The Regatta, also familiarly referred to as ‘The Gaffers’ was held over the 29th and 30th of July.
The Regatta is open to sailing yachts and dinghies. Motor boats are welcome 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. Saturdays races are an ‘around the cans’ format. All boats use the same start/finish line but, with the faster boats starting 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. Boats are close enough for plenty of crosses and action around the marks.
Sunday first race will be a pursuit race whilst the final race of the weekend will be a short passage race, once again with a shorter course for the smaller boats.
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. This helps to keep results close and everyone in the hunt for good placing’s.
Concours d’Elégance judging takes place over the course of the weekend and awards are given out in a number of categories.
On shore the restaurant and bar are open throughout the weekend for Breakfast and Dinner and packed lunches are available. On both evenings the fire will be roaring and there will be live music on Saturday evening.
This is a great weekend and not just for old gaffers. If your boat dates from or pre 1980 or is a Spirit of Tradition vessel built in the ‘Classic’ style come along for close quarter sailing with “achingly beautiful’ boats and great festivities.