FOSSC has a number of established classes and boats which fall into these are automatically accepted. Of these, the following have their own start for most races:
Others compete in the Handicap fleet, primarily due to the smaller number of each that race regularly, including:
In order to gain class racing status, a minimum of 6 boats must be racing regularly and this is regularly reviewed by the Sailing Committee.
Other classes (other than those listed above) that are also currently accepted in the Handicap fleet include 420, Byte CII, Comet, Europe, Firefly, GP14, Graduate, Gull, Heron, Lark, Lightning, Miracle, OK, Pico, Rooster 8.1, RS Aero, RS Feva and Wanderer.
If you wish to sail a boat of any other class, it will require permission in advance from the Sailing Committee and must generally conform to all of the following requirements:
- Must have neither a bowsprit nor trapeze
- Must be no longer than 15ft long
- Must have a published Portsmouth Yardstick no lower than 1000.
Members wishing to sail classes that do not conform to all of these requirements may be given a letter of dispensation from the Sailing Committee to do so, which will be agreed on a case-by-case basis. Any such dispensation granted would be without expiry but with the club reserving the right to withdraw the dispensation by giving 2 years notice.