Yacht club ready for start of annual regatta

Action from last year's regatta
Action from last year's regatta

The Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club’s 157th annual regatta gets underway in Bridlington bay on Saturday morning.

There will be racing for four classes of yacht throughout the week - Class B Cruisers, National Squibs, Yorkshire One Designs and Contessa 26’s.

A small number of visiting yachts from clubs along the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire coast have entered for the racing, alongside local crews.

Events start on Saturday at 8:30am with the fleet review, started by the town’s mayor and conducted by the flag officers. This will be followed by the traditional ladies’ race as well as a cadet race – for helms under 21 years of age.

The real focus of helmsmen and crew will be on an intensive programme of class racing from Sunday morning through to Friday afternoon where boats are challenged to participate in courses around the bay.

Weather conditions permitting, the Cruiser and Contessa 26 yachts are scheduled to have a coastal race on the Sunday.

A full programme of evening social events has been organised throughout the week, in support of and as a diversion to the racing. A magnificent array of silver trophies will be presented to the victors at the regatta prize-giving event on the Friday evening.

On Saturday 9 August, the Guy Shackles Race takes place for a splendid silver tray in memory of a former stalwart sailing member of the club and this will round off a strenuous and fulfilling week of activities.

The RYYC thanked all its sponsors of the week’s racing whose generosity facilitates, amongst other things, a very high standard of prizes.

The main sailing Dinghy Regatta is being staged at Blyth Park in Wilsthorpe across the August Bank Holiday weekend from 23 to 25 August.

Races will be held in three classes and the Saturday will see the start of the Catapult National Championships in the bay in tandem with racing for a monohull handicap class and also the Dart 18 catamarans.