At TYC we just love to race! Our stretch of the Thames provides challenging sailing with strong tides, intermittent winds, and commercial shipping movements. This means our racers have to be on their toes as they are competing against the conditions as much as they are competing against each other.

We go out of our way to be inclusive and our racing fleet is largely comprised of cruising boats who sail under white sails. We use the BYRON rating system to ensure fair racing for all, and we sail to RYA rules. We believe that keeping it simple keeps it fun!

We run a number of trophy races during the year and we sail weekly series on Saturdays and Thursday evenings. All member boats are  encouraged to take part.

We are also open to new members who are yet to own their own boat. Frequently skippers are looking for keen club members to crew in the race series. This is a great way to gain experience and also see what style of vessel would suit your boating needs.

The 2019 programme is as follows:

April

25th     -    First Thursday Series race (Start 1900)

27th     -    First Saturday Series race (Start 1100)

27th     -    Dragon Trophy (Start 1100)

 

May

4th       -    Mayors Trophy (Start 1200)

18th     -    Ladies Helm (Start 1200)

 

June

1st        -     Davison Cup (Start 1100)

15th      -     Trower Trophy (Start 1100)

 

August

17th     -     Kay Lucas Trophy (Start 1300) – TYC Open Day

 

September

14th    -     RNLI Pennant Race (1200)

19th    -     Final Thursday series race (1900)

21st     -    Final Saturday Series race (1100)

28th     -    Pennant Trophy (1100)

 

Weekly Series

We hope to be able to race every Thursday evening and Saturday morning  throughout the season, subject to the weather and the tidal conditions.

Thursday:  Briefing 18:00hrs BST. Start 19:00hrs BST. Course: TBA. Please see the Club noticeboard and website for further information.

Saturday:  Briefing 10:00hrs BST. Start 11:00hrs BST. Course: TBA. Please see the Club noticeboard and website for further information.

 

Open Races

23rd June                -    Nore Race (BYC)

29th June                -    Round the Island Race (ISC)

21st/26th July          -    Ramsgate Week (RTYC)

24th August             -    Shivering Sands (GSC)

7th/8th September   -     Medway Weekend (TYC)

14th September       -     Erith Open Weekend (EYC)

21 September          -     Gravesham Trophy (GSC)

5th/6th October       -     Trafalgar Race (EYC)

All TYC members are reminded that special byelaws apply on the tidal Thames. All vessels, including those under sail, are required stay to the right of the fairway. Please apply common sense:

  • Do not cross in front of large vessels
  • Keep a lookout astern as well as ahead.
  • If approaching a large vessel,  make a prompt turn to starboard and get to the right side of the fairway. If you have a loud horn, sound one short blast, but in any case be clear and concise in your manoeuvres.
  • If sailing in races or company, make other boats aware of large vessels on channel 32 (M).
  • Consider making short tacks and go about midway across the fairway.
  • Maintain a listening watch on London VTF

Complying with rules reduces the chance of over enforcement being applied, and learing to sail within the constraints will make you a better sailor. For more information please visit the PLA's Boating on the Thames website.