The short course racing group is specifically for the club’s novice racers, and junior and youth sailors. As the name suggests the courses are generally shorter than the main club fleet courses, and the short course fleet is also the last start of the regular start sequence. This results in a much emptier, quieter start line, and a shorter overall race; perfect for the novice and younger racers at the club.
The short course is used in the main Sunday series throughout the year. Typical junior and youth boats racing in the Short Course start are Optimists, Teras, Fevas, Mirrors and Toppers. The Topper has fleet status at the club, and historically this start was known as the Topper start, and that name is still often used around the club. The junior and youth boats are often joined by the club’s novice racers. Any novice racer, sailing any class of boat, is welcome to sail in the short course group. Simply sign on to the short course signing on sheet (sometimes still labelled Topper or Topper/Feva) to enter the Short Course group. Ideally sailors do need to race in the same start throughout a series.