2022 East Coast Piers Race Weekend

Over the weekend of 18th and 19th June Marconi Sailing Club played host to the 33rd East Coast Piers Race. Not being held in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID it was a welcome return for the classic long distance sailing event.

Since the last event we have also lost a dear catamaran sailing friend in Robin Smith.

35 years ago a small group of Marconi Sailing Club cat sailors met in the now-defunct Marconi Social Club bar to chat through the idea of a long distance charity cat race to raise funds following the death of a fellow cat sailor. Robin Smith had brought along a silver Rose Bowl, and proposed we used it as a trophy. A small team bit the bullet… and the East Coast Piers Race was born.

Round 2 of the Allen Endurance Series was set to be a big one with 59 competitors pre entered for the weekend. Part of that bumper entry was a fleet of keen Dart 18s also treating the event as one of their TTs.


Saturday saw the competitors gather for a briefing at 12pm in the club marquee ahead of two races scheduled for 1pm.

The two races started without delay and saw the mix of fast dinghies and catamarans covering an approximate 8 mile course up and down the river. The faster catamarans managed to complete two laps with the slower boats only completing one.

On Saturday evening the race briefing for Sunday was held at 6pm with competitors gathering to learn about the course and what they should expect. This was followed by a BBQ which was included in the entry price.

Later in the evening a band played to get the competitors in the mood for a full on day of racing. Many competitors were seen in the bar enjoying a pint of Mighty Oak to support the charities. There are not many sailing events where you can drink for charity, a big thank you to Mighty Oak for the donation of beers.

Congratulations to Saturday series winners:

  • Matt Young and Simon Farren for the catamarans
  • Tristan Walker-Hutt and Tom Clayton for the dinghies


Sunday saw an early start for the competitors with a scheduled first race start time of 8.30am. After a minor ‘no power’ hiccup the competitors were woken slightly later than planned to the sound of Neil Diamond playing over the clubs tannoy system.

The full 48 mile ECPR got off to a flying start with much discussion over course records being broken. It was Kevin Dutch and David Banner who lead the fleet with a convincing lead but unfortunately they missed the Colne Point gate. Many others sailed past the gate but realised and managed to turn back to go through the gate and sail on towards Walton.

Unfortunately the wind died at Walton and it was a slow ride back for the ECPR competitors, the first boat back managed the course in 5hrs and 6 minutes, certainly no record breaking there.

The Colne Point race started at 8.45am but unfortunately two Marconi Sprint 15s were over the line and didn’t come back, they had a 15 minute time penalty added to their final time. The wind held for the first competitors back with them having a screaming reach out and back along the 27 mile course. First back were Ben and Ella Harris who broke the Colne Point race record by 14 minutes sailing their Spitfire.

The slower boats in the Colne Point race did suffer a drop in wind with the last boat coming home after 3 and a half hours of sailing.

There was only one competitor for the 13 mile Bradwell course, an RS200 helmed by Jo Tribe from local town Burnham-on-Crouch. They had an enjoyable race which was also hampered by the drop in wind speed towards the end.

Congratulations to the race winners:

  • William Sunnucks and Mark Self for the full ECPR
  • Deborah Walters and Barry Peters for the Colne Point catamarans
  • Tristan Walker-Hutt and Tom Clayton for the Colne Point dinghies
  • Jo Tribe and Marcus Collingbourne for the Bradwell Race


View all results on our results page


We really couldn’t run the race without the generosity of our race sponsors, a huge thank you to:

Mighty Oak Brewery
Sailing Chandlery
GP Sails
Chelsea Magazines
Funky Monkey Boat Names

Next Years Event

Next years event is scheduled to take place over the weekend of 8th and 9th July.

2022 ECPR Results

The East Coast Piers Race 2022 weekend was held at Marconi Sailing Club over the 18th and 19th June. Here are the results from the event across the various fleets.



1st – Tristan Walker-Hutt & Tom Clayton
2nd – Stephen Hermanson
3rd – Jo Tribe & Marcus Collingbourne


1st – Matt Young & Simon Farren
2nd – Grant Piggot & Jon Cotgrave
3rd – Kevin Dutch & David Banner

Full Results

Sunday Colne Point


1st – Tristan Walker-Hutt & Tom Clayton
2nd – Stephen Hermanson
3rd – Daniel Nickalls & Hannah Bard


1st – Deborah Walters & Barry Peters
2nd – Ben Harris & Ella Harris
3rd – Darren Wood & Tracey-Ann Wood

Full Results

Sunday East Coast Piers Race

1st – William Sunnucks & Mark Self
2nd – Nick Barnes & James Stacey
3rd – Matt Young & Simon Farren

Full Results

Sunday Bradwell Race

1st – Jo Tribe & Marcus Collingbourne

2022 ECPR Programme of Events

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Below are all the activities and timing for the East Coast Piers Race weekend 2022.

