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Summer Regattas 2013


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ummer regattas are a great way to combine a holiday with time on the water. There is a huge variety of events to choose from in some stunning locations, ranging from inland regattas in the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads to racing on the sea at some of Britain’s very best coastal venues. Whether you sail a keelboat or dinghy, there will be an event

our essential guide to family race weeks and summer regattas around the country to suit your type of racing and your pocket, with entry fees starting from just a few pounds upwards, depending on the size of the regatta and what it has to offer in terms of its racing and

social programme. This guide will give you an overview of each regatta and key pointers to help you plan your summer and find out further information for any event you may want to enter. Consider your main criteria, be it serious racing, a family sailing holiday, a great social, shore-based fun for the non-sailors in your party – or a combination of all four. Then get your summer booked!

There is a huge variety of events to choose from in some stunning locations 72

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NORTH Bassenthwaite week Regatta

August 2-11 Bassenthwaite SC, Dubwath, Cumbria Overview: Nine days of competitive sailing and great social fun for all the family. Caravanning and camping on site with superb facilities. racing fOrmat: 17 races over nine days; separate starts at three minute intervals for each of the designated classes. A mixture of series and individual prize races. Two all-fleet pursuit races. Junior, ladies, 60-plus races. classes: Flying Fifteens, Lasers, Enterprises, RS200, GP14, Fast Handicap 850-1000, Medium Handicap 1001-1125, Slow Handicap 1126-1200, Toppers and Mirrors. Class starts subject to change dependant upon entry. entry fees: Inclusive entry for 17 races: £94 doublehanded, £68 singlehanded, if received by June 15 or £113/£82 until regatta starts. Weekend series £28/£20, midweek (nine races) £79/£55. spOnsOr: Insurance4dinghies sOcial scene: Every night including commodore’s reception, quiz night, film night, live entertainment and discos. Children’s activities most days, and one or two junior discos in the evenings. tOp tips: Book early to reserve caravan and camping pitches as these get taken up quickly. Camping prices vary depending on the type of unit – see website for details. Early bookings receive significant discounts. RYA junior training and boat hire available for families entering the week’s racing. cOntact: Mark Somerville or Lezli Ann Pearson via, or Dave Nicholson on 07818 426848

cOntact: Secretary, Royal Yorkshire YC, 01262 672041,

ullswateR holiday week & ullswateR Regatta

August 12-16 & August 24-26 respectively Ullswater YC, Howtown Road, Pooley Bridge, Penrith, Cumbria Overview: Combine great racing with a holiday in the stunning Lake District. There’s five days of family fun and racing during Ullswater Holiday Week from Monday August 12 to Friday August 16, and then the three-day Ullswater Regatta over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of the month. classes: Classes with recognised handicap. entry fees: TBA, details will be available on the club website. sOcial scene: A friendly welcome for all. tOp tips: Camping available at the club. cOntact: Sailing secretary, 01768 486333,

EAST BRanCasteR staithe sailing week

August 12-16 Brancaster Staithe SC, Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk Overview: A family-friendly race week with a variety of classes for both adults and juniors. Racing format: One race a day using both the harbour and North Sea as sailing areas depending on the class. classes: Fast and Slow Handicap, dominant fleet

class (e.g. Laser, Laser 2000, Hawks), Cockles, Fast Juniors and Slow Juniors, Adult and Child. entry fees: Maximum entry fee £50 depending on class. spOnsOrs: Welcome! sOcial scene: Family orientated social events and bar open throughout the week. tOp tips: A very enjoyable week for all ages, with plenty to do on the north Norfolk coast for any non-sailors and when the tide goes out! Plenty of local accommodation but early booking is recommended. cOntact: Kiki Spink on 07900 690161 or Claudia Spink 07789 658378;

BuRnham week

August 24-31 Joint Clubs’ Committee on behalf of The Royal Corinthian YC, The Royal Burnham YC, The Crouch YC & Burnham SC. Overview: One of the last major regattas of the season, beginning on the Saturday of the August bank holiday weekend. The current more flexible format has proved very popular with competitors, so if you are limited by time or work, then this is the regatta for you. racing fOrmat: Burnham Week is divided into two series, the bank holiday weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) and the mid-week series (Tuesday to Friday), with the final Saturday designated as Trophy Day, when all classes race. The bank holiday includes the IRC weekend incorporating the SailEast Burnham Regatta as well as racing for cruising multihulls, local handicap cruisers, Dragons, 707s, Squibs and local one-design classes. Dinghies are very well catered for with three days of racing for Ospreys, Phantoms and dinghy handicap classes. The midweek regatta runs from Tuesday to Friday

with racing for IRC, local handicap cruisers and all keelboat classes. The final Saturday is a one off trophy day for all classes with the prestigious Town Cup race for IRC Class One and the Commodores Cup for IRC Class Two. classes: IRC, Local Handicap Cruisers, Multihull, Stella, RS Elite, Dragon, 707, Sonata, Squib, West Solent, East Coast One Design, Royal Corinthian One Design, Royal Burnham One Design, Sandhopper, Osprey, Phantom, Dinghy Handicap. entry fees: See NOR on website. On-line entry for 2013 will open on July 1. sOcial scene: Vibrant social programme throughout the week at the four clubs. tOp tips: If you prefer the less energetic type of cruiser racing, then the local handicap ‘White Sails’ class is non-spinnaker and ideal for families or those new to racing. If you have not raced in Burnham Week before, why not give it a try; it is a very friendly week of competitive and enjoyable racing with a great social scene. The race committee can accommodate any dinghy or one-design class into the schedule as long as there are at least six entries. cOntact:

eaoRa offshoRe Regatta

June 27-30 East Anglian Offshore Racing Association Overview: Three-race offshore regatta for keelboats. racing fOrmat: Race one, Thursday June 27, Harwich to Ramsgate; race two, Friday June 28, Ramsgate to Ostende; race three, Sunday June 30, Oostende to Harwich. classes: IRC, Local Handicap using the new RYA scheme; ISAF Category 3 with category 2 liferaft; minimum SSI of 15 and minimum STIX of 23.

Royal yoRkshiRe yC 156th annual Regatta

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August 3-10 Royal Yorkshire YC, Bridlington, East Yorkshire Overview: Open regatta sailed in the magnificent Bridlington Bay. racing fOrmat: Committee boat starts, two or three races per day, windward-leeward or bay courses depending on class. One coastal race for A & B (cruisers) and Contessa 26. classes: PY Cruisers, Contessa 26, Squib, Yorkshire One Design. entry fees: £90 for the week, £20 per day. spOnsOrs: Principal sponsors KPMG and Lloyds TSB. sOcial scene: Vibrant! Provisionally a social event each night. tOp tips: Book early! Many B&Bs, guest houses etc in the vicinity of club, caravan/camping site at RYYC. Dinghies section one mile south down beach. Entry forms, SIs, NOR available from website soon.

