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Classes and Fleets

All dinghies are generally welcome at Redesmere, although there are a few practical limitations imposed by both the nature and size of the lake and by the wind conditions generally experienced.

Club Racing is generally Handicap Fleet racing although, where sufficient boats of a particular class take part, a separate class-fleet start may be introduced along with a class-fleet championship that runs alongside the full Club programme.

General Guide to Boat Classes Sailed at Redesmere

Both the sailing water and space ashore can be a little restricting, with some boats just too big and fast to sail at Redesmere - both to get the best from them and as a potential danger to other boats. Similarly the trees and the depth of the lake in certain parts make some boats less suitable than others.

Currently there are no restrictions on any single-hull boat up to 14 feet (4.27m) in length and no faster than PY 1025. Outside these limits a decision is needed on whether a particular class of boat should be allowed at the Club. Each "new" class is considered on its suitability for the water and, as a result, a small number of boats a few inches longer than 14ft are sailed at the Club. The key point, however, is that if you are considering sailing a boat that is longer than 14 feet and/or faster than PY 1025, you should speak first with the Sailing Secretary (sailing@redesmere.org.uk), or a member of the Sailing Committee, for their advice and so that a decision can be taken, if necessary. Generally, multi-hulls and keel-hulls are not approved, although specific exceptions have been made for boats suitable for disabled sailors.

PY numbers are a national system for setting handicaps for boats when different classes race against each other. They give an idea of the comparative speed of different boats – the lower the number, the faster the boat. If you are unsure of the PY for your boat, ask the Sailing Secretary or any other experienced sailor who should be able to find out for you.

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