There is competitive, good-natured sailing on Sunday afternoons from April to October, with races on Sunday mornings too from early summer onwards. Novice and cadet sailors are encouraged to join in. As well as the five main series, there are many cup races and annual events including the cadet races and the Allen cup (under 18s) and the Humphreys cups (under 14s), the ladies race, the greybeards race (gentlemen over a certain age), the Celebration Weekend celebrating all past members of the club including Jim Newbery, Paul Smith and Colin Sproxton, Bart’s Bash, LaserFest and the RYA's Push the Boat Out.
Fixtures All racing fixtures are listed on the club calendar. The race times are the start times so please get down early to rig and register for racing.
Club Racing Instructions
You can view, download or print the sailing instructions for club racing here.
What's your handicap? Portsmouth Yardsticks or numbers are the RYA's calculations of handicaps so that different classes can race each other. Calculations are revised each year based on returns from clubs around the country.
Some boats are not raced enough for valid calculations to be made and experimental figures are used which can be adjusted locally by Sailing Committees to take account of actual results. Adjustments can also be made to factor in local conditions and boats sailed out of standard rigs or crew. For instance we will generally reduce a PY by 20 for a double handed boat sailed single handed. Other amendments would be made when a boat is sailed with a trapeze where it is not a standard setup.
Family Sailing at its best
We are a family friendly sailing club and enjoy some of the best sailing waters on the North Kent coast. Our favourable location and our own slipway access mean that we are able to launch and recover at most states of the tide. We have members of all ages and abilities, and anyone interested in sailing with us can be sure of receiving plenty of help and encouragement.
Herne Bay Sailing Club Beacon Hill Herne Bay Kent CT6 6BA