Weekend Sailing Races in Southampton Water
Friendly racing to make the most of your summer weekends. Join us for weekend sailing races in Southampton Water. After completing an annual entry form you can join in any or all of the Bert Drought series of races on 5 Saturdays across the summer. Your annual SWSA fee covers as many races as you wish, and there are trophies to be won.
Races start late morning or early afternoon to include boats on tide-restricted moorings. 2 hour time limit.
We use the Byron Cruiser Handicap System and allow 2 discards from 5 races, so you have a fair chance even if you cannot make every race.
2019 Bert Drought Weekend Series
|Weekend Race||Date||Start||Southampton HW, BST|
|Bert Drought BD1||Sat 18th May||14.00 BST, vicinity of Royal Southampton buoy||13.37 (4.4) 1st HW|
|Bert Drought BD2||Sat 1st June||13.00 BST, vicinity of Royal Southampton buoy||12.58 (3.9) 1st HW|
|Bert Drought BD3||Sat 6th July||14.30 BST, vicinity of Royal Southampton buoy||14.28 (4.8) 1st HW|
|Bert Drought BD4||Sat 3rd Aug||13.30 BST, vicinity of Royal Southampton buoy||13.22 (4.2) 1st HW|
|Bert Drought BD5||Sat 31st Aug||12.00 BST, vicinity of Royal Southampton buoy||12.20 (4.9) 1st HW|
Join our friendly races
Just complete our simple entry form, pay your Race Fee for the year and you’re ready to race. We’re looking forward to meeting you!
Class 1 boats compete for the the Gibb Winch trophy and Class 2 for the Gibb Sheet Block trophy.
The Bert Drought Cup is awarded to the sailing club with the most entrants.
More about the SWSA Weekend Bert Drought series
Our weekend races have a long history, with the Bert Drought Cup first awarded in 1973 to Marchwood Yacht Club. The Saturday morning races are convenient for those who cannot sail during the week, and since there is no obligation to sail every race this series provides a practical solution for those who are just starting out in yacht racing.
These weekend races starting either side of midday are slightly longer (time limit 2 hours) than our evening races. Each course has relatively short legs, making for close racing, and allowing the faster yachts to sail an extra lap to make best use of the time.
The races are run in fairly sheltered water off Hythe, with a selection of 8 pre-set courses designed to provide a good balance of beating, reaching and running to give a fair chance to the wide range of cruising yachts which take part.
Competitors range from 18 feet to 40 feet: the split between Class 1 and Class 2 is based on handicapped speed according to the entry list. The water around all marks at the time of racing is adequate for the deepest draught boats and even boats on tide-restricted moorings should have ample time to take part and get home.