Chairmans Message for 2021

2021 will be our 72nd Year of Offshore Racing on the East Coast with two Fastnet qualifiers and a full race programme which includes our popular four day Offshore Regatta starting from Harwich.

We are remaining positive that 2021 may bring some kind of normality in our lives and we can only hope that COVID infections reduces to a level so we can continue where we left off in 2019.

Our programme is normally made up of 13 races with 7 to count including 2 RORC races.

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 2021 we have introduced the Town Cup into our programme, along with the Houghton Cup. It won’t be one of our longest races, 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 still have our final dash across the North Sea in 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 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.

Over the next few months 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 early 2021 this way we can hopefully approach the season with some positive arrangements without unstitching what we can do due to COVID requirements.

2021 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

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