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Summer regattas

meRsea week 40th anniveRsaRy

August 18-24 Dabchicks SC & West Mersea YC Overview: Mersea Week is a ‘family and friends’ orientated week. The sheltered waters of the River Blackwater provide perfect conditions for daily racing with expert race management and courses for all. Mersea Week saw over 800 competitors last year and the event continues to grow. Thanks to daily and weekly sponsors, the entry fee is low and the regatta has such a winning formula that everyone keeps coming back. racing fOrmat: Daily starts and prizegivings for all classes. The week includes many traditions, including the Round the Island Race (Mersea Island) for the coveted Coconut Trophy (dinghies only) on the Wednesday, and the West Mersea Town Regatta racing on August 24, water sports in the afternoon and fireworks at dusk. classes: IRC, Local Handicap and White Sail Cruisers, Classic Yachts and Gaffers, Smacks, Winkle Brigs and Bumpkins, Dinghies Fast, Medium and Slow. entry fees: Keelboats £40, dinghies £30 for Mersea Week. spOnsOrs: Hempel Paints and Adnams Brewery.


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sOcial scene: Bands playing and events every day at both clubs after racing. Food available at both clubs and many local pubs and famous eateries and takeaways. Funfair and fireworks on the final Saturday night. tOp tips: Something for all the family and all age groups. Try the famous native oysters and locally caught fish. Wonderful beach for the non-sailors, where one can view the racing. As it is the 40th anniversary of Mersea Week, after each day’s racing there will be a spectacular display of 12 Metre match racing between the famous ‘Crusader’ and ‘Italia’, from the 1987 Freemantle America’s Cup. cOntact: Greg Dunn, chairman, Mersea Week 2013,

Pyefleet week

August 4-10 Brightlingsea SC, Oyster Tank Road, Brightlingsea, Essex Overview: Week-long regatta each August which has grown to be one of the unmissable events of the east coast. Each year over 100 boats make this fantastic week a part of their summer holiday plans. From top sailors to family fun, this is a great week on the coast with fantastic sailing. racing fOrmat: Class and handicap racing throughout the day; one race a day for each fleet. Fleets alternate between morning and afternoon starts throughout the week giving a variety of tides and sea breezes. Gold medal handicap race on Wednesday. classes: All classes eligible with fast and slow handicap fleets. Both monohulls and catamarans encouraged. Any class with six or more entries for the week gets a class start. entry fees & spOnsOrs: To be confirmed. sOcial scene: Vibrant evening entertainment with bands, curry night, quiz night, commodore’s reception and prizegiving. Super family atmosphere. tOp tips: Enjoy the committee boat starts, make the most of the tides and relax or party when you have the afternoon off with no need to sail until the following afternoon! cOntact: David Charlton 01206 302206;

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entry fees: £100 for regatta, or for individual races, race one £35, races two and three £45. Entries via EAORA website or print entry form and send it to The Secretary, EAORA, Burnham Yacht Harbour, Burnham on Crouch, CM0 8BL; entries must arrive no later than June 20. spOnsOrs: TBA sOcial scene: Prizegiving parties at Royal Temple YC, Ramsgate; Royal North Sea YC, Oostende; lay day in Oostende; Haven Ports YC, Levington, Suffolk. Top tips: Arrive in good time at the Suffolk Yacht Harbour at Levington, Suffolk, prior to the start. Ensure you contact the principle race officer on the committee boat to collect the up-to-date instructions. cOntact: Brian Bolton, 07793372548,

Ramsgate week

August 12-17 Royal Temple YC, Ramsgate Overview: Annual regatta widely recognised as the friendly regatta and the alternative to Cowes. racing fOrmat: The IRC classes have two series, four races Monday to Wednesday followed by the International Regatta with four races Thursday to Saturday, which includes entries from Holland, Belgium and France. The cruiser classes have one race per day Monday to Saturday and the multihull class five races Wednesday to Saturday. Trophy days include Thursday August 15, the Round the Goodwin race for the Noot Cup, while Saturday is for the famous Ramsgate Gold Cup. classes: Ramsgate Week accommodates three IRC classes, three cruiser classes (spinnaker and non-spinnaker) and a class for multihulls with a current MOCRA certificate. entry fees: Full week £175 or daily £45. spOnsOrs: Daily supporters include Hornby International, North Sails, Dolphin Sails, Henri Lloyd and Icom. sOcial scene: Meet all the competitors in the newly refurbished club bar. The town is only a five minute walk from your berth and has an abundance of bars and restaurants. The Royal Temple YC also has an excellent restaurant

followed by free live entertainment every night. tOp tips: Accommodation and event details always available on the website. cOntact: Carol Jackson on 01843 591766; or

stone week

July 29-August 2 Stone SC, St Lawrence Bay, Essex. racing fOrmat: A mixture of line and committee boat starts on the River Blackwater. classes: Open to all adult dinghies and catamarans. Includes the Unicorn national championship. sOcial scene: There is a full social programme throughout the week starting with a commodore’s reception on the evening of Sunday July 28. tOp tips: Camping available on site. cOntact: Caroline on 07885 461170 or email

whitstaBle week & the whitstaBle Regatta

August 5-11 Whitstable YC, Whitstable, Kent Overview: Whitstable Week’s five days of competitive racing and social events, followed by the 220th Whitstable Regatta – the oldest sailing


BBQ and dancing to live music; August 2 – film night; August 3 - end of regatta party, fine dining and live band (pre book); August 4 – last day including Diamond Jubilee Gold Challenge Cup Race and the grand prizegiving. tOp tips: Free parking for all visitors and competitors. No launching fees for competing boats. Fantastic clubhouse facilities and changing rooms. Clubhouse restaurant open every day from breakfast at 08.00, bar open every day from 12.00. Free childrens’ entertainer on Monday July 29. cOntact: Ms Jo Launchbury, Manager, Norfolk Broads YC, 01603 782808,

racing fOrmat: Activities and racing each morning and afternoon. classes: Use of boats included, RS Feva and Topper. entry fees: TBA, see website. spOnsOrs: Principal sponsor: Rotary Club of Bourne End and Cookham. sOcial scene: Good food, friendly welcome. Daily catering, ending with a family barbecue and prizegiving on Saturday. tOp tips: Beautiful setting, wide range of facilities within walking distance. Camping available adjacent to the club. cOntact: See website or email

