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Dinghy Section

Welcome to GYC's dinghy section. We're lucky enough to have a great piece of water to sail on and with the o2, Canary Wharf and Thames Barrier as our backdrop, a stunning setting to enjoy the river.

 

It’s true that sailors have a very varied taste when it comes to sailing, and we’ve set up our sailing calendar and provision to reflect this. Our sailing calendar revolves around cruising, racing and training, and we head out sailing as often as we can – with the Thames being a tidal river, this tends to be around high or low tide so we can benefit from slack water.

 

Our cruises are a great opportunity to rig some boats and get out on the water just for fun – these are run on weekday evenings during the summer, or at the weekend throughout the year. Cruises are low key, fun and inclusive, and a brilliant way to try sailing for the first time, try sailing with someone else or give another class of boat a whirl.

 

For training we offer RYA accredited coaching (Dinghy Level One/Level Two) and also class specific training (Intro to the 2000, Intro to the Laser) for sailors looking to try out a new class of boat or build upon existing skills.

 

As a club we have chosen the 2000 as our preferred two person racing boat, and the Laser as our preferred one person boat – both boats cater for a wide range of skills, and have fairly similar handicaps resulting in close racing.

 

We look to be an active part of the 2000 and UK Laser Class Associations, and you’ll often see GYC sailors attending open events. That being said, we welcome all classes of dinghies and have a broad selection of boats taking part in our sailing activities.

 

We have a Summer and a Winter Series for those sailors who enjoy racing, with a variety of race formats being run – ‘Round The Cans’ out the front of our club house, mini-series, longer distance races round the peninsula to Greenwich or back, match racing against other sailing clubs and ‘Her Majesty’s Cup’, a 20km race from GYC east to the QE2 Bridge at Dartford that marks the start of the Winter Series.

 

Our racing is competitive but very friendly, and usually ends in our beautiful club house at the bar having a chat over a drink or two.

 

Some members choose to purchase their own boat and pay an additional fee to keep their boat in our secure compound – this being subject to permission from our Yard Master who ensures there is space available before giving the go-ahead to bring the boat here.

 

Many club members use club boats to take part in these activities – the club offering 2000s, Laser Stratos, Lasers (Radial/Standard) and Bosun dinghies.

 

To hire a boat you must be a club member, and also a GYC Approved Dinghy Helm – this status being granted once you’ve demonstrated you can rig, launch, safely sail, recover and pack down one of the club boats. We look to quickly grant Approved Dinghy Helm status to experienced helms, and work with less experienced sailors to get up to Approved Dinghy Helm standards quickly.

 

As they are club boats, you can use these to take part in any club activity – GYC Approved Dinghy Helms are given credentials to our online booking system, where they can reserve and pay online for the boat of their choice.

 

Our club activities are supported entirely by volunteers, and we expect all of our members to volunteer in some way so we can all enjoy the club’s activities. Volunteering duties include taking visitors out sailing on a Laser Stratos, driving a safety boat or acting as a race officer – the club offers training for all of these roles to members so they can then do their bit.

 

Both experienced sailors and beginners are very welcome here at GYC, and we are always happy to have new people join us. We have a great stock of clothing and equipment we can lend new sailors to get them out on the water, so get in touch and come out for a sail with us!

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Dinghy Programme

The dinghy programme, showing the races and safety crews, is posted on the board in the club house, and can also be read further down this article. The sign up sheet for a race usually goes up on the clubhouse board two weeks in advance – so to reserve a boat, you have to come to the club and you must be a club helm. We normally race with helm and crew only, although on cruises we have more in a boat.

We maintain the boats ourselves – ranging from varnishing to repairing shrouds and gel coat. We work very much as a team - helping boats up and down the slipway, putting sails and covers away (vital when you are cold and wet!) and keeping the dinghy store tidy. In addition to the club's work parties, we have several dinghy work parties throughout the year. Attendance isn't compulsory but all help is much appreciated!

