Ladyburn 2023/4


2023 Winter Series & 2024 Frostbite Series  –  NOTICE OF RACE

3 races every Sunday between 5th November 2023 & 17th March 2024 – [max 60 races]

INTRODUCTION: TSC have negotiated consent from Northumberland CC to conduct regular winter racing on Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park on winter Sundays. We will race when weather conditions are suitable – If the wind is forecast to be a flat calm or too strong for racing; or wind chill temperature too severe; it is likely that racing will be called off in advance. A decision will be made at 14.00 each Friday and circulated to all series entrants before 17.00 on that day. The Series will proceed providing TSC has received at least 15 fully paid entries prior to  5.00pm on Friday 27th October 2023

VENUE:  Ladyburn Lake is located at Druridge Bay Country Park, Northumberland. The launching slipway is located adjacent to the ‘Coquet Shorebase Trust’ (CST) boathouse & compound next to the ‘visitor centre’, cafe and main car park at the eastern end of the lake. Changing rooms and hot showers are available in ‘Coquet Shorebase Trust’ [CST] premises. To minimise towing boats, we have agreed a  fee of £40.00 per boat, for storage of competitors’ boats in the CST compound for the entire series. However there is limited space so places will be allocated in order of receipt of full season entry fees, whereupon a compound ‘sticker’ will be provided (to be attached to boat) on payment of £40.00 in addition to the entry fee for both series.

PROGRAMME:  Three 30 minute (approx) back to back races each Sunday – 1st start at 11.00am – 2 to follow. There will be two separate series. The ‘2023 Winter Series’ will run from 5th November 2022 to  31st December 2024 (27 races). The three races due on 24th December will be delayed till Boxing Day, 26th December. The ‘2024 Frostbite Series’ will run from 7h January 2024 to 10th March 2023 (33 Races)

CLASSES: Open to all classes with a PY > 940.  Committee Boat starts & courses displayed from course board on  Committee Boat.                          

RACING RULES:  All races to be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 and TSC SI’s. One turn penalty applies.

BRIEFING:  There will be a race briefing at 10.30 am each Sunday at the pontoon adjacent to the slipway.

COURSES:  There are 8 fixed turning marks around the lake. These will be supplemented with laid bladder buoys to enhance racing courses and ensure windward legs. Courses will be displayed on the Committee Boat.

SCORING:  50% of races sailed to count for Series prizes. 

INSURANCE:  Each boat shall have 3rd Party insurance to a sum of not less than £2,000,000. ENTRY FEE:  £30.00 for each series, reduced to £50.00 for both. This includes use of changing rooms and hot showers together with all Northumberland CC launch fees for each series. Those who apply for boat storage (for full season only) in the CST boat compound to pay additional £40.00 storage fee. The entry fee does not include car park charges but a season ticket at a reduced fee is available at the cafe.  The closing date for the ‘2023 Winter Series’ Entry will be 5.00pm on 3rd November 2023; and for the ‘2024 Frostbite Series’ will be 5.00pm on Friday 5th January 2024. Entries will be accepted on a daily basis at £12.50 per day to be paid before commencement of racing.

You can book Winter & Frostbite series (or both), and boat space (if theres enough) here, on our Spond site