SOUTH BouRne end week

regatta in the world! racing fOrmat: Whitstable Week – Monday to Friday, two back to back races every day, with a rest/fun day on Wednesday. Whitstable Regatta – Saturday and Sunday, refreshed format for 2013 - check website for details. classes: Dinghies and catamarans suitable for launching from the beach (contact club if in any doubt). entry fees: To be confirmed. spOnsOrs: Broad Oak BMW sOcial scene: Social events planned for each evening at Whitstable YC, or sample the local delights of the Whitstable pubs and restaurants on the club’s door step. tOp tips: Whitstable offers some of the best sailing conditions in the south-east, with great fleet racing, especially for Tasars, Lasers and catamarans. The yacht club is situated in the middle of this charming seaside town, with its boutiques, pubs, art galleries and nationally acclaimed restaurants. There’s plenty of space to park your boat, and a great chandlery right next door. A wide range of accommodation is available, from bunk rooms at the yacht club, to hotels and self-catering cottages; book early as summer can be busy. For non-sailors there are local shops specialising in everything from cheese to cupcakes, fashion to vintage furniture, and lovely coastal walks from Seasalter to Reculver, passing the stunning cliff top lawns of Tankerton slopes and the miles of pebble beaches lined with

traditional painted beach huts. cOntact: Robert Govier, rear commodore sailing, 01227 272942,

wRoxham week

July 28-August 4 Norfolk Broads YC, Wroxham Broad, Wroxham, Norwich Overview: NBYC 75th Anniversary Open Regatta – eight days of open class and handicap racing. racing fOrmat: Most classes three races per day. See the website for a full racing programme at classes: All single and doublehanded dinghies (Allcomers B handicap racing), including Norfolk One Design. Separate races for Optimist fleet. Keelboats: Broads One Design, Yare and Bure One Design, Yeoman (Allcomers A handicap racing), Star Class, River Cruisers - registered through the River Cruiser Class. entry fees: £1.50 per boat per race. Singlehanders 75p per race. spOnsOrs: Norfolk Broads YC sOcial scene: A busy social week with fantastic events every evening to complement the extensive racing programme: Sunday July 28 jazz night and supper (pre-book); July 29 - quiz night with supper (book on the day); July 30 - Wroxham Week dinner (pre book); July 31 - fish and chip night; August 1 - Wroxham Regatta Day,

May 25-29 Upper Thames SC, Bourne End, Bucks Overview: ‘River racing at its best’. Bourne End Week is the annual regatta of Upper Thames SC and has been run for over 100 years. racing fOrmat: Class racing for OKs, Wayfarers, Merlin Rockets, Fireflies, RS Fevas, and Handicap, plus the national championship for the historic Thames A-Raters. An innovation this year is a Classic Fleet for pre-1985 and under 16ft dinghies. All fleets will have a morning and an afternoon race. classes: Merlin Rocket, Wayfarer, OK, Firefly, RS Feva, Classic, handicap and Thames A-Rater. entry fees: Full prices shown, discounted early online booking preferred. Sunday party ticket included in full week fee. Full week/daily fee: doublehanded £64/£18, singlehanded £39/£11, Thames A-Rater £151/£34, helms under-18 half price. spOnsOr: Lafarge Tarmac sOcial scene: Daily catering and bar facilities and a full social programme, starting with supper on Friday evening and including a new party night on Sunday with cocktails, food and entertainment in the riverside marquee. tOp tips: Beautiful setting, wide range of facilities within walking distance, and many local attractions for non-sailors in Marlow and surrounding area. Camping available adjacent to the club. cOntact: John Dighton,

JunioR BouRne end week

May 30-June 1 Upper Thames SC, Bourne End, Bucks Overview: A mixture of racing, fun and games. Come and join in if you are 18 or under, race training for those who want, with the opportunity to compete in the Junior Bourne End Week Regatta. The event is organised and run entirely with the support of parents.

ChiChesteR haRBouR fedeRation Regatta week (fed week)

August 19 -23 Under the burgee of Hayling Island SC, Sandy Point, Hayling Island, Hants Overview: This year sees the 50th Anniversary of this regatta, one of the most popular dinghy race weeks in the country, attracting in excess of 300 entries each year. racing fOrmat: Races are sailed over three separate courses in Chichester Harbour; there is one race per day with three results to count, with the exception of the Tera, Topper, Optimist and Slow Handicap fleets which have nine shorter races, with six results to count (two races on the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, one race on Friday). Start times are 1000hrs on Monday August 19, 1030 on Tuesday 20, 1100 on Wednesday 21, 1130 on Thursday 22, 1215 on Friday 23. classes: Class racing for Artemis 20, Finn, Flying Fifteen, Foils, Laser, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, Merlin Rocket, Optimist, RS200, RS400, RS Elite, RS Feva, RS Tera, Solo, Topper, plus handicap fleets. Handicap racing normally based on HISC-modified Portsmouth Numbers but may be varied at discretion of race committee: Fast Asymmetric H’cap and Foils; Medium Asymmetric H’cap; Fast H’cap Conventional; Medium H’cap; Slow H’cap. Groupings TBA. entry fees: Week or daily entries available. sOcial scene: A social is held at a different Chichester Harbour club every evening. tOp tips: Great racing in a broad stretch of open yet sheltered water in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Sandy beach and safe swimming for all the family. cOntact:

Cowes week

August 3-10 Cowes Combined Clubs, Regatta House, Cowes, Isle of Wight

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Mudeford Week Seven days of safe sheltered water family racing in Christchurch Harbour

Monday 5th – Sunday 11th August

royal �ndhorn yacht clu� Regatta weekend 20th and 21st July Findhorn Week 22nd to 26th July

Series and Fun races.

3-lap fleet for more serious racers. 2-lap fleet for slower boats, juniors and novice racers.

including a novice week on a separate course

For full details, timetable, entry forms etc visit

27th-30th JUNE • 3 days of Offshore Racing • Harwich to Ramsgate • Ramsgate to Ostend • Layday in Ostend • Ostend to Harwich • 3 x IRC classes • 2-handed class • Local handicap class

Findhorn Week with its mix of competitive and relaxed sailing

child friendly atmosphere, great socials and stunning location offers something for everyone

For further details and Notice of Race contact Tel: +44 (0)7703 345501

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Based from the marqueed ‘Race Village’ set in the heart of Plymouth’s beautiful waterfront Barbican area

IRC - MOCRA - PY Mixed Open Sportsboat Championships Seascape 18 UK National Championships J24 UK National Championships 3 separate courses in unbeatable racing waters inside and outside the breakwater plus a dedicated white sail course Full shoreside entertainment programme Food / Drinks / Live Bands / & much more See our website for more detailed information on classes, courses, entries and entertainment

