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Saturday Series, including SYC Aggregate

Mercedes-Benz Brighton Saturday Series runs on a Saturday and is a mixture of start times depending on the series and individual events within each Series.

Two primary Series are run: Summer which runs October to late April; and Winter which runs May to September. Other individual events are also held throughout the year.

Race results are calculated on Performance Handicap (typically called “PHS” or sometimes “EHC” being an Event (specific) Handicap), Australian Measurement System (AMS) and International Rule – Club (IRC), all of which operate by applying a time correction factor against each boat’s elapsed time around the course. The result is a corrected time that determines the results.

Measurement handicaps (IRC and AMS) are issued under the direction of Australian Sailing and must be renewed annually, including an annual renewal fee payable to Australian Sailing. Performance handicaps (PHS / EHC) are allocated by the SYC handicapper. There is no recurring charge for a PHS handicap.

Safety categories are as per the Yachting Australia Racing Rules of Sailing (aka the ‘Blue Book’) and the safety category for races is included in the Notice of Race. Sail committee has safety assessors to help with this if required. Please note that as part of SYC’s focus on safety, an annual Man Overboard drill is required along with an associated declaration and crew register. This is required to be lodged in October and remains current for 13 months. Failure to lodge this declaration may result in your result not being scored.

SYC runs a ‘skipper mentoring programme’ should any skippers like some guidance or support in building their racing skills, including boat handling, crew work, tactics, etc.

The program of individual races is published in:

  • The applicable Notice of Race for each event/Series
  • The SYC Calendar available through the SYC Web Site; and
  • The Members season handbook published annually.

The Notice of Race, along with any Notices to Competitors for each series, is published on the SYC website or alternatively you can contact the Boating Department. These race documents are the authoritative source of information about the racing.

A printed day sheet is also issued each week and is available at the SYC Boating Office. This often contains a copy of any Notice to Competitors and a list of all entrants’ ratings/handicaps.

Series entry or casual entry is available online through the SYC website and results are published to the SYC website and a copy placed on the notice board in the Members’ Bar.

The following sections provide some guidance about the series’ offered, however you should always refer to the Notice of Race, Notice to Competitors and/or Sailing Instructions for the specific information  for each race/series.

1. Winter Aggregate Series

Operates May to September, on a fortnightly basis.

Starts can be held from the SYC Tower, although are now more commonly run as boat-starts.

Participants are allocated into two divisions (A and B) based on their PHS handicap. Each division will typically sail a different course, with Div B sailing a shorter course.

Spinnakers are permitted in this Series.

Courses are sailed around fixed marks as indicated in the SYC Sailing Instructions. Where a boat-start is used, it is common to insert a laid mark or gate as the first leg of the course, and then proceeding to the Fixed Marks course described in the Sailing Instructions. The course for each race day is indicated on the SYC Tower or race committee start boat, and may be broadcast on the VHF race frequency.

Most heats have a first start at 13:30, however there are two race days that have a 12:00 start, and these events are run on a longer, fixed marks course. As well as counting towards the Winter Series, the combined Performance Handicap (PHS) winner of these two longer-race events is awarded the Alan Shiels Memorial Trophy.

The afternoon races have a typical race duration of 2-2.5 hours, and the longer race days are typically 3-4 hour duration.

The Notice of Race, along with any Notices to Competitors for this series, is published on the SYC Web Site under Keelboat | Race Documents or alternatively contact the Boating Department.

2. Saturday Summer Series’

Operates from October to the end of April on a Saturday.

There are a number of Series that operate within the Summer Series including:

  • SYC Club Aggregate (which determines the “Club Champion”);
  • Round-the-Stix; and
  • other specific Trophy events

2.1 SYC Club Aggregate

An aggregate of 10 races across the summer season offering a variety of race formats. The Series winner is determined across the 10 events, with an allowance to drop 1-2 of the worst race scores as described in the Notice of Race.

Starts are mass or fleet starts by division and are typically boat-starts with laid marks.

Participants are usually divided into three divisions (Div 1, 2, 3) based on their Performance Handicap (PHS). Division 1 typically contains the larger/faster boats in the fleet, and Division 3 is for the smaller boats. Scoring is based on PHS, IRC and AMS systems, thus determining a Club Champion across each rating/handicap system and also across each division.

Spinnakers are permitted.

