Carnival of Short Handed Racing

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About the Race 

Distance:  25 approx NM                             


Safety Category:                5  
Start Location: Off RBYC  
Start Time:  10am  
Start Date: 8 May 2021  

Double Handed
Double Handed Non Spinnaker
4+ Autohelm


The ORCV has long been associated with double handed sailing and this race is its entrée into the wonderful world of short handed sailing. As such we’ve created 2 new divisions for this year.  The carnival of short handed racing incorporates Double Handed (Spinnaker and Non Spinnaker) and 4+Autohelm, over a revised Bay course. Growing in popularity since it's inception a few years back, here's your chance to give 4+ autohelm a try.

This Bay event provides a challenge to those who wish to test themselves in a short handed sailing format, as well as providing valuable training for those who are contemplating participating in the Short Handed Division of longer races conducted by the club.

2021 brings a complete new course to more encompass the short handed way with longer legs!  Over one lap of approximately 21nm, yachts will have roughly 5 -7 nm with each leg to be challenge or to challenge.  

There are 2 to be a winner with this race.  We will award an overall win to a yacht and then a team.  Once you've entered as an individual yachts, you then create teams to compete for the Double-Handed Perpetual Teams Trophy (donated by Entire) which will be awarded to the team of yachts with the lowest total score calculated from AMS, ORCc, IRC or PHS handicap categories. Results from any racing division may count, although yachts entered in multiple divisions may only count one result. Teams may consist of up to four yachts with the best three results to count.  All team entries need to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by noon on Friday 7th May, don't forget to include your team name and those boats in your team.  

Short Handed Sailing - Growing in popularity.  Ken Read, Vice President of North Sails talks about how much fun he's had with Double Handed Sailing and how it's invigorated his passion for the sport again.