UPDATE: click here to listen to SMYR on BBC Radio 3! The programme ‘The Essay’ presents a very fond look at model yacht sailing in Southwold and elsewhere. The whole programme is only 13 minutes long but specific reference to Southwold starts at 4:40 minutes through. Enjoy!


Welcome to the website for Southwold Model Yacht Regattas, or SMYR, where you will find a wealth of information about this time-honoured Southwold tradition, including upcoming Regatta dates, information about different types of boat, and how to get involved.

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

The 2017 season gets underway with the Spring Regatta on the late May Bank Holiday, Monday 29th May, 2pm. As with all bank holiday activities, there’s an established tradition of pouring rain for this regatta – which is a very good way to dust off your boats after the winter! No entries are taken in advance: just turn up on the day and enjoy the sailing. The May Cup and Norwich & Peterborough Trophies, for sailors aged 16 and under, are also contested at this regatta.

Model yacht sailing has been taking place in Southwold for well over 100 years. It is a tremendously fun and absorbing activity which is very easy to get the hang of, and people of all ages and abilities can join in. Anyone is welcome to come and have a go at sailing – we can even lend you a boat for the day and show you what to do.

A list of all the 2017 Regatta dates can be found in the table below – and 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’!

2017 Regatta Dates
Monday 29 May 2:00pm Spring Regatta all entries taken on the day – including the May Cup and Norwich and Peterborough trophies for B and C Class
Wednesday 26 July 2:00pm Pick-Up Regatta all entries taken on the day
Saturday 29 July 2:00pm First Regatta entries taken in advance – including the Pout Cup
Tuesday 1 August 1:00pm Second Regatta entries taken in advance – including the Family Relay Race, and the Quincentenary Salver for Beach Yawls
Saturday 5 August 10:30am and 2pm Cups Regatta  entries taken in advance 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 at pond)
Wednesday 9 August 1:00pm Third Regattaentries taken in advance –including the Collett Cup for Veteran Yachts, and the St Edmund’s Cup for Burgee winners of 2015
Tuesday 15 August 10:15am Fourth Regatta  entries taken in advance
    2:00pm Annual Regatta: Nigel Boult trophy for new boats, Class A, B and C Championships, Waveney Shield, Commodore’s Invitation Race
Wednesday 24 August 2:00pm Final Regatta entries taken on the day