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Welcome to the website for Southwold Model Yacht Regattas, or SMYR.
The 2021 season is progressing well and the recent release of social distancing restrictions mean sailing is able to operate as normal.
All sailors are welcome and club boats can be borrowed for the princely sum of £1 per day. We recommend arriving half an hour before a regatta starts if you want to borrow a boat, to have a bit of a practice before racing starts.
A quick list of all regattas running this season can be found below. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more general information, and then you can read more on the About page.
More comprehensive details for each regatta/trophy contested during the season are on the Current Season page.
If you want to enter for racing/borrow a boat in advance (which is always appreciated wherever possible) please see contact details below.
You can also find us on Facebook @southwoldmodelyachtregattas and Twitter @southwoldmyr
|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.|
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 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. 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 2021 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, visit the Contact Us page for postal addresses and an email contact form.
See you at ‘The Pond’!