Pursuiting at SYC

Race DSC2596In addition to the regular racing, David Nunn continues to organise the Pursuit Racing. If you wish to try racing, train crew, tune up your own performance or just have a fun sail for an hour or two on a Saturday, then Pursuiting could be for you. No mass starts or pressures. You start in order of your handicap number (slowest go first) the courses are short and simple, very suitable for beginners to both racing and crewing. Pursuit Racing is an ideal introduction to keelboat racing and takes place on Saturday afternoons throughout the season. If you want to join in then speak to David Nunn (Escape) at Southwick on the day or email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club beforehand, he will also arrange a handicap number for your boat if you don't already have one.


1. The goal is sailing enjoyment in good company with an element of competition.

2. International Collision Regulations or "The Rules of the Road" to be observed - as always when going to sea.

3. Three series of 7 races each, the best 4 results to count in each series. 

4. Start times for each keelboat will be based on an initial handicap set by the race officers and expressed as +/- minutes from the nominal race start time.

5. All starts will be from SYC E (Old Fort line) one cable to the west of harbour entrances. Courses are set on the day and published on Southwick Club notice board in an attempt to achieve 100 minutes of sailing for a boat with a handicap of 0 (zero).

6. The first boat across the line in each race is awarded a bottle of quality wine to be claimed at the Pursuit Series Suppers. 

8. Points will be awarded as one for first, two for second and so on. Lowest overall in all three series wins the Pursuit Challenge Trophy. Winner in each series gets a bottle of malt whisky. These prizes will be awarded at the Prizegiving Dinner in November.

9. To promote the "enjoyment of sailing" handicaps will be adjusted after each race throughout the year.   A win carries a penalty of 6 minutes for the next race, 2nd place 5 minutes, 3rd place 4 minutes. If you are last you will be given a boost of 6 minutes for the next race, 5 minutes for the next to last and 4 minutes for 3rd from last.

10. When less than 6 boats are competing, the positive and negative adjustments are both applied.  A list of handicaps for the next race will be published on the board at Southwick, together with the results to date. The results will also be published on the website.

Pursuit racing starts are staggered with the slowest boats (depending on handicap) starting first. The usual push and shove and other technical aspects of normal race starts are therefore avoided.

The race duration is designed around the handicaps (approx one to two hours of racing) and therefore, the first boat over the finish line is the winner.

David Nunn (Organiser)

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