It’s Regatta week

THE 154th Annual Regatta is being held by the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club in Bridlington from Saturday.

There will be racing for five classes of yachts throughout the week, including prizes awarded for a new class of ‘Sports Boat’. The club anticipates that a number of visiting yachts from clubs along the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire coast will be entering.

Events commence on Saturday, with the fleet review conducted by the flag officers, taking place in the harbour at 9am. 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 Friday.

In tandem with the keelboat racing, the RYYC Dinghy Section is organising a series of evening races from their base at Blyth Park in which their ‘Dart 18’s’, as well as some monohulls, will be participating.

A full programme of evening social events has been organised throughout the week in support of the racing. A magnificent array of silver trophies will be presented to the victors at prizegiving on the Friday evening.

Events at sea conclude a week on Saturday with the Guy Shackles Race in memory of a stalwart and very experienced former member of the club. The Regatta Ball being held at the Spa on Saturday evening brings to an end what is usually a strenuous and fulfilling week of activities.

The main sailing dinghy regatta is being staged at Blyth Park across the August Bank Holiday weekend from August 27-29.

That Saturday witnesses the start of the ‘Catapult’ National Championships in the bay as well as a fun day event

The RYYC thank the regatta week’s sponsors for a very high standard of prizes.