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

2022 season starting soon!

We are all looking forward to the 2022 season, which begins with the May Regatta on Monday 30th May (the late May bank holiday).

The May Regatta is a ‘pick-up’ regatta, which means no entries are taken in advance, just on the day. The regatta starts at 2pm, so aim to arrive at about 1:30pm for a practice and to register your boat. Entries cost £1 per boat (cash only please).

All our regattas take place in the boating lake north of the pier, adjacent to (conveniently enough) the tea room, ice cream parlour and new crazy golf course.

We are 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 a sail!

If you don’t have a boat, they can be borrowed for the princely sum of £1 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 2015 
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 – 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 2022 season programme can be found in the table above. 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’!