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 7:00am through to post racing events ready for when you come ashore.
Full details of the social program will be published nearer the event date..
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 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 with the first start 10 minutes after the cruisers which will take them “round the cans” using mainly river channel marks. The races will finish further up river.
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 Squibs. 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.
For Saturday and Sunday racing the Sonata class will be sharing the Windward – Leeward course with the Dragons, starting each race 5 minutes later. Their first start is planned to be 5 minutes after the Dragons 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.
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.
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.
Medway Challenge Race.pdf
Notice of Race.2021.pdf