Bough Beech Sailing Club offers a wide range of racing opportunities for sailors of all ages and skill levels throughout the year. This includes informal and novice racing, club series, single day regattas, pursuit races, open meetings, the open icicle series, youth regattas and interclub competitions. Full details of our racing programme can be found in the club calendar.
Sunday Club Racing Series
Mar & Apr: Spring Series
May & Jun: Early Summer Series
Jul & Aug: Late Summer Series
Sep & Oct: Autumn Series
Nov & Dec: Winter Warm Up Series
Jan & Feb: Icicle Series (open event)
Morning series – two races from 11:00, separate starts for solo, laser and general handicap fleets
Afternoon series – one race from 14:00, one start for general handicap fleet
Bank Holiday Pursuit Races
New Years Day
Easter Monday (Easter Egg Prizes)
August Bank Holiday (Air Ambulance Charity)
90 minute race starting at 12:00
Surrey & East Surrey Water Cup: 5 May 2020
50th Anniversary Regatta: 21 Jun 2020
Sir Alec Rose Trohpy (Charity event): 11 Oct 2020
Boxing Day Rum Race: 26 Dec 2020
Thursday Evening Series: 7 May – 20 Aug 2020 (one race from 19:30)
Emma Nettleship Trophy (Youth): 26 Sep 2020
Getting Started with Racing
Many members develop their sailing skills on our RYA level 1&2 courses and at our confidence buidling sessions (Bough Beech Ultimate Leisure Sailors or BBULS for short). Members can also get together and organise informal non-competitive short course racing on Saturdays. Novice regattas for less experienced sailors also feature on the racing calendar.
Less experienced racers are also welcome at club racing and participation offers excellent opportunities for getting encouragement and tips on boat rigging and tactics from the more experienced racers. Crewing with a more experienced helm in a double handed boat is also a useful way to pick up on tactics.
Club boats can be hired by members to compete in racing events.
The BBSC team of volunteer race officers run racing events at the club and the BBSC volunteer safety squad provide safety cover for racing events at the club.
Club Racing Events
Regular club racing series are held throughout the year on Sunday mornings and afternoons. Morning series usually consist of two races per week with separate starts for solo, laser and general handicap fleets. Afternoon series consist of one general handicap race per week. Results are determined on average lap times and corrected for the handicap of the boat class (PY number) where appropriate.
A number of one day club championships also feature in the racing calendar including the Sutton and Surrey Water cup, the Sir Alec Rose Trophy and the Boxing Day Rum Race. Bank Holiday Mondays usually host a Pursuit Race where individual start times are determined by the boat’s handicap and the aim is to be ahead at the prescribed finish time.
The light evenings of the summer months allow the scheduling of a Thursday evening series with the added bonus watching the sunset from the clubhouse over dinner afterwards.
The Emma Nettleship trophy is a special regatta for our youth members held each autumn and other events including novice races and team racing are also scheduled on the calandar. Bough Beech teams compete in interclub racing with other local clubs in the Weald of Kent Sailing Asociation.
Open events are held throughout the year for a variety of classes including the icicle open series held during the months of January and February each year. Many members take the opportunity to travel to compete in open events at other clubs locally, nationally and internationally.
Experienced racers can develop their skills further by undertaking the role of race officer and joining the team of volunteers who run the club’s racing events and open meetings. Training and support for this role is provided by the club’s principal race officer.
Race officers are supported by members volunteering for the role of assistant race officers. No formal training is needed for this role as the required duties will be under the direction of the race officer for that day.