Regatta promises a week of great racing

Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club regatta
Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club regatta

The Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club’s annual regatta gets underway on Saturday, kicking off with the traditional fleet review.

Bridlington hosts the only remaining week-long regatta on the East Coast and this is the 158th year the event has taken place.

Racing begins at 10am on Saturday, with five classes involved, alongside the ladies and cadets races which are held simultaneously.

That begins eight days of competitive racing on a variety of courses in and around Bridlington Bay, and the programme features two races for all classes on each day from Sunday to Friday, except for one coastal race held next Friday for the larger yachts.

A number of visiting yachts from clubs along the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire coast have entered the races.

It is anticipated that there will be two classes for the larger Cruiser type of boat whereas ‘one-design’ racing comprises three different classes - the National Squib, the Yorkshire One Design and the Contessa 26.

Individual place prizes are awarded each day, but skippers and crews of the yachts will have their eyes on winning one or more of the club’s magnificent silver trophies which are presented at the prize-giving evening held on Friday.

The final Guy Shackles Race is planned for Saturday, August 15, rounds off a physically hectic week, with its prize - a splendid silver tray in memory of a former member of the club.

Once again the RYYC would like to express its gratitude to the sponsors of the week’s racing, especially East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the lead sponsor, for facilitating the high standard of prizes awarded each day.

The club’s thanks are also extended to the principal race officer, Peter Crooks, and his team aboard the committee boat.