National champions to compete in Brid

The East Coast Championships are coming to Bridlington
The East Coast Championships are coming to Bridlington

Next weekend is set to be a busy one for Bridlington, as it prepares to host two major national sporting events.

While the Tour de Yorkshire has been attracting all the attention, the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club will be hosting the East Coast Championships for the National Squib Class of yacht.

This national event guarantees competitive action and colour in Bridlington Bay as these small, fixed keel boats are extremely popular and are distinguished by their tan-coloured sails.

It is anticipated that some 20 visiting boats will arrive by road on the Friday from as far afield as the Isle of Wight and Anglesey.

Joining local yachtsmen will be seven Nationals winners – one of whom is an eight-time champion, four Inland winners, together with previous winners of other boat classes: Enterprise, Melges, Laser, Wayfarer and Hornet World Championships.

In addition there will be two Overall Cowes Week White Group winners competing.

The Squib class boats were designed in 1967 and this will be the third time the RYYC will have run the East Coasts, which represent a prestigious event for the club as it is one of eight Open events to qualify for the Travellers Series, which includes the class Nationals at Howth YC in Dublin and the Inlands at Rutland SC later in the year.

Bridlington Harbour Commissioners have combined with RYYC in holding this event by providing cranage for the boats, mooring on pontoon berths as well as storage of trailers. Club officials said their cooperation and sponsorship has been vital to ensure the success of the weekend.

Sponsorship has been offered by Bridlington Town Council, Yips Chinese Restaurant, Brass Castle Brewery, Harken, Hyde Sails and Batt Sails and RYYC members Tony Saltonstall, Tim and Lynne Jones and Gerard Dyson.