra help to improve your skills, one of the Racing Committee will be only too pleased to help you. Just ask the Racing Secretary.
No matter what sort of Yacht you have, if you fill in our Entry and YTC Handicap form we can work out a handicap number for you. This does take a little time so please send in your entry form and Handicap form well before you wish to race. Then the more you race the more information on your yachts performance we get, this helps us refine your handicap number, which in turn makes racing fairer for everyone.
This year all sailing will need to adhere to prevailing Government restrictions to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our experience last year has demonstrated that we are well able to organise competitive racing whilst remaining within Social Distancing guidelines both for competitors, and the Race Management Team. We are planning to begin the season with a series of Sunday Pursuit Races which are likely to start at the beginning of May. These races involve a staggered start set according to the handicap of the boat, and can be run very effectively using a shore-based transit as a start line.
Whilst racing under COVID-19 restrictions we will be operating with a much-reduced Race Management Team and Safety RIB. Once Social Distancing restrictions are eased, we will be looking for volunteers to get involved by providing their yachts as Committee Boats; as members of the Race Management Team; and by manning the RIB. To this end, we hope to organise local training courses both in Race Management and RIB handling once conditions permit.
Whilst we take racing seriously, we also aim to make it fun. We have learned that as much pleasure can be gleaned from a tussle at the back of the fleet, as from winning. We hope to see you on the water later this year.
Steve Przybylski Racing Secretary,