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Club racing is on Sundays from March to December and on Friday evenings during the light nights. Tuesday afternoons welcomes the Mirror fleet racing and we hold Pursuit races on bank holiday weekends, throughout the year. Saturday Junior Racing & Regatta - New for 2023

"Racing is not for everyone" you'll hear some say...

 

                            At Girton SC we aim to debunk that idea...If you can sail a Dinghy, you can race a Dinghy. 

Even the boat at the back of the fleet has the boat second from the back to race, and that's where the fun starts.

The current GSC racing fleet is proud to be considered one of the friendliest, welcoming and helpful groups around, and will be happy to help and advise at almost anytime...unless the 10 minute gun has sounded!

 

Club Racing Starts on 12th March with Three races almost every Sunday through until Boxing Day.

The Pursuit series are 7 'one off' events throughout the year which run on Bank Holiday weekends with individual trophies up for grabs.

The Friday Night Summer series starts 26th May with Two races back to back from 7pm...Girton Lagoon with the sun going down...Pure heaven. 

Tuesday afternoon sees the pond covered in Racing Mirrors, but i'm sure no one would mind if you wanna 'run watcha brung'. And the amount of sailing experience and knowledge around on a Tuesday is legendary.

NEW for 2023 sees the introduction of our youth racing series. The last Saturday of the summer months to enhance the already amazing Saturday Sailing Adventure. Culminating in a planned junior regatta later in the year.

Girton SC Is also very proud of our commitment to Open meetings. This year we host the Annual Miracle Puddle Duck Event, which for the social alone is well worth stopping over for.  - 2022 saw amazing racing across the fleet with winds touching gale force at times. Spectating was outstanding.

This year, we are again hosting the Supernova open meeting as part of the Supernova Traveller series,  and as a reward for our support of the Class with an ever expanding fleet of boats,  we have been awarded a two day event, one of only three on the national calendar, which includes a race training day delivered by top Supernova coaches. 

Click to download the PDF Calender

Click to view the dedicated results page

Supernova Open -  2023 Documentation
 

NOR's

Entry Form

Sailing Instructions

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Racing News

Autumn already???

Oct 22nd

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Sunday 22nd October sees the final event of the Autumn series.

Alan Bishop has got it wrapped up but it's tight for 2nd and third. 

Places could still change if a DNC is replaced with a finish.

Junior Regatta

Aug 28th

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RESULT

The bank Holiday weekend closed with our first junior regatta. 

10 competitors set out and it was a fantastic job by Thea Harris-Ellis on her victory. 

Dad clearly couldn't resist the chance of a photo bomb.

Commadores Cup

Aug 27th

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RESULT

Quite a poignant time for all at Girton to hold the annual Commodores cup. All our best wishes go out to the current incumbent of the title. 

Pleasant conditions  appeared to favour Paul Burton, more than any of the other 16 entrants, who took the cup with 2 Firsts. Nick Whiles was pipped at the post again into second with Mr Jago in Third.

Great to see five different classes battling it out on the water.

SUMMERS 

Done!!!

Aug 6th

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RESULT

6th of August saw the final series of races for the summer series.

Ed Johnson took another step closer to becoming club Champion with a series win and three bullets. Nick Whiles showed us the kind of form that he would take into the supernova inlands to claim 2nd overall and Paul Jago fought off close competition to take third, in spite of being a no show on the last day.

27 different crews registered results in the series so well done to all who took part.

Friday Night Pursuit Series 2

Aug 25th

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RESULT

Appallingly drifty conditions saw Paul Jago finish 1st in the last couple of races of the series to beat Simon booth to the series overall by one point.

Well done Terry and Al who took third and fourth in there newly acquired supernovas, sure to be seen thrashing around the pond in the upcoming Autumn series. Well done all.

Supernova Open & Training Event

15th/16th July

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Gusty Girton lived up to its name when 18 Supernovas arrived for their annual Craftinsure open meeting. The competitors from as far apart as Cotswold and Winsford were greeted by force 4 gusting 6 wind diagonally across the lake.

