Racing seems to be high on the agenda of sailing dinghy clubs. Will I be expected to race?

No, not expected, but encouraged once competent. Killaloe Sailing Club, while having a  lively and fun fleet of racing sailors, of all ages from teens to 70s, also have many

members who sail for pleasure only at their own pace. You will find the best of  encouragement if you show an interest in racing, and it is said that the fastest route to  learning the skills of sailing is to try racing. The club operates the “ Portsmouth Yardstick”  handicap system, known as PY, in order to be competitive no matter which class of  Dinghy you use. If your appetite for racing becomes bigger, you will find you will seek a  boat in the faster boat classes, such as Laser or RS.