Chairmans Message 2020

Our seasons racing has been cancelled to date and with valid distancing rules now in force the chance of getting a good number of crew all huddled up on the rail is a none starter and that sociable get together after our popular events could also be problem for a while.

I am sorry to report that our Offshore Regatta and the Ramsgate feeder race is also being cancelled,  but I enquire about your desire for any racing  for the second half of 2020. (subject to social distancing rules)

We are still waiting for direction from World Sailing before we can commit to an amended 2020 programme, but as chairman I feel that it is important that we get feedback from our competitors about EAORA before I encourage the member clubs to organise some events for the later part of the year.

We are thinking along the terms that the season may be able to start at some point in August with coastal races leading in to October. Is this the sort of events that would interest you?

Nothing has been set in stone at this juncture and this is just me trying to establish an appetite for any racing this year during these tough times.

In the first instance, please contact the chairman Paul Wood at paul@centurionproperty.co.uk please share your views.

This would have been our 71st Year of Offshore Racing on the East Coast with a full race programme which included our traditional four day Offshore Regatta starting from Harwich.

Our programme is normally made up of 13 races with 7 to count including a RORC night race.

Historically Burnham on Crouch has been the hub of racing on the East Coast with many famous yachtsman and yacht designers cutting their teeth with designs and race events in bygone years. For 2020 we have introduced the Town Cup into our programme, along with the Houghton Cup. It won’t be one of our longest races this year, but like the Offshore Regatta a great season point scoring opportunity and we thank Burnham Week Ltd for allowing us to turn up with a few of our EAORA boats.

We are still waiting to hear from Burnham Week Ltd if Burnham Week will still happen for 2020.

Hopefully, we still have our final dash across the North Sea on the 11th September to Ostend with the West Mersea Yacht Club’s Buckley Goblets which is always very popular.

The Youth programme, sponsored by Forensic Health Care, would have been in its 13th year and has grown from strength to strength each season with young cadets racing on many different sized yachts in the fleet. There could be some great prizes at the annual prizegiving with the top cadet winning the Payne-James Cup and other prizes for notable achievements. If we are able to run a shortened programme towards the later part of 2020. For further details on how to apply please contact Judy Payne-James, our youth coordinator.

All yachts 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 overall trophies and for their club towards the season’s prizes.

On the 17th October 2020 we have our AGM and annual prizegiving, again this will be under review, but keep the date in your diary just in case! this year it is being held at the Royal Corinithain Yacht Club, Burnham on Crouch. 

A complicated year for any yacht racing, keep well and be safe. 

Paul Wood, Chairman

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