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National Series 2024

Welcome to the 2024 National 12 Dinghy Shack Series, the family friendly nationwide series for all National 12 sailors. 

This year we once again welcome back our sponsor Dinghy Shack, who are offering attractive prizes throughout the series including  sailing clothing, accessories, chandlery and discount vouchers.  Join us at any National 12 Dinghy Shack Series event for competitive racing on the water, training and fun off the water at a diverse range of venues across the UK. There are prizes to compete for in all sections of the fleet at every event as well as the overall series so bring along your Admiral’s Cup, Vintage or new design.

We are planning coaching sessions at some the Dinghy Shack events, so not only will you get great racing, you might also learn something new.  Some of the top sailors in the class will be sharing their knowledge on varied topics such as sea sailing, rig tuning and how to navigate the notorious Salcombe estuary while keeping your sense of humour intact.

Off the water we are planning plenty of entertainment, from crews' races to team game. You don't need to be an expert racer or to have the latest boat design, so come along and join in the fun!

Programme summary

# Event location Date
Queen Mary SC, Blood mary
6th Jan
Burghfield SC 2nd Mar - Postponed. New date TBC
Salcombe YC 4th - 5th May
Shoreham SC
22nd - 23rd Jun
5 Royal Harwich YC 6th - 7th Jul
6 Snettisham Beach SC
20th -21st Jul
7 Felixstowe Ferry SC
18th - 21st Aug
Brightlingsea SC
Northampton SC 2nd Nov

* 4 to qualify

Overall series results

Overall fleet
Non foilers

The Events

This year the National 12 Dinghy Shack Series will feature 9 events across the country. The season kicks off with the class start at the Blood Mary (hosted by Queen Mary SC). The second event is the regular sprint racing at Burghfield SC (with around 8 15-20 minute races). Then we travel to Salcombe in the south west for the long May bank holiday weekend.  We head down to Shoreham SC on the south coast to join in with their Festival of the Sea regatta.  Then it's classic 12 sailing at Royal Harwich Yacht Club at the beginning of July. The sixth event see us again joining the Norfolk Week fleet at Snettisham Beach SC for the first weekend of North West Norfolk Week.

The highlight of the National 12 sailing season is of course the Burton Week National Championships. This four day event will take place at Felixstowe Ferry SC from the 18th-21st August (this is the weekend before the Bank Holiday) and will include the Burton Cup race and Burton Dinner. Excellent racing, socialising, fun and games are guaranteed!  The season rounds off with an event at Brightlingsea SC followed by the final event of the series again at Northampton Sailing Club on the 2nd November.  The Dinghy Shack series prize giving will be after racing on the Saturday, followed by the club's bonfire night celebrations and firework display.

The National 12 Dinghy Shack Series events will be sailed under the requirements of the respective Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for the open meeting and for the Dinghy Shack Series per this notice.

Series Scoring

The Low Point System of scoring in RRS Appendix A will apply. All references in Appendix A to race or races shall mean event or events.

The number of events to count will be determined by the number of events completed, as detailed in the table below:

Events Completed 9
8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Events to Count 4
4 4 3 3 2 2 2 1

Points will be awarded to a helmsperson, regardless of boat sailed within the series. No change of boat is allowed at individual events.


Overall series prizes will be awarded at the National 12 Dinghy Shack Series final event.

Subsidiary prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

  • Handicap  - open to any boat, winner to be decided based on the class issued PY handicaps
  • Non-foiling - open to the helm of any double floored (i.e. self-draining) boat that does not use a wing foiled rudder
  • Vintage - open to the helm of any wooden boat of clinker construction, built prior to 1975 (Vintage boats) and wooden clinker boats subsequently built to designs issued before that year and not using a wing foiled rudder
  • Youth - open to any helm under 21 years on the 1st January 2024
  • Family - open to any boat with helm and crew of the same family with at least one youth under 21 years on 1st January 2024

Series trophies are provided by the NTOA and funded by a contribution to the series of 1 for each event entry.  Discretionary prizes will be awarded at each of the events in the series, and overall, generously provided by our sponsors, Dinghy Shack.

Dinghy Shack bow stickers must be displayed when provided at the National 12 Dinghy Shack series events.

For more information on the Dinghy Shack Series, email



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