Chairmans Message 2020
Welcome to 2020 season being our 71st Year of Offshore Racing on the East Coast with a full race programme which includes our traditional four day Offshore Regatta starting from Harwich on Thursday 2nd July followed by a relaxing day in Ostend on the Friday then a race across to Ramsgate on the Saturday and back up to Harwich on the Sunday. This event was well supported in 2019 and worked well for competitors to qualify for overall season points.
Our programme is made up of 13 races with 7 to count including a RORC night race from Harwich to Breskens on the 19th June.
It is great to be heading down to the Medway again for the Janes Cup on the 13th June. 2019 we rafted up on their jetty followed by a beautiful meal and prize giving, we have been promised the same level of quality hospitality for 2020!
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 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, is now 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 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 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 being held at the Royal Corinithain Yacht Club, Burnham on Crouch.
Another exciting year of Offshore Racing.
Paul Wood, Chairman