Tel: 01752 660077

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entry fees: Details will be available on the club website. sOcial scene: Social programme planned. tOp tips: Book your ferry and accommodation in good time – it’s the holiday season! Holiday park and several campsites nearby. Gurnard Green, beach and play area are right next to the club. Snacks available from the club. Watersedge café next door. cOntact:

Overview: There’s nothing quite like Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week; the oldest and largest annual sailing regatta in the world. The event boasts an eight-day schedule combining competitive racing and great fun for the 8,000 competitors and 120,000 spectators who enjoy a fantastic line up of shore-side entertainment day and night. Visitors can watch the sailing action from the shore or aboard a spectator boat. The famous fireworks take place on the final Friday. racing fOrmat: One round the cans race per day for each of the 40 classes except for the SB20 and J/70 classes which will have two races a day for the first four days of the event before reverting to the traditional one race a day from Tuesday. classes: Cruiser-racers racing under IRC are split into at least eight classes according to rating; Cruisers using the free Island Sailing club rating system; Sigma 33; Sigma 38; Contessa 32; First 40.7; Quarter Ton; Multihulls racing under the MOCRA rating rule; J/109; J/111; and 17 classes of open dayboats including a sportsboat class using IRC. entry fees: From £175 to £540 for eight days racing assuming early bird entry.

Sponsors: Title sponsor: Aberdeen Asset Management. Supporting sponsors: Boss Watches, Gill, Isle of Wight Council, Mount Gay Rum and Volvo Car UK. sOcial scene: Every evening is lively with a strong après-sail element. The pubs throughout Cowes overspill onto the streets, while event venues at Cowes Parade, Cowes Yacht Haven and the crew enclosure at Shepards Wharf Marina are vibrant with live music and entertainment. Full details are on the event website from the end of May. tOp tips: Competitors wishing to take advantage of the early-bird discounted entry fee should enter before midnight on Monday May 27. An early-bird booking discount also applies at many of the main Cowes marinas. Discounts are also available with Red Funnel and a number of accommodation agencies before the end of April. Online bookings for spectator boats can be made via the event website from June onwards. Keep track of event plans as they develop on the official website. cOntact: The regatta office, 01983 295744,

Cowes ClassiCs week

July 15-19 Royal London YC, Royal Corinthian YC, Royal Victoria YC, Island SC, Cowes Corinthian SC Overview: Solent racing from Cowes with committee boat starts and three or four race tracks to keep fleets in clear air and water. The event is expecting 120+ entries. racing fOrmat: Mixed: windward-leeward or other laid course and navigation courses. classes: 6mR, 8mR, 12mR, Daring, Sunbeam, Swallow, XOD, Bembridge OD, Bembridge Redwing, Dragon, Yarmouth OD, Loch Long, Mylne OD, all other classic keelboat classes, OGA, Squib, Flying 15, Nicholson 32, classic cruiser/racer/IOR. entry fees: Variable – see NOR. spOnsOrs: The Yachting Studio, Harken UK, Classic Boat, Kendalls Fine Art, Haines Boatyard, Cowes Harbour Commission, Ocean World. sOcial scene: Events every day. cOntact: David Elliott, 020 8971 0177, david.

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Cowes dinghy week & guRnaRd JunioR Regatta

July 27-31 & July 20-21 respectively Gurnard SC, Shore Road, Gurnard, Isle of Wight Overview: Cowes Dinghy week is a friendly but hotly contested regatta sailed in the waters of the western Solent; the junior event has both race and regatta fleets. racing fOrmat: Dinghy Week takes place from Saturday, July 27 to Wednesday, July 31, offering seven races over five days. The under-16s regatta will be held over the weekend immediately preceding, July 20-21, and has a 10-race schedule, with a practice race on the Friday. classes: Variety of dinghies welcome and for junior week, the following classes: Optimist, Pico, RS Feva and Laser 4.7.

mudefoRd week

August 5-11 Mudeford SC, Mudeford, Dorset Overview: Racing in Christchurch Harbour with usually two ‘serious’ races and one fun race each day plus social events. The event is very suitable for novice and family racers as well as top sailors. Racing format: Handicap racing in two fleets, three/two-lap dividing at about PN 1180. classes: Any dinghy PN greater than 1000, but the harbour is shallow and does not suit high performance dinghies. The ideal SH is the Laser or similar PN/size boats. Crewed boats range from Mirror to Laser 2000 size. Juniors welcome in two-lap fleet but may opt to race in three-lap fleet. entry fees: See website. spOnsOrs: Open to offers! sOcial scene: Social events every day of the regatta. Galley available each day. Top tips: Suss out the shallow areas in the harbour before you start racing. cOntact: Mike Roach 01202 477553,

Poole week

August 24-27 Parkstone YC, Poole, Dorset event details: A long established, family friendly regatta with excellent racing in Poole Harbour and Poole Bay for a range of dinghy and keelboat classes. tOp tips: Come and join in the fun at one of the best clubs in the UK that is lucky to sail in one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. Accommodation available locally. See the club website. cOntact: 01202 743610,

SOUTH-WEST Camel week & JunioR Camel week

August 12-17 & July 28-August 1 respectively Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club, Wadebridge, Cornwall Overview: Camel Week is an ever-popular summer fixture offering enjoyable racing and a great family holiday week. In 2012 the regatta attracted 75 dinghies, plus 16 catamarans and 21

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HENRI LLOYD FALMOUTH WEEK 2013 Discover one of the South West’s most exhilarating sailing events, taking place on the best sailing waters of the Cornish Riviera. Join us for friendly racing open to boats of all classes, hosted by a different club each day. Full supporting Shoreside Programme.

NEW FOR THIS YEAR • 3 Day IRC Championship. • Laser 4000 National Championship. • Extra Classes in the Champagne Race.