With over twenty in attendance, Girton SC sailors made up for over half of the competitors and in very challenging conditions, Steve Hawley took the win. Special thanks go to the race crew and Team Burton who provided the refreshments all weekend.

Overall Results: (top three)

1st Steve Hawley (Bartley)
2nd Gavin Young (Cotswold)
3rd Alan Bishop (Girton) 1st Mk1

Friday Night Pursuit Series 1

May 26th

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RESULT

Well the First Friday night series has finished. Well done Alan Bishop on a nearly perfect score of 8 out of 7. Paul Jago jumped into second place after a win last night. That left Edward Johnson in 3rd place with only 1 point between 2nd to 4th placed Jonti Mason.

New series starts next Friday.

Spring Series Complete

May 7th

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May 7th saw the culmination of the spring series and the Coronation Cup Combined.

A calm sunny day welcomed all with appearances from Enterprise, Solo, Miracle, Laser and Supernovas, plus a number of helms who have had some time off the water made a welcome return.

The 1st places were shared out between Al Bishop, Ed & Tony Bleasdale with Tony taking home the 1st prize for the Coronation Cup.

The results confirmed Al as the winner of the Spring Series as we move onto the Summer series next week, Starting 14th May.

Pursuit Series - 3

Peter & Margaret Ward

28th May

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The third pursuit event of the year for the Peter & Margaret Ward Trophy had one of the best Class turnouts of the year with entries from Miracle, Enterprise, Laser, Kestrel, Solo & Supernova. Ed took on Race officer duties so was able to keep his feet dry in ever changing conditions. The first race saw a bit of a bun fight at mark 1 for the novas which shuffled the fleet right up  but Al bishop took the win. The wind picked up for the second race which levelled out the fleet and caught a few off guard, but Al, consistent as ever took 1st in the next two. Results after three rounds ED - 2, Al -1 

 

Check gallery for photos.

Pursuit Series - 2

Majestic Trophy

23rd April

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The second pursuit event of the year for the Majestic Trophy followed a similar theme to the last one with Ed taking first place after resorting back to his old sail.  Al Bishop and Jonti Mason with 2nd & 3rd.

'Twitchy' legs were the order of the day as the southerly wind was up around the 20 knot mark on occasion which made for some long old beats.

 

Check gallery for results page.

Pursuit Series - 

FIRST BLOOD!

26th March

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The first pursuit event of the year, 'First Blood' kicked off on the 26th March.

The forecast of 7 degrees with wind 10 - 20 knots faced a fair number of sailors, in a mixture of classes, hoping to battle it out for the first Trophy of the year. 

With a few of the top helms away at events, it was Ed who took a commanding lead in the first, followed by Jonti and Jo. 

The second race finished with the same 1,2,3 - confirming Ed Johnson as the winner.

Ed and Jonti left the 'field of play' for the third, But Eds boat stayed on the water with Ady at the helm. The result confirmed 1130 is a quick boat as it finished in 1st place again.

Special mention goes out to Al Alsop who took his nova out for her maiden voyage, up to mark 1, then back in again to swap for his laser (equipment failure). Terry did the same in his Streaker and both competed in all three races.

Our resident Photographer was in action on the water so no pictures.

Check gallery for results page.

Spring Series Starts with a blow!

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The first event of the year kicked off with a Gusty South Westerly (15-25 knots - 'Felt Stronger') for most of the day.

The gusty conditions meant most took a dip and positions changed frequently throughout the fleet as a result. A Massive thanks to the safety crew (The Burtons) who met the challenge head on.

Al Bishop took the day, with Ed in second & a sterling effort by Marcus in the 'vintage' borrowed Laser finishing third.

Well done all, hope to see you on the 19th for round two

Check Gallery for photos.

Racing Season starts

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On your marks....

March 12th brings with it the long awaited start to the racing calendar at Girton Sailing Club, with the first event of the spring series.

All bets are off this year if the closely fought batttles toward the end of last season are anything to go by.

Come and join the fun - all welcome.

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