I hope everybody enjoyed the 2018 Regatta. It's hard to believe it is now past us and we are sailing on into September. Looking at the bar takings it certainly looks like a very good time was had by all. The events were also very well supported with many 'SOLD OUT!'. It was really good to see the club in full swing. It was such a success that non-sailing locals were saying how great it was to see the bay full of yachts and that it showed Bridlington off to it's best. I've never experienced this before in all the years I've been in Bridlington. This was certainly the case over the weekend as the coble festival ran concurrently with HMS Pickle sitting out in the bay as well.
The feedback we've had is over the classes and over the winter the sailing group will be working on this for next year. The mix of out and out open racing keel boats matched against cruisers possibly didn't work. Although all had IROC handicaps this was not what really was envisaged and RYA recommendations that such boats probably shouldn't be in the same class. Next year we'll also see a Dart 18 class competing in the regatta.
We are always keen for feedback and if you have any thoughts please e-mail Charlotte (email@example.com).
Regatta would not happen without the volunteers from the club. A big thank you goes out to them you know who you all are!
Help was received on many different fronts from the committee boat, BBQing at Blyth Park, serving in the club or just simply being around and giving a hand it makes the week work and be a success. We couldn't do it without your valuable contributions THANK YOU ALL.Help ws received on many different fronts from the committee boat, BBQing at Blyth Park, serving in the club or just simply being around and giving a hand it makes the week work and be a success. We couldn't do it without your valuable contributions THANK YOU ALL.
During regatta we had quite a few new offers to volunteer. Thank you to those people and we'll ensure you get the chance to be involved again.
Planning has already started for 2019 and put 27th July to 3rdAugust 2019 into your dairy.
News from the Fleet:
26 yachts sailed in this year's regatta with 6 visitors. Somehow room was found in the harbour. A little commotion greeted Starchick on arrival as the RNLI inshore boat was called to escort her down the harbour. The crew were valiantly paddling her to a berth with no engine (an earlier failure)!
Report from the Cruiser Fleet (Thanks to Mike Kaye):
John and Jayne Smith usually race HIPPY CHICK. In the last few regattas Jayne has sailed with a plaster cast 3 years running and still done the foredeck how keen is that! The Smiths persuaded the Manning's from Grimsby this year to enter their Sigma 33 VALHALLA and guess what, Jim Manning's wife cracked a rib by Tuesday's second race (which ever boat they bring in 2019, it could do with a red cross on its mainsail!) but still sailed on throughout the regatta.
John and Sarah Livesey, who usually race their SJ 320 VISION at SYC, left their larger boat on her moorings in Scarborough. Instead they travelled to Bridlington by road towing their Beneteau 21.7 behind them. They were 4 boat lengths OCS on their first start and whilst attempting to re-cross the line they met with FIRST FLING. Despite John admitting he was at fault and 'doing his turns' Mike Kaye was awarded the 1st jacket of the regatta! (probably because the Livesey's were not at prizegiving and Mike is also a member of SYC). It's worth noting that the Beneteau 21,7s raced as a class within B Class, recognising their one design status. Hopefully this could persuade John Good to race Seabiscuit in 2019 and perhaps other 21,7's based at SYC and WYC and create a larger regular class.
I PREDICT A RIOT quietly arrived in Bridlington on the Thursday before our regatta, almost under cover of darkness. Nobody knew of this new boat, or of its performance, particularly upwind! Mike Wright, Tony Weatherall and crew consistently and repeatedly sailed away from the rest of the A Class fleet in their RS Elite notching up 10 wins in 10 races.
Alan Holmes and his crew from WYC again came down to entertain us in CHAOTIC. Over the years the cruisers have wondered at their skilful manoeuvres and their antics on and IN the water. Jeremy (Taylor) renowned for his subtle approach with the ladies, managed to pressgang one of our new bar staff to helm CHAOTIC for the ladies race. Unfortunately, Jeremy could only sail for two days.
Paul Andrews, despite being advised by several RYYC and SYC members not to attempt to 'sail' to Bridlington, without an engine, from the safety of Scarborough harbour, took it upon himself to set off regardless and required a tow by the lifeboat to make it to Brid in his yacht STARCHICK!
SPIRIT OF REGATTA
This trophy, presented by the cruiser class by Mike and Tina, is awarded to the boat that best captures the spirit of regatta in the week. Despite the antics demonstrated by our visiting yachts, one local boat and crew stood out. For the loudness of their shirts, for the loudness of their music and for the amount of spirits drank, this year's winner was ENIGMA.
Cruiser A Class
11 races over the week took place and the class was dominated by 'I Predict a Riot', a RS Elite 24'keelboat, that won every race they started (10 out of 11) both on the water and on handicap. This is an out and out racing one-design and there are rumours of more boats coming to Bridlington and a new class starting. This left Enigma as the winner of the final race. Behind I Predict a Riot racing was close with Chaotic (another open racing boat), Enigma, Aquaholic, Valhalla and Cornelia C being often only separated by seconds on corrected times.
1st: I Predict a Riot (10 1st places and a dns)
2nd: Enigma (1 1st place, 5 2nd places and 4 3rd places)
3rd: Chaotic (4 2nd places and 2 3rd places)
Cruiser B Class
Class Again 11 races and again dominated by one yacht. Ghost (a squib one design keelboat) won 5 out of the 10 races started. Sunfire gave a chase but was handicapped by missing the first few races. Again, down the pack results were often separated by seconds!
1st: Ghost (5 1st places, 3 2nd places and 2 3rd places)
2nd: Sunfire (3 1st Places, 4 2nd places and 1 3rd places)
3rd: Chaotic (4 2nd places and 2 3rd places)
Only two boats competed in the Contessa class with 2 crews opting to race in Cruiser B!? True Blue won every event with Halcyon Days rapidly learning their way around the bay with a new owner!
1st: True Blue (8 1st places)
2nd: Halcyon Days (8 2nd places)
Yorkshire One Design Class
8 Yorkshire One Design Keelboats turned out and there was some very close racing. Blackie and Iolanthe traded wins with Blackie just coming out on top. These have been a feature of Bridlington harbour racing for very many years and it is always great to see so many of these iconic yachts out racing.
1st: Blackie (5 1st places, 5 2nd places and 1 3rd places)
2nd: Iolanthe (5 1st Places, 2 2nd places and 3 3rd places)
3rd: Yilt (2 2nd places and 4 3rd places)
Beneteau 21 Class
This was a last-minute class for regatta and 2 yachts completed. The series was won by Mike Kaye and his crew in First Fling
1st: First Fling
The Dart 18 sailors raced 3 evenings of Regatta and joined in with the results. It is hoped that for next year there will be a Dart 18 Class throughout the club's regatta. The Dart 18 class in Bridlington is now growing quite strongly with new members joining the club.
1st: Joe Franks
2nd: Kevin Porter
3rd: Robert Fryer
Dart 18 Regatta
For 2018 the Dart 18 regatta was held over the Bank Holiday weekend; concurrently with the visiting Catapult Catamarans. There was a very competitive series of events with close racing. Unfortunately, there was only 1 DNF with Roger Carnell who had an issue with his mast. The event was won by our Rear Commodore (dinghies) Joe Franks; with the very enthusiastic Steve Bissell chasing everyone home!
1st: Joe Franks & Ellis Stonehouse
2nd: Mike & Imani Gomme
3rd: Kevin & Teegan Porter
Last updated 12:20 on 6 December 2019