Sunday 11th to Friday August 16th Dinghy Classes. Sunday 11th to Tuesday 13th IRC Championship. Sunday 11th to Saturday 17th Henri Lloyd Series.


daRtmouth week – PoRt of daRtmouth Royal Regatta

Dinghies August 24-27; Yachts August 29-September 1 Royal Dart YC, Kingswear, Devon; Dartmouth YC; Dittisham SC Overview: Top class regatta with internationally qualified race officers on all courses. Magnificent trophies and prizes. Set in the fantastic River Dart and beautiful Start Bay. A not-to-be-missed experience that many return for year after year. racing fOrmat: Dinghies August 24-27; yacht passage race Torbay to Dartmouth August 28; regatta series races for yachts August 29-September 1. Racing for all classes on three separate courses in Start Bay. classes: All IRC classes, sportsboat class, all-cruiser classes, Squibs, Devon Yawls, keelboat handicap class, dinghy classes including handicap class. entry fees: Same as last year. For details see NOR. spOnsOrs: Henri Lloyd, Bollé, Mount Gay, Sperry Topsider and others. sOcial scene: Too much to list but something for everyone with a promise of the best combination of serious racing and fun ashore. See the websites

for details - for the sailing events and for details of the onshore events, air displays, fireworks, funfair, craft fairs, etc. tOp tips: If you want accommodation ashore book early. All cruisers must have a Byron Handicap rating. cOntact: Secretary on 01803 752496 or regatta chairman Don Campbell on 07791802668; info@

falmouth week

August 11-17 Port of Falmouth Sailing Association: Royal Cornwall YC, St Mawes SC, Flushing SC, Restronguet SC, Helford River SC, Mylor YC Overview: Falmouth’s big week both on and off the water. Enjoy the sun, sea and sailing! racing fOrmat: Racing for five days for dinghies; three day IRC Intensive Championship; seven day Henri Lloyd Regatta for traditional, handicap, IRC and multihull yachts. classes: All. entry fees: £80-£120 depending on class entered. spOnsOrs: Henri Lloyd, Hayes Parsons, Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, A&P Falmouth, Pendennis Shipyard and many others. Social scene: Racing hosted by a different yacht club every day. Live bands in the Events Square every night. tOp tips: Come and experience some of the finest sailing waters in the UK. cOntact:

fowey Royal Regatta

August 18–24 Royal Fowey YC and Fowey Gallants SC, Cornwall Overview: Racing for dinghy, keelboat and cruiser classes. racing fOrmat: Passage races on August 18 and 19 for cruisers then daily racing offshore and in harbour until Friday August 23 for all classes. Dinghy and keelboat classes two races a day and cruisers one a day except Wednesday when there will be two. Children’s racing in Troys and Fowey Rivers on Saturday morning. classes: Cruiser classes IRC and PYS, Falmouth Sunbeams, Troys, Fowey River and dinghy handicap classes PYS up to 1650, Falmouth Working Boats and offshore dayboats, Shrimpers/ Crabbers etc. Five boats or more of same class starting will have their own class results. No

multihulls and no singlehanders. entry fees: Differing depending on type. Notice of Race and entry form published on website in May. spOnsOrs: St Austell Brewery, Knight Frank, plus others. sOcial scene: In conjunction with Fowey Carnival Week. Flora dance, carnival procession, harbour working boat race and Red Arrows on Thursday, crab catching, pasty eating and Town Quay entertainments daily. Raft and gig racing. Not forgetting the locally famous Fowey Town Band! Two firework displays. tOp tips: New to Fowey? Get here early and review dinghy parking arrangements at Caffa Mill, Old Station Park and Penmarlam. For visiting yachts, mooring discounts available for regatta entrants. cOntact: Royal Fowey YC, 01726 833573, honsec@

Plymouth RaCe week

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Shrimpers. Junior Camel Week attracts both novice and experienced sailors aged under-18 and also has a strong social element. entry fees: See website for all entry details. cOntact: 01208 862709, info@rswsc

July 5-8, registration July 4 Royal Western YC, Queen Anne’s Battery, Plymouth Overview: Building on the success of 2011 this is the second edition of this biennial regatta. racing fOrmat: Up to three races per day for all classes. Multiple courses, purposefully laid to suit the different classes. classes: Cruisers/White sail, IRC, PY, sportsboat and MOCRA. The event includes the J/24 national championship. entry fees: £80 to £150 depending on class entered. £50 to £120 before June 1st. spOnsOrs: Atwell Martin, Pantaenius, Jaguar, Toe in the Water, Ullman Sails. sOcial scene: The event coincides with the Plymouth Power and Sail Festival meaning the shore-side events are every bit as good as the sailing. There will be a dedicated, fully licensed race village on the Barbican offering food, live entertainment, trade stands and daily prize givings. There will also be an open-air market consisting of stalls with a maritime theme. Top tips: Enter early to get reduced entry fees.

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August 11-16 Salcombe YC, Cliff Road, Salcombe Overview: A great family week; sandy beaches and competitive sailing combined with the magic of Salcombe! racing fOrmat: One race a day for each class. classes: Fast & Asymmetric Handicap, RS200, Medium Handicap, Enterprise, Larks, Laser (Standard, Radial, 4.7), Topper, Junior Handicap, National Twelve, Salcombe Yawl, Solo and Cruiser Racing. entry fees: £135 spOnsOrs: Henri Lloyd, Jack Wills University Cup sOcial scene: Live music, fleet dinners, Sundowner terrace bar. tOp tips: SYC help you get your trolleys over to Mill Bay so you can enjoy sailing off the beach for

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August 23-28 Babbacombe Corinthian SC, Torquay; Brixham YC, Brixham; Royal Torbay YC, Torquay, Devon Overview: Set against the backdrop of the beautiful English Riviera Geopark, Torbay Week has become one of the premiere sailing regattas in the south-west. Jointly organised and run by the four local sailing and yacht clubs, Torbay Week brings together a wealth of knowledge and expertise resulting in an enjoyable and competitive event open to all types of dinghies and yachts. classes: IRC, cruisers, sportsboats, dayboats, Sonatas and dinghies (including junior classes). entry fees: Free mooring. Fees according to class, see website. spOnsOrs: TBA. sOcial scene: Every evening there are social events at one or more of the host clubs. The regatta coincides with Torbay Royal Regatta with the Red Arrows, fireworks and other entertainments including a large fair during the week. tOp tips: Enter early to get reduced entry fees.

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July 20-28 Port of Plymouth Sailing Association, Plymouth Overview: Port of Plymouth Regatta Week offers superb competitive racing for all classes of dinghies and yachts in Plymouth Sound. racing fOrmat: Yacht regatta July 20-21; evening yacht and dinghy traveller series, July 22-26; dinghy regatta July 27-28. classes: All classes of dinghies and yachts. entry fees: £5-£40 depending on class entered. spOnsOrs: TBA sOcial scene: Evening entertainment, Barbican Jazz Festival. tOp tips: With a spectacular location to watch the racing and evening entertainment and shore side events to match, Plymouth Regatta is the place to be. cOntact: Nick Head, 01752 364508, rnhead@

