The planning for our Panerai Regatta in July is well advanced. Sean and Mary have been working with RYS who will once again run the racing. The format is broadly similar to last year with an inshore race on Sunday followed by the opening reception at The Squadron. The Round the Island race will be run on Monday and will revert to a stand alone event, sponsored by EFG, who generously continue to support us. In recognition of the effort put in by those who make the commitment to race around the Island, we will be awarding prizes galore for overall and class results.
We have already had interest in the Regatta from overseas and we are hoping to welcome some famous yachts to Cowes, including Mariquita and Argyl
New this year, on June 6/7 will be an event run jointly with the Royal London, which will have both shore based and racing elements. It should be an ideal opportunity for our many Solent based members to refresh their appetite for racing in a safe and friendly fashion ( and that's official ) There will be a dinner at the London on Saturday, so look out for details on the web.
The East Coast Classic weekend to be held on June 20/21 will be generously organized by Jonathan Dyke at Suffolk Yacht Harbour now in it's 14th season it will provide spirited racing and fun ashore.
Our Commodore has finally persuaded the powers that be, to have a Classics division for the RTI on June 27th and we will have special awards for BCYC yachts which race with distinction, so please tell us if you are competing.
The Channel Regatta will be held this year and a number of our members intend to participate. Andrew Pearson is co-ordinating the passage races and has a cunning plan to get our Yachts back from France in time to enjoy the Panerai Regatta. If you intend to enter please contact Andrew.
The Royal Yacht Squadron Bicentenary Regatta follows on immediately after our BCYC Panerai week. For those of you who have not been invited, the Taittinger weekend at Yarmouth is a fun Regatta, and extends both the racing and liver damage for two more days.
There is a rumour that Cowes Week will have a Classic division
In September the 2nd Lymington Classics weekend will be run on the 12th /13th and thanks to the enthusiasm of the RyLym and the support of the Yacht Haven it promises to be bigger and even better. Do make plans to be there.
Our AGM and annual Dinner will wrap up the season on Friday November 20th
Please remember to send in your subscriptions, if you have not already done so.
The entry for the Panerai Regatta will open in early March, but do let Mary know before then if you are intending to enter so she can keep you advised.
You will shortly be receiving an email from me with the new front page of your Yachts entry on the website. Please review this as we intend to use it for the Regatta Program which will contain details of the Yachts which have entered. It could also form the basis for a more formal printed register of our Yachts.
While the cold winter winds still blow, some of you are sailing on warm Blue water, others are up an alp. Our yachts are tucked up ashore or snug in a marina awaiting the arrival of Spring and the joys of Fitting Out, not to confused with that most worrying aspect of wooden yachts, Taking Up. Please look at the website for details of the all events taking place this season
Roll on Spring
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