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Racing at HPYC

There is a full programme of club events for both IRC registered racing boats and locally handicapped cruisers. Club members also race in Haven Combined Clubs Series, EAORA and other East Coast regattas, as well as further afield in Cowes Week, Cork Week and RORC races, among many others.

The racing fleet has changed over time and in addition to the cruisers and racers taking part we continue to enjoy the Squib Keelboat class located within Suffolk Yacht Harbour which has been a long-standing presence here.

The programme includes four main series for yachts: Spring, Autumn, Frostbite, and a fun Wednesday evening Lightship series during the summer months,  there are also occasional races such as our RNLI pursuit race, Boxing Day and even a New Year's day race. The Squibs also have their own calendar of racing throughout the year.

We are able to host regattas for members and visitors and have been the host club for a number of different national championships as we are lucky to race on the river and we can quickly get out to sea in Dovercourt Bay.

Why not come and join us? We're always delighted to welcome newcomers to the racing fleet, and will be pleased to offer any help and advice about preparing your boat, meeting the safety regulations, and so on. 

Racing is not only great fun, and highly sociable, it also provides invaluable experience of boat handling, sail trimming, using the tide and every other aspect of seamanship which will pay dividends when you take your boat cruising.

For those that don't want to compete, you will be more than welcome to join the camaraderie in the race office, all help gratefully received.

Richard Lincoln Smith

Rear Commodore Racing

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Last updated 16:59 on 27 January 2024

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