- Ness Cup Passage Race - Dinghy and Cruiser
The Ness Cup Passage Race is traditionally an open event for dinghies and cruisers sailing together over the same course. The course is laid from the harbour to racing marks within the Inverness Firth adjusted for the prevailing weather conditions. An entry fee is levied and goes to the RNLI. The start time is chosen to catch the tide and allow for some festivity; recovery; and airing of excuses at the Clubhouse after the race.
- Annual Dinghy Regatta
Our Regatta includes dinghy slow and fast handicap classes. It will be a busy weekend on the water and all offers of help from members who do not plan to compete will be greatly appreciated. Up to six races are programmed; the division of individual classes and prizes depends on entries. Snack food is laid on throughout the two days in the Clubhouse and a substantial evening meal is provided on the Saturday with the bar is open for the evening.
- Cold Turkey - after Christmas racing and social
CLUB EVENTS for members
- Nessie Trophy
- One-Day Events - see below
- Cold Turkey
Shake off those Christmas excesses by racing for the Cold Turkey Cup. The event will consist of one or two races for a single handicap class. The race will start at 12 noon.
- Club Championship Day for Dinghies
We’re trying a new format this year and propose an all-day 5 race event with the last race being a pursuit race. We’ve still to work out the details however the initial thought is that one discard will be allowed and that the pursuit race can not be discarded.
The concept of a pursuit race may be new to some members: Basically the racing time for each class of boat is predetermined based on the class handicap and a common corrected time – e.g. 30 minutes. Slower handicap boats start before faster handicap ones and by the end of the race all the boats should be bunched together and whichever boat is leading at that time is the winner.
CLUB SERIES FOR MEMBERS
- Dinghy Series – (number of races planned per day)
1st Sunday Series Fraser MacKenzie Cup 4 days (3)
1st Wednesday Series MH Morrison Cup 11 days (1)
2nd Sunday Series Chanonry Trophy 5 days (3)
2nd Wednesday Series Chanonry Quaich 11 days (1)
3rd Sunday Series Harbour Rosebowl 4 days (3)
Drysuit Diehards Rosehaugh Cup 6 days (2)
Musto Skiff and Class Racing 8 days (variable)
The aim is for each race to last about 30/40 minutes on Sunday and 60/90 minutes on Wednesday. This is at the discretion of the Race Officer depending up on wind and weather conditions, light levels, and the experience of the sailors taking part. We plan to hold 2 races on Sunday and only 1 on Wednesday evening.
Sailors will often be required to help launch and retrieve the Safety Boat, so please arrive in sufficient time to allow for all pre-race activities and be ready at the start line in good time.
Wednesday evening Series
Sunday afternoon series
Musto Skiff and Class Racing
New this year is a series of 8 Sunday afternoons when we plan to run fleet (no handicap) races over windward/leeward (sausage) courses with committee vessel (RIB) starts. Results will be recorded for each class with 2 or more boats taking part and competitors will know their placings immediately. We hope this will encourage participation and provide more winners.
We have a series of One-Day events in which races on that day count towards a small Prize or trophy - if more than 2 races are sailed then an boat's worst result will be discarded. There is no entry fee, and these events doesn't count towards any major trophy. There will be a prize for the winning Adult and the winning Junior, which will be awarded at the end of the day - failing that at the annual prizegiving - along with tea and cakes.
These are held on the first Sunday of each month from May to October, except in July and August. So if you are unable to compete in enough races in the main series to gain a prize, you now have 4 more chances of achieving a first prize!
Two trophies have been donated for each day; one for the Adult Winner and another for the Junior Winner. The trophies have been sponsored by:
Helen & Richard Jenner