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

2020 UPDATE:

The committee has reviewed the best way forward for regattas in 2020 and decided that, in order to keep any risks to a minimum, regattas will proceed with a maximum of four boats in each race, but boats must be entered in advance for a fully prepared programme. Sadly, this means that we shall not be able to loan club boats to casual visiting sailors.

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.

The lecture on the history of SMYR by the Commodore, Hugh Williamson has sadly been postponed until next year.

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 25 May 2:00pm \\\CANCELLED/// Spring Regatta all entries taken on the day – including the May Cup and Norwich and Peterborough trophies for B and C Class
Wednesday 29 July 2:00pm \\\CANCELLED/// Pick-Up Regatta all entries taken on the day
Saturday 1 August 2:00pm First Regatta entries by midday on Thursday 30th July to Anne Tracy: annemtracy@aol.com – including the Pout Cup
Tuesday 4 August 1:00pm Second Regatta entries by midday on Sunday 2nd August to Anne Tracy: annemtracy@aol.com – including the Family Relay Race, and the Quincentenary Salver for Beach Yawls
Saturday 8 August 10:30am and 2pm Cups Regatta  entries to Caroline Osmer carolineosmer@gmail.com by midday on Thursday 6th August – 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 – TO BE HELD ONLINE – those wishing to attend remotely should email the Commodore, Hugh Williamson hugh.willimson@orinst.ox.ac.uk in advance to receive zoom login details
Wednesday 12 August 1:00pm Third Regatta – entries by midday on Monday 10th August to Anne Tracy: annemtracy@aol.com – including the Collett Cup for Veteran Yachts, and the St Edmund’s Cup for Burgee winners of 2015 
Tuesday 18 August 10:15am Fourth Regatta  entries to Hugh Williamson hugh.williamson@orinst.ox.ac.uk by midday on Sunday 16th August 
    2:00pm Annual Regatta: Nigel Boult trophy for new boats, Class A, B and C Championships, Waveney Shield, Commodore’s Invitation Race – entries to Hugh Williamson hugh.williamson@orinst.ox.ac.uk by midday on Sunday 16th August
Wednesday 26 August 2:00pm Final Regatta – an informal regatta to round off the season. In a change from previous announcements, this regatta will take place, with entries taken on the day.