Albacore UK & EU Championships


[sponsored by Noble Marine Insurance]

Tynemouth Sailing CluThursday 29th August  to  Sunday 1st September 2024 (incl)


1. RULES:                                                                                                 

1.1 The organising authority (OA) is Tynemouth SC and the National Albacore Association                                                           

1.2 The event is governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing including the prescriptions of the RYA. 

1.3 The rules of The National Albacore Class Association shall apply

1.4 The race committee may stop a boat launching, or require it to return ashore, if they consider that the boat, its equipment and/or helm are not adequate for the likely conditions.                                                                                               

1.5 The World Sailing Equipment Rules of Sailing shall apply.

1.6 RRS 40.1 shall apply at all times while afloat. Flag ‘Y’ will not be displayed. This changes Rule 27.1 and Race Signals “Y”.


The sailing instructions will be available upon registration at the TSC Clubhouse.


3.1 The event is open to all boats of the Albacore class that hold a current measurement certificate and meet the obligations of their National Albacore Association.

3.2 The helmsman of the boat shall be a member of the NAA 

3.3 Boats may enter the event by registering online on our Spond site, here. Early entry closes at 23.59 hrs on  7th August 2024.                                                      

3.4 To be considered an entry in the event, a boat shall complete all registration requirements and pay all fees.

3.5 The boat number, crew name and designated helm shall be confirmed at registration. Any subsequent crew change during the event shall be approved by the Race Committee.

3.6 All boats shall hold adequate insurance and in particular hold insurance against third party claims in the sum of at least £3.0 million.

3.7 The helm of each boat shall be a member of their Albacore Class Association for this event. 

3.8 Late entries will be accepted after 7th August 2024 and prior to 29th August 2024 on payment of  the ‘late entry fee’.  

3.9 Competitors less than 18 years of age during the event shall submit signed Parent / Guardian Declarations before racing (available from TSC).                                                  

4. FEES:

4.1 The Entry Fee is £175.00 

4.2 The Late Entry Fee is £200.00


Boats may be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organizing authority.


6.1 Registration:

Wednesday 28th August 2024 from 17.00 to 19.00 hrs and on Thursday 29th August from 09.00 to 12.00.

A competitors briefing shall be held in the clubhouse on Thursday 29th August at 12.00 noon.                                                                                                        

6.2 Racing:

Thursday 29th August: Race 1 Start: 14.00 hrs  Races 2  to follow. High Tide: 12.53.

Friday 30th August: Race 3 Start:  12.00 noon Races 4  to follow. High Tide: 14.10.

Saturday 31st August: Race 5: Start: 12.00 noon   Races 6 to follow. High Tide: 15.05.

Sunday 1st September: Race 7: Start: 11.00 hrs Race 8 to follow. High Tide: 15.47                

6.3  No warning signal will be made after 14.00 hrs on Sunday 1st September.  Prizegiving ASAP after racing.

6.4  One additional race may be sailed on Friday and/or Saturday if the schedule is disrupted due to weather.


Boats may be inspected at any time.


8.1 Tynemouth Sailing Club is located at Priors Haven beach, Tynemouth, on the north bank of the Tyne Estuary adjacent to Tynemouth Castle & Priory.  Changing and refreshment facilities are available in the Clubhouse.  Bar & Galley in TSC Clubhouse.

8.2 The Racing Area will be either in the ‘North Bay’ off Tynemouth to the north of the North Pier; or in the ‘South Bay’ off South Shields to the south of the South Pier.


9.1 The courses to be sailed will be Triangles or Windward/ Leeward or a combination of these.

9.2 A spreader mark to windward and a downwind gate may be introduced as confirmed in the Sailing Instructions.

9.3 Course diagrams will be included in the Sailing Instructions.


10.1  Scoring as per RRS Appendix A.

10.2 For the UK Championships, 8 races are scheduled. For the European Championship only races 5-8 will count.

10.3 Discard Profile for UK Championship:

(a) When fewer than 5 races have been completed, each boat’s series score will be the total of her scores.

(b) When from 5 to 8 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score. 

10.4 Discard Profile for European Championship:

(a) When fewer than 4 races have been completed, each boat’s series score will be the total of her scores.

(b) When 4 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.


11.1 Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 of the fleet from the overall results.

