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Nordic Folkboat Racing

Now, in it’s 80th year, the Nordic Folkboat is a timeless classic, attractive and a pleasure to sail. Well suited to both cruising and racing it makes a versatile and inexpensive route to a great variety of sailing.  The Nordic Folkboat appeals to a wide variety of sailors, it is an ideal boat for a family to race, but also providing good one design racing to satisfy the keen racers.



2021 Folkboat Programme

Spring Series 11 April to 2 May
Supplement to Notice of Race and Entry Form
On Line Entry
Amendment 1 to Supplementary Notice of Race
Sailing Instructions

Saturday/Wednesday Points Series 24 April to 30 October

Supplement to Notice of Race and Entry Form

Online Entry

Sailing Instructions
Attachment A

Required Nordic Safety Equipment 2021 & Class Rules



Folkboat Results

Wednesday Summer Points

Saturday Summer Points

Overall Summer Points

Wednesday Autumn Points

Saturday Autumn Points

Overall Autumn Points

Folkboat Coaching Videos


Folkboat Week

Saturday 21st - Saturday 28th August, Royal Solent Yacht Club

Notice of Race

Nordic Folkboat Nationals 2021

4th to 5th September

Sessan Cup 2022

SEPTEMBER 19th - 22nd

Useful Info

John Doerr's Rules Talk Thursday, 6th April 2021 at 1800.

Update to RRS 2021-2024.

A Brief Guide to RRS 2017-2020

International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972

ROs Rota

Portsmouth Tide Predictions for Today

Classic Boat Review of Folkboats

History of the Nordic Folkboat

North Tuning



There are some 40 Nordic Folkboats based in the West Solent, with about 30 boats in Lymington and the rest over in Yarmouth. At the RLymYC we have a full fixture list with regular racing every week to suit all-comers. Boats from Yarmouth regularly join us to swell the number of boats coming to the starting Line.
The core of our Nordic Folkboat racing at the Royal Lymington is the Saturday Series, which this year runs from April 24th to September 18th. A continuation of this series will be the Autumn Points Series which will run for the remaining Saturdays until October 30th. Most races are scheduled to start at 14.10 (perhaps an hour earlier towards the end of October) and generally run for around 2 hours.
This year there will also be a regular Wednesday Points Series which will run from the 28th April until the 22nd September whereafter it will continue as the Wednesday Autumn Points Series until the 27th October.
Multiple discards remove the need to start all races, thereby allowing flexibility to accommodate both crew availability and prevailing weather conditions.

Additionally, in order to encourage those further down the fleet an informal handicap system is run side by side with the "scratch" boats in the Saturday Series which provides an incentive to get out on the water.

For all of the above series we are fortunate to have the benefit of the Saturday and Wednesday RLym race team management expertise and we will therefore provide such assistance from our class members as and when requested to do so.
The West Solent Series offers eight longer passage-style races including a Race to Cowes, the Prince Consort Race, the Round the Island Race and the Christchurch Ledge race. This series is run in conjunction with the Royal Solent Y.C.

Nordic Folkboats have their own start in the Thursday Evening Racing series at the RLymYC. As always, this is a very popular series and gives us all a chance of winding down and a good social get-together after the race.
This year the Folkboat Nationals will again be hosted by the RLymYC and held on Saturday and Sunday the 4th/5th September. Folkboat Week hosted by the Royal Solent Yacht Club in Yarmouth takes place from Saturday 21st August through to Saturday 28th and is always a great event both for the quality and variance of the racing as well as the on shore social activities.
In addition, there are several regattas during the year with Separate Nordic Folkboat starts, including the Royal Lymington Spring Series, the Summer Keelboat Regatta, the Taittinger Regatta at the Royal Solent Y.C. and the Solent Circuit Series hosted by Lymington Town S.C which is held every Sunday morning commencing 17th October thru to 21st November. An event which has proved increasingly popular both on and off the water is the Cowes Classic which is hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club, has a separate race for Nordics and takes place from the 3rd to the 9th July, the actual racing commencing on Monday the 5th.
For more details of the above please refer both to the Nordic Folkboat programme on this page of the Club web site and the sites of the other clubs involved.
In all, there are, more than enough races for Nordic Folkboats during the year, particularly in the West Solent, for even the most dedicated racing addicts!
Whilst we tend to concentrate on one-design racing for the Nordic Folkboat, we should also acknowledge the boat’s performance under IRC Handicap. This is epitomized by recent results in the Round the Island Race. In recent years, Nordic Folkboats have taken the over-all IRC First Prize, the Gold Roman Bowl, no less than four times! This in addition to six second places and one third place in the same period. No other class or design comes close to this performance under IRC handicap.

All this year’s activities will of course be subject to the effect of Covid-19 which regrettably looks like being with us for much of the year but hopefully not all of it. With this in mind but assuming some form of racing can take place within the strictures of the Government/RYA Guidelines it has been decided that for the time being all races in which Folkboats participate will be “white sail” only i.e. no spinnakers, crew limited to two and outboard engines permitted to remain on the transom whist racing. These provisions will be reviewed as the season progresses and any changes to the format made where considered appropriate and within the Guidelines.
Last but not least is the good news that the UK Association has been successful in bringing the Sessan Cup to these waters in 2022 with the Royal Lymington 
as the organizing host supported by the Royal Solent. Weather conditions permitting the racing will be held in Christchurch Bay combined with the UK Nationals over the period 17th to 22nd September. More detail of this event and its historical background can be found on the UK Folkboat Association website
So, if you fancy joining us, and maybe having a crack at winning one of the country’s premier sailing events, there are several ways of joining our fleet. Anyone interested in learning more about the Nordic Folkboat, whether as potential crew or prospective owner should contact the Class Captain or a member of the committee.

RLymYC Fleet Captain:
RLymYC Folkboat Committee Members: James Hoare and David Gredley
UK Folkboat Association:
Nordic Folkboat International Association:

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