New dinghy sailors are always welcome. Best come and have a chat on a Tuesday evening - there's always a dinghy sailor or two around

Scheduled events can be found in the calendar.

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Bosun Fleet Sailing Instructions

                                                   Bosun Dinghy Sailing Instructions
                                                        Greenwich Yacht Club
                                                     1 Pear Tree Way SE10

                                        SAILING INSTRUCTIONS BOSUN FLEET

1 RULES
1.1 Racing will be governed by the ‘rules’ as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
1.2 In addition all watercraft shell abide by PORT OF LONDON RIVER BYELAWS 1978.(as amended)
1.3 Rule 44.1 of the The Racing Rules of Sailing is changed as follows: “Her penalty shall be One-Turn" replaces "Her penalty shall be Two-Turns".
1.4 Know and understand Rule 8 of the PORT OF LONDON RIVER BYELAWS.
Action to avoid collision
(a) Any action taken to avoid collision shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, be positive, made in ample time and with due regard to the observance of good seamanship.
(b) Any alteration of course and/or speed to avoid collision shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, be large enough to be readily apparent to another vessel observing visually or by radar; a succession of small alterations of course and/or speed should be avoided.
(c) If there is sufficient sea room, alteration of course alone may be the most effective action to avoid a close-quarters situation provided that it is made in good time, is substantial and does not result in another close-quarters situation.
(d) Action taken to avoid collision with another vessel shall be such as to result in passing at a safe distance. The effectiveness of the action shall be carefully checked until the other vessel is finally past and clear.
(e) If necessary to avoid collision or allow more time to assess the situation, a vessel shall slacken her speed or take all way off by stopping or reversing her means of propulsion.
(f)
(i) a vessel which, by any of these Rules, is required not to impede the passage or safe passage of another vessel shall, when required by the circumstances of the case, take early action to allow sufficient sea-room for the safe passage of the other vessel.
(ii) a vessel required not to impede the passage or safe passage of another vessel is not relieved of this obligation if approaching the other vessel so as to involve risk of collision and shall, when taking action, have full regard to the action which may be required by the Rules of this part.
(iii) a vessel the passage of which is not to be impeded remains fully obliged to comply with the Rules of this part when the two vessels are approaching one another so as to involve risk of collision.
1.5 Failure to follow PORT OF LONDON RIVER BYELAWS will result in immediate disqualification and may also be followed by a ban from competing in the entire series.
2 NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board(s) located in GYC Club Bar
3 MINIMUM FLEET SIZE
The racing fleet must have at least two boats registered and willing to race. One boat will not constitute a fleet; therefore, the officer of the day is obliged to postpone the race to another date due to lack of interest.
4 CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted 2 hours before High Water on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 2000 on the day before it will take effect.
5 SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
5.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed at the club race hut's flag pole and light board.
