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West Oxfordshire S.C. Open Meeting

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THE FIREFLY OPEN MEETING SATURDAY 22nd OCTOBER 2022. Everything you need to know about our annual Firefly event in the NOR below. Do come and join us for some knip and tuck racing round our lake where the only boats preventing you reaching the finish line will be other Fireflys. A great warmup for the Inlands at South Staffs the following weekend.



1.1) The races will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.

1.2) The prescriptions of the RYA and West Oxfordshire SC will apply.

1.3) Racing rule(s) 40, 27.1 will be changed as follows: Flag Y will not be flown, the course will be defined on a course-board, The changes will appear in full in the Sailing Instructions. The Sailing Instructions may also change other racing rules.

1.4) Buoyancy aids must be worn at all times when on the water and must not be of the self-inflating type.


2.1) The regatta is open to all National Firefly Class Dinghies sailed single handed or crewed.


£15.00 per boat to be paid on the day by cheque or exact cash amount. On-line registration is available here. Entry includes lunch plus tea and cake after sailing.


4.1) Registration Open from 9.30am on the day.

4.2) Dates of racing: Saturday 22nd October 2022

4.3) The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first start on Saturday 11.25am. Up to five races are scheduled.


The event sailing instructions will be available at the time of entry.


The courses to be sailed will be decided on the day.


Prizes will be awarded for the first three boats in the series, first single handed boat, first under 18 and first under 16 sailors. One discard will be taken if more than three races are sailed.


Rule 4 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 inherently 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) Their boat is adequately insured, with cover of at least £2 million against third party claims;


The fact that the Race Committee or an experienced member of WOSC conducts inspections of boat does not reduce the responsibilities of each competitor set out in this Notice Of Race .

COVID 19All competitors are reminded that they must adhere to the prevailing government Covid 19 law and guidance on the day. WOSC reserves the right to cancel the whole event if any increase or changes in Covid 19 law and guidance occur. 

For further information please contact Tony Thresher 07729 104117 or