Welcome to the website for Southwold Model Yacht Regattas, or SMYR.

2021 UPDATE:

The committee met recently and decided that we will proceed in planning the 2021 season with ‘cautious optimism’!

We are also hopeful that we will be able to resume lending club boats to visiting sailors.

The first regatta of the season is Monday May 31st, so do keep an eye on this page between now and then for updates – but overall we do very much hope we will be able to sail as normally as possible this year!

A quick list of all regattas running this season with details of how to enter can be found at the bottom of this page, with more comprehensive details on the Current Season page.

Further general information:

All our regattas take place at the boating lake just to the north of the pier.

Model yacht sailing has been taking place in Southwold for well over 100 years. It did stop during World War II, but we hope that with a bit of understanding and common sense it will not stop in 2020 due to Covid-19! It is a truly fun and absorbing activity which is very easy to get the hang of, and something which people of all ages and abilities can join in with together. There is no formal membership requirement and anyone is welcome to come and sail in our regattas – but this season we regret we are unable to lend boats to sailors just dropping by for the day as this would inevitably require be safe under current social distancing/contact measures. 

The 2020 season programme can be found in the table below. The dates follow the same rough pattern each year. If you click on the Current Season page you can see more information about the individual regatta days and which sailors and boats are eligible for all the different trophies. Also visit the About Page to learn more about sailing in general and sailing rules. Don’t be put off if things seem complicated – once you’ve got your hands wet and sailed a couple of lengths its really very simple, and very addictive!

If you have any questions or are keen to get involved, please contact the Commodore, Hugh Williamson, on 01502 722 319, or the Secretary, Anne Tracy, on 0131 552 7615 (or 01502 724 146 during regatta season) or email: annemtracy@aol.com. Alternatively, visit the Contact Us page for postal addresses and an email contact form.

See you at ‘The Pond’!

2020 Regatta Dates
Monday 31 May 2:00pm Spring Regatta all entries taken at the pond on the day – including the May Cup and Norwich and Peterborough trophies for B and C Class
Wednesday 28 July 2:00pm Pick-Up Regatta all entries taken at the pond on the day
Saturday 31 July 2:00pm First Regatta – including the Pout Cup
Tuesday 3 August 1:00pm Second Regatta – including the Family Relay Race, and the Quincentenary Salver for Beach Yawls
Saturday 7 August 10:30am and 2pm Cups Regatta  Golden Jubilee Cup for adult sailors, De Lacroix Rosebowl for homemade boats, Sole Bay Bell for boats 32” to 36”, Cripps Cup for ‘Beat and Run’
    6:30pm Annual General Meeting – venue to be announced in due course
Wednesday 11 August 1:00pm Third Regatta – including the Collett Cup for Veteran Yachts, and the St Edmund’s Cup for Burgee winners of 2015 
Tuesday 17 August 10:15am Fourth Regatta
    2:00pm Annual Regatta: Nigel Boult trophy for new boats, Class A, B and C Championships, Waveney Shield, Commodore’s Invitation Race
Wednesday 25 August 2:00pm Final Regatta – an informal regatta to round off the season. All entries taken at the pond on the day.