Dinghy Sailing Instructions
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6 CLASS FLAGS
Class flags will be:
Class Flags
Dinghy Pennant 1
7 THE COURSES
7.1 Courses, the order in which marks are to be passed, and the side on which each mark is to be left will be discussed at the skippers briefing.
7.2 When there is a gate, boats shall sail between the gate marks from the direction of the previous mark and round either gate mark.
8 MARKS
8.1 Marks will be specified at skippers briefing.
8.2 The starting and finishing marks will be on the GYC club line unless stated differently in at the Skippers Briefing
9 THE START
9.1 Races will be started by using rule 26 with the warning signal given five minutes before the starting signal.
10 CHANGE OF THE POSITION OF THE NEXT MARK
10.1 To change the position of the next mark, the race committee will move the original mark (or the finishing line) to a new position. The change will be signalled before the leading boat has begun the leg, although the mark may not yet be in the new position. Any mark to be rounded after rounding the moved mark may be relocated without further signalling to maintain the course configuration.
11 THE FINISH
11.1 The finishing line will be specified at the skippers briefing
12 PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS
12.1 Protest forms are available at the club. Protests shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.
12.2 For each class, the protest time limit is 90 minutes after the last boat has finished the last race of the day. [The same protest time limit applies to all protests by the race committee and [jury] [protest committee] and to requests for redress. This changes rules 61.3 and 62.2.
12.3 Decisions of the jury will be final as provided in rule 70.5.
12.4 Redress will be given to helms supporting a race series in accordance with WORLD SAILING AND RYA PRESCRIPTION Rules of Racing as described in Appendix A section 10(a): by adjusting a boat’s score for a race equal to the average, to the nearest tenth of a point (0.05 to be rounded upward), of her points in all the races in the series except the race in question;
13 SCORING
13.1 The scoring system is as follows: Low Point System WORLD SAILING AND RYA PRESCRIPTION Appendix A (Sequential)
14 SAFETY REGULATIONS
14.1 Check-in and check-out: Dinghy and Bosun fleets must check in and out via the signing in/out form. The cruiser fleet will be allowed to use radios to do so.
14.2 A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.
Dinghy Sailing Instructions
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15 REPLACEMENT OF CREW OR EQUIPMENT
15.1 Substitution of competitors will not be allowed without prior approval of the race committee.
15.2 Substitution of damaged or lost equipment will not be allowed unless approved by the race committee.
Requests for substitution shall be made to the committee at the first reasonable opportunity.
16 EQUIPMENT AND MEASUREMENT CHECKS
A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules and sailing instructions. On the water, a boat can be instructed by a race committee measurer to proceed immediately to a designated area for inspection.
17 SAFETY BOATS
Safety boats are Yellow Peril, Lucky Les (orange rigiflex boat), GYC Dory.
18 PRIZES
Trophies will be awarded to the winner of the series. There are individual race trophies for this fleet in the Summer Series: Meridian Cup, Mayor’s Trophy, Windas Cup, Commodore’s Trophy, Barclays Cup, Tuesday Race, RNSA and Courage Shield.
Prizes will be given at the club's annual dinner and dance.
19 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.
20 INSURANCE
Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance.