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dinghies: July 13-14; Keelboats: August 14-18 The Yacht Clubs of Weymouth: Castle Cove SC, The Royal Dorset YC, Royal Naval Sailing Association, Weymouth SC. Overview: The annual Weymouth Regatta is building on the success of recent regattas and expects to see up to 150 dinghies in various classes. The dinghy regatta is keeping to mid-July with fast and slow handicap in addition to a number of invited classes. The keelboat regatta has listened to feedback and moved to mid-August with a five day event including a long distance race as well as round-the-cans racing. The idea is to give competitors the chance to enjoy Weymouth and local attractions whilst providing interesting racing. The Weymouth Keelboat Championships are in partnership with The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust; a share of proceeds from the event will go to this worthwhile charity. racing fOrmat: Dinghies: Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour courses to suit asymmetric and symmetric. Keelboats: Feeder races from Solent and Poole on Tuesday August 13; Wednesday evening race around cans in Portland harbour; Thursday evening race around cans Weymouth Bay; Friday offshore race; Saturday two races around inner cans Weymouth Bay/Portland Harbour; Sunday one race outer cans Weymouth Bay. classes: Dinghies: Laser 2000, OK, Scorpion, Phantom, Cherub, Osprey, RS600 and D-One, Fast and Slow Handicap plus Youth. Keelboats: Squibs, IRC 1, 2 and 3, two PY classes and a gentlemen’s (non spinnaker) class; the regatta includes the Impala nationals. entry fees: To be confirmed. spOnsOrs: Bussells Chandlers, Bartfoot Sails, Portland Marina, Portland Harbour Authority, Dream Cottages, Palmers Brewery. sOcial scene: Dinghies, Saturday evening social; keelboats, socially arranged around Weymouth

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July 21-26 South Caernarvonshire YC, Abersoch, Gwynedd Overview: Abersoch is a thriving coastal village with a fabulous beach; very much a family week, with serious sailing. fOrmat: One race per day, am or pm. Registration Saturday July 20, racing starts Sunday July 21 at 11.00. classes: All classes of dinghies from Optimists to 49ers, Asymmetrics (PYS up to 1010); Mixed dinghies (Fast & Slow PYS Up to 1180); singlehanders. Any fleet of less than 10 boats may be moved to the relevant handicap fleet. entry fees: Check NOR at spOnsOrs: Abersoch Boatyard, Crewsaver, GJW Direct sOcial scene: Full entertainment package included in entry fee. Live music most nights, karaoke and prizegiving, bar and restaurant. tOp tips: Great assortment of accommodation to suit all from camping/caravanning to holiday lets, B&Bs and hotels. cOntact: Sarah Lloyd, dinghy week captain, 07786 515 835,, or Jude, SCYC, 01758 712338,

aBeRsoCh keelBoat week August 19-23 South Caernarvonshire YC, Abersoch Overview: Friendly regatta against the backdrop of the Snowdonia National Park. racing fOrmat: Five-day regatta with mixture of race formats in Tremadoc Bay.

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sOcial scene: Evenings usually take the form of a barbeque, quiz night, pub games, and our fancy dress disco party. Bala itself has pubs, restaurants and cafes. tOp tips: For further details, booking, and information about accommodation go to www. cOntact: June hulse, competition secretary, 0151 608 4885

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August 3-17 The Menai Strait Combined Regattas Committee Overview: All clubs in north Wales and north-west concerned with running races, a different club each day, offering racing in one of the best sailing waters in the UK. Sailing in the famous swellies! And around Puffin Island. racing fOrmat: Classes from offshore to dinghies catered for. Round Anglesey Race for cruisers Saturday August 3; Red Wharf Bay Dinghy Race Sunday August 4; 12 days racing off Beaumaris and also under the famous bridges to Caernarfon. classes: Offshore; Mersey Mylnes; Royal Anglesey Fifes; Menai Straits One Designs; Half Raters; Falcon One Design; National Squib; Conway One Design; Hilbre One Design; Hoylake Opera; West Kirby Star; Handicap dinghies; Optimist. entry fees: As per 2013: Up to July 22: Two weeks/12 days - £120. (Dinghies/Optimists £30 per week; Under 18s £20 per week.) One week/six days: £80; daily rate £15. Late entries after July 22: Two weeks/12 days - £130. (Dinghies/Optimists £35 per week/£6 per day; Under 18s £25 per week/£5 per day). Special rates for any six days!

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Copa del Rey Real Club Nautico de Palma, Palma de Mallorca July 27- August 3 overview: The Copa del Rey is one of the most prestigious regattas in the Mediterranean. In 2012 a fleet of 119 yachts crewed by more than 1,100 sailors competed in the Bay of Palma. Racing format: Three sailing areas, six racing days, windward-leeward. Classes: J/80, Platu 24, Melges 32, X-35, Soto 40, TP52, ORC, IRC. sponsors: Mapfre. social scene: Interesting social programme. Palma is the capital city of the island of Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. top tips: Perfect holiday site for the family and guests whilst the event takes place. Contact: Viviane Mainemare, sports coordinator, 0034 971726848,

kiel week June 22-30 overview: Kieler Woche combines an extensive sailing programme with the largest summer festival in northern Europe, offering a nine-day programme packed with events to entertain three million guests from all over the globe. Racing format: The 131st Kieler Woche expects 5,000 yachtsmen and women from 50 countries, sailing 2,000 yachts, dinghies and boards in almost 40 sailing events. There will be more than 400 planned regatta starts on 11 race courses. Classes: Olympic classes / EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup, June 2226; International Classes, June 27-30 (29er, 420, 505, B/one, Contender, Europe, Flying Dutchman, Folkeboot, Formula 18, H-Boot, Hobie 16, J/24, Laser 4.7, Musto Skiff, Laser Radial (open), OK, Star; Offshore classes & keelboats, June 22-29. entry fees: Details on website. top tips: For NOR, online registration and loads of info visit the website.

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August 12-16 Bala Sailing Club, Llyn Tegid, Bala, Gwynedd, N Wales, LL23 7BS Overview: Bala Sailing Club in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park is once again running its family week, but we have re-named it ‘Bala Race Week’ to better indicate the racing content. It is a combination of racing and social activities which all the family can join in, and for the children we have treasure hunts, games, crafts etc and the always popular bottle-boat race . A perfect way to combine sailing with a relaxing holiday in Wales . racing fOrmat: The day usually starts with a coaching session covering some aspect of tactics, tuning or racing rules and is then followed by up to three handicap races each day. On one day we have a long distance race combining a picnic at the far end of the lake. classes: All boats welcome entry fees: £44 singlehander, £66 doublehander for the week. Juniors 50 per cent of price.

