Classic gathering

Ollie Dewar looks forward to the Taittinger Royal Solent Yacht Club Regatta

Monday May 9th 2011, Author: Ollie Dewar, Location: United Kingdom

South Coast yacht racing pundits are already predicting an increased level of entries to the fourth edition of the Taittinger Royal Solent Yacht Club Regatta 2011 held in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, between Friday 19 - Sunday 21 August. Escalating interest in the Western Solent’s premier regatta has triggered the inclusion of additional sport boat and classic yacht classes in an event that delivers competitive and highly social racing.

In 2009, 124 boats entered the regatta and, last year, 150 boats raced in a variety of conditions on the Western Solent with diverse fleets including 33 IRC boats; 11 Classic Swans; five International Dragons; 18 Folkboats; 26 cruisers; five Yarmouth One Designs (YOD); 26 X One Designs (XOD) and a trio of sleek International 6 Metres. This year, the event’s enduring popularity has triggered the inclusion of a J105 fleet and - due to the increased interest from classic boat owners – a separate start is scheduled for gaffers: a class swelled by the constant presence of Pilot Cutters in Yarmouth Harbour.

The prevailing popularity of the Taittinger RSYC Regatta is easy to define: a diverse fleet and well-organised racing; onshore entertainment with a broad appeal and an informal atmosphere where families are encouraged, all set against a stunning backdrop. Reserved berthing for competing yachts has been arranged in Yarmouth Harbour from Friday 19 August and throughout the regatta.

The Taittinger RSYC Regatta officially opens with the Taittinger Champagne Reception at the RSYC with the social highlight of the regatta, The Towers Party, taking place the same evening at the famous, landmark, waterfront property adjacent to the RSYC. Onshore entertainment is provided in the grounds of the Royal Solent Yacht Club each day of the event. The regatta also coincides with Yarmouth Carnival Week (13-20 August), providing additional onshore entertainment. Dick Dawson, Rear Commodore Sailing at the RSYC, is expecting a record turn-out: “We were gratified by the success of last year’s regatta and we’re confident that this year we will once again beat recessionary tendencies with this popular, fun, family-friendly and inexpensive event,” says Dawson. “We look forward to welcoming first-timers and repeat visitors to the loveliest location in the Solent.”

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