This page list all racing events at the Club, some of which are open events and we welcome non members to join us for these!
Short Sharp Series Report, 9th April 2017
The spring series kicked off with summer like conditions and an initially gentle F2 over the last hour of the flood
tide. Eighteen dinghies raced with five races completed before the strengthening ebb tide, a stronger wind
and the call of lunch halted proceedings.
The Laser fleet started first and Graham Ireland looked to be in his usual form as he led the fleet round the first
lap of the windward leeward course. Behind him a minor bump slowed Ed Harrison in his eventual pursuit
of second place with Pete Richardson completing the podium. Ed stepped up as gear as Graham faltered in
the next three races and collected three bullets to secure the series. Behind Pete Richardson was consistent
in third with Graham and Will Finch picking up the second places. Pete led the final race for a comfortable
win with Will again taking second. This left a tie break between Graham and Pete for second overall with
Graham’s second places putting him ahead.
In the Handicap fleet the overall battle was very close with the Wayfarer of Christophe Speirs and Giles Wright scoring
equal results with the RS Feva of Issy Taylor-Jones and Will Carron. The Wayfarer won the last race and
the overall series. The handicap fleet earned the only general recall of the day in race 3 after the tide
change caused a large number of over eager starters. As a result the “I’ flag was used for the last two
races with a significant improvement in behaviour. Behind them the RS400 of Bob and Amanda Portway sailed
clear in most races but only secured second places on handicap in the triangle courses.
Tera Open 30 April 2017
We are hosting a Tera Open at RHYC again this year. Bookings can be made through the Tera booking system if registered
, if you are not registered please email email@example.com with your child's name,
DOB, parents email details, sail number and rig. A login will then be created.
A coaching day is also planned for the Saturday and can be booked through the same login.
Topper Open 14 May 2017
We hope that you can join us for this annual event. Both members and non-members are welcome!
We ask that booking and payment is made online
for this. However, we do need to receive
a copy of the Entry Form as this is a junior class.
A coaching day is also planned for the Saturday and can be booked through the Topper website www.itca-gbr.co.uk
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Smugglers Trophy (Open Event), 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!
Ajax National Championships (Open Event), 16 - 18 June 2017
Ajax East Coast Championship Report 2016
A small fleet of just seven boats assembled for the 2016 East Coast championships, but all the main contenders were
present including ten first three boats in the Royal Harwich Yacht Club's Spring series and the winner of the
Prosser Plate, sailed the previous weekend.
For the first race a late wind shift meant there was a long drag race on starboard to the windward mark with John
Williams in Thunderer just able to hold off Mike Clayton in Polly Oliver to round first. A spinnaker twist for
Polly Oliver allowed Thunderer to get clear and Richard Burnford in Widgeon and James Skellorn in Pegasus also
came through. On the second lap Polly Oliver was able to recover and Widgeon held off Pegasus to finish third.
Race 2 was an Olympic course with a triangle first followed by a windward leeward leg. Again Thunderer had a good
start, but so did Pegasus and these two were close together at the windward mark. With a rainstorm approaching
the fleet we to experience a 150 degree wind shift on the first reach with the timing of the gybe crucial for
some. What should have been the second reaching leg now became a beat with squalls and rain both lashing the
fleet. Thunderer held the lead but lost out on the next leg when Pegasus flew their spinnaker. At the former
windward mark Thunderer was able to duck inside Pegasus having dropped their spinnaker early and in a dying wind
they held on for the win. Gordon Sutton in Telamon completed the top three and with more thunder and rain threatening
the fleet were towed back to Shotley marina for the night.
Sunday was more promising with the Williams crew in Thunderer looking very strong. In the first race with a F3 from
the west most boats started at the up-tide Committee Boat end of the line with Polly Oliver alone at the pin
end. With the left side favoured Polly Oliver lead round the windward mark but Spinnaker problems allowed Telamon
and Thunderer to catch up. By the final mark Telamon had a narrow lead with Polly Oliver and Thunderer behind
for the short beat to the finish line. With Polly Oliver taking off Telamon covered and allowed Thunderer to
catch the on starboard just short of the line. Telamon opted to tack and Polly Oliver to duck, and all three
crossed the line almost simultaneously. With the race officer declaring the order as Thunderer, Polly Oliver
before Telamon things were looking good for Thunderer.
Race 3 was started quickly with another Olympic course. Thunderer and Polly Oliver were both called over and returned
along with Widgeon. This allowed David Mayne in Guillemot to lead around the windward mark followed by Pegasus.
Behind them Polly Oliver had sailed a storming first beat to round in third place. Pegasus overtook Guillemot
on the first reach and led up the next beat. At the windward mark most boats needed to gybe to set their spinnakers,
except for Polly Oliver who was able to escape into a small lead that they held to the finish. With Thunderer
only able to recover to 6th there was scope for an upset.
The final race started cleanly at the second attempt with most boats opting to go to the previously favoured left
side. Polly Oliver sailed a more middle route to a comfortable lead at the first mark and went on to win. Behind
here Thunderer's downwind speed was enough to pull them through to second place and an overall win by just one
point from Polly Oliver. Behind these two the consistent Telamon, with four third places was beaten on the tie
break by Pegasus with their two second places.
In the third race Polly Oliver and Telamon went left in a stronger breeze to build a clear lead. Polly Oliver won
from Telamon with Thunderer third from Atalanta. Overnight Thunderer led on points.
Saturday started with a light westerly breeze. Race Officer Doug Brown got the fleet away early. After a long
starboard tack in which they were lifted towards the mark, Guillemot and Pegasus were leading in a fitful breeze.
Guillemot pulled clear, but boats inshore were holding the shore breeze and boats offshore picked up the sea
breeze and were approaching under spinnaker. At this point the weather mark was moved closer to the fleet in
a well intentioned plan to get a result. Guillemot won, but in a claim for redress the race was subsequently
ruled null and void.
For race five the sea breeze held, and in a good breeze, Thunderer won from Atalanta with Telamon third and Indefatigable
fourth. In the same conditions for race six, Atalanta and Pegasus contested the lead. On both beats Atalanta
judged the laylines more accurately to win from Pegasus with Polly Oliver third and Indefatigable fourth. At
the end of Saturday, Thunderer still led by one point from Atalanta.
Sunday brought grey overcast conditions and a fresh southwesterly. On a triangle sausage course Atalanta led the
way right up the beat, with Polly Oliver and Teal chasing hard. Thunderer was some way back. Knowing they had
to beat Atalanta, they went left on the second beat, but it did not pay off. Indefatigable came through to third
on the second beat. Atalanta won from Polly Oliver with Indefatigable third and Pegasus fourth.
In the final race Atalanta sailed away to a clear win from Polly Oliver second, Teal third and Telamon fourth. Overall
Atalanta won comfortably, having won the last three races. Thunderer was second, Polly Oliver third and Pegasus
18-30 Regatta (Open Event), 14-16 July 2017
The 18-30 Regatta (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 (Open Event), 12 and 13 August 2017
Sunk and Bell Race, 30 September 2017
Laser and Solo Open, Saturday 7 October 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 Open 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!