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

Entries for the 3rd Regatta (Wednesday 10th August 1pm) to Simon Osmer at 5 Dunwich Road, Southwold or email simonosmer@yahoo.co.uk by midday on Tuesday 9th please. The 3rd Regatta includes regular races for all boats and all ages, plus the Collett Cup for Veteran Yachts (pre-1957) and the St. Edmund’s Cup for burgee winners of 2021. 

All our regattas take place in the boating lake north of the pier, adjacent to (conveniently enough) the Boating Lake Tea Room, ice cream parlour and crazy golf course.

We are always keen to welcome new sailors and new boats, or those returning to SMYR. Perhaps you have a boat in the attic or garden shed which needs an outing!

If you don’t have a boat, they can be borrowed from the club. It costs £2 entry fee per boat, per day. 

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.

You can also find us on Facebook @southwoldmodelyachtregattas and Twitter @southwoldmyr  

Monday 30 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 27 July 2:00pm Pick-Up Regatta all entries taken at the pond on the day
Saturday 30 July 2:00pm First Regatta – including the Pout Cup
Tuesday 2 August 1:00pm Second Regatta – including the Family Relay Race, and the Quincentenary Salver for Beach Yawls
Saturday 6 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 10 August 1:00pm Third Regatta – including the Collett Cup for Veteran Yachts, and the St Edmund’s Cup for Burgee winners of the previous season 
Tuesday 16 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 24 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:

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. 

The 2022 season programme can be found in the table above. The dates follow roughly the same 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!

Boats can be borrowed from the club but it is best to contact us in advance of a regatta day to make sure of reserving one. It is then advisable to arrive an hour 45-60 mins in advance of the regatta start to have a practice and get the hang of things. 

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’!