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safety boat in attendanceCOVID-19 Protection

At the start of the 2021 season Orkney is on COVID-19 Protection Level 3 which means that sailing can only be undertaken by single-handers or single-household crews. Because of this the competitive Club racing series cannot take place so Thursdays sessions will be for practice.  When Orkney moves to Level 2 it will be possible for mixed household crews to sail and at that point the Club will be able to start the competitive series.  This could happen as early as 17 May but could be later.

Normal Racing

During the summer sailing season Stromness SC offers Snipe racing for Members on Thursday evenings, weather permitting, with the first race start time being 7 pm.  All boats must carry third party insurance of not less than £3 million.  The Club Racing Guide provides a list of all the competitive series.

A safety boat is in attendance whenever official Club racing takes place and is crewed by people with experience. 

The aim each race evening is to have three races: a skipper race, a crew race and a second skipper race.  The crew race is intended to allow those who normally crew to gain experience at helming but sometimes because of conditions or turnout all races are for skippers.

hamnavoeThe timing of the second and third races varies and account has to be taken of the arrival of the Northlink ferry, the Hamnavoe, from Scrabster.

Racing normally takes place within the Stromness harbour area, with starting and finishing being from in front of the Stromness SC cabin and compound at Ness Point.

Follow the Harbour Courses link here or in the library for a summary of the Club racing courses and approximate locations of marker buoys.  For special events racing may take place outside the harbour area.

The majority of dinghy sailors in Stromness SC sail Snipes but other types of dinghy can also be accommodated if needed. The Club owns a few four RS Fevas and several Toppers which are good for youngsters and small adults to learn to sail in and has an Optimist which is suitable for very young sailors.

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