Catapult TT, Felixstowe Ferry SC
 Cat Open July 27th - 28th 2019

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2019 Sailing Programme


 We are trying out a new venue this year at Felixstowe Ferry in Suffolk, and as part of the Associationís policy of supporting more cat opens, we shall be attending what will be the second cat open for Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club. It will also provide a much needed additional sea venue.

 The Association liaison person for the event will be Alastair Forrest (07514 525903) or

 The club contact is the Sailing Secretary, Sam Rowell (  or ).

The sailing

Registration is open from 09.00 to 11.30. There will be a briefing at 11.00 on Saturday, and racing will start at 13.00 (10.30 on Sunday).

There will be two separate starts; a Slow Handicap Fleet (Dart 18, Dart 16, Catapult, Sprint 15) and a Fast Handicap Fleet (F18, F16, Spitfire, Shearwaters.) 
The Catapults will start with the slow handicap fleet.

There will be six races, three back-to-back each day, with a discard coming into effect when four or more races have been sailed.

The courses will be trapezoid, with an inner Slow Handicap course, and a larger trapezoid course forming an outer loop for the fast handicap fleet. The club intends to use a U flag as the preparatory signal.

Notice of Race  updates
will be posted on the club website at

Entry fees The entry fee for the cat open will be 45 pounds, payable at registration.

Launching  Felixstowe Ferry has limited launching and for events with large numbers of boats, competitors are asked not to block access points to the beach when launching and recovering. Launching will take place on the beach and slipway at the front of the club. Boats shall not launch from the public slipway adjacent to the jetty.

The River Deben Bar The shingle spit at the mouth of the River Deben (photo below) is constantly changing. The channel marks are the safest way to get out to sea, although the entrance at its lowest may be less than one meter.


Accommodation There are a limited number of spaces for motorhomes on the club grounds, so if you want to reserve a pitch (from Friday onwards) you should contact the Sailing Secretary at as soon as possible. Otherwise you can camp on the Millennium Green next to the club. This is owned by the local Residents Association who charge £5 per night, which will be collected at reception. To find hotels and B&Bs visit The club say that the Premier Inn in Felixstowe town centre represents very good value for money.

The social scene The bar and galley will be open on Friday evening for those arriving that day.  The entry fee includes a meal on the Saturday evening to be followed by a quiz night. Additional tickets can be purchased at registration. The galley will also be serving meals on Sunday after racing has finished.

How to find the club For those of you with satnavs the postcode is IP11 9RZ. The postal address is simply The Ferry, Felixstowe.

As you approach Felixstowe on the A14, at the roundabout ignore the Port signs and take the first exit onto the A154 (Candlets Road). At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the A1021. Take the first turning left to get onto Colneis Road. Turn left at the end onto Ferry Road and follow this through Felixstowe Ferry Golf Course to the Sailing Club.

 Local attractions Youíre in Constable Country! Do visit nearby Flatford to see the scenery that inspired the painter. For stately home lovers there is the splendid Helmingham Hall gardens and deer park that surround the moated Tudor house. History abounds in Orford and Framlingham Castles, the latter closely associated with King John and the Baronsí Revolt. And going back further in time there is the world renowned Anglo-Saxon ship burial site at Sutton Hoo. So there should be plenty to see and do, especially if you are staying in the area to compete in our TT at Stone SC a week later. Enjoy Suffolk!