Club Racing Events

Scatter Race, 28th May 2017

Scatter Race Report, 5 June 2016

in 2016, this “fun” race was held on a fine day, and was attended by a good fleet of 17 boats, which included seven different classes of dinghy. Please note the date of this year’s event, Sunday 28th May, and do join us to help make up an even bigger fleet than ever before. 

Any class of dinghy will be welcomed, as will helms of any experience, as encouragement will always be offered by our more experienced crews.

Starting time is 12.45 so with High Water due at 14.38 there should be plenty of water on the slipway both before, and after the race. This timing should also ensure that all the scheduled marks available to be rounded will have sufficient depth of water.  The simple rules for this race are outlined clearly in the Notice of Race, and all the available marks are scheduled, together with a map of the river.

Derek and Marilyn Lyne, Race Officers,  01473 828420 email:

Smugglers Trophy, 10 and 11 June 2017

Smugglers Trophy Report, 11 and 12 June 2016

The Wayfarer Eastern Championships were held in 2016 at the RHYC as part of the 'Smuggler's Trophy' weekend which the RHYC held for the first time in 2015, a multi-class event aiming to bring together competitive sailors from across the UK for 2 days of top level racing.  This year the RHYC improved on the original format and introduced 2 separate race courses on different areas of the River Orwell to help reduce waiting times between starts for the four fleets. 

11 Wayfarers were mulling over the early week gusting 40k forecast under overcast skies, which seemed misleading standing on the sheltered shore, as did the immediate morning forecast of a mere 25 knots, but they were quickly disabused of such impertinence as soon as they launched from the slipway after the 10 o’clock briefing.  It soon became apparent that they had a day of fickle, shifty and very gusty breezes ahead of them, the southerly wind fanning and deviating through the tree-cloaked south shore. 

The first race was a classic triangle sausage course, with a short start line – and as is often then case with sailors coming to terms with new conditions on unfamiliar waters, the first start was chaotic with Christophe Spiers in Betty Blue (sailing under sail number 2773) making a clean break and getting to the windward mark first.  There was an early capsize, with Ben Davies (sailing with Olivia in 11119) sailing his new Wayfarer competitively for the first time, falling out of his boat after missing the toe straps!  The race quickly settled, with Neil Collingridge and Anne Spalding (10995) asserting themselves and taking the lead on the first reach.  The race was panning out well, but on the last reaching lap, the wind started gusting strongly, with Ian Richards and crew taking an early bath, followed quickly by Christophe and Belinda – both with spinnakers in full flight, followed by Joe Caston and Joel Snape on the windward leg whilst lying in a strong position.  The race finished with Neil Collingridge and Anne Spalding of Waldringfield in first, with Len Jones and Jamie (11067) in second and Roger Challis and Mark Johnson (10992) in 3rd, Brian Lamb and Ian Pygall  coming in 4th (10934).
It was pretty exhausting stuff, and Race 2 started in the same manner, with lots of places gained and lost on the first beat, with some serious shifts and then big holes on the approach to the windward mark (another triangle sausage course) – the familiar leaders established themselves with the Roger Challis and Neil Collingridge fighting for honours, both Waldringfield sailors shaking themselves down with the Worlds on the horizon.  The top four, including Brian Lamb and Len Jones, established some serious daylight and finished some way ahead of the chasing pack, with Roger pipping Neil for honours after Neil had ambitiously tried to hold down his kite on a windy reach for too long when Roger had the good sense to dump his quickly.

Race 3 was another good competitive start with the fleet much closer together for the whole race, everyone having got used to the conditions and the yo-yoing in and out of the boats as the wind veered, gusted and then dropped for long periods.  Neil and Anne got trapped on the start line, snagging the anchor chain on the committee boat and having to round and re-cross the line last, only to pick up a huge lift at the windward mark that saw them overtake the whole fleet to then power away on the spinnaker reach not to be challenged again. The wind being what it was, it was debatable whether the spinnakers had much effect, with many boats choosing not to deploy them - with Christophe and Belinda overtaking three spinnaker flying boats under white sails only.  The race finished with Neil Collingridge in first place, followed by Roger Challis and Len Jones.

Sunday morning started warm and calm and became even calmer, so the end of the previous day’s standings were to remain as the final results (Neil Collingridge, Roger Challis and Len Jones 1st, 2nd and 3rd) and Liz Feibusch as the winning lady - with sadly no racing on the Sunday other than the early morning Pursuit Race.  This was a staggered start followed by a great and general mass drift involving all the classes involved in the Smuggler’s weekend (Phantoms, N12’s, Wayfarers and Handicap fleet) over a set channel course, with a large percentage of boats going over the line backwards, including Giles Wright in Woodie 452, who was first Wayfarer over the line. Lots of different approaches were attempted to beat the tide, with varying degrees of success (I’m sure a few paddles were secretly deployed). Len Jones proudly held up the Wayfarer flag and finished joint first with a N12, some feat considering the relative boat weights and vagaries of both wind and tide and the 47 entrants! 

Many thanks to the Royal Harwich Yacht Club for what was a fantastic sailing event despite the lack of Sunday wind – the two ROs (Gordon Sutton and Tim Archer) did a terrific job of setting courses and reducing drifting time between races, whilst the club dealt with the sailor numbers with aplomb, serving up a Smuggler’s menu (pies and the like), hosting a Happy Hour and a Quiz (won by the Phantom fleet…) and managing to get 47 boats off the slipways with relative serenity, it really is a lovely place to sail.  To be repeated next year! 

18-30 Regatta, 14-16 July 2017

The 18-30 Race Week is (as the name suggests!) aimed at those aged between 18 and 30 years old. Conceived as the next step for those who have found themselves too old for junior race weeks, but still wanting to race, the event has become a highlight of the east coast racing and social calendars. With competitive dinghy racing and a series of lively evening socials this is not a week to be missed!

Regatta, 12 and 13 August 2017

Sunk and Bell Race, 30 September 2017

All in Race, 22 October 2017 

This is a fun race for all the sailors of the club. It is a pursuit race and takes all pressure off start lines.  It is a charity day on behalf of the RNLI and we would like to see a donation from each competitor of £5 and if you can afford more, it would be much appreciated.

Boxing Day Race, 2017

Racing Starts at 1200.  Come and race or watch from the shore!

Winter Series Open 

We hope that you can join us for 2017!