Club racing takes the form of class racing - boats race only against their own kind. This makes for bigger, better fleets (25-30 GPs most weeks). WHSC racing classes are the GP14 and the Laser.


Officer of the Day (OOD)

Club Racing is organised by the Officer of the Day (OOD), who is a volunteer member of the club, who takes on the responsibility of the Race Committee for that day's racing.

There is an OOD rota, so that experienced members of the club can each contribute. By convention, the OOD is given a position "score" in that days racing to compensate for not having had the opportunity to race.

The OOD takes overall responsibility for setting the course, flags, timings and recording finishes. He/she also determines the number of safety boats required for that particular day. In extreme situations, the OOD can postpone or cancel racing if they feel that the conditions warrant it.


Safety Boats

There is always at least one safety boat on duty before racing can commence. Each Safety boat is manned by two people. The driver must be an RYA qualified Safety Boat driver.

Safety boats are also used to set up the course, and provide assistance to the OOD.


Racing Structure

The Club racing structure has two main aims:

  • to encourage a mentoring system, so that novices can learn to race from more experienced members.
  • to encourage long term teams of helm & crew, not only on the Harp but also on Open, Regional and National events.

For this reason, we have three fleets: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Helms can move up through the various fleets.

When there are 3 races during the day, the first and third races are "All Series" races. The second race is always the Bronze-series race: Gold or Silver fleet helms can sail this race, but their scores will not be counted.


Further Information:

Learning to be an OOD - part 1

Learning to be an OOD - part 2

Flags used for Racing