6 World Class Yachting Events In The UK


U.K. World Class Yachting

Do you remember the first time you woke up in a cold sweat smelling the summer sea air in your nostrils and dreaming of that perfect yachting event? Imagine standing amongst your friends, wind in your hair, drink in your hand, cheering the yachts on their way. Five months have passed since you have seen the action; you are really ready for a new season of fun competition. Stop watching the events on the BBC and get out and experience the thrill of the surf. In this article I will list some of the top 6 world class yachting events in the world which are within your reach both geographically and economically.

Penzance Open

Three Races back to back! What can get better to get the heart thumping, the hair blowing, and lungs full of ocean air? Imagine the scene of yachts racing through the channel at Mounts bay at top speed. With a tidal range up to 6 meters, this race is sure to bring much excitement. Competitors hope for a south wind in this race, providing for a consistent speed, but watch out for the swell!

Olympic Games

The world’s elite competing against each other! Yes you may observe the occasional cack-handed bobber, but it is also true you may find yourself spotting that next Reg White. With eight different classes, this event will be sure to thrill. This is your opportunity to dig out that union jack blazer and cheer on your countryman. Make your reservations early as this event will draw worldwide participants and spectators. What better competition then watching individuals compete with national pride at stake.

Cowes Week Regatta

The largest regatta of its kind in the world! This year’s race boasts of forty daily races with over 1000 competitors. With so many entries, this race provides adrenaline from start to finish. Whether you cheer for the white group (dayboats) or the black group (larger boats with cabins), or both, this race will not disappoint. This race is a viewer’s paradise, with several different platforms to observe all the action. With the size of venue come other benefits, such as sponsorship perks and freebies. This is the race that often defines all others.

Industry Sailing Challenge

Sailing around the clock! No time for a kip during this gruelling race. Even though this race is early in the season, you will still see teamwork and sailing expertise in an extremely challenging environment. Early season races usually have smaller crowds and allow for bargains for lodging as well. Enthusiasm is high as things get into motion in the intense world of Yachting competitions.

Ovington Inland Championships

A premium late season view inland! With a close proximity to shore this event offers a full panoramic view for the sailing fanatic. 6 different categories provide the optimal experience for both participant and spectator. This venue has long been a great training site for world class competitors and it’s an event that boasts many up and coming female sailors. If you have been a spectator too long, this is perhaps the best event for the novice sailor to get their feet wet.

Craftinsure Filey Regatta

High quality fleets in an un-spoilt venue! This event in Scarborough sponsored by the Filey sailing club is a must attend yacht race. Noted for its high swells and intense westerly winds, the race course provides challenges unique to its geographical setting.

Which of these six yachting events will you attend? From the early season Industry challenge, to the late season Ovington inland championships there is a wide variety of venues. Challenging weather patterns, high seas and fierce competitors, make participating a splendid delight. Perhaps you are novice Yachtsman or well-seasoned sailor, either way there is certainly something for everyone at these races. Look for me, I will be the one with the loudhailer cheering on the kids!

If you are looking for day skipper sailing courses that offer a good grounding in beginner to advanced yachting, Mustang offer solent sailing as well as a wide range of courses in Portsmouth and London.

Guest Author:  Thanks to our sailing friends “across the pond” for this great information on 6 World Class Yachting Events In The UK, including the Olympic sailing competition this summer!


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