Each heat of the Club Aggregate has a trophy (or >1 trophy) assigned to it.
Series entry or casual entry is available online through the SYC website and results are published to the SYC website and a copy placed on the notice board in the Members’ Bar.

The following events currently make up the Club Aggregate:

 Heat 1: Commodore’s, Vice Commodore’s and Rear Commodore’s Trophies

Start time is usually in the afternoon (e.g 14:00) and is a boat-start, laid marks course, usually of an average 2-2.5 hour duration

Courses are selected from the SYC Sailing Instructions.

Division 1 winners under AMS, IRC and PHS are awarded the Commodore’s Trophy.
Division 2 winners under AMS, IRC and PHS are awarded the Vice Commodore’s Trophy.
Division 3 winners under AMS, IRC and PHS are awarded the Rear Commodore’s Trophy.

Heat 2: Wyvern, Goggs Manning, Sun Trophies

Start time is usually midday and is a longer, fixed marks course, usually of an average 5 hour duration

Typically a boat-start in the vicinity of SYC #4 or Green Point and finish at the SYC or RBYC Tower.

Run in conjunction with RBYC to form heat 1 of a 2-heat sub-series for the Peter Taylor Trophy (awarded on AMS results).

Division 1 winners under AMS, IRC and PHS are awarded the Wyvern Trophy. Division 2 winners under AMS, IRC and PHS are awarded the Goggs Manning Trophy. Division 3 winners under AMS, IRC and PHS are awarded the Sun Trophy.

Heat 3: First Division, Dorothy and Anonyma Trophies

Start time is in the afternoon and is a boat-start, laid marks course, usually of an average 2-2.5 hour duration

Courses are selected from the SYC Sailing Instructions.

Division 1 winners under AMS, IRC and PHS are awarded the First Division Trophy.
Division 2 winners under AMS, IRC and PHS are awarded the Dorothy Trophy.
Division 3 winners under AMS, IRC and PHS are awarded the Anonyma Trophy.

Heat 4: AD McKenzie Trophy, AD McKenzie Bell & Southport Trophy.

Start time is usually at midday (as per the Notice of Race) and is a longer, fixed marks course, usually of an average 5 hour duration

Typically a boat-start in the vicinity of SYC #4 or Green Point and may finish at the SYC or RBYC Tower.

Usually run in conjunction with RBYC to form heat 2 of a 2-heat sub-series for the Peter Taylor Trophy (awarded on AMS results).

Courses can be selected from the SYC Sailing Instructions, the RBYC Sailing Instructions or via a Notice to Competitors.

Divisional winners under IRC are awarded the AD McKenzie Trophy. Divisional winners under AMS are awarded the Southport Trophy. Divisional winners under PHS are awarded the AD McKenzie Bell.

Heat 5: OPTIONAL EVENTs: JJ Jarold Trophy OR JISUMA/TAM O’SHANTER LONG DAY/NIGHT RACE

Heat 5 of the Club Aggregate allows participants to choose their best result from two separate events:

  1. JJ Jarold Trophy: Starting at midday, this event usually consists of multiple short-courses on a single Saturday. Races are boat-starts with courses around laid marks, typically in a windward/leeward format. The aim is to have three races conducted with winners determined by their combined score across all races on the day. Divisional winners on AMS, IRC and PHS are awarded the JJ Jarold Trophy.
  2. Jisuma & Tam O’Shanter Trophies. A long distance day/night race starting at on a Saturday morning, this event is either a boat-start or Tower-start, fixed marks event with a very long course that takes participants around Port Phillip. The course length will vary depending on conditions, but is designed to run into the evening and finish at SYC Tower to provide some experience racing at night. Divisional winners on IRC are awarded the Tam O’Shanter trophy and divisional winners on AMS and PHS are awarded the Jisuma trophy.

Heat 5 of the Club Aggregate is awarded based on a participant’s best placing in either a) or b) above.

Heat 6: Ken King Trophy

Start time is in the afternoon  and is a boat-start, laid marks course, usually of an average 2-2.5 hour duration

Courses are selected from the SYC Sailing Instructions.

Divisional winners under PHS are awarded the Ken King Trophy, however scores for AMS and IRC are also counted towards the Club Aggregate scoring.

Heat 7: Katoura Salver

Start time is usually in the afternoon  and is a boat-start, laid marks course, usually of an average 2-2.5 hour duration

Courses are selected from the SYC Sailing Instructions.

Divisional winners under AMS, IRC and PHS are all awarded the Katoura Salver Trophy.

