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Inland Championships

20th October 2018 - 21st October 2018


Please note the briefing on Saturday is scheduled for 11.00 am with the first warning signal at 11.25 am as per NOR.  Sorry for any confusion caused by my Inlands Update.

Tony Thresher



All at West Oxfordshire S.C. are looking forward to next weekend and seeing a big fleet of Fireflies racing on our lake. Entry is on the day  so if you are intending to come to the event please let me know as it will help with our catering preparations in particular. Other information that will help make your weekend easier and hence hopefully more enjoyable below:

Payment for entry, catering, and the bar can only be made with cash or cheque.

Camping at the Club is free but if you need to camp on Friday please call me so I can arrange to be at the Club to let you in.

The bar (very reasonably priced) will be open on Saturday night and the intention is to send out for food early in the evening.

On Sunday we will start the racing on time (9.55 am warning signal) weather permitting as we need to be off the water by 1.30 pm. Two races will be sailed back to back. There will be lunch available from 1.00 pm and we will aim to have the prize giving as soon as possible after 2.00 pm.

See you all on Saturday morning  for Bacon rolls before the briefing at 11.30 am

Tony Thresher

Tel. 07729104117 email


Hosted by West Oxfordshire SC.

Home to one of the largest Firefly fleets in the country, this promises to be a great event.

Racing for one of the legendary silver firefly trophies.

The notice of race is published below. Lunch will be available on Saturday after race 1 (scheduled warning signal 11.25am) and tea and cake after racing. Races 4 and 5 will be sailed on Sunday back to back with the warning signal for race 4 scheduled for 9.55am. The Prize Giving will take place asap after race 5.

The bar will be open on Saturday night with camping available on site.

West Oxfordshire Sailing Club


October 20th-21st 2018



1.1) The races will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.

1.2) The prescriptions of the RYA and West Oxfordshire SC will apply.

1.3) Racing rule(s) 40, 27.1 will be changed as follows:. Flag Y will not be flown, the course will be defined on a course-board, The changes will appear in full in the Sailing Instructions. The Sailing Instructions may also change other racing rules.

1.4) Buoyancy aids must be worn at all times when on the water and must not be of the self-inflating type.


2.1) The regatta is open to all boats of the National Firefly class.

2.2) Entry is on the day.


£20.00 per boat.


4.1) Registration Open from 9.30am on the day

4.2) Dates of racing: Saturday 20th and 21st October 2018

4.3) The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first start on Saturday is 11.25am and Sunday 9.55am. Three races are scheduled for Saturday and two back to back races on Sunday.


The event sailing instructions will be available at the time of entry.


The courses to be sailed will be decided on the day.


Prizes will be awarded for the first three boats in the series, first under 18 and first under 16 sailors. One discard will be taken if more than three races are sailed.


Rule 4 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states, ‘The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone’.

Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that

(a) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

(b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;

(c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;

 (d) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

 (e) The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

 (f) The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;

 (g) Their boat is adequately insured, with cover of at least £2 million against third party claims;


The fact that the Race Committee or an experienced member of WOSC conducts inspections of boat does not reduce the responsibilities of each competitor set out in this Notice Of Race .


 For further information please contact Tony Thresher 07729 104117 or




20th October 2018
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Tony Thresher


West Oxfordshire SC
Hardwick, OX29 5AG United Kingdom + Google Map