This page provides an introduction to and general information about Racing in the RFYC.

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See event listings for the race programme, or the whole sailing calendar can be downloaded from the link in the right hand side bar.



Racing at RFYC

The Club owes its origins to yacht racing and racing has always been a key part of our activities. We hold mid-week races on Wednesday and Thursday (plus occasional Friday) evenings, and weekend racing on Saturdays. We are governed by the tides, thus each of these take place approximately in alternate weeks. Some of the Saturday races are eponymous events, including the Royal Eastern Regatta which first took place in 1835 (although it didn’t acquire the Royal prefix until the following year).

All club racing is run under a handicap system but Dragons, H-boats and 707s make up the majority of keelboat entries and enjoy unofficial competition amongst themselves. There are many advantages to one-design racing and new members who wish to race are encouraged to consider one of these classes. Results are analysed in three separate groups, based on handicap. This ensures that the an appropriate length of race can be set for each fleet.

We maintain and lay our own race marks. In Mid-Firth there is a mark circle (by which name this group is commonly known) of 1NM radius around a central mark, facilitating satisfactory windward – leeward or triangular courses of varying distances in most wind directions. Nearer to shore and therefore used for evening racing (and sometimes in brisker conditions) we have marks in Wardie Bay. There is a large selection of pre-set courses, allowing the Race Officer to choose a course for most wind directions and strengths. We also run longer Passage Races, held jointly with our Granton neighbours, Forth Corinthian Yacht Club (FCYC). These are designed to appeal to cruising as well as one-design racing boats.

All racing is run from our own committee boat, Royal Forth, and the race management team (Race Officer, Assistant Race Officer and driver) for each race is drawn from the membership. All members who race are expected to contribute to the race duty rota but the significant contributions from other club members is acknowledged.

As well as our own club racing we organise open events; a three evening Festival Series (to coincide with the Edinburgh Festival), a one Design weekend, usually in the Autumn, and together with FCYC, the annual Edinburgh Regatta. In recent years we have also hosted a number of UK & Scottish Championships.

Racing Calendar and events diary

For a full calendar view of the events go to: The Events Pages.  It will open in a new page. To see only racing events click here.

Sailing Instructions for Races

A Sailing Instruction booklet for club races, which includes courses, is available to download: RFYC Sailing Instructions 2018.

The printed booklet, and laminated course charts, are also  available from the office or the bar.

Sailing Instructions (SI’s) and Notices of Race (NOR’s) for open events will be published on the Club website and the club house notice board.


Yacht safety: The FYCA Safety Regulations, to which we comply, can be downloaded from FYCA Safety Regulations – Issue 3  They are also on the FYCA website.

Dinghy safety: The RFYC safety procedures for dinghy events can be found in the Downloads section.

When racing it is up to the skipper / owner to ensure that they are covered for racing risks on their insurance and that adequate safety provisions are made for their crew.


Whilst the members who compete in the racing are expected to volunteer for their share of the duties, all members are encouraged to participate.  For non-racing members this is an opportunity to see a different side of water borne activities.  Initially no skill is needed as there are a number of assistant roles which provide an easy introduction. See Race Duties Roles and Race Officer Guide.

Early in the new season members will be asked to put themselves forward.  To volunteer contact the sailing secretary via the usual contact channels.   Contact form

Race duties are managed using the DutyMan system.


We use FYCA handicaps. The form can be found on the FYCA website. Forms should be handed in for the attention of the RFYC Sailing Secretary and then they will be assessed by the FYCA handicap Committee.

White sail allowances are applied to the FYCA handicap on receipt of a completed White Sail Allowance form or on application to the Race Officer. See the sailing instructions for details of conditions applying to white sail allowances.

The RFYC handicap list is on the Club notice board and also filed in the “race box” on the Royal Forth (committee boat). The full FYCA list is on

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