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June 3-9 Le Havre overview: The eighth edition of the number one Channel-based race meet, ‘La Normandy’ as it’s now called, is looking to further consolidate its future as one of Europe’s premier regattas, with its focus on top-level, international racing and sporting quality on the water and social interaction on shore. Highlights this year include the first European J/111 championship and the M34 French Crewed Offshore Racing Championship, hosting France’s top crews, as they prepare for the Tour de France à la Voile. The Trophée Normandie (integrated with the Trophée Manche UNCL) will be the primary draw for the IRC cruiser-racers, while UK entrants will also be making their presence felt in the four IRC categories as ‘La Normandy’ is once again on the RORC programme. Racing format: The event will comprise windward-leeward and coastal courses, along with a long race of around 230 miles for the M34s. Classes: One-Design: J/80, First Class 7.5, M34, J/111; Sportsboats: Open 5.70, Seascape, SB20, Longtze, Open 7.50 ; IRC 1, 2, 3 & 4. entry fees: See NOR on website; include harbour berthing during the event and one week before and after, access to the reserved car parks and to the guest social programme. Enter by May 1 for early bird rate. top tips: Check out special hotel rates for competitors on the website.

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Cruiser Week

June 5-7 Neyland YC, Pembrokeshire racing formaT: Evening racing around the cans, three races, one each evening, starts 1900hrs. Entry fee: £20 for series or £10 per race claSSeS: IRC and PY fleets SponSor: Valero Pembroke Social Scene: Prizegiving and entertainment on Friday June 7. Top TipS: Explore Pembrokeshire’s coast and countryside and the The Haven Waterway’s 26 miles of navigable inland water. conTacT: Gwyn Phillips sec. tel 01646 602050 email

SCOTLAND east Coast sailing Week

August 29-September 1 The Forth Yacht Club Association, based at Port Edgar YC, Edinburgh overview: The East Coast’s premier yachting occasion catering for both the racing enthusiast and family cruiser. racing formaT: Four days of varied racing for all classes. For Divisions 1 and 2 - three days racing

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on Olympic style courses and one long passage race; for the white sail and cruiser classes - three round the island races and one day round the cans, for the Hunter 707 and sportsboat classes four days of windward/leeward races. The Scottish 707 championships will be part of ECSW. claSSeS: Racer cruisers, cruiser-racers, cruisers and sportsboats. enTry feeS: £50 for the White Sail Class, £65 for all other classes. Entry fee to include four days berthing at Port Edgar and craning if required. SponSorS: Stewart Brewing, BP, Port Edgar Watersports Centre, Scottish Canals, The Bosuns Locker and SPRmarine. Social Scene: A full social programme including a beer tasting evening, a Forth cruise and a ceilidh. Top TipS: A chance to sail in the Firth of Forth with the classic Forth bridges backdrop and be within touching distance of the beautiful city of Edinburgh. conTacT: Geoff Bowerman, geoffbowerman@

Findhorn Week

July 22-26 Royal Findhorn YC, Findhorn, Moray overview: Open dinghy racing event taking place

in Findhorn Bay. Separate event for novice racers, on their own course. racing formaT: Two races per day Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Fun race on Wednesday which is not part of the series. Friday, Four Seasons Trophy for the best boats from each class and Best of the Rest race for everyone else. claSSeS: Open to all dinghies and multihulls. Classes for six boats or more, also handicap classes. enTry feeS: Singlehanded £40 (novice £30); doublehanded £50 (novice £40); triplehanded £60. SponSorS: TBA. Social Scene: Large and varied social programme. Events every night and daily fun things for all the family, including a charity triathlon, golf competition, pirate treasure hunt, sandcastle competition and a games day. Top TipS: This is a family week and includes events both afloat and ashore with something for everyone, whether they sail or not. The clubhouse is open to all during the week and welcomes the competitors and their families. Many of our visitors come back year after year and their children are now competing in the week. conTacT: Iona Cornish, 01309674814 or 07729524824;

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May 24-27 Clyde Cruising Club, Suite 101, The Pentagon Centre, 36 Washington Street, Glasgow overview: The Scottish Series for yachts with IRC or CYCA Handicaps together with one-design classes is being organised by the Clyde Cruising Club in co-operation with Tarbert Harbour Authority and Tarbert Enterprise Company. racing formaT: Yachts will be allocated classes and divided into fleets as detailed in the sailing instructions. IRC and CYCA Classes will have up to eight races over four days. One-design classes will have up to 12 races over four days. claSSeS: Yachts with a valid IRC certificate rated to a minimum TCC of 0.850 and minimum SSS of

10; Yachts with a valid CYCA certificate with a handicap range of 5 to 21.5 mins (and from 5 to 19 mins in restricted sail classes); One Designs using the RYA/IRC National Handicap System enTry feeS: £145 to £365 dependant on overall length. SponSorS: Thomas Tunnock Limited, Event Scotland, Argyll & Bute Council, Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited, Highland Spring, Hyde Sails, RYA Scotland, Tarbert Enterprise Company and Tarbert Harbour Authority. Social Scene: A social programme is being arranged at present, details will be uploaded to the website as soon as they are available. Top TipS: Details of local accommodation, restaurants and other facilities are listed on the website. conTacT: The club administrator, 0141 221 2774,

West highland YaChting Week

July 27- August 2 Oban SC, Western Isles SC, Royal Highland YC overview: This historic and unique sailing regatta on the stunning west coast is now in its 66th year, offering a distinctive blend of competitive racing combined with a varied and full programme of family social events. racing formaT: A combination of passage races and round the cans as the regatta moves from Croabh Haven to Oban, then onto Tobermory and finishing at the end of the week back in Oban. Competitors can enter for as many days as they wish. claSSeS: Spinnaker and restricted sail. All entries must have a Clyde Yacht Clubs Association handicap certificate. enTry feeS: Feeder races £25, daily race fees, £35-£50 depending on size of boat; series £175-£250 depending on size of boat. SponSorS: Tunnock’s, Argyll & Bute Council, Crown Estates, Tobermory Whisky. Social Scene: Various on shore activities - see website.

