The Holms Race

2018 HOLMS RACE is Saturday 8th September – further details to follow soon


10/09 update: results published below

08/09 update: entrants and their assigned handicaps published below

07/09 update: version 2 of the Sailing Instructions has now been issued:
– There is no committee boat, so reference to this has been removed from section 8.1
– Please could the first boat to finish call the race officers when 30mins out (section 10.5 updated to reflect)
– No other changes

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.

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 2017 edition will take place on Saturday 9th September, with high water Avonmouth at 10:03 BST. Please see links below for:

Entrants & Handicaps
Notice of Race
Entry Form
Sailing Instructions v2
Poster (for clubhouse notice boards)
– Our 2017 Sponsors: Tingdene