Heat 8 and 9: Commodore-in-Chief and Port Phillip Trophies

Heats 8 and 9 are usually held on the same day which is designed as a multiple, short-course racing event.

Start time of the first event of the day is in the morning and each subsequent race is started immediately after the completion of the previous race.

Racing is boat-start, laid mark courses selected from SYC Sailing Instructions, usually on a windward/leeward course configuration. Typically, the duration of each race is targeted at approximately 60 minutes but varies depending on the conditions.

The aim is to complete three-four individual races on the day, with the combined score of race 1 and 2 being counted as the Heat 8 result and the Commodore-in-Chief Trophy; and the third (and possibly forth depending on the conditions) race being counted as Heat 9 and the Port Phillip Trophy. 

Divisional winners in AMS, IRC and PHS are awarded these trophies.

 Heat 10: Roy Hoffert Trophy

Start time is in the afternoon and is a boat-start, laid marks course, usually of an average 2-2.5 hour duration

Courses are selected from the SYC Sailing Instructions.

Divisional winners under AMS, IRC and PHS are awarded the Roy Hoffert Trophy.

2.2. Round-the-Stix Summer Series

As defined in the Notice of Race, this is an aggregate of a number of  races across the summer season (typically with one drop permitted of the worst score ) that are offered largely as a Club-based alternative to the inter-club Nautilus Marine Series, with events typically scheduled on the same day as a Nautius Marine Series heat.

Starts are mass or fleet starts by division. The first start time is typically in the afternoon from the SYC Tower and around a fixed marks course selected from the SYC Sailing Instructions.

Participants are divided into two divisions (Div A and B) based on their Performance Handicap (PHS).

Spinnakers are permitted.

Scoring is based on IRC, AMS and PHS.

2.3 Other Specific Trophy Events

In addition to the Club Aggregate and Round-the-Stix series’ a number of other “unique” events are also offered as stand-along trophy events including:

2.3.1 SYC Regatta

A key note regatta event for SYC designed as an early New Year re-start of racing and boating in general. Offers a wide variety of racing including:

AMS/IRC multiple races around laid marks, with a boat start, fleet racing split into divisions based on participant numbers. First start time is in the morning. Spinnakers permitted.

Performance handicap (PHS) racing around a fixed marks course and starting from SYC Tower. Start time is typically early afternoon. Spinnakers permitted.

Pursuit-start, non-spinnaker event starting from the SYC Tower and a course around fixed marks. Start time is in the afternoon.

Family fun rally designed for cruisers and power boats. Starting in the afternoon, this is structured similar to a car rally, with participants answering questions around a structured course.

2.3.2 Benito’s Treasure

Historically has been a passage-race from SYC to Queenscliff, Blairgowrie or another destination as described in the Notice of Race or Notice to Competitors, however has recently been amended to be an afternoon start with a course more local to SYC but that consisting of longer legs for a more cruiser/racer format. Starts are usually from the SYC Tower.

Spinnakers are permitted.

Depending on the fleet, scoring is based on AMS, IRC and PHS and may be run as combined divisions, with all participants starting together and being scored together.

2.3.3 Kingston Trophy

This is usually a special course designed in a slalom-style with multiple marks to round downwind providing a challenge to crew work and boat handling.

Start time is usually in the afternoon from either a boat-start or the SYC Tower depending on conditions.

Depending on the fleet, participants are usually divided into three divisions (Div 1, 2, 3) based on their Performance Handicap (PHS), using the same divisional split as for the Club Aggregate.

Spinnakers are permitted.

Scoring is usually based on AMS, IRC and PHS, but may depend on fleet size and composition.

2.3.4 Le Cascadeur Trophy

A short-handed sailing event where participants must be only crewed by two people.

Spinnakers are permitted.

Start time is in the afternoon from the SYC Tower, with fixed mark courses selected from the SYC Sailing Instructions.

Scoring is based on AMS, IRC and PHS. Typically this event is run as combined divisions, with all participants starting together and being scored together.

2.3.5 Captain Kuiken Teams Trophy

This is a teams race where participants form teams of two and their combined score is used to determine the overall winner.

Start time is in the afternoon from the SYC Tower, with fixed mark courses selected from the SYC Sailing Instructions.

Spinnakers are permitted.

Scoring is based on PHS only. Typically this event is run as combined divisions, with all participants starting together and being scored together.