Yacht club ready for East Coast’s only regatta week

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The first three months of the 2016 racing calendar for the Bridlington-based Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club have dampened the spirits in terms of cold, regular downpours and high winds.

So with the advent of much warmer weather during the past two weeks, members and visitors are looking forward to the club’s 159th annual Regatta which offers a full week’s racing in probably the best bay for it on the entire east coast.

The week-long programme begins at 12.40pm on Saturday with the Fleet Review taken by the town’s mayor, Coun Liam Dealtry, and principal flag officers of the club. This event is closely followed by the Ladies and Cadet races.

Sunday heralds the customary competitive class racing, with a total of 12 races being staged through to Friday.

Four classes of fixed keel yachts will be set courses within Bridlington Bay from the race team aboard the committee boat anchored out.

The sole exception will be on the Friday when the Cruiser classes compete in a coastal race which generally takes boats around Flamborough Head to the Bell Buoy off Filey Brigg and back.

Four types or classes of yacht will be in action in the bay, the first to come under the race officer’s control will be the National Squib – easily detected by their tan-coloured sails.

These boats will be followed after an interval of five minutes by the Yorkshire One Design, a special class of day-boat specifically designed and built for racing from Bridlington as long ago as 1898.

Third off will be the Contessa 26 Cruiser class and finally the larger Handicap Cruiser class.

Competing with yachts of the RYYC in the large Cruiser A class will be three visiting boats from the Whitby, Scarborough and Grimsby & Cleethorpes clubs.

Social events have been planned each evening to mitigate the effects of strenuous sailing and Regatta Week concludes on Saturday, August 6, with racing for the Guy Shackles trophy.

This is just one of some 30 trophies awarded to the most successful yachts in their class overall during the week, although individual place prizes are also awarded each day.

The club thanked sponsors of the week’s racing, as well as to those who give their time to ensure that the only full week’s racing on this coast, can take place.