The Holms Race

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UPDATE: the Sailing Instructions have now been published below, please note:
– Start / Finish Line: is between the Portishead Yacht & Sailing Club (PYSC) Clubhouse and a cylindrical orange racing mark (approx. 300 metres North of the PYSC Clubhouse).
– Earliest Start Time: is now 09:00 to allow time for the racing mark to be laid. The NoR has also been updated to reflect this (there are no other changes).
– Bar: the post-race event is once again at the Portishead Youth Club and will start at 17:30 – a two course meal will be available for £7.50
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The Holms race is the most high profile event in the club calendar with a typical entry of over 50 boats from clubs around the Bristol Channel.

It is held in late August or early September and is a down tide race starting and finishing off Portishead, with a course of NW Elbow to port, Flat Holm to Port, Steep Holm to port, NW Elbow to starboard and finish.

Competitors choose their own start time from 2 hours after high water based on the tidal streams and the wind with the aim of passing between the Holms at slack water.

The elapsed time taken is corrected for open handicap and with a tidal correction to correct for the natural advantage for slower handicap boats on down tide races.

After the race on Saturday competitors are invited to attend a venue close to the marina for a hot meal, drinks and the results and prize giving.

Here’s a video of the 2011 race and one of the 2012 race

The 2018 edition will take place on Saturday 8th September, with high water Avonmouth at 06:50 BST. Please see links below for:

Entrants and Handicaps
Notice of Race v2
Entry Form
Sailing Instructions
Poster (for clubhouse notice boards)
– Our 2018 Sponsors: Tingdene

2018 Provisional Results:

2017 Results: