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The IYC & Combined Clubs Cruiser Series (CCS) Races

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The Combined Clubs Cruiser Series hold five cruiser races throughout the season in conjunction with Benfleet Yacht Club, Island Yacht Club, Essex Yacht Club, Leigh Sailing Club and Thames Estuary Yacht Club.
For the 2005 season and beyond for an unspecified period, other clubs around the Thames Estuary will also be invited to compete, for example Thorpe Bay Yacht Club and Queenborough Yacht Club.


The CCCS races are as follows: Race to Queenborough - organised by BYC; Race to the River Blackwater - organised by Essex YC; Race to Harty Ferry - organised by Leigh SC; Boatacs Trophy to Stangate Creek - organised by Essex YC; Race to Upnor - organised by Island YC.
This arrangement provides the following benefits: Attracting higher entry numbers. Added competition of racing against boats from other clubs. A chance to meet fellow sailors from other clubs. Share race management and organising resources.

There are three classes of boats: A Class Monohull Cruisers - Fast Handicap, up to PY number 1079; B Class Monohull Cruisers - Slow Handicap PY number 1080 and above; M Class Multihull Cruisers.
 

Details and Brief History of IYC and Local Cruiser Races

WARNING; Courses can change from year to year. Always check the race course on entry form.
The Chartlets below are provided for illustration purposes only. Not to be used for navigation.
Click on the map or trophy thumbnail for further details.


IYC Trophy Cruiser Points (Island Yacht Club only)
The following races count towards the Cruiser Points. Yachts & Yachting Shield, Smallgains Cup, Fisk Cup, A & B Cup, Ladies Race, Greene King, Ellen Rapkin Race, Novice Race, Sunnyside Cup Race, Interclub Cruiser Challenge Cup.
The BOATACS Trophy, & NORE Race, results are not counted for the Cruiser Points.
Scoring system
3.0 for starting, 2.0 for finishing, 1.5 for 1st in class, 1.0 for 2nd in class, 0.5 for 3rd in class, 1 point for every boat you beat in class

IYC Trophy
IYC Short Race Course

Sunnyside Cup Race (Island Yacht Club only) for both Cruisers & Dinghies
The race was named after & and sponsored by the Sunnyside Café which used to be near the West Creek moorings

Course, Short,
Start Point, West Leigh Middle(S), Chapman(S), West Leigh Middle(P), Finish Point

IYC Trophy
IYC Short Race Course

Ladies Race (Island Yacht Club only) for both Cruisers & Dinghies
IYC Race for lady skippers.

Course Short,
Start Point, West Leigh Middle(S), Chapman(S), West Leigh Middle(P), Finish Point
IYC Trophy
Koningstein Cup (Island Yacht Club only) for both Cruisers & Dinghies
It was named after a Dutchman called Koningstein who was an acquaintance of Arthur Rapkin. This is a pursuit race where each boat starts at a different time, based on handicap, designed to enable all boats to cross the finish line together.
Course
Start Point, W Leigh(S), Chapman(P), Scars Elbow(S), Chapman(S), W Leigh(P), Finish Point

IYC Trophy
IYC Ellen Rapkin Race Course

Ellen Rapkin Race (Island Yacht Club only) Cruisers only
Memorial Cup for Ellen Rapkin. Wife of Arthur Rapkin and Secretary to the IYC for many years. Awarded to first Monohull cruiser on corrected time. Following the demise of the Goodwins Race, Bill Mahon wanted to sponsor a longer race and donated the trophy "Mahon Multihull Cup" for Cruisers to be awarded for the first Multihull Cruiser on corrected time in the Ellen Rapkin Race.
Course
Start Leigh, Knob(S), Shivering Sand Towers(S), Spile(S), Finish Leigh.

IYC Trophy
IYC Short Race Course

Greene King Race (Island Yacht Club only)
Originally known as the Whitbread Race, and later the Shepherd Neame race. It was the first race to be sponsored by the Whitbread Brewery who donated a barrel of beer each year to celebrate with. In 2005 the race was divided into the Greene King Race for cruisers, and the Whitbread Race for dinghies.
Course Short,
Start Point, West Leigh Middle(S), Chapman(S), West Leigh Middle(P), Finish Point

IYC Short Race Course

Norton Novice Race (Island Yacht Club only)
Sponsored by IYC member Gerry Norton. A race for novice skippers who have not raced before, aided by experienced race skippers. Trophy, The Norton Cup.
Course Short,
Start Point, West Leigh Middle(S), Chapman(S), West Leigh Middle(P), Finish Point

IYC Trophy

IYC Short Race Course

Ladies Pursuit Race (Island Yacht Club only)
This is a pursuit race where each boat starts at a different time, based on handicap, designed to enable all boats to cross the finish line together.
This race has not been run of late due to lack of numbers.
Course Short,
Start Point, West Leigh Middle(S), Chapman(S), West Leigh Middle(P), Finish Point
  Gentleman's Cruise to St Catherine's (Island Yacht Club only)
Only for the hardy sailor, normally takes place in December. Entrants can be both motor and sail.
IYC Trophy Blue Nose Trophy
This event is not a formal Yacht Race but a "light hearted dash" to Upnor.
Sponsored by IYC member Barry Hiscutt. This event is for sailing vessels only but can be completed by the sailing vessel under sail or power.
Awarded to the first IYC Skipper of a sailing vessel to be signed in at The Medway Yacht Club in the New Year. Competitors must leave Canvey in the New Year.
IYC Trophy

CCS Trophy
Upnor Race Course 1
Upnor Race Course 2
Upnor Race Course 3

Upnor Race & Cruise (Island Yacht Club)
Combined Cruiser series of races.
Also known locally in the IYC as the A & B Cup which is awarded to the overall winner, (The sponsors are Alan Brooks & Brian Turner) The CCCS Race originally had 2 classes, A & B. later Ray Vincent, frustrated by the new multihull entrants who kept winning, donated the Vincent Multihull cup as a Trophy so it now has 3 classes A, B, & M.
Courses
No.1 Start Leigh, S Shoebury(S), Medway no.1(S), Grain Edge(P), Finish Medway no.30A. (21 miles)


No. 2
Start Leigh,  W Shoebury(S), Medway no.5(S) Grain Edge(P), Finish Medway no.30A (16 miles)


No. 3
Start Leigh, W Shoebury(S), Grain Edge(P), Finish Medway no.30A (14 miles)

IYC Trophy

CCS Trophy

Harty Ferry Race Course

Harty Ferry Race & Cruise (Leigh Sailing Club)
Combined Cruiser series of races.
Also known locally in the IYC as The Fisk Cup

Course
Start Leigh, S Shoebury(S), Spile(P), Columbine(S), Pollard Spit(P), Sand End(S), Finish Harty Ferry (20 miles)
Boatacs Trophy Course 1
Boatacs Trophy Course 2
Boatacs Trophy (Essex Yacht Club)
Combined Cruiser series of races sponsored by Boatacs Chandlery, an entrance fee is asked for which is then donated to the RNLI.
Course 1.
Start West to East. South Shoebury (S). Medway No.1 (S). Nore Swatch (P).Grain Edge (S). Grain Hard (S). South Kent (S). FINISH. (Approx. 16 Mls.)
Course 2.
Start West to East. West Shoebury (S). Grain Edge (S). Grain Hard (S).South Kent (S). FINISH. (Approx. 10 Mls.)

IYC Trophy
CCS Trophy

Blackwater Race CourseChart

Blackwater Race & Cruise (Essex Yacht Club)
Combined Cruiser series of races. Also known locally in the IYC as Yachts & Yachting Shield or East Coast Race.


Course

Start Leigh, Shoebury Boom outer Beacon(P), Maplin(P), S Whitaker(P), Swin Spitway(P), Wallet Spitway(P), Knoll(P), Eagle(S), Bench Head(S) Finish Nass Beacon. (Approx 30 miles)
IYC Trophy
CCS Trophy
Nore Race Course A
Nore Race Course B
Queenborough Race & Cruise (Benfleet Yacht Club)
The last of the 5 Combined Cruiser series of races. Also known locally in the IYC as The Smallgains Cup.

Course
No. 1 Start Leigh, S Shoebury(S), Medway No1(S), Grain Edge(P),  Queenborough Spit(S), Finish Floating Jetty Queenborough, (15.3 miles)


No. 2 Start Leigh, W Shoebury(S), Medway No5(S), Grain Edge(P), Queenborough Spit(S), Finish Floating Jetty Queenborough, (10.4 miles)

 

Nore Race Course A
Nore Race Course B
 
Nore Race (Benfleet Yacht Club)
Hundreds of boats,
See below for history
Course A
Start Pier, S Shoebury (S), Medway (S), Nore Swatch (S), W Shoebury (P), Finish Pier, (Approx 16Mls)
Course B 2009
Start Pier, W Shoebury (S), Nore Swatch (S), W Nore Sand (P), E Blyth (S), W Leigh Middle (S), Finish Pier. (Approx 12 Mls.)

