Chairmans Message for 2022
This will be our 73 rd Year of offshore racing on the East Coast. By popular demand we are bringing back EAORA Week and racing again in Southern Holland from Monday July 11 to Friday July 15.
There will be feeder races from Burnham to Ostend on Saturday July 9 and Ostend to Breskens on Sunday July 10. Harwich Combined Clubs are racing to Ostend on Friday July 8, and their competitors will be welcome to join us for the midweek series. For those who like things more relaxed there will be a white sails group within the event.
The EAORA season begins on April 30, with West Mersea YC’s Pattinson Cup race from Burnham to Mersea, followed on May 1 by the Royal Burnham YC’s Ralph Herring Trophy Race from Burnham back to Mersea. This is a Bank Holiday weekend, which will simplify boat deliveries for competitors from further afield.
RORC supporters among EAORA boats can qualify for RORC season’s pointsvia the North Sea Race on May 28 and the East Coast Race on July 9.
The ethos of EAORA combines demanding offshore racing and equally enjoyable social get-togethers pre- or post-race. We value the support of our member clubs, and their enthusiasm for entertaining us, and we hope our offshore crews will support the clubs and swell their bar takings during these unprecedented times.
On June 11 we race from Burnham to Upnor for Medway YC’s historic Jane’s Cup, and race back the following day for the Royal Corinthian YC’s Thames Estuary Shield.
On Saturday August 6, EAORA joins forces with Harwich Combined Clubs to race from Harwich to Burnham for the Amazon Cup. This should provide one of the biggest and most competitive fleets of the season.
Another trophy with a long history is the Houghton Cup. In 2021 it was combined with Royal Burnham YC’s Town Cup, the highlight of Burnham Week. It was won by an EAORA boat that had not competed in the rest of the week, but happily followed the tradition of enjoying the whole of Burnham, taking the trophy to every pub and club. This year the race is on Saturday September 3.
The final event in the 2022 EAORA programme is West Mersea YC’s Buckley Goblets, on Friday September 16, this year reverting to tradition and heading back Ostend - always a popular way to close the season.
The EAORA Youth programme has historically been sponsored by Forensic Health Care, and we thank Jason and Judy Payne James for their 15 years of support. For 2022 there will be a new sponsor, DXB Pumps, who are also generously backing the entire EAORA season. There are some great prizes to encourage the younger generation to race offshore, with the top cadet winning the Payne-James Cup.
All yachts with a current IRC certificate or a SER (Single Event Rating), whether endorsed or not, are welcome to join in the season’s racing.
The EAORA race committee, PRO Andy Wise with the help of Brian Bolton, Cathy Brown and myself, will all be carefully looking at courses, NOR’s and everything you need to successfully race offshore. Please visit the website, earoa.org.uk for further details.
2022 will be my first full year as chairman and I look forward to sharing my lifetime of racing experience. I’m often found at Haven Ports YC’s race box, encouraging all racers into becoming offshore racers.
I look forward to seeing you all out on the water.