Notice of Race 2022

PSSA Round the Island Race & Wight Cruise 2022

Saturday 23 July 2022

Round the Island Race


a. The races will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024

b. The scoring is based on elapsed time corrected according to the Parker Seal Sailing Association PY number for the yacht. See Appendix 1

c. Racing rule 42.1 will be changed as follows: the use of automatic steering devices is permitted.


a. The race is open to all Parker and Seal yachts.

b. The helm or owner of the yacht must be a current member of the PSSA.

c. Eligible yachts may enter by completing the entry form and informing the Race Officer.


a. Start times to be published in the Sailing Instructions.

b. First Flight – Parker Seal Association Portsmouth Yard stick of 1000 or above.

c. Second Flight – Parker Seal Association Portsmouth Yard stick of 999 or below.


The sailing instructions will be available on the PSSA website after 23 June 2022.


a. Start Area: See Sailing Instructions

b. Finish Line: See Sailing Instructions

c. The course to be sailed will be as follows: Start line, the Needles lighthouse (Port), St Catherine’s Point (Port), Bembridge Ledge buoy (Port) to Finish line.

d. An alternative course may be sailed, subject to the discretion of the race officer. In the event of an alternative course being required, the race officer will inform the fleet by VHF.


The race officer will communicate courses and starting sequence over the radio before the start of each flight. See Sailing instructions for further details


Randell Plate - Awarded to the best placed Seal 22 on corrected time; or, if none participate, to the best placed Parker 21 or Parker 235 to finish.

Super Seal Trophy - Awarded to the first Super Seal, Parker 27, Parker 275 corrected time

Annual Racing Trophy - Awarded to the first overall yacht on corrected time The prize giving will be held at the PSSA AGM in 2023


Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the race.


Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £3,000,000 per incident or the equivalent.

Wight Cruise

For those not wishing to race, this is an opportunity to cruise in company around the Isle of Wight and watch as the race unfolds whilst staying clear of the racing yachts. The start time will be approximately the same time as the first start (07:45) and staying clear.

Appendix 1: Parker Seal Sailing Association Portsmouth Yardstick Handicaps & Allowances

The following amended Portsmouth Yardstick numbers will be allocated for all PSSA races held during 2022 based on standard rig.

PY Class Inboard/Outboard Propellor
1150 Seal Sinbad Outboard  
1140 Seal 22 Outboard  
1095 Seal 28 Inboard Fixed 2 blade
1080 Seal 850 Inboard Fixed 2 blade
1063 Parker 21 Outboard  
1030 Parker 235 Outboard  
990 Parker 275 & 285 Inboard folding
986 Parker 27 (Numbers 132-160) Inboard folding
976 Super Seal 26 & SS26 Mark II (to number 131) Inboard folding
950 Parker 31 Inboard folding
940 Parker 325, 335 Inboard folding

The following allowances will be applied to boats not conforming to the above specifications:

A. Yacht with no spinnaker (declared by 18:00 on the day before the event to the race officer): +40

B. Yacht with cruising chute (80% of standard spinnaker area) (declared by 18:00 on the day before the event to the race officer): +20

C. Allowance for different engine/propeller configurations:-

From (standard configuration) To
Outboard engine OB 0 +10 +20 +40
Inboard engine with folding propeller IBF   0 +10 +30
Inboard engine with fixed 2-blade propeller IB2     0 +20

IB3 = inboard engine with fixed three blade propeller

Allowance for fixed keel (ie a keel which is bolted through the bottom of the hull): +10

Boats having other variations to the relevant class standard may have the above Portsmouth Yard Stick numbers amended at the discretion of the race committee.

To calculate corrected times:

A) Convert elapsed time of the yacht into seconds.

B) Divide elapsed time (in seconds) by PY number allocated to the yacht and multiply by 1000.

C) Convert result, (in seconds), back into hours, minutes and seconds to arrive at corrected time.

PSSA Round the Island Race results

Year Winner Sailing
2010 Geoff Turner P21 Dawn
2009 Geoff Turner P21 Dawn
2008 Nigel Walbank P21 Breeze
2007 cancelled due to inclement weather
2006 Martin Hoption P335 Shemar
2005 Walter Brown S26 Ard Righ
2004 Nigel Walbank P31 Ocean Wings
2003 race abandoned
2002 John Coyle P27 Harlequin
2001 R Bond S22 Fraid Knot
2000 race abandoned
1999 race abandoned
1998 Philip Linsell S22 Tulena

Before 1998 the winners were: John West (S22), Ted Randell (S22) twice, John Mahany (S22), James Yarrow (S22) 3 times, Geoff Harwood (Sinbad), Harry Wyatt (SS26), Colin Savage (S22), Martin Hopton (S22), Peter Forster (S22), John Coyle (P31), Paul Clements (S850) twice, Philip Linsell (S22) twice, Roger Bond (S22).