RQYS windsurfing occurs at two levels based on “racing ability”. There is the standard Club racing series and events known as “off the beach racing and regattas”, which follow the standard format for sailing races with the publication of Notices of Race and Sailing Instructions to define the rules and the detailed procedures for starts and finishes etc. And secondly the Team-windsurfing group that focuses on skills development, team events, and lots of fun.
The “Off the Beach Racing” for windsurfers caters for three windsurfing classes.
1. Techno 293 (including the Raceboard “hybrid class”)
2. RSX (The Olympic class)
3. Open Windsurfer (Raceboard and/or Formula equipment depending on racer preferences)
Club racing in this format occurs on every Saturday during the sailing season and follows the detailed Sailing Instructions prepared and provided by the RQ sailing committee. Generally there are 2 races held on each Saturday afternoon, whereby all windsurfers have a common start and a similar finish, but the individual classes might have unique courses to sail during each race.
Sailing conditions are variable from one week to the next, and on any day the conditions can be very challenging. Safety boats are on hand to deal with circumstances where sailors need assistance, but there is a strong reliance on individual sailor having the experience and skill to either complete the races, or make their own way to shore/safety under most circumstances.
Training is available. Click here for information about courses and regular training (Teams Windsurfing) as well as training for Green Fleet/Intermediate levels (Kids).