Racing Events

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 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

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 (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 fourth.

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!