Chairmans Message 2017
Welcome to 2017 and the 68th EAORA season of offshore racing on the East Coast with a full offshore racing programme, which includes our Offshore Series on the 6th July, The Offshore Regatta has been well supported over the last couple of years, these offshore races are part of the Royal Thames East Coast Championship.
The 2017 Offshore Series is made up of 10 races with 6 to count including the 180 mile RORC North Sea Race from Harwich to Scheveningen and the 130 mile RORC East Coast Race, both Fastnet qualifiers. There is a gap in our programme from the 10th July until mid September enabling our competitors to enjoy some racing or holidays elsewhere. We still have our final dash across the North Sea to Ostend with the Buckley Goblets on the 15th September 2017.
The Offshore Regatta is again sponsored by Haven Knox-Johnston and is open to all IRC rated yachts, racing a 200 mile course over four days, from Harwich to Ostend on the 6th July, where there will be a lay day on the 7th, before sailing on to Ramsgate 8th and then back to Harwich on the 9th July. A long weekend of racing not to be missed, including the Chairman’s party in Ostend.
The Royal Thames Championship is a mini offshore series of 5 races with 4 races to count and must include the RORC East Coast Race which is not discardable. The qualifying races are the Ralph Herring, Houghton Cup, East Coast Race, Graham Wallis Trophy Race and the Buckley Goblets. The prizes for each class are awarded at a lavish dinner at the Royal Thames in Knightsbridge which is a special night and one not to miss.
The Youth programme, sponsored by Forensic Health Care, is now in its 10th 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.
All yachts belonging to member clubs 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 - I look forward to seeing everyone on the water.
Paul Wood, Chairman