Albacore Open Meeting 2022


9th October 2022

More information later this year

Last year’s event – Sunday 10th October 2021

Hosted and Organised by

The Nottingham Sailing Club

Results can be found here (look for it under 2021 and archive list)

Congratulations to the trophy winner – our ex-member Tim Coleman and crew Jo Sankey


A large turnout of 15 boats participated at the Nottingham SC Albacore Open held on Sunday 10th October. Regular NSC Albacore sailors were supported by a couple of NSC members who borrowed boats for the day, and 8 visiting boats, including the current National Champions, and dinghy sailing legend and sailmaker Michael McNamara.

It was a bright, sunny and warm October day, and on arriving at the Club there was a good breeze from the WNW. Bacon rolls for the competitors were available, and appreciated by those who had an early start.

Unfortunately, by the start of the first race at 11am, the wind became fickle in both strength and direction. Judy and Paul (8228) had a fantastic start, followed by Phil and Kirsten (8189) and Michael and Andy (8225) up the first beat. There was then quite a large gap to the following boats. Judy and Paul were first around the windward mark, followed by Michael who overtook Phil on the beat. After Judy rounded the mark, the wind shifted North, slowing Michael, and really slowing Phil who had to do lots of tacks near the mark, allowing the fleet to catch up. Judy sailed off into the distance, followed by Michael, and then a gaggle of boats further back. At the leeward mark, this gaggle congregated in light wind, with Tim and Jo (8254) and Phil managing to break clear. Eventually the OOD shortened the race, with Judy winning, followed by Michael and then Tim.

Everyone then came off the water for a curry lunch prepared by Roger (8078), and a catch up. It was warm enough to sit outside on the picnic benches.

When racing resumed after lunch the wind had filled in more and held a pretty consistent WNW direction. Tim and Jo had a good start followed by Judy, Michael and Phil. The leading boats were a lot closer together in this race with no one sailing off into the distance. Tim stayed ahead to take the win, followed by Michael and then Judy.

After the first 2 races it was all square at the top, with 3 boats on 4 points. It was all down to the final race to decide who would win the trophy. It seemed like everyone wanted to be at the same end of the line for the start, with some boats on port stuck in light wind blocking and causing a bit of havoc. Judy got stuck behind this mess and Phil got pushed OCS, whereas Tim and Michael both got away fairly freely. A good recovery on the beat got Judy back to third and Phil into fourth. Later Judy got past Michael, but there was just no catching Tim ahead.

Tim and Jo took the win in the last race and with that won the trophy, followed by Judy and Paul, then Michael and Andy.

Phil and Kirsten finished as the leading NSC boat in fourth place, 12 years to the day that they both started sailing on a ‘Learn to Sail’ course at The Nottingham Sailing Club.

Phil Sheppard (8189)

Other Prize Winners:

This event will be sailed under the Racing Rules of Sailing with exceptions as listed in The Nottingham Sailing Club Open Meeting Sailing Instructions, available from the clubhouse on the day. These will be in the form of written instructions with any alterations given verbally at the pre-race meeting/briefing, to be held at 10:30am.

The event is for Albacore dinghies.

Planning to Attend the Open Meeting? If possible, please let us know you are going to attend our Open Meeting by the Thursday evening before the event by sending an email to: (Phil Sheppard). This helps us with catering and race organisation.

Registration / entries to be completed on the day, before 10:30am. Entry forms will be in the clubhouse on the morning of the event. Entrance fee: £15 which includes lunch for helm and crew. All fees to be paid by cash or card on the day.

Catering and Bar. A breakfast bacon roll with be available on arrival. A cooked lunch will be available. Cheese and ham rolls will also be available at lunch time. Teas, coffees and snacks will be available throughout the event. The bar will be open at lunch time and after the final race. Both the tea bar and bar take cash and card payments.

Race Format and Times: 3 scheduled races of approx. 1 hour duration with one discard only if all 3 races are sailed.

First Race: scheduled to start at 11am. No warning signal will be given on the day after 3:30pm.

Sailing Area and Landing Stages: The event is to be sailed on the River Trent. There are good landing stage / slipway facilities at the club.

Location: The Nottingham Sailing Club, Adbolton Lane, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5AS (post code only for post – do not use for satnav!)
Lat/long – 52°56’25.8″N 1°06’00.3″W (52.940486, -1.100076) – for entrance

What 3 words  for access road – ‘palace.prompting.grabs’ |     for  clubhouse – ‘thick.asserts.hoot’

NB: We are very close to the National Watersports Centre, but we are not part of it. We are based on the river with our entrance just BEFORE the road splits for the Watersports Centre car entrances.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking space on-site. Just drive in past the Nottingham Sailing Club sign and follow the track as far as you can go. This will bring you close to the river and you can park where there is space.

Clubhouse: We have a good clubhouse with good changing facilities.

