As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, Suffolk Yacht Harbour (SYH) has announced its annual Classic Regatta will be postponed. Due to take place from 12th-14th June, the regatta is the largest event of its kind on the east coast of the UK. With a close eye on government guidelines, SYH is currently planning for the regatta to be rescheduled to later in the summer.
SYH managing director Jonathan Dyke commented, “After much consideration and due to the forward planning involved, we have decided to delay this year’s regatta. We are hopeful that by June, restrictions will be lifted, and people will be able to get back out on the water and enjoy the summer. However, with many classic yachts currently still laid up or mid-maintenance, owners will need extra time to get their yachts ‘race ready’.”
Jonathan added, “We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and very much hope we will be able to hold an event later in the summer. The regatta is a mainstay of the SYH calendar and classic yachting on the east coast, so if we can run it later this year and give people something to look forward to then we absolutely will.”
Founded in 2002, the SYH Classic Regatta is now firmly established in the UK classic yachting calendar as the largest event of its kind on the east coast attracting a fleet of both local and visiting sailors from as far afield as the Channel Islands. The event welcomes everyone from keen racers to social sailors to compete in the fast, slow and Stella classes across a three-race series.
Entry criteria for the regatta requires yachts to be either pre-1970 design of traditional construction, Bermuda or gaff rigged and built of wood or steel. Modern classic yachts with wooden or steel hulls are also welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the new regatta website www.syhclassicregatta.co.uk for further details.