The ASYMMETRIC fleet are part of the MENAGERIE fleet. In total they number approximately 68 and thus have their own web page.
Asymmetrics refers primarily to boats that carry an asymmetric spinnaker and are best suited to windward/leeward courses to sail upwind and downwind. These boats really come into their own on the downwind leg with not only exciting sailing but also tactical racing as you work out the best course to sail to the downwind mark. Do you sail higher for more speed or lower to go more directly to the mark? It all depends on the type of boat and wind and wave conditions on the day.
At Draycote Water, a W/L course is set alongside the round-the-cans course, going off the same start (Start 5 in Race 1 and Start 4 in Race 2). These courses are also enjoyed by youngsters and other sailors “doing the circuit” or competing for places in regional and national squads as this type of course is more like the kind of courses that will be set in these competitions.
Boats defined as asymmetric include: RS 200, RS 400, RS 800, 49er, (Laser) 2000, B14 (all double-handed); RS 100, RS Vareo, RS 700, Musto Skiff (single-handed). The club has a (Laser) 2000 and an RS 200 among its boats for hire.