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World Championship Sailing on the English Riviera

PUBLISHED: 12:30 08 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:09 20 February 2013

World Championship Sailing on the English Riviera

World Championship Sailing on the English Riviera

The Royal Torbay Yacht Club (RTYC), situated on Torquay's Harbourside on the English Riviera, is to host the prestigious Laser SB3 World Championships from the 14th to the 20th of May 2011. The event is sponsored by Australian clothing brand Zhik.

World Championship Sailing on the English Riviera

The Royal Torbay Yacht Club (RTYC), situated on Torquays Harbourside, is to host the prestigious Laser SB3 World Championships from the 14th to the 20th of May 2011. The event is sponsored by Australian clothing brand Zhik.

The event will attract over 120 boats from fourteen countries and will present an exciting spectacle for visitors to South Devons beautiful bay. The Laser SB3 is a high performance, 6.1 meter sports boat with a crew of three or four (max crew weight 270kgs); the boats carry a large sail area making them very fast.

Tor Bay, part of the UNESCO endorsed English Riviera Global Geopark, spans four miles between headlands and is indented by three miles. There are no significant obstructions or sandbanks and it provides a natural amphitheatre for spectators. The depth of water is an average of 10 metres across the bay at low water and the tidal streams are usually less than one knot in the bay. This makes the idyllic, horseshoe shaped Tor Bay an ideal venue for the Laser SB3 World Championships.

The boats will arrive on Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th of May and will be rigged on the harbour side before being craned into Torquay Harbour for the event. Racing will take place in Tor Bay from Monday 16th to Friday 20th May. The boats will be leaving the harbour during the morning to start racing at 1100 daily. Three one hour races will take place each day on two courses.

The last World Championship was held on Lake Garda, Italy, where Jerry Hill, from the Solent, was crowned World Champion. He will be defending his Championship but he will not find it easy with a number of very strong crews from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and France competing.

The Royal Torbay Yacht Club will assemble over fifty volunteers to run the event. The Event Organiser is Adrian Peach with Rear Commodore Bill Butcher looking after the racing. RTYC marshals will meet the competitors as they arrive and direct the boats to areas around the harbour to rig. Two cranes, one on South Pier and the second on Haldon Pier, will lift the boats each weighing 900kgs, into the water. The SB3s will be moored on pontoons on Haldon Pier and the Town Dock.

A busy social programme has been arranged for the competitors in the Club with daily sponsors providing food and liquid refreshment after racing. On the Sunday there will be drinks with the Commodore welcoming all the competitors to the Royal Torbay Yacht Club and on the Monday a Civic Reception welcoming everyone to the English Riviera. A Crews Supper and Dance is to be held at the Palace Hotel on the Wednesday for the 400 competitors and helpers. The Championship will end with the prize giving and the crowning of the 2011 World Champion in the Royal Torbay Yacht Club.

The Principal Race Officer will be Robert LLewelyn, assisted by Peter Rumbelow, and on the second course, the Race Officer will be David Rayment assisted by Bill Butcher. All the race officers are from the Royal Torbay Yacht Club and between them have many years experience of running major events. Ashore, the Beach Master Team will be led by Claire Wells-Brown and the results will be compiled by Bob McPherson. The Logistics Team, who have to organise all the boats arriving and departing, will be led by Pete Muskett. The social events organiser is Steve Williams.

Sponsors of the event are: Beverage Brands, Gill, Hyde Sails, Laser Performance, Atlantic Spars, Mount Gay Rum, English Braids, Bays Brewery, Pedros Yacht Refinishing, Torquay Harbour and Torbay Council.

The Royal Torbay Yacht Club is to host a second World Championship in September for the two person Tasar dinghy.

Top local sailors to watch:

John Pollard sailing Xcellent, Adrian Peach sailing Uber 3 and current Melges 32 European Champion, Joe Woods, sailing Red.

Top Tip:

The Bay forms a natural amphitheatre for spectators. A great place to see the racing is from Daddyhole Plain just above Torquays Harbourside.

For further information contact:

Royal Torbay Yacht Club

English Riviera Tourism Company

Photos by Jean Border


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