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Lake Race

August 12 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Around the Lake Races

Organised by the Cruiser Fleet, these races take place on eight Sunday afternoons starting at 15:00, with a briefing at ~14:00 and are followed by afternoon tea or a BBQ:

1: 22nd April Afternoon Tea
2: 13th May Tea and BBQ
3: 3rd June Afternoon Tea
4: 8th July Afternoon Tea
5: 22nd July Afternoon Tea
6: 12th August Afternoon Tea
7: 2nd September Tea and BBQ
8: 30th September Afternoon Tea


The Lake Races are part of the “Mix and Match” programme of sailing.

For those racers who want a change from sailing round and round on short courses the Lake Race Series is providing an answer for you.

For potterers who want some more excitement after lunch on Sunday the Lake Race Series is providing the answer for you as well. We start from the Cruiser start line in front of the club house and the dates are in the club programme. Everyone is welcome.

We have long start lines with no need for all the jostling and pushing-in that the dinghy and Formula 1 racers create.

Mostly, but not always, we sail up wind to start with. There is racing “upwind” and there is Lake Race “upwind”. We are sailing to windward of course but it is more relaxed with more time to enjoy the Lake before you turn around and head down wind.

“Downwind” can be spinnaker time if you have one and can remember where you put it the last time you used it. Unlike club racing you do not need to take the spinnaker down a few seconds after you have managed to find it and got it to fly. You can sit back and let the kite do the work. Maybe have a sandwich or two.

The spinnaker eventually has to come down. Make a note of where you put it this time! If we are by the dam or the tower we will have a left turn and head down into the uncharted waters of the Northern Arm. Not many go there even though thankfully all who have done so have returned to RSC safely. It is a different world down there.

There are fewer boats to contend with and even the fishermen are few and far between. There is a tower half way down and Barnsdale Country Club at the end. Go and enjoy the scenery.

When you come back, if the time is right, there will be a Cruiser Fleet cake or a BBQ to await you. Everyone is welcome whether you are racing or just dropping in to meet the other members.

The Lake Races are good fun. Come and join in and bring the sandwiches.

Sign on in the Cruiser Fleet race box before you go on to the water and you will find some Sailing Instructions and Course Sheets there. The race officer will give a briefing to explain the paperwork before you start. Lake Race Sailing Insrtuctions

If you are not a regular racer please ask for a handicap number before you sail.





August 12
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Matthew Lea, Rutland SC Manager
01780 720292


Rutland Sailing Club
Gibbet Lane, Edith Weston
Oakham, Rutland LE15 8HJ United Kingdom
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01780 720292

Information for Visiting Sailors

Set Satnav to: LE15 8HJ or coordinates: 52.639561, -0.640314 (or 52°38’22.6″N 0°38’25.6″W)

Please ensure that boats conform to the Check, Clean & Dry Procedure for visiting ribs, dinghies & cruisers. Random checks will be made on visiting boats.

Please note that no dogs are allowed on site (except guide dogs.)

Telephone: 01780 720292 (Office closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

Accommodation is available at the club and in the surrounding area

Campsite. There is a camp site next to the club. Please note that camper vans are not permitted to stay overnight on the main Sailing Club site – they should say in the camp site.

Children must not be left unsupervised on the site.

Full catering and bar facilities will be available in the club for the weekend including an evening meal on Saturday (please book by noon).

Tourist Information – Rutland Water 01572 653026