Covid Statement: By entering the event you agree to follow any Covid rules of The Nottingham Sailing Club which are in force on the day of the event. Non-observance of the rules could result in disqualification. The clubhouse and changing rooms are now fully open. Showers are operational, but you need to clean where you have touched after use (anti-bacterial spray is placed outside the cubicle).

However, the Club is also operating a cautious approach: the signing-in book/QR code is still operational, masks are recommended when moving around inside the clubhouse and changing rooms. Hand sanitiser is still available for regular use. Please be respectful of anyone wanting or needing to socially distance, especially members who are at the club doing duties. If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, or you know you’ve been in contact with anyone who has, please do not come to the Club.

Camping / Accommodation: There is a large “proper” camping and caravan site opposite the entrance which is open to the general public. See This campsite is likely to be very busy this year due to general holiday restrictions – please book beforehand. We do not usually provide camping accommodation on-site before or after an open meeting.

Conditions of Entry: The race organisers shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury howsoever caused to the owner / competitor, or his crew as a result of their taking part in the race or races. Moreover, every owner / competitor warrants the suitability of his dinghy for the race or races.

Insurance: Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £3,000,000.

Prizes: will be awarded on the day of racing, after racing has been completed. The prize giving will be held either in the clubhouse, or in the immediate vicinity of the clubhouse.

Starts: The width of the river limits the number of boats starting at one time. If there are more than a minimum of 15 competitors, the race committee may decide to start the race remotely at a wider point on the river (to our normal start line) or divide the competitors into flights. The starting method will be decided on the day, taking into account number of competitors, general wind/weather/river conditions, start fairness and safety.

Course: Information on the general layout of buoy placement will be in the Sailing Instructions and further information can be requested at the briefing.

Data protection: Please see our club policy online:

Further information? Is available on the club website or from Phil Sheppard

Rules and Rule Changes:

Please see our Open Meeting Sailing Instructions. A summary of some of the exceptions are as follows:

Sail Numbers: Under exceptional circumstances the Sailing Committee may permit a dinghy to use sails carrying a number other than that required by RRS 77.

Personal Buoyancy: A personal flotation device must be worn at all times while on the river. This changes RRS 40.

Course Marks: Course marks are orange spherical buoys. A mark may be moved during the leg being sailed, but only in a manner that will not prejudice the results. This amends RRS 33.

Starting Procedure: This changes RRS 26. Races shall be started using signals at 3 minute intervals. Times shall be taken from the audible sound signals. If there is more than one flight, flights will start at 3 minute intervals. Full procedures are in our Sailing Instructions available on the day.

Individual Recalls: Flag X shall be used as defined in RRS 29.1. The Race Officer may hail the Sail Number(s) of the offending dinghy(s).

General Recall: RRS 29.2 is changed as follows. Where there are other classes or flights still to Start, the offending class or flight will start three minutes after the previously scheduled last Start. Otherwise, the next signal will be the class or flight’s Preparatory Signal.

Starting Penalties: RRS 30.3 may be applied only after a General Recall. RRS 30.1 and 30.2 will not apply.

Shorten Course: Code flag S flown and two sound signals indicate the course will be completed when the leading dinghy in each race next crosses the finish line from either direction. Every other dinghy will complete the course sailed by the leading dinghy in her race. This modifies RRS 32.2(b).

In a split fleet race, where the leading dinghies of each flight may be approaching the finish line in different directions, a shortened course indication is only applicable to the leading flight. To indicate this the S flag will be accompanied by the specific flight flag of the leading flight.

As all flights must complete the same course, at an appropriate point in the race the shortened course sound signals will be repeated with the relevant flight flag being raised for each subsequent flight.

Lapped Boats: After the leading dinghy in any fleet or flight has finished, every other dinghy in that fleet or flight shall finish the next time they cross the finishing line in the same direction as the leading dinghy in that fleet or flight. Boats which have been lapped will be allocated points in sequence behind those which have completed the full course sailed by the leading dinghy.

Touching a Mark/ Re-rounding: Re-rounding. A dinghy touching a mark shall re-round the said mark and when exonerating herself shall keep clear of all other dinghies until she has rounded it completely and has cleared it and is on a proper course to the next mark. A dinghy touching a mark, while continuing to sail the course and until it is obvious that she is returning to round it completely shall be accorded rights under the Rules of Part 2. This changes RRS 44.1 with respect to RRS 31.

Scoring Systems: Scoring shall be as provided in Appendix A of the RRS using the Low Points System, except that DNS, OCS, DNF and RAF shall score Number of Boats in the Event (B) plus 1, DSQ and DNE shall score B plus 2 and DNC shall score B plus 3. Three Races shall be scheduled. Each Boat’s score shall be the total of its race scores, excluding its worst only if three races are sailed. This changes RRS A5.

A pdf version is available to download here