Chairmans Message for 2021
This will be our 72nd Year of Offshore Racing on the East Coast, a later start due to Covid but with a Fastnet qualifier on the 5th June starting and finishing at Harwich.
For the Fastnet supporters please liaise with RORC as our regular EAORA boats are favoured for qualifying miles. We are being told by RORC that The East Coast race and the delivery down to the south coast are qualifying miles.
The ethos of EAORA has been very much a good offshore race and a social get together pre- or post-race and therefore the committee agreed that the programme shouldn’t really start until after the 21st June allowing for governments covid guidelines.
This has therefore allowed us to bring the two earlier scheduled events into the Offshore Regatta we regretfully leave out Ostend due to unknown restrictions of travelling abroad but race to Mersea on Thursday 8th July for the Pattinson Cup, then the Janes Cup on Friday 9th July where we will enjoy our traditional Pontoon party. On Saturday 10th July we race to Burnham for the Ralph Herring Trophy and then back to Harwich on Sunday 11th for the Walker Challenge cup.
It is a pleasure to support our clubs during these unprecedented times and I really hope the Offshore Regatta will swell the bar takings.
On the 17th July we race from Harwich to Ramsgate ready for round the Goodwin’s the following day. On the 4th September we race at Burnham for the Houghton Cup and the Town Cup.
The West Mersea Yacht Club’s Buckley Goblets which normally goes to Ostend may finish in Ramsgate, this will be decided nearer the time subject to Covid and over seas travel.
The Youth programme, sponsored by Forensic Health Care, would have been in its 15th 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. 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.
The EAORA race committee which includes the newly appointed PRO Andy Wise with the help of Brian Bolton, Claire Scott & Cathy Brown will all be carefully looking at courses, NOR’s and everything you need to successfully race offshore.
Our 2020 AGM is being pushed back until April 2021 this way we can hopefully approach the season with some positive arrangements without unstitching what we can do due to COVID requirements.
2020 was my last year as Chairman and Claire Scott has kindly volunteered to take over this important position (subject to AGM approval) Claire brings a lifetime of racing experience to the table and her role as rear commodore sailing at the Haven Port Yacht Club has defiantly taken her to another level of leadership.
For me, I will be out there on the water amongst the racing fleet on the good ship Windrunner.
I wish everyone well and keep safe during these unprecedented times.
Paul Wood, Chairman