11.2 Other prizes will be awarded in accordance with Appendix 1


RRS3 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states, ‘The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone’. Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event each competitor agrees and acknowledges that: 

(a) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

(b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves , their crew, their boat and other property whether afloat or ashore; 

(c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;            

(d) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

(e) The provision of  a race management team, safety ribs and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;                   

(f) The provision of safety boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can practicably be provided in the circumstances;                      

(g) It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event.

The fact that race officials may conduct inspections of a boat does not reduce the responsibilities of each competitor set out in this Notice of Race.


Each participating boat shall be insured with a valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £3,000,000 per incident or equivalent.


Support boats shall register at the Race office during the registration period.


Except in an emergency, a boat that is racing shall not make voice or data transmissions and shall not receive voice or data communication that is not available to all boats.


Other prizes will be awarded as appropriate.


Competitors automatically grant to the organizing authority without payment the right in perpetuity to make, use and show any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or filmed television of or relating to the event.

18: ENQUIRIES: (TSC Hon Sec) or (TSC Hon S/Sec & RO for this event)


The Racecraft Trophy to the winner of Race 1.

The Albacore Founders Trophy to the winner of Race 2.

The Breitling Challenge Trophy to the winner of Race 3.

The Albacore Association Trophy to the winner of Race 4.

The City of Plymouth Trophy to the winner of Race 5.

The Lyme Bay Perpetual Trophy to the winner of Race 6.

The Currey Plate to the highest placed helm in the series.

The Marlow Tray to the crew of the champion boat.

The Russell Wane Trophy to the second placed helm in the series.

The Cockram Memorial Shield to the crew of the second placed boat in the series.

Special Trophies: Nationals

The Anton McNamara Memorial Trophy to the highest place finisher who has wonno other major award.

The Ruislip Gold Cup to the highest placed Gold fleet helm not winning a major prize.

The Helensburgh Trophy to the most improved helm’s performance as compared with best previous Nationals results.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Trophy to the highest placed helm who is a member of a club within 50 miles of the hosting Club.

The Lady Helm Trophy to the highest placed lady helm.

The Under 21 Shield to the highest placed helm aged under 21 on the last day of the Nationals.

The Thorpe Bay Trophy to the highest placed family parent & child team.

The Swansea Bay Trophy to the highest placed husband and wife team.

The Chairman’s Goblet to the highest placed helm taking part in their first Nationals.

The Albacore Masters Trophy to the highest placed helm over 60 years.

The Geriatric Jug to the highest placed helm over 70 or the Ancient Mariner.

The Scotsman Trophy to the highest placed helm from a Scottish Club.

The Digby Trailer Trophy to the highest placed older boat below number 2000.

The Graham Ebben Trophy to the highest placed boat between numbers 2000-6000.

The President’s Open Handicap Trophy to the winner on handicap for older boats to 6000.

The Armed Forces Trophy to the highest placed boat between 6001-7989.

The Wolfe Memorial Trophy to the highest placed boat between numbers 7990 – 8126.

The Nita Tapp Trophy to the last placed helm completing all races.


The Little Ships Trophy to the leading team from an RYA recognised sailing club of the highest placed competitors subject to the following requirements:

Conditions of Entry to the Little Ships Trophy

a) Clubs to nominate one or more teams of three boats each, plus one reserve (optional), from among their members competing.

b) The appointed captain must submit details of his team plus reserve in writing to the Race Office not later than the close of registration for the event. No team may be changed thereafter except with and according to the terms of prior written permission of the race committee.

c) The total lowest nett aggregate points of the three nominated boats in the Nationals will decide the winning club.

d) To break a tie the final overall position of the leading boat of the teams concerned (as shown in the Championship results) will be the decider. Should there be less than three teams nominated the organising sub-committee reserve the right to revise the criteria in a) to teams of two.

Should a club wish to substitute its reserve for a nominated boat the Race Office must be informed in writing at least one hour before the start of the race concerned. The displaced boat shall be counted as reserve for the remainder of the championship and no further changes will be permitted.

The Buddy Trophy awarded to the second placed team in the Little Ships


Albacore European Championships

The Albacore European Championship trophy to the highest placed boat in the series

The Albacore Team Trophies to the highest placed pair of boats on net scores. Pairs will be determined from the results of the first race of the European Championship series.