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Social Saturdays

2024 dates;

18th May, 29th June, 13th July, 10th August, 14th September  

Put the dates in your diaries and try to come along. It is an excellent opportunity to bring family and friends to see if they would like to join the club. We need some of our existing members to join us and bring their boats out and some of the club boats will be available as well.

We sail for fun, maybe have some silly races, treasure hunts etc. It is an opportunity to try different boats, both keelboats and dinghies, with safety boat cover and with folk who will let you ‘have a go’. Weather permitting we will finish with a ‘bring your own food’ barbecue. It is an excellent opportunity to bring family and friends to introduce them to the Club. Hopefully the Tea hut will also be open but bring your own cake.

Some of the afternoons will follow Improver sailing in the morning and a water taxi will operate from the Staithe at 1.30 pm. returning at 5 pm. Or why not stay on for a ‘bring your own food’ BBQ which will be lit at 6pm. Water taxi back to the staithe when you need it.

Two Saturdays (tbc) will also see Barton Bugs playing around in Oppies. Again a great opportunity to welcome their parents

The name sums it up, really. No racing but sailing for pleasure, rescue boat cover, great company and a barbecue in the evening. What more can you want!


This programme will be used for the majority of Sundays through the season.   However, when there is an open event taking place, series 1 will be cancelled and racing will commence at 13.25 with Series 2. This will apply on Sundays: June 9th, June 16th & June 23rd. There is a different programme on August 18th, following the Punt Championships, starting at 14.00.

There are two chances to have a tow or lift out to the pontoons, at 10.45am and 12.30pm, leaving from the club moorings beyond the BTAC Staithe, Barton Turf.

Fast Handicap races – for boats with Portsmouth Number under 1200

Slow Handicap races – for boats with Portsmouth Number 1200 & over

Series 1

11.30   Combined Allcomers    No handicap limit

Competing for Stella Challenge Cup or Watson trophy


Series 2

Combined Allcomers – 2 starts

13.25 Faster Boats Handicap under 1200

13.30 Slower Boats Handicap 1200 & over

Competing for Flag Officers Tankards & Roberts Trophy (Allcomers less punts)

Series 3

14.30   YBODs Competing for the Silver Blue Trophy

14.35 Faster Boats Handicap under 1200

Competing for Gun Cup / Pintail Challenge Cup / Hardchine Salver (Punts) / Wilson Tankard (Allcomers)

14.40 Slower Boats Handicap 1200 & over

Competing for Virden Tankard (U14) or Wilson Tankard (Allcomers)


Series 4

Combined Allcomers – 2 starts 16.00 Faster Boats Handicap under 1200

Competing for Moonraker Trophy/Autumn Handicap Cup (Allcomers less Punts) / Brundall Cup / Handicap Points (Punts)

16.05 Slower Boats Handicap 1200 & over

Competing for Orange Tip Cup (U18)/ Wilson Tankard (18+)


Tuesday Evenings – 7th May to 6th Aug (inclusive)

The rescue boat leaves the staithe at 6:30 for those requiring a tow and racing commences at 7:00pm. Two races are held if weather conditions allow and hot drinks are available

Tuesday evening racing has been such a success that is it now the highlight of the week for the relatively small group that turn up without fail each week.
So why not come and join us for some wonderful evening racing.
These evenings are ideal for those who are building up confidence to race as the winds tend to be a little lighter than some Sundays. There are hot drinks and cookies or cake afterwards!

If the weather holds there may be the possibility of racing beyond the 1st August.

We will be organising a rota again this year for the duties.

If you are interested in joining you may also be asked to help out but as well as being a good grounding for starting to race, it will also be a good opportunity to practise OOD’s and rescue boat skills with someone to help you if you wish.


5.30 / 6.00 pmOOD and Rescue people to arrive to set course, put out buoys and put on the kettle.
OOD to bring out one pint of milk and biscuits if you wish.
Tea, coffee, soup or hot chocolate provided in tea hut.
6.15 pmRescue crew to go in ready for tow out.
6.30 pmTow out.
7.00 pmFirst race or two races back to back.

Hot drinks provided.

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