Keelboat Regatta

2nd & 3rd June 2022

To avoid a clash with the scheduled River Pageant to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on 4th June 2022 the Medway Yacht Club Keelboat Regatta has been shortened to Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June. By doing this the club can run the best possible regatta whilst allowing competitors to take part in the Celebration River Pageant.

Our 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 apart from the Squibs which will use the normal club line. This year the Regatta will incorporate the Sonata East Coast Championships. To get in some practice before the event all competitors are welcome to join in our normal Wednesday Evening race which will start at 19:00 on 1st June.

It’s not just fun afloat. There is a full social programme planned including an open air theatre show by the Handlebards on the Thursday Evening and a prizegiving party on the Friday evening.

Breakfast starts at 7:30am and the club is open 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 after racing on Friday and will lead in to a close of Regatta party.

All competitors are welcome to join in the Jubilee celebrations scheduled for the Saturday on the river.

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 Thursday and Friday 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.

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 Thursday and Friday.

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 Friday. 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 Friday. 


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 Thursday and Friday with the first start at 10 minutes after the White Sails Cruiser Class. 


The Sonata Class will be using the Regatta to decide their East Coast Championship for 2022. The racing will be a mixture of short windward leeward and longer round the cans races 

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

For the earlybirds there will be the normal Wednesday Evening racing and “Apres Sail” at the club.

On Thursday and Friday the Galley will open at 7:30 serving breakfast to the racers. Packed lunches are also available to take with you.

On Thursday evening there is a light hearted performance by the “Handlebards” of Twelfth Night in our open air theatre. There will also be a hog roast (vegetarian options will be available) to provide sustenance for hungry crews after a hard days racing.

The Handlebards event needs to be booked separately using the following link

On Friday the prizegiving will be followed by the regatta party with a barbeque on the hard and dancing until the early hours



Our Sponsors

We are grateful to our sponsors, without whom the Regatta would not run so smoothly


    2021 [+]

    2022 [+]