The Swale Regatta website is now working. Details are also on our calendar.
Peel Ports has published an Updated List of Events of which they have been notified. Clubs and Organisations are obliged to notify Peel Ports of organised events taking place on the river such as races and regattas. From this list it would seem that only two or three clubs have done so.
Also, please remember that your club may borrow the two inflatable MSBA race marks (see photo) for races or other events.
If you’d like to become a race officer for your club, here is your chance. The two day course covers all aspects of race management from course laying, timing, starting and finishing sequences together with protest procedures and all subjects within the RYA race management guide.
For cruiser racers including gaffers, a date for your diary. See event calendar for details. This will be the 50th consecutive year of the annual Royal Engineer Yacht Club race to win 1 of 2 remaining original pewter tankards which were awarded as prizes to the crew of the cutter Mary which won an annual race from Gillingham Creek to Sheerness and back with 3 other REYC yachts on 16 May 1864.
The REYC invites all MSBA monohull yachts to join the Mary Cup race on 20 September, start 10:00 at MCC Gillingham line. No entry fee. For further info, email Ken Gorton reycchathamharbourmaster (at) hotmail.co.uk
We are invited to participate in a series of five races for monohull sailing cruisers:
Sunday 27 April 2014, First Race 10.00
Sunday 11 May 2014
- Sunday 18 May 2014
- Sunday 8 June 2014, Last race followed by lunch and prize giving at MYC
A short five race series, boats’ four best results to count. Races are started from a committee boat normally located in or near Gillingham Reach. The first start each day is at 10.00. Races are short in-river races designed to get you back in the bar around lunch time. Racing is handicapped so everybody has a chance to win. You do not need a rating.
RYA National Handicap for Cruisers (NHC)
Racing will be under IRC (if you have a current rating certificate) or the RYA NHC system. You do not need to have your boat or sails measured or weighed. Look up your boat’s base handicap on the RYA list on line and this will be automatically adjusted race by race in line with your performance.
- Complete and submit a Race Entry Form prior to the first race you enter
- Pay £25 race entry fee for the series (£15 for individual races)
- Have adequate third party insurance
- Turn up and have fun
Full details can be found in the official Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions www.medwayyachtclub.com or by contacting Medway Yacht club by email firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01634 718399.
As participants in an open event you and your crew are invited to join us in the bar at MYC (food available) after each race and for the prize giving lunch following the last race.
NHC replaces PY racing for Cruisers. NHC aims to promote a single National Handicap scheme for Cruisers, giving clubs a uniform scheme that can be easily adopted for their racing. NHC hopes to promote participation in the sport and works alongside IRC.
The RYA holds regional talks and presentations for its affiliated clubs to explain in depth the ins and outs of NHC along with giving specific examples of how the scheme should work for clubs in that region. This also gives club officers and members the chance to get their questions answered face to face.
Friday 4th April, 8pm (2-course supper 7pm, cost approx. £10)
Medway Yacht Club, Lower Upnor, Kent, ME2 4XB
Booking via MYC office 01634 718399
Both supper and the talk are open to members of MYC and other yacht clubs interested in cruiser racing. If you cannot make supper come for the talk anyway.