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IRELAND dun laoghaiRe Regatta

July 11-14 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Committee: Dun Laoghaire Motor YC, National YC, Royal Irish YC & Royal St George YC, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Overview: With more than 2,500 sailors and over 400 boats spread across 27 classes, the regatta is the largest in Ireland, yet has the welcoming, friendly atmosphere of a smaller event. This year will be the fifth edition of this event, with four days of great racing in Dublin Bay and Howth. Racing is from Thursday afternoon through to Sunday and so only 1.5 days of holiday are needed. racing fOrmat: Racing will be run by Ireland’s top international and national race officers over eight race course areas in Dublin Bay and Howth. Courses to be sailed may include fixed mark, triangle, trapezoid, windward-leeward and day

inshore courses. Racing runs on Thursday afternoon, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning with classes having between six to 10 races. classes: Cruisers, one-design and Dinghies. Entry fees: IRC 0, IRC 1 - greater than 12m LOA, €550; IRC 0, IRC 1 - less than 12m LOA, €450; IRC 2, Beneteau 31.7, J109, €375; Non-spinnaker, IRC Coastal - greater than 12m LOA , €475; Non-spinnaker, IRC Coastal - less than 12m LOA, €375; IRC 3, €330; Sigma 33, €300; Shipman, Ruffian 23, SB20, Dragon, Glen, Howth 17, RS Elite, Beneteau First 21, €250; Flying Fifteen, Fireball, Mermaid, Squib, IDRA 14, RS200, RS400, Sailfleet J80, €135; Laser Standard, Radial, Water Wag, €90. spOnsOrs: Title: Volvo Car Ireland Ltd/Spirit Motor Group Ltd. Other sponsors include Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Helly Hansen, Dubarry, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co Council, with others to be added in due course. sOcial scene: Fantastic full social programme across all four waterfront yacht clubs: daily prizegivings, drinks promotions, bands till late each night, DJs, games and great selection of themed food. For visiting spouses, the infamous ladies lunches on Saturday July 13. tOp tips: The regatta looks forward to extending a Cead Mile Failte to visiting sailors in July. Contact Ciara Dowling in the event office for competitor rates organised for accommodation

LOOKING AHEAD Hartley Boats, Sunsail and Yachts & Yachting have joined forces to add a new summer race week to the calendar in 2014 with their very own Friends & Family Fun Regatta in Greece. A brilliant value-for-money package includes flights, accommodation, half board, performance seminars and racing – the only downside is that it’s sure to book up fast!

friends & family fun Regatta Hartley Boats / Sunsail / Yachts & Yachting at Vounaki Beach Club, Greece April 27-May 4, 2014 overview: Open regatta in supplied boats with great prizes. Racing format: Daily performance seminars, 2 x day race series Monday-Friday, grand finale regatta on Saturday. Classes eligible: Open to all dinghy sailors – resort boats Wayfarers, Supernovas, Hartley 12 & Hartley 10 will be used during event. entry fees: £399 including flights, accommodation, half board and race entry fee. Option to stay for a second week for just £100 extra. Free rash vest for entries received by June 10, 2013. Entry numbers restricted due to maximum flight capacity. sponsors: Hartley Boats, Sunsail, Yachts & Yachting main sponsors. social scene: Full use of resort facilities throughout the week for sailors and non-sailors, free evening entertainment, welcome drinks and BBQ, prizegiving supper. top tips: Vounaki Beach Club is a full service resort with lots of water and beach toys for all to enjoy, local town, pubs and restaurants a delightful short stroll along the shore, local prices very reasonable, warm sunshine, flat seas and gentle breezes are the norm at this time of year. Contact: Monica Schaefer +353 86 0598576 for event information or to book contact Nicky Foot in Sunsail 08 45 869 5037, news@hartleyboats.,


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and ferry travel to Ireland. If you have not visited Dun Laoghaire before and will be sailing in, make yourself familiar with the harbour and the clubs. All craning and lifting fees included in the entry fee. Organisers will accommodate boats participating in the Lyver Cup Trophy Race for the few days in the run up to the event at no cost. Book accommodation early. cOntact: Ciara Dowling, +353 1 284 1180, sec@


September 13-15, registration September 12 Royal Channel Islands YC, Jersey (organising authority), St Helier YC & St Catherine’s SC Overview: This year sees the 15th edition of the Jersey Regatta, the island’s showpiece event jointly organised by Jersey’s three sailing clubs. The regatta is held in picturesque St Aubin’s Bay extending southwards for cruiser racing, with a lively social programme ashore. racing fOrmat: Cruiser and sportsboat classes will be under the control of one committee boat and the dayboat, dinghy and sport-catamaran classes under another. For cruiser and sportsboat classes, racing starts on the Friday morning with the first of three back-to-back races around Olympic courses and/or ‘round the cans’. For dayboat, dinghy and sport-catamaran classes, racing takes place through Friday afternoon and into the early evening. The programme provides for three back-to-back races for all classes on Saturday and Sunday. classes: Sportsboat - IRC; cruiser-racer - IRC and club handicap; Dayboat; Dinghy - Open (usually split into two classes); Sport-catamaran - F18; Sport-catamaran – Open. entry fees: Sportsboat and cruiser-racer - £60 discounted to £40 for early payment; dayboat, dinghy and sport-catamaran - £30 discounted to £20 for early entry; reduced fees for entrants aged 16 and under. spOnsOrs: UBS in their first year as principal

sponsor; Jersey Marinas; Jersey Tourism. sOcial scene: Thursday September 12 - welcome, registration, briefing and light buffet; Friday commodores’ reception and light buffet; Saturday - regatta party (tickets £15/head) with live band; Sunday – prizegiving, supper and closing speeches. tOp tips: Club facilities open to all visiting yachtsmen. Jersey Marinas provides complementary berthing for entrants during the week of the regatta. Entry fee covers all socials except for the regatta party and includes a welcome drink at each reception. For accommodation visit Jersey Tourism website; early booking strongly recommended. The Jersey International Air Display is scheduled to take place over St Aubin’s Bay on the Thursday. cOntact: Helen Le Marquand, regatta secretary, 00 44 (0) 1534 732229; Bill Harris, regatta chairman and race director, 00 44 (0) 7797 779040;

ISLE OF MAN douglas Regatta & isle of man CRuiseR ChamPionshiP

July 20-21 Douglas Bay YC, The Tongue, Douglas Harbour, Douglas Overview: Two-day regatta in Douglas Bay racing fOrmat: Two classes for cruisers; one-design class for First Class 8s. classes: Cruiser-racers from 20-40ft. First Class 8. entry fees: Free entry! spOnsOrs: Moore Stephens. sOcial scene: Barbeque and party Saturday evening, prize presentation and buffet Sunday afternoon. tOp tips: Get your entry in early to ensure a berth on Friday and Saturday nights. cOntact: Lynne Whelan, club office manager, 01624 673965,,

Jersey in September …. join us for three days of action-packed racing for sportsboat, cruiser, dayboat,

dinghy and sport-catamaran classes. Share the fun and excitement on the water, enjoy the lively social programme ashore and unwind in Jersey’s welcoming and relaxing atmosphere whilst enjoying the many attractions on offer. All this and more with, typically, more sunshine than anywhere else in the British Isles. New to the Regatta? Why not make 2013 the year that you experience the fun and excitement of Jersey’s flagship sailing event? Contact us 00 44 (0) 1534 732229 e-mail: or visit Call 0844 888 5161 for your free pureJersey magazine.

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