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The Regatta, also fondly referred to as ‘The Gaffers’ was held over the 28th and 29th of July.
The Regatta is open to sailing yachts and dinghies. Motor boats are encouraged to participate in the Concours d’Elégance competition. Berthing for all vessels is free from the Friday evening throughout the weekend.
On both days, two races are held each day with a short break in between. Three of the races are an ‘around the cans’ format. All boats use the same start/finish line but, the faster boats start 10 minutes earlier than the smaller and slower ones. They also sail a longer course than the smaller boats to keep the fleet together and add to the atmosphere.
The final race of the weekend will be a short passage race, once again with a shorter course for the smaller boats, with the finish line positioned to allow the boats to head straight into the Club for the grand finale of the weekend, the Presentations.
Whilst all the courses do have upwind legs, the focus is one of close reaching and downwind runs rather than long beats to windward. Each yachts handicap changes after each race based on their performance keeping results close and everyone in the hunt for good placing’s.
On shore the restaurant and bar are open throughout the weekend for Breakfast and Dinner. Packed lunches to take out on the boats are available.
The festivities continue into the evening with live music from six o’clock and dinner by the roaring fire.
Concours d’Elégance judging takes place over the course of the weekend and awards are given out in a number of categories
This is a great weekend for all classic boats, big or small. If your boat dates from or pre 1980 or is a Spirit of Tradition vessel built in the ‘Classic’ style come along for some relaxed social racing and great festivities.