Leigh & Lowton launch Junior/Youth Long Distance Team Event – Saturday 26th June

LLSC are pleased to announce the arrangements for a one-off event in 2021 – a long distance Junior/Youth Event with restricted entries to comply with COVID, following the understandable cancellation of the annual Southport 12hr race. This is intended as an interim event to promote junior/youth sailing in the region and bridge the gap to the next 12hr race. We hope clubs will be enthused to come and join us for what promises to be a great and safe day out. The NoR can be found below with a link to enter teams for the event itself and the race is planned to be held over 12 hours, conditions allowing.




  1. The event will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024.
    1. The racing rules will be changed as follows:
      1. Rule 26 will be changed to allow an alternate starting sequence
      1. Rule 40 changed so that personal buoyancy must be worn at all times when afloat. Flag Y will not be displayed.
      1. Rule 41 changed – Safety boat crews will be permitted to provide assistance to less experienced sailors and help recover boats from capsize without penalty.

The changes will appear in full in the sailing instructions. The sailing instructions may also change other racing rules.


Boats may be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club.


The event is open to GP14 class boats, to a maximum of 12 teams.  An organisation may enter up to 3 teams and two or more organisations may combine to form a joint entry.

The minimum number of members in a team is 4.  There is no maximum number in a team and at least 4 sailors in a team must sail a minimum of 2 hours.  Each team must enter under the banner of a Club, Youth Organisation or School.  Only one boat per team is permitted, but spares are unlimited and cut down/reefed sails may be used.

To compete in the event, the whole team shall be under the age of 20 on 26th June 2021.

To be eligible for the U16 category, the whole team must be under the age of 16 on 26th June 2021.

To be eligible for the U14 trophy, helms for the relevant time period must be under the age of 14 on 26th June 2021.

To be eligible for the girls trophy, helm and crew for the relevant time period must be female.


Each team must have a named Team Manager who is a responsible adult, approved by the Management of the Club or Organisation entering the team.  The Team Manager must be familiar with their Club’s Child Protection Policy, or in the absence of such policy the RYA’s Child Protection guidelines.  The Team Manager must also have a sound knowledge of sailing and their team members’ abilities to enable appropriate decisions on team safety in the different weather conditions through the event.  They must remain on site throughout the event.


The entry fee for the event will be £50, payable in advance via online entry only.  This will be refunded if COVID restrictions disallow the entire event, and the organising committee retain the right to cancel the event at any time if deemed appropriate, again with full refund.  Entries will close at midnight on 13th June, any additional entries will be at the discretion of the organising committee.


5.1    Registration will only take place by on-line entering through WebCollect on llsc.org.uk to comply with the club COVID19 rules and to assist the organisation of race management. Registration must be completed by Midnight on Sunday 13th June 2020.  Team members must be finalised and submitted online through WebCollect by Midnight on Thursday 24th June.

5.2    There will be a team managers’ briefing at 07.20hrs on 26 June 2021.

5.3    There will be one race with a warning signal scheduled for 07.55hrs off the club line.


The sailing instructions and event appendix will be available after registration.


7.1 The venue will be Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club is Green Lane, Off Sandy Lane, Lowton, Warrington. WA3 1BJ.

7.2 The racing area will be on Pennington Flash.


The course to be sailed will be determined by the OOD on the day and displayed as prescribed in the SIs and event appendix.


The finishing position for the teams will be determined by the OOD from the average lap time across the 12 hours, including any penalties.


There will be prizes for the first U20 team, first U16 team, the U14 race and Girls Race.  Other prizes may be awarded in addition at the discretion of the organising committee.


Rule 3 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 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 their 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, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

f) The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically 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.


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


The personal information you provide to the organizing authority will be used to facilitate your participation in the event. If you have agreed to be bound by the Racing Rules of Sailing and the other rules that govern the event (the rules), the legal basis for processing that personal information is contract. If you are not bound by the rules, the legal basis for processing that personal information is legitimate interest. Your personal information will be stored and used in accordance with the organizing authority’s privacy policy. When required by the rules, personal information may be shared with the RYA, your national authority and/or World Sailing. The results of the event and the outcome of any hearing or appeal may be published


For further information please visit the club website at www.llsc.org.uk or contact Natasha de la Fuente on natasha_de_la_fuente@hotmail.co.uk  Tel: 07531 879718