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Racing Information

The racing format at HISC is varied throughout the season, and includes:
  • Class racing
  • Handicap racing
  • Pursuit racing
  • Short course sprint racing
  • Long distance racing
  • Sea racing in Hayling Bay
  • Harbour racing within Chichester Harbour
  • Team racing
  • Tournament racing (knockout)
  • Open Meeting racing
  • Regional, National, European and World Championships

Within these formats, there is targeted racing for Juniors in Optimist, RS Tera and RS Feva, Youths in 29er and adult beginners either in their own boats or club hire boats.

Class starts are laid on for Solo, Fireball, RS200, Foiling Moth, RS Elite and Flying Fifteen.

Club racing takes place every weekend between March and December, and is run by club members who undertake the race management and safety cover. Training in the skills needed to safely run racing is provided through a mix of mentoring by experienced members, and formal courses available in-house.


Most Saturdays, there is a Handicap Race for all-comers, with the exception of the Solo fleet, which has a separate class start. Typically, races last 60 to 75 minutes.

On four Saturdays each year, a high adrenalin Sprint Race series is programmed, when several 15 to 20 minute races are run back to back inside the harbour.


Two races are run on Sundays, each about an hour long. There are class starts for Solo, Fireball and Moth as well as separate starts for Fast, Medium and Slow Handicap.

Dinghy Wednesdays

From late spring to early autumn, an extremely popular Wednesday evening for Fast, Medium and Slow Handicap series is run.

Keelboat Thursdays

The Sundowner Series for RS Elites and Cruisers happens on Thursday evenings. Elite racing is inside the harbour whilst Cruisers venture out into the bay.

National Holidays

HISC runs its famous and very popular Open Charity Pursuit Races on each national holiday throughout the year.

Pennant Weekends

Pennant Weekends are standalone series run monthly over open-meeting style courses, often in Hayling Bay. The four-race series comprises two races on Saturday afternoon followed by a big party, and two races on Sunday morning - the weekend prize giving is held in the bar after racing on Sunday.

Whitsun Regatta

This is the annual HISC Open Regatta – a three-day festival of racing taking place over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend in May. It provides an exciting opportunity for both adult and youth racing classes, with a busy social calendar for competitors and families alongside.

Other popular events include the Commodore’s Trophy and Team Racing.

Whatever your interest, there is racing to suit everyone at Hayling Island Sailing Club; speak to the Class Captains, any member of the Racing Committee or the HISC Sailing Secretary for more information.

Tidal Streams referred to HW at Portsmouth