Even though you have entered online please go to race reception during the allocated times to collect stickers, meal tickets and other important information for the race weekend.

We will have a limited number of flares and items of ECPR clothing available to buy.


08:00 – Camp site opens
18:00 – Bar opens
23:00 – Bar closes


08:30 – Galley open for breakfast
10:00 – Last breakfast served – The galley will remain open to serve food and drinks throughout the day.
10:00 – Race reception opens
12:00 – Bar opens
12:00 – Briefing for the competitors for Saturday races
13:00 – Race reception closes
13:00 – Scheduled start for Race 1 of the day – Race 2 will follow
16:00 – Race reception open
17:00 – Race reception closed
18:00 – Briefing for the ECPR, Colne Point and Bradwell Races
19:00 – Evening meal available (pre order only)
20:00 – Band start
20:30 – Last evening meal served
21:00 – Galley closed
23:00 – Bar closed


06:30 – Breakfast available for competitors in the Galley
06:30 – Gate onto hard opens for support boats
07:00 – Gate onto hard opens for competitors
07:00 – Race reception open
07:30 – Race reception closed
08:30 – Start of East Coast Piers Race
08:45 – Start of Colne Point Race
09:00 – Start of Bradwell Race
11:00 – Last breakfast served
12:00 – Bar opens
18:00 – Galley closed
TBC – Prize giving (held as soon as possible)
19:00 – Bar closed


12:00 – Camp site closed

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2022 ECPR Entry Open

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We are pleased to announce that entry for the 2022 East Coast Piers Race weekend is now open.

This years event, back after a 2 year gap, will be held at Marconi Sailing Club over the weekend of 18th and 19th June 2022.

What’s included?

  • Free on site camping from Friday through to Monday
  • Two Saturday races with the briefing at 12pm
  • Meal ticket for each competitor on Saturday night
  • Saturday evening entertainment
  • Entry into the Bradwell, Colne Point or ECPR races

Important info

  • Additional meal tickets for your friends and family should be purchased when entering
  • Age restrictions apply
  • Safety equipment is required
  • Entry is limited to 60 boats
  • You can’t enter over the weekend, online entry closes the Wednesday evening before the event

Please read the notice of race for more information.

Enter now

You can enter now through the Sail Racer website

East Coast Piers Race 2022 Notice of Race

East Coast Piers Race Weekend Notice of Race

18TH & 19TH JUNE 2022

The East Coast Piers Race weekend is held at Marconi Sailing Club on the River Blackwater in Essex and consists of Saturday series racing and long distance racing on Sunday. The East Coast Piers Race (48 miles), Colne Point Race (27 miles) and the Bradwell Race (13 miles) are all options for Sunday to help cater for your type of boat.

Free camping is available on site from Friday through to Monday midday. A 60 boat limit is in place and entry will be online through the Sail Racer website.

Online entry will close at midnight on the Wednesday evening before the race weekend. It is not possible to enter the event after this date.


East Coast Piers Race 2022

Marconi Sailing Club are looking forward to welcoming competitors back once again to the River Blackwater for the East Coast Piers Race 2022.

After a two year break we are deep into the planning of the race weekend which will be held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2022.

Get the date into your diary now for an action packed weekend of fun and sailing.

What’s on the agenda for 2022?

  • Free Camping on site from Friday through to Monday
  • In shore racing on Saturday with two races
  • Evening entertainment and food
  • The choice of three race courses on Sunday (13miles, 27miles or 48miles)

Please take time to read the notice of race and sailing instructions as they include essential information about the race weekend.

East Coast Piers Race 2019

East Coast Piers Race weekend once again a success with 86 entries taking on the long distance racing challenge.

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East Coast Piers Race (ECPR) is a weekend of sailing held at Marconi Sailing Club in Essex, with all funds raised from entry and weekend activities going to chosen charities the Cirdan Sailing Trust and Essex Air Ambulance.

ECPR 2019 was part three of the Allen Endurance Series. We’re pleased that so many boats pre-entered this year, it makes organising such a complex event much easier.

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