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Marina celebrates 10 years at weekend regatta event In a weekend that promises fun for sailing enthusiasts and land-lubbers alike, Milford Marina is hosting the Martha’s Cup Regatta this weekend (Fri 6-Sun 8 July 2001). The regatta is to celebrate the marina’s 10th anniversary with an action-packed programme of entertainment and quality racing aimed at building on the marina’s reputation as a superb venue for pleasure boats. One of the organisers Margaret Roblin, of Martha’s Vineyard told the Telegraph: “We’ve all been delighted with the support and encouragement we’ve had since deciding to hold the regatta. “Local business have sponsored the prizes, it should be a great weekend come rain or shine, although obviously we are hoping for good sailing weather!” Five classic lifeboats are also due to make an appearance and will be available for viewing throughout the weekend at the mackerel stage. The RNLI is also releasing 500 sponsored balloons on Sunday evening. Tickets are available from the RNLI for £1. Businesses based in the marina have joined together to offer a variety of events throughout the weekend in what is hoped will become an annual event. On Friday, racing boats will be arriving in the marina for an evening of entertainment. Martha’s Vineyard, the restaurant and bar at the marina, will have live music from 7pm. There will also be live music at the Griffin Inn in Dale. Races around the islands begin on Saturday at 9am with round the Cans races on Sunday at 9.55am and 1.55pm followed by a prize-giving ceremony by Merv Owens, internationally famed for designing Ellen McArthur’s Kingfisher, followed by a pigroast at Martha’s Vineyard at 6pm. The entry fee for the whole weekend is £25 and there’s over £1,500 of cash prizes and beautiful cups up for grabs. Classes for IRC and PY yachts (gentlemen’s racing and sports boats), inshore and offshore courses and free berthing are on offer as well as a weekend of free land-based entertainment in and around the marina. Martha’s Cup Regatta is organised by Pembrokeshire Cruiser Racing Club. All enquiries to: Martha’s Cup Regatta, Milford Yacht Brokerage, Milford Marina, Milford Haven, Pembs tel: 01646 695949 fax 01646 698143 e-mail: Website: mf

Programme: Friday 6th July Racing boats and arrive at marina Classic lifeboats arrive at Mackeral stage Martha's Vineyard:

Live Music

Griffin Inn:

Live Music

from 19.00

Saturday 7th July The Islands Races:

warning signals for first start is at 09.00

Pembrokeshire Yacht Club: Live Band Griffin Inn:

Live Music

Sunday 8th July Round the Cans Races:

warning signals for first start is at 09.55 & 13.55

Martha's Vineyard:

Live Music

RNLI Sponsored balloons release Regatta prize giving Pig Roast


16.00 - 18.00 on the balcony: Caryl Caffrey and John Rodge Followed by members of the Thirkettle music family of Broadhaven 19.00 on the balcony 19.00 by Merv Owens, Designer of Ellen MacArthur's Kingfisher 18.00 - 21.30

Prizes Prizes will be awarded for each race in each class and each division. The number of prizes will depend on the number of entries. The Martha's Cup will be awarded to the winner of each division. Prize money totalling £1500 is to be presented with all divisions being treated equally. Martha's cup winners will also receive £60; reducing cash prizes have been allocated down to 6th place. The winner of the Island Race will receive £40 with reducing prizes down to 4th place. For the "Round the Cans" races, the winner of each race will receive £40 with reducing prizes down to 4th place. A full schedule of prizes will be posted on the Regatta Notice Board. There will be a prize for the best-presented yacht, amongst other prizes. Prizes will be presented at 7pm on Sunday at Martha’s Vineyard restaurant.


Rules The event will be sailed under the Racing Rules of Sailing 2001 - 2004 (RRS), the prescriptions of the RYA, the class rules of the IRC and Portsmouth Yardstick (YR2). Entries: Martha's Cup Regatta will provide racing for IRC and PYS (Portsmouth Yardstick) rated yachts. There will be Fast and Slow divisions in each class. The division between the Fast and Slow divisions will depend on the entries received. The Race Committee reserves the right to refuse any entry and/or ask any yacht to complete further undertakings or declarations before accepting their entry. Schedule of Races: Saturday 7th July: The Islands Race. Warning Signal for the first start will be at 09:00 hrs. Starts to be at 5-minute intervals. (ORC) Category 3: Races across open water, most of which is relatively protected or close to shorelines, including races for small yachts. Sunday 8th July: Two "Round the Cans" races. Warning Signals for first starts will be at 09:55 and 13:55. Starts to be at 5-minute intervals. The Race Committee reserves the right to amend the schedule of races in the light of weather conditions. (ORC) Category 4: Short races close to shore in relatively warm or protected waters normally held in daylight. Eligibility: Yachts entering for the offshore Islands race must comply with Offshore Racing Council (ORC) Category 3 safety requirements. Those entering for the "Round the Cans" races must comply with ORC Category 4 safety requirements. Scoring System: The Low Points scoring system described in Appendix A" of the RRS will apply. Points earned on Saturday 7th July will count the same as those for both races on Sunday 8th July. All races to count towards Martha's Cup winners. Sailing Instructions: Sailing Instructions will be available for each competitor at registration on Friday 6th July. Entry and Registration: All entries must be made on the prescribed form and accompanied by the correct fee no later than 20:00 Friday 6th July 2001. Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Race Committee. Rating and Handicaps: A copy of the valid and current IRC rating certificate must accompany the race entry form for a yacht to be eligible to race in IRC classes. The Race Committee reserves the right to determine and/or modify the Portsmouth Yardstick number for a particular yacht at any time. mf

Responsibility and Insurance: The safety of a yacht and its entire management, including insurance, shall be the sole responsibility of the owner/skipper. The organisers shall not be liable for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, howsoever caused, to the owner, his skipper and his crew as a result of their taking part in the Martha's Cup Regatta. Every owner/skipper warrants the suitability of his/her yacht for the regatta. Yachts shall carry adequate insurance for third party and passenger liability. Safety: The Race Committee reserves the right to inspect any yacht to verify that the regulations have been complied with. Safety Equipment Advisors, on behalf of the Race Committee, will carry out any inspections. All One-Design and other classes shall comply with their class rules. Marina Berths: Free berthing in Milford Marina has been arranged for all yachts entering the Martha's Regatta for Friday 6th July to Sunday 8th July. Sponsors: Carlsberg Tetley, Milford Docks Co, Milford Marina, Martha's Vineyard Bar & Restaurant, Milford yacht Brokerage (Boatshed), PCRC (Pembrokeshire Cruiser Racing Club), Westfleet, Bosun’s Locker Chandlery and CafÊ. Milford Fish Auction Brescot Seafoods The Walters Group The Sewin Restaurant Dr & Mrs Gerald Leighton Davies Stephen Ratsey Sails Consort Equipment Products Ltd Lyndhurst House Cuisine Direct Dyfed Electronics Ends Copy from Sarah Hoss Additional contact: Neil Chapman at Milford Yacht Brokerage Pix available

Regatta at Milford Marina 2001  

Newspaper artilce re the Milford Regatta 2001 By Sarah Hoss