Bridlington


The Marine Engineer
 

The Marine Engineer

Jim Saltonstall looks at an under-used East Coast venue
Situated off the east coast of Yorkshire, Bridlington is perhaps the best bay for sailboat racing on the whole of the east coast of England. With easy access from the end of the M62, it can be reached from the south coast within five hours travelling time. The Royal Yorkshire YC is situated above the western end of the harbour, renowned for its hospitality and social programs. There has been many an excellent evening on the premises in the past, and I am sure there will be in the future. The organisation for major events, both ashore and afloat, matches the hospitality - talked about for many years afterwards! The club has a satellite clubhouse for the dinghies and catamarans, three miles to the south, with good facilities recently modernized. The racing is off the beach, which is shallow and shelving. That’s no issue when the wind blows out of the western sector, which it does during the summer months. But when the easterlies set in, usually in the spring, launching off the beach can be tricky. Keel boats race from the harbour, and area championships have been held for both the Squibs and J24's. The harbour itself dries out at low water, with the boats sitting in the mud. But facilities are being improved all the time, and there is new equipment available, which can launch and recover boats quickly. There is also talk of a marina being built, which would turn Bridlington Bay into one of the best racing venues on the east coast. A holiday town, there is plenty of accommodation, camp and caravan sites, with pubs and restaurants in abundance - and the fish and chips are second to none. Bridlington is a great place to race - a badly under-used venue - find out for yourself! Race

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