The Holms Race

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 1½ 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.

The weekend starts with a party on the Friday night before the race at our clubhouse in Pill with  food, drinks, music and entertainment provided.

After the race on Saturday competitors are free 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 2017 edition will take place on Saturday 9th September, with high water Avonmouth at 10:03 BST. Make sure you put it in your diary!

Links will be added below to allow you to download the 2017 entry form, notice of race, sailing instructions and poster (if you are viewing this from another club and would like a copy for your noticeboard).

Our sponsors will also be confirmed nearer the time and links added below to their websites.