Trophies


Interclub Cruiser Challenge Courset

Interclub Cruiser Challenge Course

 

Interclub Cruiser Challenge/Team Race (Each year organised by a member of the Interclub group) This race was formally known as Southend Town Cup. There are normally 2 courses which are used, and details are included on the Race Entry form. The decision which will be used will be made before just before the start and displayed on the Start Boat.
Course 1
Start Leigh, W Shoebury(S), Nore Swatch(S), Mid Swatch(S), Leigh(S), W Shoebury(S), Leigh(P)*, W Nore Sand(P), Mid Swatch(P), Nore Swatch(P), W Shoebury(P), Finish Leigh. Distance 21.2 miles

Course 2

Start Leigh, W Shoebury(S), Nore Swatch(S), Mid Swatch(S), Leigh(S), W Shoebury(S), Leigh(P)*, Mid Swatch(P), Nore Swatch(P), W Shoebury(P), Finish Leigh. Distance 19.6 miles

* Race may be shortened at the Leigh Buoy

 

Interclub Team Race (Traditionally this was a separate race using the same course as the Cruiser Challenge. Where competing clubs would enter a team of a minimum of 3 but up to 4 boats, one of which could be a multihull.) Of late the clubs entering a team have dwindled due to the difficulty of finding boats and crews who are both willing and available. From 2006 season the Team race will be incorporated into the cruiser Challenge. The scoring system is 0.75 points for first place, 2 points for 2nd, 3 points for 3rd, 4 points for 4th and so on. The winning team is the one with the least points, the best 3 boats to count. Now a club may enter as many boats as they wish but only the best 3 places will count for the team points. Team Racing Rules no longer apply to this race.
   
   
 

 

THE NORE RACE Organised by Benfleet Yacht Club
A Brief History
The Nore sands lie in the Thames Estuary and extend between Shoeburyness in the north and Sheerness in the south. The Nore Lightship, anchored 4 miles Southeast of Shoeburyness, was the first to be established in English waters in 1732. The Nore anchorage was much used by the English fleet in the wars of the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1797, Sailors at the Nore mutinied against their conditions, and their leader, Richard Parker, was hanged from the yardarm of his ship.
The Lightship is now replaced by a large navigation buoy. In the 1920's, Frank Garon, of the well known Southend based Garon business family, approached the "Interclub" Association of Southend Yacht clubs with the idea of a race round the Nore Light Vessel. Interclub were not interested, so Mr. Garon, as a member of Benfleet Yacht Club, asked BYC if they would organise it and they agreed. At first, the race was sailed annually, with the winners from each consecutive three years, racing for a large silver cup.
During the war, light vessels were only put on station for conveys and then towed in again. The Nore Light Vessel was moored inside the Shoebury boom (still visible today), and was therefore left on station all the time. After the war, the race was sailed for "cash" prizes, the silver cup probably having been melted down "for the war effort"! In the 1950's, Frank Garon was intending to emigrate to Australia and so the Commodore of Benfleet Yacht Club (Will Clarke) asked him, whilst standing on the end of Southend Pier for the Nore Race, if he would donate some money to enable the race to continue. This he readily agreed to. Frank Garon died within six months of this and his ashes were scattered round the Nore.

The Nore Race today
The Nore Race is now one of the premier and largest yacht races in the South East of England. The prizes are presented at Benfleet Yacht Club clubhouse, where a live band in a marquee normally provides entertainment.
The race itself is aimed to attract both a wide variety of boats and peoples interest in sailing. Past competing boats have ranged from small dinghies, such as the Mirror, up to large cruisers. Over the last few years, we've had the former Americas Cup challenger "Victory", previously owned by Peter De Savary, compete in the race.
In terms of peoples interest; some go out to win with a fully switched on crew, whilst others, maybe with just husband and wife on board, are content to follow the pack around in a relaxed manner. The Nore Race means different things to different people.
The course is also designed to be of an optimum distance, approximately 20 miles, to consider all competing boat types. It starts from the end of Southend Pier and runs in a clockwise circle around the Thames Estuary; crossing over to the North Kent Coast and passing the wreck of the sunken 2nd World War ammunitions ship "Richard Montgomery" and the mouth of the River Medway. The course returns to Southend Pier for the finish.
In the past, the Race has attracted around 300 entries, but today, numbers average around 200. For the 2003 race, the start will be split into two groups to aid comfort at this hectic moment: starting with the Cruisers (Multihull and Monohull), followed by the Dinghies (Multihull and Monohull) ten minutes later.

 

 

 

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