Entry is now open for the 20th annual SYH Classic Regatta, which takes place from 10th - 12th June 2022.
SYH managing director Jonathan Dyke commented, “After a fantastic post-Covid comeback last year, the SYH Classic Regatta is in great shape going into its 20th anniversary. The classic sailing and motor yacht scene on the east coast is thriving, and we look forward to welcoming boats from across the UK to join the celebrations.”
The regatta race programme offers an optional Friday evening race leading a competitive yet friendly three-race series for fast, slow and Stella classes over the weekend.
Classic motor boats will once again be welcomed to the regatta after their successful integration last year. A motor boat ‘parade of power’ will take place on Saturday afternoon, with owners and guests invited to join the social scene ashore throughout the weekend.
On-the-water action will be complemented by socialising in the SYH marina and at Haven Ports Yacht Club onboard a restored LV87 lightship. As usual, boats will be berthed together to create a lively atmosphere and encourage the shared appreciation of beautifully restored and maintained classic yachts.
Regatta attendees will be spoilt for choice when it comes to food, with freshly cooked breakfasts, homemade café treats, and wood-fired pizzas all on offer. A regatta party and live music on Saturday evening will ensure the regatta celebrates its 20-year anniversary in style.
Jonathan Dyke continued, “Suffolk Yacht Harbour has a long association with classic yachts, going back to Stella designer Kim Holman (one of the harbour’s original founding directors). With classic yacht maintenance facilities in the workshops and the Classic Marine chandlery onsite, SYH is well-equipped to assist classic yacht owners in the lead up to, during and after the regatta.”
Owner of Spirit 52 Flight of Ufford and founder of Spirit Yachts, Sean McMillan said, “There is something quite magical about racing on the east coast. The welcome here is quite extraordinary; Jonathan puts so much effort into the whole thing. It’s run on a very Corinthian spirit and the manners on the racetrack are rather wonderful. It’s at that fantastic time of year when everyone is full of enthusiasm for the season to come; I wouldn’t miss it.”
Founded in 2002, the regatta is the largest event of its kind for classic yachts on the east coast and attracts a fleet of both local and visiting sailors from as far afield as the Channel Islands.
Entry criteria for the regatta requires yachts to be either pre-1970 design of traditional construction, Bermuda or gaff rigged and built of wood or steel. Modern classic yachts with wooden or steel hulls are also welcome.