Short Course Racing gets underway at Docklands

by David Staley

The Docklands Yacht Club Short Course Racing Series will kick off next Sunday. 

Scheduled on one Sunday per month through April next year, the Short Course Series is open to Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303, Liberty and other classes.  Following the first race day this Sunday October 5, future dates are November 16, December 21, January 18, February 15, March 15 and April 19.

Short course racing is a great fun way to get a start or progress in racing and provides plenty of practice with starts and mark roundings.  It helps to develop skills, technique and rules knowledge while enjoying some friendly competition.  On most days, 4-6 short races of 10-20 minute duration are conducted.

For the first time this year, the Series will be held in conjunction with the Docklands Short Course Regatta on December 21 and also the VicScouts Alcoa Trophy Regatta on April 19.  These events will be combined division starts with overall results calculated on Yachting Victoria Yardstick.

The Series provides an ideal preparation for sailors competing in the Hansa Class Victorian Championships (March 21-22 at Royal Brighton Yacht Club) and the Australian Championships (April 3 - 6 at the Derwent Sailing Squadron in Hobart).

Winners of last year’s series were Stewart Cathie (Hansa 2.3), Beck West (Hansa 303) and Russell Phillips (Liberty).

Informal training and coaching may be available in the mornings before racing.  A limited number of club boats are available for members and visiting sailors (visitors pay a small fee).

The Notice of Race (including entry form) and Sailing Instructions are available below.

If you have any questions, email the club via or contact Series Coordinator David Staley via email or phone 0428 514 058.


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