Lymington Sports Boat Regatta
Lymington's Six Bells Sailing Club is to host the 2014 Sportsboat Regatta over 26-27 July. The regatta is open to all boats up to 8 metres, with a keel, forward launching pole and asymmetric spinnaker. Racing will be held under IRC.
Entries are expected from a number of classes, including the Viper 640, VX One, SB20, J70, K6, 1720 and Melges 20/Melges 24.
The programme starts with a practice race on the Friday afternoon. Saturday’s programme will comprise of a number of windward - leeward races in the Western Solent followed by an EFG prizegiving at the Mayflower Public House, right alongside the Lymington pontoons. With yachts are expected to arrive by trailer and others by sea from local clubs, the format for Sunday's Pursuit Race will allow for yachts to sail back to their bases.
Prizes have been donated by sponsors EFG Private Bankers, who support numerous international yachting events. The winner of each Class (with four or more boats) will receive a bottle of vintage champagne and the overall winner will receive a corporate hospitality day with EFG Private Bankers. They will have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of motor racing, classic car, polo, music or many other special events. A further prize may be presented to the overall winner under Portsmouth Yardstick handicap.
Sunday’s race is planned to be a longer Pursuit Race around the Western Solent with the slowest boats (on handicap) starting first and the fastest last. The first across the finish line after the time limit will be the winner, and a bottle of rum and other prizes, courtesy of the sponsor, will be handed out as the yachts cross the line.
Michael Beggs, 6BSC event organiser, stated: "The Lymington Sportsboat Regatta provides an exciting opportunity for sportsboat owners to compete together, especially as it offers practice before Cowes Week. The aim is to make this an annual event and we are really pleased to have EFG Private Banking backing this first UK event, providing a great selection of prizes. It should be fun on the water and onshore!"