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Events

CRUISING

On all days (with the exception of scheduled Open Events) when the club is open and OD / Safety Coxswains are provided, members are allowed to participate in general cruising on the lake. On Buddy Sailing days there is no duty team rostered. Members may sail providing they are not alone at the club and they put adequate contingency in place should a rescue be needed. A minimum of two boats must be on the water at all times. There are also some specifically scheduled Cruising Days on the club calendar when duty teams will be present.

SERIES RACING

These races are open to any club member.

Series:

The club runs six series throughout the year. These are as detailed below;

  • Main Summer Series – April, May, June and July.
  • Twilight Series - Thursday Evenings - May, June, July and August - see note below.
  • Sizzling Summer Six Series – July and August.
  • Autumn Short Race Series - September and October - see note below.
  • Early Winter Series – Late October, November and December.
  • Late Winter Series – January, February and March.

All above series are further sub-divided into mini-series using the weekend day and race time sailed (e.g. Saturday 11:00 General Handicap Main Summer Series).

The number of qualifying races for each series is half the number of races run in the series +1.

Weekends: All above series use the standard ‘club racing timetable’ that appears at the back of every issue of the club magazine ‘Littleton Scene’. Prizes for the top three qualifying boats are awarded for each race of the series. Note that the 14:30 race on both Saturdays and Sundays is a personal handicap race, and an excellent opportunity for crews in double-handed boats to helm. There is a 16:00 race run on demand during the summer months. Racing is organised and run by the rostered duty teams.

Thursday Evening Twilight Series: The first Thursday starts with a pursuit race at 19:15, this alternates with a general handicap race until the last week which will always be a handicap race (due to the available light). You would be advised to check your pursuit start time a week ahead. A full list will be located in the clubhouse nearer the time.

Autumn Short Race Series: Action packed race days with lots of starts and short races. 3 races sailed back-to-back in the morning with 2 more sailed back-to-back after lunch.

On TRAINING DAYS a team will be rostered, additional training powerboats will also be on the water. Watch out for adverts placed in the ‘Scene’, on the website and on the club noticeboards for further details.

Buddy Sailing with LSSC: On summer Wednesday evenings from April to September there are informal practice sailing sessions for those members just coming off beginners courses and for those who just want a relaxed sail after work on a pleasant evening. Anyone is very welcome to join in – we may even hold some short practice races occasionally. A post sailing drink is often a feature of the evening!

Club Events: Series racing is not scheduled every weekend, and the table below provides a description of all other events. The dates of these events may be found in the programme, where it will also give any additional important information (i.e. start times and/or whether any other sailing is permitted that day). There is no need to register in advance for any of the Club Events. Just turn up and sail.

Event  Description
Icicle Trophy If you are determined to get rid of those pounds after the season of indulgence then join the crowd on the water for a nippy winter sail. Best 2 from 3 General Handicap races. Prizes awarded to the top 3 after sailing.
Brass Monkey We are now in the depths of winter, but unless the lake is frozen (it has happened!), wrap up warm and sail best 2 from 3 general handicap races, competing for the Brass Monkey. This little fella always raises a smile. Even if you don’t win him, you can still learn the true meaning of the expression. Prizes for the top 3 boats, after the event.
Littleton Burgee Trophy
2 day event
Competed over two sailing days on consectuve weekends, this event is a mini series of 10 General Handicap races in our popular 'Short Race' format. On both days there will be 5 races, 3 in the morning and 2 more in the afternoon. Each race will be shorter than standard (30 mins or 1-2 laps - dependent on wind). Best 6 from 10 races to count.
Prizes for the top 3 boats awared after sailing on the second day of this event. Overall winner receives the Littleton Burgee Trophy first presented at our 50th Anniversary event in 2008.
Victory Trophy Once a year the club is closed to normal club sailing while Littleton hosts the Victory Trophy team racing event. Teams compete from the Civil Service Sailing Association, Navy, Army and RAF. As the hosts we also have the opportunity to field a Littleton team to compete with the rest. If you aren't in the team then come along and see how to do it as a spectator!
Pioneer Cup Keep those 'Top Dog' sailors in check using your Personal Handicap to level the fleet. Every extra 20 points difference between your personal handicap and that of other helms gives you about 1 minute’s advantage. Sailed in the autumn. Prizes for the top 3 overall awarded after sailing. Personal handicaps are revised every year just in time for the event.
Mid-Thames Trophy Open to all members of the local Thames river clubs (Aquarius, Desborough, Hampton, Laleham and Staines) as well as Littleton sailing club. Minimum 3 and maximum 5 boats from each club to count toward the team prize. The trophy is 3 General Handicap races of which best 2 from 3 count. A chance for Littleton sailors to win the trophy for the club. This event is hosted by each of the invited clubs in turn. Check the Club Calendar to find out who is hosting it this year.
Pepper Pursuit Race Named in honour of the owner of this inspirational idea, this event consists of 3 1 hour pursuit races. Great for novices because being a pursuit you will be able to tell on the water how you stand in the race and the start line should be a little less frantic than usual for all but the OD! Prizes awarded to top 3 boats after the event.
6-Hour Race One boat, two crews, 1 hour on the water 1 hour off repeatedly for the whole 6 hour race. In a new initiative for 2017 the event will be sailed in the Club's equally matched RS Visions. Watch out someone might be observing giving marks out of 10. Prizes awarded on general handicap and personal handicap after the event, if you don’t make either of these there is always the Capsize trophy!
Moonlight Race A single general handicap race sailed after dark, with a prize for the best lit boat.
Club Regatta Summer holidays just a memory? Need some excitement before the winter sets in? Look no further than the Club Regatta. 3 General Handicap races - best 2 from 3 to count. The overall event winner will be awarded the amazing ‘Costain Galleon’ trophy, (plus there is also the ‘Drake Bowl’ if you’re an LSSC member). Prizes for the top 3 after sailing.
Allen Vase The presence of a pursuit race in the middle of two general handicap races gives more people a chance to upset the form book. Prizes for the top 3 overall after sailing.
Junior Cup Run in conjunction with the Allen Vase.