Keelboat Regatta

28th to 31st May 2021

Scheduled for the late Spring Bank Holiday 28th to 31st May 2021 the Medway Yacht Club Keelboat Regatta is a relaxed event offering three classes of handicap racing for cruisers plus one design racing for Dragons, Sonatas and Squibs. All races start and finish from committee boats in the River Medway or the Thames Estuary.

It’s not just fun afloat. There is a full social programme planned which we would aim to accommodate as much as possible in a Covid safe way as necessary. The social program may be subject to alterations as Covid restrictions change.

This will range from breakfast at 7:30am through to post racing events ready for when you come ashore.

Full details of the social program are further down this page

Full menus and booking forms will be available to download below.

A prizegiving will take place as soon as possible after conclusion of the final race on Bank Holiday Monday,

What racing is available for each class?


There is one class aimed at IRC racers and two classes aimed at “Cruisers”. Dependant on the weather there will either be one long race each day or two shorter ones.

Class 1 is for the serious racers with IRC ratings. If you have a pure race-boat with a full crew this is the class for you.  On Saturday and Sunday you will be the first start no earlier than 10:00 and will either have a long race or two shorter races each day taking you out into the Thames Estuary, weather permitting. The final race on Monday will be shorter to make sure you get back in time for the prize giving.

Class 2 is for the less serious racer, aimed at the “Cruiser-Racer”, using the RYA NHC handicapping system. The races for this class will start ten minutes after class 1 and still go out into the Estuary but will be shorter than Class 1, aiming to finish at about the same time. Like class 1 there will either be a long race or two shorter races on the Saturday and Sunday. Class 2 will share a start line and course with the Sonatas.

Class 3, the “White Sails” class, is for the infrequent racer and pure cruisers, also using the RYA NHC handicapping system. The races will start 10 minutes behind class 2 and in line with the more relaxed nature of the racing the courses will be shorter and less complex than the other classes. In addition Class 3 will race for the “Medway Challenge” trophy on the Sunday. This is a one off race so if you cannot find the time to take part in the whole event you can just join in on Sunday. 


The Squib class will have one or two races each day being run from the club line. The first race will start each day no earlier than 10:30 and when there are two races a day the second one will start no earlier than 13:30

The Squib class will have one race each day starting after the cruisers at 10:30 which will take them “round the cans” using mainly river channel marks. The races will finish further up river.


The Dragon one design class will race up to four Windward Leeward races on the Saturday and Sunday with the first start at 10 minutes after the White Sails Cruiser Class. On Monday they will have a longer “round the cans” race using mostly river channel marks, As with the other classes this will be timed to finish in time for the prize giving.


The Sonata Class will be sharing the same start and course as Cruiser Class 2. The results and prizes will be awarded separately but the results for Cruisers and Sonatas will be calculated just for the fun of it. 

For Saturday and Sunday racing the Sonata class will be sharing the Windward – Leeward course with the Dragons, starting each race ten minutes later. Their first start is planned to be at 10:50 every morning with a further three races each day. On Bank Holiday Monday they will have a longer “round the cans” race using Medway channel marks.

Social Events

Now that the Government has confirmed that the country is moving to stage 3 on their roadmap to recovery we can confirm the social program for the regatta.

The Regatta starts with an all comers, free to enter fun race on Friday evening from the club line followed by our Chef’s delicious Fish Pie in the club house available untill 9:00PM

The Regatta proper starts on Saturday with breakfast available in the club house from 7:30 to 11:30. Lunch will be serverd from 12:00 to 17:30 for those left ashore, After Racing at 17:30 until 21:00 Lasagne, both Meat and vegetarian, with Garlic Bread and salad will be served. 

Sunday follows the same patter during the day but the evening meal is our famous curry, again with vegetarian options

With the Monday prizegiving we plan to run a socially distance barbeque starting in the early afternoon. This will be weather dependant


Note: When you add the regatta to your “cart” you will be asked to fill in your entry details. You will also be asked to say how many people you would like to attend each of the social events. All these are “pay on the day” rather than in advance.

Full details both ashore and afloat can be downloaded below.

To purchase photos of your boat taken during the regatta from Champion Marine Photography use one of these links to select pictured from the Saturday or Monday

Paul Babington also took some excellent pictures both using a drone for those impressive aerial shots and at water level. These pictures can be seen in the gallery pages of this web site. Email Paul if you want high definition prints.



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