Sunk and Bell Trophy - 5th October
A a one day sailing event for members, starting just inside the Harwich Breakwater. Its a perfect opportunity to have a go at racing, simply choose your fleet:
Sunk - Spinnakers
Bell - White Sail
Please register to interest to race before 1200, Friday 4th October: www.royalharwichyachtclub.co.uk/events
Sunk and Bell Sailing Instructions
Yacht Racing in the RHYC Diary
More information can be found on yacht racing by clicking on the two links below:
Yacht Racing – Mid Season Review
Interest in yacht racing at the club continues to grow, with 9 club boats competing in this year’s Combined Club series,
3 boats in the Haven Series, and 4 in Felixstowe Regatta. Several of these boats have also been active in the Haven Offshore
and EAORA Offshore series. David Neville’s “Sea Shanty” will shortly be flying the club burgee at Cowes Week, and Simon
Ruffles’ “Jameerah” will be following them down to the Solent for the Fastnet race.
In the Combined Clubs Series, Ed Harrison’s “Alchemy” leads the overall standings after 3 races, with Pat York’s “Jester”,
Will Finch’s “Time Off II”, and Sea Shanty all in the top 10. Overall RHYC is leading the inter-club trophy by a margin
of more than 20 points at this stage, poised to break a half decade of dominance by Harwich and Dovercourt S.C.
The Royal Harwich regatta is just over 2 weeks away, where yachts will compete for the Sphinx cup, which was originally awarded
to the winner of the Royal Harwich Regatta in the 1860s.
Race Report - Combined Clubs #3
Starting from the Haven Ports line in a steady F3, Sea Shanty was the lead RHYC boat as both Alchemy and Time Off II were
OCS and had to go back. Beating out of the harbour, Sea Shanty remained in the lead group, dicing with a J30 and Hustler
30 for position. The wind increased up to a F5, forcing many boats to make headsail changes before bearing away at Pye
End. Taking advantage of the breezier conditions, Alchemy pulled ahead of Time Off II upwind, only to be overhauled again
on the reach from Outer Ridge to Pennyhole, where the fleet set spinnakers to return to the HPYC line. Sea Shanty came
home 4th, with Alchemy recovering to 7th and Jester just taking 10th from Time Off II. John Brooke’s Beneteau 21.7 “Fin”
rounded out a strong RHYC finish, coming home 13th.
Race Report - Combined Clubs #2
Light airs greeted the 18 competitors for the second race, sponsored by Pin Mill Sailing Club, as the sea breeze struggled
for supremacy against a light offshore wind. The fleet left the measured mile under spinnaker, but into the void between
breezes off Shotley, where Jester, Alchemy, and Will Finch’s Bavaria 37 “Time Off II” were neck and neck. As the sea
breeze filled in, the leaders found the wind first, with “Berlingo”, a mini transat from Stour Sailing Club, disappearing
over the horizon. The race from there on was largely processional, with Alchemy coming home in 4th, Jester 6th, and Tom
Dixon’s Sadler 32 “Sunrider” in 8th, making up for the loss of their spinnaker in race 1.
Race Report - Combined Clubs #1
The Combined Clubs season began with 19 boats from the six participating clubs assembling for the RHYC sponsored race. David
Neville’s Maxi 1000 “Sea Shanty” was amongst the lead pack off the measured mile line, with 7 other RHYC boats in hot
pursuit. Simon Ruffles’ J120 “Jameerah”, practicing with the fastnet crew, quickly stormed through the fleet as they
reached through Harwich Harbour, but an increasing wind and foul tide beat down towards the naze allowed Ed Harrison’s
Impala “Alchemy” to keep in touch with the faster boats, with the gap remaining relatively small as Jameerah led the
fleet on the 10 mile run back to the RHYC club line. Overall, Alchemy topped the leaderboard, with Sea Shanty 2nd, and
Pat York’s Dufour 32 “Jester” the 3rd RHYC finisher in 9th, giving the club an early lead in the inter-club points.
If you would like to get involved please email Ed Harrison: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.