Chairmans Message 2019

Welcome to 2019 season being our 70th Year of offshore racing on the East Coast with a full race programme which includes a 4-day Offshore regatta starting on the 11th July with a special party in Ostend to celebrate 70 years of EAORA.

Our programme is made up of 14 races with 8 to count including two Fastnet Qualifiers, first being the  RORC North Sea Race from Harwich to Scheveningen on 31st May and then a 130 night race from Mersea on the 28th June.

We still have our final dash across the North Sea on the 6th September to Ostend with the West Mersea Yacht Club’s Buckley Goblets which is always very popular.

Throughout the winter I have been in touch with some of the competitors from 2017 and 2018, I am pleased to report that there will be a few new boats out racing amongst the fleet for the first time, we have a Harley 33 (designed by John Corby) from the River Crouch, a possible J boat and a 42ft Club Swan from the River Medway and hopefully an Archambault 31 from The Colne. So all good news amongst the racing fleet.

The Offshore Regatta is again sponsored by MS AMLIN and is open to all IRC yachts racing a 200 miles over four days from Harwich to Ostend on the 11th July for the Graham Wallis Trophy, followed by a lay day to enjoy the booze and food in Ostend. On Saturday 13th July we race to Ramsgate for the Medway Yacht Club’s Cannon Ball trophy and then back to Harwich on the Sunday for the Haven Ports Yacht Club’s Walker Challenge cup.

The Youth programme, sponsored by Forensic Health Care, is now in its 12th year and has grown from strength to strength each season with cadets aged from 14 to 22 racing on many different sized yachts in the fleet. There are some great prizes at the annual prizegiving with the top cadet winning the Payne-James Cup and other prizes for notable achievements. For further details on how to apply please contact Judy Payne-James, our youth coordinator.

EAORA 2019 Fastnet Asperger’s Charity Challenge we are supporting Lottie Harland!

Lottie is a passionate sailor and started in the sport some 12 years ago when she was eight years old. Lottie was part of the RYA junior and youth programmes representing GBR at numerous international events before she moved over to yacht racing a few years ago. She decided to form Ausome an organisation that could help others with an ASD to start and experience what she had through her own sailing.

Lottie has been crewing for Miles Delap on his Swan 43 during some EAORA races and once she explained to Miles what she was thinking about doing he kindly offered her the use of his yacht Lyra of London.

 All yachts belonging with a current IRC certificate or a SER (Single Event Rating) are welcome to join in the season’s racing whether they are endorsed or un-endorsed. Any yacht can win the trophies and glassware for each race, but only yachts with endorsed handicaps can score points for the individual, and class overall trophies and for their club towards the season’s prizes

Paul Wood, Chairman

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