Moth Open

Welcome to the annual Moth Bowl 2024 at Medley Sailing Club

Saturday 8th June 2024 sees the return of the British Moth to Medley Sailing Club on the River Thames in Oxford, to compete for the Moth Bowl and Bossom's Cup on what is always a great day’s close racing with or without wind!

Access to the club is from Binsey Lane, off the main Botley Road, and then via the Bossoms’ gate (next to the Perch pub) to the club, postcode: OX2 0NJ.  There is no car parking at the club and so visitors are requested to leave their cars on Binsey Lane during the day after delivering boats.  

Please note that Botley Road is (still!) closed at the railway bridge end by Oxford station meaning there is no access on to Botley Road from East Oxford.  The only access to Botley Road is from the West end of the road (A34/Botley Interchange end). 

The club and Bossoms’ gate will be open from 08:30ish, with tea/coffee/pastry available on arrival.  Registration is from 09:30 with the 1st of 4 races starting at 10:45.  A lunch of soup, bread and cheeses will be available at around 13:15 and prizes, tea/cake at around 17:00.  Tea/coffee, breakfast pastries, lunch and cakes are included in the entry fee.

Boats can be dropped off Friday evening and also left overnight Saturday by prior arrangement.

All Moth sailors, their families and friends are welcome, and we are working on a good turnout of the home fleet.  Dogs are allowed, under control, on the grounds but not in the clubhouse

Please let us know as soon as possible if you are planning to attend and whether you will be bringing any non-sailing visitors as it helpful for us to know numbers. 

We look forward to seeing you all on the water.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any of the committee at the email address below.

MSC Sailing Committee (

Visitor Registration Form

Moth Bowl Visitors Form 2024.pdf


British Moth Open Meeting: Moth Bowl and Bossom's Cup

Medley Sailing Club

The Towpath, Binsey, Oxford, OX2 0NJ

Saturday 8th June 2024 

Entry fee: £15.00 (cash or bank transfer only) 

First race 10.45

The organising authority is Medley Sailing Club.


1. Rules

1.1. The event is governed by the rules as defined in the current edition of the Racing Rules of Sailing and Medley Sailing Club Sailing Instructions. 

1.2. Competitors will behave in accordance with the RYA Racing Charter and rules of Medley Sailing Club.  Dogs are allowed, under control, on the grounds but not in the clubhouse.

2. Sailing Instructions

2.1. The Sailing Instructions will be available at registration.

2.2. Unlike previous years the start sequence will be the standard rule 26 sequence (5,4,1 go) rather than the Medley SC club racing sequence. 

3. Communication

Notices to competitors will be posted on the Notice Board/river map to the left of the kitchen counters. 

4. Eligibility and Entry 

4.1. The event is open to all boats of the British Moth class.

4.2. Eligible boats may enter by completing the entry form and submitting it, together with the required fee, on the day at registration, confirming that they and the owner of the boat, if different, agree to the conditions of this NOR.

4.3. Competitors under the age of 18 years, at the time of the event shall be required to complete and submit the parental/guardian's consent form included in the entry form with the Race Committee prior to racing.

4.4. Competitors shall be members of MSC (temporary or full) and visitors/temporary members must also be members of the British Moth Boat Association.

5. Fees

The entry fee is £15 inclusive of refreshments and the 1-day river licence.  

6. Schedule of Races 

Registration from: 9.30

Briefing: 10.15

Race 1: 10.45

Race 2: 12.00 (tbc by the race officer)

Race 3: 14:15hrs (tbc by the race officer)

Race 4: 15:45hrs (Bossom's Cup)

The Race Committee reserves the right to amend on the day taking account of the prevailing conditions.  

7. Scoring System 

7.1. The Low Point scoring system of RRS Appendix A will apply.

7.2. All races will constitute a series towards the Moth Bowl.

7.3. When fewer than 4 races are completed, a boat’s score will be the total of her race scores.

7.4. When 4 races are completed, a boat’s score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

7.5. The Bossom's Cup will be awarded to the winner of Race 4.

8. Prizes 

8.1. Prizes will be awarded after the conclusion of the last race:

9. Rights to use Names & Likenesses 

Competitors automatically grant to the organising authority without payment the right in perpetuity to make, use and show any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or filmed television of or relating to the event. 

10. Insurance

Each boat is required to hold adequate insurance and in particular to hold insurance against third party claims in the sum of at least £3,000,000.

11. River Licence

Each boat is required to hold a River Licence as issued by the Environment Agency for the day of the races.  1-day licences will be provided to visiting competitors within the cost of the entry fee.  Please ensure that you inform us at least a week ahead (by 3rd June) if you require a river licence.

12. Risk Statement

12.1. Competitors, and any family and friends accompanying them, are entirely responsible for their own safety, whether afloat or ashore and nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or, anywhere else reduces this responsibility.

12.2. It is for the competitors to decide whether they and their boat is fit to sail in the conditions in which it will find itself. By launching or going afloat, the competitors confirm that the boat is fit for those conditions and they are competent to sail and compete in the conditions.  Rule 3 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.”  

12.3. Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of the owners and/or competitors, nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the racing (save to the extent such liability cannot be excluded or limited at law). The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the race and the event, and include without limitation Medley Sailing Club, the race committee, the race officer, and service launch boat.

12.4. Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in any of the events covered by this notice of race, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

13. Privacy Statement

The personal information you provide to the organizing authority will be used to facilitate your participation in the event. If you have agreed to be bound by the Racing Rules of Sailing and the other rules that govern the event (the rules), the legal basis for processing that personal information is contract. If you are not bound by the rules, the legal basis for processing that personal information is legitimate interest. Your personal information will be stored and used in accordance with the organizing authority’s privacy policy. When required by the rules, personal information may be shared with the RYA, your national authority and/or World Sailing. The results of the event and the outcome of any hearing or appeal may be published.

14. Further information

For further information please contact: