Nordic Folkboat Racing

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. At the RLym Y.C. we have a full fixture list with regular racing every week to suit all-comers.
The core of our Nordic Folkboat racing at the Royal Lymington is the Saturday Series, which runs from April 22nd to September 23rd and consists of 16 races in 2017. Races are scheduled to start at 14.10 and generally run for around 2 hours. Multiple discards remove the need to start all races, thereby allowing flexibility to accommodate both crew availability and weather conditions.

The West Solent Series offers six 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.
The Sothern Area Championship is a series of five races, which incorporates four of the Saturday starts and one West Solent race, the Christchurch Ledge race, to give a mix of one longer and four short races for the Championship.
Nordic Folkboats have their own start in the Thursday Evening Racing series at the RLym Y.C. 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 RLym Y.C. is hosting the Nordic Nationals on September 16th and 17th. Folkboat Week in Yarmouth will start on August 20thand is always a great event. Over 50 boats attended in 2015.
In addition, there are several regattas during the year with Nordic Folkboat starts, including the Spring Series, the Lymington Regatta, the Tattinger Regatta at the Royal Solent Y.C. and the Autumn Series hosted by Lymington Town S.C. In all, there are over 75 Nordic Folkboat race starts in the year, more than enough for even the most dedicated racer!
Finally, while 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 the past 10 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.
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.
RLym Y.C. Fleet Captain:
RLym Y.C. Folkboat Committee Members: James Hoare and David Gredley
UK Folkboat Association:
Nordic Folkboat International Association:


Please click on this link to read more about the Nordic Folkboat.

2017 Racing Programme

To view the latest version of the 2017 Racing Calendar spreadsheets, please click here.

Date Series
SS= Saturday Series
WSS = West Solent Series
SAC = Southern Area Championships
Other Information
21st April 2018 Saturday Points Series 1  
28th April 2018 Saturday Points Series 2  
5th May 2018 Saturday Points Series 3  
12th May 2018 Saturday Points Series 4  
19th May 2018 WSS 1 Race 1 Long Race East
26th May 2018 Saturday Points Series 5  
2nd June 2018 WSS 2 Race to Cowes
9th June 2018 Saturday Points Series 6 Royal Lym YC Keelboat Regatta
16th June 2018 Saturday Points Series 7  
23rd June 2018 WSS 3 Long Race West
30th June 2018 Saturday Points Series 8 - WSS 4 Prince Consort Race (RSolYC)
7th July 2018 WSS 5 RTI (ISC)
14th July 2018 Saturday Points Series 9  
28th July 2018 Saturday Points Series 10  
4th August 2018 Saturday Points Series 11 Cowes Week
11th August 2018 Saturday Points Series 12 Cowes Week
18th August 2018   Folkboat Week
25th August 2018   Folkboat Week
1st September 2018 Saturday Points Series 13  
8th September 2018 Saturday Points Series 14  
15th September 2018 Saturday Points Series 15  
22nd September 2018 Saturday Points Series 16  
29th September 2018 WSS 6 Long Race East
6th October 2018   Pottership
7th October 2018 WSS 7 Turkey Cup (RSolYC)
15th December 2018   Prize Giving Dinner


Folkboat Documents

Nordic Folkboat Supplement to NOR 2017 & Entry Form

Sailing Instructions

River Obstructions

Required Nordic Safety Equipment 2017

Folkboat Week

Notice of Race

Folkboat Results

Saturday Series - Scratch

Saturday Series - Handicap

WSS Series - Scratch

WSS Series - Handicap

Southern Areas - Scratch

Southern Areas - Handicap

Useful Documents:

John Doerr's Rules Talk

A Brief Guide to RRS 2017-2020

International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972

ROs Rota

Portsmouth Tide Predictions for Today