Club set for regatta week

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One of the longest-running fixtures in Bridlington’s sporting calendar takes pride of place in the bay next week.

The Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club’s 156th annual regatta begins on Saturday and will see eight days of racing which, weather permitting, will provide a great spectacle for those on the shore.

Racing will take place in a number of classes, including International Contessa 26, Squibs, Yorkshire One Designs and Cruisers, on a variety of courses in and around Bridlington Bay.

Because of the tide times, the majority of this year’s races will be held in the afternoon,

Regatta week begins with the traditional fleet review, which takes place at 2pm on Saturday and sees the Norman Cooke Cup presented for the smartest vessel and crew.

The action begins that afternoon with a ladies’ race and the Cadet race for the George and Margaret Clark Bowl.

There are two races in each class every day between Sunday and Thursday, and Friday sees three races in the Squib and YOD classes, as well as the coastal race for the other boats.

On the final Saturday, the traditional finale, the Guy Shackles Race gets underway at 7.30am.

Back on dry land, there is the usual packed social programme in the evenings.

A champagne cruise is planned for the opening night, with a cocktail party on the Tuesday and the big regatta party on the Wednesday evening.

All the week’s winners will be honoured at the prize-giving on the Friday evening.

Regatta week is not the only major event for the RYYC during August, as it holds its dinghy regatta over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of the month.That features nine races over three days in a number of classes.