Club Racing

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The start of a RS200 race at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club

Providing exciting and competitive dinghy racing is a mainstay of the Club. Racing provides the opportunity to improve boat handling and sailing skills and to meet and to learn from other sailors. On the water the atmosphere is competitive, but friendly, allowing for a wide range of sailing abilities. After racing you can return to the boatpark and clubhouse and talk through the events of the day with your fellow competitors. Sailors like nothing more than talking about their exploits and that's how new skills are learned and tips shared.

Island Barn Competitive Dinghy Racing Series 2017/18

Competitive racing at Island Barn is held on Sundays (all year round) and Wednesday evenings and Saturdays (spring, summer and autumn). We run class racing, handicap races and pursuit races, see below for details of the racing series:

Racing Series






SeasonSeriesDescription











Saturday1st April - 21st October

Saturday B2B Handicap SeriesTwo back to back races from 14:30, single start








Spring1st April - 12th July
Summer15th July - 29th October
AutumnSunday Class SeriesClass starts from 10:30

Sunday B2B Handicap SeriesTwo back to back races, start from around 12:00

Mountfield Pursuit Series1st Sunday each month, 75 minute race from 10:30. Class results extracted for Sunday Class Series

Anniversary Handicap and Personal Handicap Series3rd Sunday each month, 10:30, Gold and Silver Fleet starts. Class results extracted for Sunday Class Series








Wednesday22nd April - 19th August






Wednesday Handicap and Personal Handicap SeriesSlow and Fast Handicap starts from 19:28. 








Autumn5th November  - 31st December
Winter7th January - 25th March

Sunday Class SeriesClass and Handicap starts from 10:30

Sunday B2B Handicap SeriesTwo back to back races, start from 12:00

Winter Pursuit Series1st Sunday each month, 60 minute race from 10:30. Class results extracted for Sunday Class Series
















One Offs














Match Race & Quiz NightSaturday 6th MayQuiz Night to raise funds for a defibrillator. Starts at 7.30pm, tickets cost 10 from http://membership.islandbarn.org.uk
Club ChampionshipSunday 11th June2x Handicap Races. Age group prizes
Round The IslandSaturday 29th JulyTime trial style event 


Bart's BashSunday 17th SeptemberGlobal event celebrating Bart Simpson, Anniversary Series starts
















Open Meetings and Events













Surrey Schools10th June





Laser17th June





Solo / Streaker8th July





Commodore's Open Day16th July6-8 short sprint style races. Open to all IBRSC classes
Topper9th September





RS20028th October





Topper Winter17th February





Aero / Phantom24th March













The current racing calendar has day by day details of the racing.  Don't be fooled by the friendly atmosphere the races are competitive and the standard is high (a few world champions and even some of the Olympic sailing team raced at Island Barn).






New to Dinghy Racing
If you are interested in starting racing then the Saturday Series and the monthly Anniversary Series (Sundays) are for you. On Saturdays the pace is a little less frenetic and coaching is actively encouraged. In the Anniversary Series (1st race on 3rd Sunday of each month) there are Gold and Silver starts so the less experienced do not have to mix directly with the hot shots and get to sail with boats of similar ability.

For those new to racing, click for a complete beginners guide to racing sail boats

Click on the articles below for further information about racing at IBRSC.


Race Officers Guide18 April 2013
Racing Handicaps24 September 2009
Sailing Instructions and Racing Rules15 September 2009
Starting Sequences And Flags06 January 2011
Race Entry14 September 2009