Photo – Frostbite race 3 2017 – Interesting Maneuvers
Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club prides itself on its active all-year racing programme. The Yacht Club is one of the hosts for the Sussex IRC Championships and hosts the Eastbourne Regatta each summer. We have a great racing fleet who compete year round, and enjoy the benefits of a great bar for the post race social.
Members also travel to support other Regattas and Races; for example Royal Escape, Round the Island, Cowes Week, Ramsgate Week, and more recently the Tour des Ports de la Manche.
Current Series: All boats welcome to join the Autumn Series, 10:00 start every Sunday
**Next Sunday Race: Racing currently every Sunday
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2018 race calendar – Summary
Below is brief summary of some of our club racing events for 2018, see the 2018 race calendar for more detail and a complete list of our races throughout the year
Racing in 2018 commences on Sunday 7th January with the first of 7 races in the frostbite series.
New for 2018 will be : – Short-handed series ( double or single handed boats) which will race alongside fully crewed yachts in both the Frostbite and Spring series; together with regular long distance races in the spring series, with 3 long races scheduled for every other race of the 6 race series. These longer races will feature long legs incorporating marks such as the Sovereign Tower and Hastings Outfall buoy. more suitable to short handed sailing and have a target length of 4 hours. The results from these 3 longer races will form a mini series in their own right, as well as being part of the spring series and the Racing Committee Trophy will be awarded to the yacht with the lowest cumulative score over the two Autumn series.
Wednesday evening racing will begin on May 9th and will continue until September 12th split into 3 series, affording potential for some hours of darkness racing.
Sunday racing will continue into the winter months with 2 autumn series on alternate weekends from September into late December.
Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club has the honour of hosting the RORC Sussex IRC champiomships on the 16th and 17th of June, which will also be open to NHC entrants.
The beaches head races will also return featuring a mixture of round the cans racing hosted at BMYC and SHYC as well as some passage racing between the clubs.
The 100 mile race will also return currently scheduled for the first weekend in September.
Racing Buoys Update 03/12/2017:
Plumbase Buoy is not on station until further notice
Out-Fall buoy (ODM) – last seen drifting swiftly towards Pevensey Bay, is no longer on station until further notice.
Bates Wharf Buoy – currently off station due to recent storms, until further notice
Away Events – the big away events hosted by other clubs that our fleet are attending in 2017.
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Many of our yachts travel to attend large events hosted by other clubs. A big part of these events is the competitive racing they offer against a variety of boats. They’re also a great chance for us to enjoy social trips away and the obligatory boat parties.
Below are some of the big events our crews are attending this year.
24th – 28th July
Ramsgate Week is the Royal Temple Yacht Club annual regatta and is widely recognised as the friendly regatta and the alternative to Cowes Week.
Our boats attending : Temptation – Beneteau Figaro One; Twister – Beneteau First 31.7 & Eye Eye MG345
A great week away organised by the Granville Yacht Club. A Tour of the Channel Ports, this event involves a day sail each day racing between the ports of Cherbourg, Dielette, Carteret, St Peter Port (Guernsey), St Helier (Jersey), and Granville. Each year visits the ports in a different order, taking in challenging navigation such as the Alderney Race, Cape de Barfleur and the strong tidal currents which surround the Channel Islands. Each night is great social event, with food and plenty of drink organised by the Race Organisers.
Our Boats looking at attending this year: White Rose – Elan 40; Saphena – Beneteau Oceanis 37; Incognito – Jeanneau Sunfast 32
This is a very popular event, 1 lap around the Isle of Wight, which most of our racing fleet and many cruisers attend every year. Notably one of our yachts – Manic – came first in their class in 2016!
Friday 28th April – Supported by many of our racing and cruising boats. This is a great social event with events ashore in Dieppe and an SHYC race home on the Sunday
Friday 26th May – Supported by many of our racing and cruising boats. This is another great social event with events ashore in Dieppe and an SHYC race home on the Sunday
This list is by no means exhaustive, some of our boats regularly attend regattas and events by RORC and JOG, as well double handed events and the Fastnet Race.
The racing section would like to say a BIG thank you to our generous Buoy and Series & Trophy Sponsors. Thank you:
Bates Wharf Southern