The Holms Race

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13 SEPT UPDATE: Entries are now closed and entrants and their handicaps have been published below

23 JULY UPDATE: Entries for the 2019 Holms Race are now open! The Notice of Race has been published below, only significant changes from last year are:

  • Your entry fee in 2020 will be waived if you enter in 2019 and then don’t compete (e.g. due poor weather, etc)
  • Entry is now online (here). There’s an option to print and post the form if you prefer.

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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 2019 edition takes place on Saturday 14th September, with high water Avonmouth at 08:20 BST. Please see links below for:

Entrants and Handicaps
Notice of Race
Entry Form
Sailing Instructions

– Our 2019 Sponsors: Tingdene
– Poster (for clubhouse notice boards)

2018 Results:

2017 Results: