Chairmans Message 2018
Welcome to 2018 season being our 69th Year of Offshore racing on the East Coast with a full race programme which includes our Offshore 4 day regatta starting on the 21st June.
The 2018 Offshore Series is made up of 13 races with 7 to count including the 180 mile RORC North Sea Race from Harwich to Scheveningen. We still have our final dash across the North Sea to Ostend with the West Mersea Yacht Club’s Buckley Goblets on the 14th September 2018.
The Offshore Regatta is again sponsored by MS AMLIN and is open to all IRC yachts racing a 200 mile course over four days from Harwich to Ostend on the 21st June for the Graham Wallis Trophy and the WMYC’s/RORC East Coast race. On the 22nd June there will be a lay day to enjoy the booze and food in Ostend. On the 23rd 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. As per 2017 we will keep owners and crews topped up with a few complimentary beers in the North Sea Yacht Club.
The Youth programme, sponsored by Forensic Health Care, is now in its 11th 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.
Lottie has made more friends in the sailing world where she found others who have been diagnosed with an ASD and had similar experiences. Having seen how much they all benefited from sailing and how it transformed their lives, 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.
To give themselves a real goal and show what people with an ASD can achieve, she had the idea of entering an all autistic crew in the 2019 Fastnet race. 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.
Lottie is in the process of raising funds for this campaign, both for personal gear and additional equipment for the yacht and the many other expenses that accompany such an event.
Lottie is delighted by the support and generosity of EAORA competitors and the individuals who have made donations to this campaign. This has given her charity such an incredible start. Throughout the season we will be fundraising to help her Fastnet campaign so please dig deep into your pockets, fold and give generously!
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