Handicap cruiser racing off Southend Pier, starting and finishing from the Leigh Buoy. Entry open to all bona fide cruising yachts. Entry form and race instructions can be downloaded from www.benfleetyachtclub.org
Entries to be received by Wednesday 12 July. Entry Fee £5.
Course: Start at the Leigh Buoy, West Shoebury, Nore Swatch, Mid Swatch, Leigh Buoy, West Shoebury, Leigh Buoy, Mid Swatch, Nore Swatch, West Shoebury, Finish at the Leigh Buoy
For further information please contact Rob Scriven, rscriven(at)btopenworld.com
Photo Wil Pretty
The annual Nore Race was held on Sunday, organised by Benfleet Yacht Club. The 17 nautical mile course in the Thames Estuary attracted a hundred sailing dinghies and cruisers, including multihulls, many from the Medway and Swale.
Concern is growing for a missing sailor after a 12 ft catamaran was found drifting in the Thames Estuary on Saturday. The white New Cat 12 was discovered 27 miles north east of the North Foreland at about 8 pm with no one on board. Coastguards found a black North Face rucksack on board containing items of clothing, maps and a small quantity of cash, but no clue to identity. It has now been towed into Ramsgate Harbour. If you have any information please call 101 for Kent Police and quote reference 26-1235. Read more at Kent Online.
Photo Wil Pretty
Hoo Ness Yacht Club is unusual on the Medway in having several multhulls in its racing fleet. The photo shows Telstar trimaran Sputnik, skippered by Bryan Wright, taking new club members for an introductory sail.
The annual Round the Island Race, hosted by the Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club, is the longest dinghy and board race in Europe. For more details click here.