Racing is encouraged in GSC as it focuses crews on improving skills and technique as there is always something more to learn regardless of where you are in the fleet. However learners and those who want to potter about are welcome to do so when racing is in progress.
We sail/race every Saturday afternoon, weather permitting, from April to November, every Wednesday evening from May to August and every Sunday in the morning – (this is specifically for juniors but a lot of adult sailors join in). Juniors are also welcome to sail on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
There are four main fleets in the Club:
- – Asymmetric: RS400, RS200, RS Feva, Laser Bahia and other
- – Sundry: Wayfarer, GP14, Enterprise, Laser and other
- – Junior: Pico, Laser, RS Feva and other
- – Keelboat: Growing number of cruisers and smaller keelboats
The Portsmouth Yard handicap (PY) system is currently used to determine a boat’s placing across the dinghy fleets and results are published on a weekly basis during the season. Please see the Safety on the Water Policy and Sailing Instructions for more detailed information.
Safety both on and off the water is of paramount concern in the Club. Members are encouraged to be careful at all times and to take personal responsibility for their own safety and that of others. Clearly, if sailing outside of the area or time covered by organised racing, members should:
- – check the weather forecast
- – decide to sail or not based on their own ability and that of their helm/crew
- – inform people ashore of their sailing plans (destination, route, expected time of arrival/return)
- – bring appropriate equipment (knife, whistle, buoyancy aid, food, drink, VHF radio)
The same rules apply, by and large, even when taking part in organised sailing events.