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

Here 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.

2018 DATES:

2018 Regatta dates are now confirmed and have been posted in the table below, and a full explanation of all regatta dates and competitions can be found on the Current Season page.


We should have some good news on the future of the pond very soon – and we are very hopeful that sailing in 2018 will return to normal!

No sailing was possible at all in 2017 due to the serious lack of water in the pond. Any visitors to the boating lake recently will have seen it is in a sorry state. 

You can read an excellent article in the Lowestoft Journal about the problems facing the future of the pond (and model yacht sailing in Southwold) here: http://www.lowestoftjournal.co.uk/news/project-under-way-to-solve-water-shortage-issues-at-southwold-boating-lake-1-5184497 

As the article describes, SMYR have in the past engaged contractors to fill or dredge the pond, at some considerable expense to our own members – yet we have no legal stake in the pond and its surroundings, purely a strong concern that the pond is usable and a desire to see model yacht sailing continuing for generations to come.

We have been working hard in consultation with the local council and the area leaseholders over the last few years to try and secure a constant source of water for the pond. At the moment things are looking positive and moving very much in the right direction! Watch this space for more details!

More information:

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

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.

The 2018 season dates can be found in the table below. They follow 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!

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’!

2018 Regatta Dates
Monday 28 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 25 July 2:00pm Pick-Up Regatta all entries taken on the day
Saturday 28 July 2:00pm First Regatta entries taken in advance – including the Pout Cup
Tuesday 31  July 1:00pm Second Regatta entries taken in advance – including the Family Relay Race, and the Quincentenary Salver for Beach Yawls
Saturday 4 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 8 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 14 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 22 August 2:00pm Final Regatta entries taken on the day