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Dinghy Open Series Sailing Instructions

                                                       Dinghy Sailing Instructions
                                                          Greenwich Yacht Club
                                                          1 Pear Tree Way SE10
                                                        SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
                                       WINTER & SUMMER SERIES HANDICAP FLEET
1 RULES
1.1 Racing will be governed by the ‘rules’ as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
1.2 In addition all watercraft shell abide by PORT OF LONDON RIVER BYELAWS 1978.(as amended)
1.3 Rule 44.1 of the The Racing Rules of Sailing is changed as follows: “Her penalty shall be One-Turn"
replaces "Her penalty shall be Two-Turns".
1.4 Know and understand Rule 8 of the PORT OF LONDON RIVER BYELAWS.
Action to avoid collision
(a) Any action taken to avoid collision shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, be positive, made in ample time and with due regard
to the observance of good seamanship.
(b) Any alteration of course and/or speed to avoid collision shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, be large enough to be readily
apparent to another vessel observing visually or by radar; a succession of small alterations of course and/or speed should be avoided.
(c) If there is sufficient sea room, alteration of course alone may be the most effective action to avoid a close-quarters situation
provided that it is made in good time, is substantial and does not result in another close-quarters situation.
(d) Action taken to avoid collision with another vessel shall be such as to result in passing at a safe distance. The effectiveness of the
action shall be carefully checked until the other vessel is finally past and clear.
(e) If necessary to avoid collision or allow more time to assess the situation, a vessel shall slacken her speed or take all way off by
stopping or reversing her means of propulsion.
(f)
(i) a vessel which, by any of these Rules, is required not to impede the passage or safe passage of another vessel shall,
when required by the circumstances of the case, take early action to allow sufficient sea-room for the safe passage of the
other vessel.
(ii) a vessel required not to impede the passage or safe passage of another vessel is not relieved of this obligation if
approaching the other vessel so as to involve risk of collision and shall, when taking action, have full regard to the action
which may be required by the Rules of this part.
(iii) a vessel the passage of which is not to be impeded remains fully obliged to comply with the Rules of this part when
the two vessels are approaching one another so as to involve risk of collision.
1.5 Failure to follow PORT OF LONDON RIVER BYELAWS will result in immediate disqualification and
may also be followed by a ban from competing in the entire series.
2 NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board(s) located in GYC Club Bar
3 MINIMUM FLEET SIZE
The racing fleet must have at least two boats registered and willing to race. One boat will not constitute a
fleet; therefore, the officer of the day is obliged to postpone the race to another date due to lack of interest.
4 CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted 2 hours before High Water on the day it will take effect,
except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 2000 on the day before it will take effect.
5 SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
5.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed at the club race hut's flag pole and light board.
Dinghy Sailing Instructions
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6 CLASS FLAGS
Class flags will be:
Class Flags
Dinghy Pennant 1
7 THE COURSES
7.1 Courses, the order in which marks are to be passed, and the side on which each mark is to be left will be discussed at the skippers briefing.
7.2 When there is a gate, boats shall sail between the gate marks from the direction of the previous mark and round either gate mark.
8 MARKS
8.1 Marks will be specified at skippers briefing.
8.2 The starting and finishing marks will be on the GYC club line unless stated differently in at the Skippers Briefing
9 THE START
9.1 Races will be started by using rule 26 with the warning signal given five minutes before the starting signal.
10 CHANGE OF THE POSITION OF THE NEXT MARK
10.1 To change the position of the next mark, the race committee will move the original mark (or the finishing line) to a new position. The change will be signalled before the leading boat has begun the leg, although the mark may not yet be in the new position. Any mark to be rounded after rounding the moved mark may be relocated without further signalling to maintain the course configuration.
11 THE FINISH
11.1 The finishing line will be specified at the skippers briefing
12 PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS
12.1 Protest forms are available at the club. Protests shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.
12.2 For each class, the protest time limit is 90 minutes after the last boat has finished the last race of the day. [The same protest time limit applies to all protests by the race committee and [jury] [protest committee] and to requests for redress. This changes rules 61.3 and 62.2.
12.3 Decisions of the jury will be final as provided in rule 70.5.
12.4 Redress will be given to helms supporting a race series in accordance with WORLD SAILING AND RYA PRESCRIPTION Rules of Racing as described in Appendix A section 10(a): by adjusting a boat’s score for a race equal to the average, to the nearest tenth of a point (0.05 to be rounded upward), of her points in all the races in the series except the race in question;
13 SCORING
13.1 The scoring system is as follows: Low Point System WORLD SAILING AND RYA PRESCRIPTION Appendix A (Sequential)
14 SAFETY REGULATIONS
14.1 Check-in and check-out: Dinghy and Bosun fleets must check in and out via the signing in/out form. The cruiser fleet will be allowed to use radios to do so.
14.2 A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.
Dinghy Sailing Instructions
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15 REPLACEMENT OF CREW OR EQUIPMENT
15.1 Substitution of competitors will not be allowed without prior approval of the race committee.
15.2 Substitution of damaged or lost equipment will not be allowed unless approved by the race committee.
Requests for substitution shall be made to the committee at the first reasonable opportunity.
16 EQUIPMENT AND MEASUREMENT CHECKS
A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules and sailing instructions. On the water, a boat can be instructed by a race committee measurer to proceed immediately to a designated area for inspection.
17 SAFETY BOATS
Safety boats are Yellow Peril, Lucky Les (Orange Rigiflex), Club Dory
18 PRIZES
There are separate trophies for each series. There are no individual race trophies for this fleet.
Prizes will be given at the club's annual dinner and dance.
19 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.
20 INSURANCE
Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance.