2024 East Coast Piers Race Notice of Race

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2024

The Organising Authority is the Marconi Sailing Club.

1. RULES

The event is governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) except any that are changed by the event Sailing Instructions

The Organising Authority implements the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Racing Charter.  Competitors shall undertake to sail in accordance with the Charter.

The RYA Exoneration Penalty and Arbitration will be available.

RRS 63.7 is changed so that in the event of a conflict between the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, the Sailing Instructions shall prevail.

2. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

The sailing instructions will be available through the East Coast Piers Race website at least three days prior to the event, and also available on the official notice board throughout the weekend.  Paper copies will not be available at the event.

3. COMMUNICATION

3.1       The official notice board is located within the clubhouse corridor.

3.2       From the first warning signal until the end of the last race of the day, except in an emergency, a boat shall not make voice or data communication that is not available to all boats.  [DP].

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2023 ECPR Results

The East Coast Piers Race 2023 weekend was held at Marconi Sailing Club over the 8th and 9th July. Here are the results from the event across the various fleets.

Saturday

Dinghies

1st – Mia Morgan, Tiegan, Anna and Niamh
2nd – Steve Harvey
3rd – Richard Collis and Tim Chapman

Catamarans

1st – Kevin Dutch and David Banner
2nd – Mark Robinson and Martyn Warner
3rd – Tim Neal and Simon Farren

View full results

Sunday Colne Point

Dinghies

1st – Tristan Walker-Hutt and Tom Clayton
2nd – Daniel Nickalls and David Nickalls
3rd – Mia Morgan, Tiegan, Anna and Niamh

View all in Colne Point results

Catamarans

1st – Olly Harris and Eloise Smith
2nd – Jon Pearse
3rd – Mark Robin and Martyn Warner

View full results

Sunday East Coast Piers Race

1st – Kevin Dutch and David Banner
2nd – Tim Neal and Simon Farren
3rd – Dan Tindale and Izzy Smith

View full results

2023 East Coast Piers Race Sailing Instructions

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE EAST COAST PIERS RACE; THE COLNE POINT RACE AND SATURDAY RACES ONE AND TWO

The East Coast Piers Race and the Colne Point Race will be held on Sunday 9th July 2023.

Starting time East Coast Piers Race 0900 hrs

Starting time Colne Point Race 0915 hrs.

Saturday Races one and two will be held on Saturday 8th July 2023.

NOTE 1 – Throughout these Sailing Instructions the following applies: –

RACE SUNDAY – means Sunday 9th July 2023

RACE SATURDAY – means Saturday 8th July 2023

NOTE 2: Three laps are prescribed under the ECPR and Colne Point courses to allow the Race Officer flexibility in closing gates if conditions require (thus reducing the area covered by the race).

  1. RULES

1,1   The event will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024.

1.2   The prescriptions of the RYA shall apply.

  1.  The relevant rules of the class associations of competing boats.
    1. The Organising Authority implements the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Racing Charter.  Competitors shall undertake to sail in accordance with the Charter.
    1.  RRS 63.7 is changed so that in the event of a conflict between the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, the Sailing Instructions shall prevail.

2. ENTRIES.

The East Coast Piers Race is open to small catamarans of classes that have a handicap rating of 1.055 or less in the International Small Catamaran Handicap Rating System (SCHRS).

The Colne Point Race is open to small catamarans of classes that have a handicap rating in the SCHRS system and monohull dinghies with a PY handicap of 980 or less and to such other boats as the race committee may in its absolute discretion accept.

3.CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

3.1 Risk Assesment

Rule 3 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: ‘The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.’  Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their property whether afloat or ashore;

They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;

Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;

It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any competitors briefing held for the event.

3.2 Insurance

Competitors are entered entirely at their own risk and are advised of the condition of entry that they shall be covered by valid third party insurance to the value of not less than £3,000,000.

3.3 Safety – Personal Buoyancy

RRS 40.1 applies at all times while afloat. Wet suits and dry suits do not constitute adequate personal buoyancy.

4.0 COMMUNICATIONS WITH COMPETITORS

4.1 Signals

The following flags may be flown where appropriate: (see inside back cover for illustrations)

General Recall …………………..                      1st Substitute

Shortened Course ……………….                     INT code ‘S’

Warning Signal & Race Flag ..….                    East Coast Piers Race – Orange ECPR

Colne Point Race –                                       Code Flag “C”

Preparatory ….…………………..                      INT code ‘P’

Abandonment ….………………..                      INT code ‘N’

Change to Sailing Instructions ….                   INT code ‘L’

Postponement ….………………..                     Answering Pennant

Gate Flag ………………………..                      Orange East Coast Piers Race

Gate Closed Flag – ECPR Race –                    INT code “S”

Gate Closed Flag – Colne Pt Race –                Code Flag “S”

Committee Boat on station at start                  INT code ‘V’

The Orange East Coast Piers Race flag is orange and rectangular and may carry the logo of one of the supporting companies. Vessels helping with the management of the event will fly this flag.

4.2 Notices to Competitors

Notices to competitors will be posted on the Race Notice Board located in the club corridor.

4.3 Briefing

Competitor briefings for all races, including the East Coast Piers Race and the Colne Point Race, will be held at the times announced in the Programme of Events or as notified on the Race Notice Board. All competitors for the East Coast Piers Race and the Colne Point Race are strongly recommended to attend the briefing which will take place around the Marconi Sailing Club Clubhouse at approximately 18.00 hrs. on Race Saturday.

4.4 Changes to Sailing Instructions

Any changes to the sailing instructions affecting the Saturday races will be posted before 12.15 hrs on Saturday. Any changes to the sailing instructions affecting the Sunday races will be posted before 07.00 hrs on Sunday. Such changes will be indicated by the International Code flag ‘L’ hoisted on the main club house flagstaff.

4.5 Emergency Phone Number

In the event of a boat and/or crew coming ashore other than at Marconi Sailing Club its crew shall telephone Marconi Sailing Club on 01621 772164. This is important to the effective and safe management of the race. The phone number can be found on the boat sticker given to you to stick onto your boat.

5.0 SIGNING ON AND OFF

5.1 Race Entry notification

Competitors must elect and indicate on registration whether they intend to participate in the East Coast Piers Race or the Colne Point Race.

If a competitor chooses to sail any of the races over the weekend with a different sail number to that registered at Race Reception, they will be scored DSQ.

Any change of the race being entered, boat configuration or sail number must be notified in writing to the Race Committee, prior to going afloat for the respective race, by lodging a notice at Race Reception.

5.2 Signing On and Off

Each boat will be given a competitor number on registration. A member of each crew must obtain the tally band corresponding to this number before going afloat. The tally must be returned to the Race Control as soon as reasonably possible after finishing each race. In the event of retirement the tally should be placed in the box marked ‘retired’. If the tally is returned to the Race Control but not placed in the ‘retired’ box it will be interpreted as a declaration of correct finishing with no outstanding rule infringements.

6.0 SATURDAY RACES ONE AND TWO

6.1 START

Rule 26 will apply.

6.2 RECALLS

6.2.1 Individual Recall

Individual recalls will be signalled by displaying the class warning flag at dip. No individual recall numbers will be given. This changes Racing Rule 29.1.

6.2.2 General Recall

The warning signal for a new start for the recalled class shall be made one minute after the First Substitute is removed (one sound) and the starts for any succeeding class shall follow the new start.

6.2.3 Race Box Start

The start line will be a continuation of the line between the triangle on the race box and the mete (staff) on the foreshore. When starting, boats must sail a course which passes between the mark ‘A’ (inner distance mark) and mark ‘G’ (outer distance mark). When distance marks ‘A’ and ‘G’ are positioned on the pre-start side of the starting line, boats starting must not cross a line at right angles to the start line which passes through the marks ‘A’ or ‘G’ where appropriate (i.e. Corinthian starts are not permitted). Boats failing to conform will be considered to be on the course side of the starting line and must return completely to the pre-start side of the two lines before starting. Boats failing to return and start correctly will be scored OCS.

6.2.4 Committee Boat Start

If a Committee Boat start is used it will be in the vicinity of Marconi Sailing Club or south of Osea Island. The start line is a straight line between the mast of the committee boat at one end and a starting mark at the other end. The committee boat will fly INT Code Flag “V from the masthead. Competitors passing between the Committee Boat and the inner distance mark shall round the Committee Boat before starting or incur a 15 minute time penalty.

6.3. COURSE

The marks used will be large yellow or orange inflatable buoys, local navigation marks, or otherwise. Courses will be notified at the Saturday evening briefing.

6.3.1 Shortened Course

If the relevant class warning flag and the International Code flag ‘S’ are displayed at the Club Race Box or on the Committee Boat, boats shall finish the race at the prescribed finishing line at the end of the lap still to be completed by the leading boat. If the relevant class warning flag and the International Code flag ‘S’ are displayed on a Committee Boat stationed near a rounding mark then boats shall finish the race on the line between the mast displaying the flag and the nearby rounding mark.

6.3.2 Race Box Finish

The finish line will be a line between the triangle on the race-box and the mark “G” passing between mark “A” and mark “G” as inner and outer distance marks respectively. Competitors are required to pass between mark “A” and mark “G” on each lap.

6.3.3 Committee Boat Finish

The finish line will be between the mast of the Committee Boat flying INT code flag “V” and a nearby mark of the course.

6.3.4 Average laps

The Race Officer may decide to calculate the result of the race(s) using an average laps system. Competitors will be informed of this at the Briefing before each Race. If the average lap system is used competitors should continue round the course until they receive a finishing signal.

7.0 EAST COAST PIERS RACE AND COLNE POINT RACE

7.1 START – EAST COAST PIERS RACE AND COLNE POINT RACE

7.1.1 The East Coast Piers Race is scheduled to start at the time specified at the top of these sailing instructions on Sunday.

7.1.2 The Colne Point Race

Is scheduled to start 15 minutes after the East Coast Piers Race on Sunday. Competitors in the Colne Point Race shall keep clear of the start area for at least 10 minutes before the start sound signal for the East Coast Piers Race and remain clear until the East Coast Piers Race competitors have cleared the start line.

7.1.3 Start

Rule 26 will apply. The start area will be in the vicinity of the sailing club or south of Osea Island. The start line will be between the mast of the Committee Boat and an inflatable buoy. The Committee Boat will fly INT Code Flag “V” from the masthead. Boats to start in an easterly direction between the yellow inflatable and an inner distance mark if laid. Competitors passing between the Committee Boat and the inner distance mark shall round the Committee Boat before starting or incur a 15 minute time penalty.

7.2 RECALLS

7.2.1 Individual Recalls

Individual recalls will be signalled by displaying the class warning flag at dip. No individual recall numbers will be given. This changes Racing Rule 29.1. Any boat found to be On Course Side of the start line at her start time, and which fails to subsequently return to the pre-start side of the line as required by rule 29.1 or 30.1, will incur a time penalty of 15 minutes. Any boat found to be On Course Side prior to her 1 minute signal, and which fails to

return to the pre-start side of the line as required by rule 29.1 or 30.1, will be scored Did Not Start (DNS).

7.2.2 General Recall

The warning signal for a new start for the recalled class shall be made one minute after the First Substitute is removed (one sound) and the starts for any succeeding class shall follow the new start.

7.3 COURSES FOR THE EAST COAST PIERS RACE AND THE COLNE POINT RACE

Set out below are the courses for the ECPR and the Colne Point Race which will, conditions permitting, be set by the Race Committee. The Race Committee reserves the right to set courses other than those described at its discretion; such courses will be described on the Race Notice Board near race reception by 0730 hrs.

7.3.1 COURSE – EAST COAST PIERS RACE

To proceed from the start for three laps through the following gates and round the following marks in the given order.

7.3.1.1 Bradwell Gate – Boats shall pass between an inflatable buoy and the adjacent shore leaving the buoy to port.

7.3.1.2 Colne Point Gate – Boats shall pass between an inflatable buoy and the adjacent shore leaving the buoy to starboard.

7.3.1.3 Clacton Gate – Boats shall pass between an inflatable buoy and the adjacent shore leaving the buoy to starboard.

7.3.1.4 Walton Gate – Boats shall round an inflatable buoy off the end of Walton Pier, leaving the buoy to starboard.

7.3.1.5 After passing through Walton Gate, boats shall re-pass through Clacton, Colne Point and Bradwell Gates in that order.

7.3.1.6 Marconi Mark – Boats shall round the Marconi Mark leaving it to starboard. The Marconi Mark is an inflatable buoy positioned approximately 250m north of the club at the end of the start/finish line.

7.3.2 COURSE – COLNE POINT RACE

To proceed from the start for three laps through the following gates and round the following marks in the given order.

7.3.2.1 Bradwell Gate – Boats shall pass between an inflatable buoy and the adjacent shore leaving the buoy to port.

7.3.2.2 Colne Point Gate – Boats shall pass between an inflatable buoy and the adjacent shore rounding the inflatable buoy and leaving it to starboard.

7.3.2.3 After passing through the Colne Point Gate, boats shall re-pass through the Bradwell Gate.

7.3.2.4 Marconi Mark – Boats shall round the Marconi Mark leaving it to starboard. The Marconi Mark is an inflatable buoy positioned approximately 250m north of the club at the end of the start/finish line.

7.3.3 FINISH – EAST COAST PIERS RACE AND COLNE POINT RACE

The finish line will be the line between the mast of the Committee Boat and the Marconi Mark – an inflatable buoy positioned approximately 250m north of the club at the end of the start/finish line. When finishing, boats must sail a course which passes between the inflatable buoy and the Committee Boat.

7.3.4 SHORTENED COURSE AND GATE CLOSURE – EAST COAST PIERS RACE AND COLNE POINT RACE

7.3.4.1 Shortened Course at Marconi Mark

If the INT Code flag ‘S’ is displayed at the Committee Boat (adjacent to Marconi Mark), with the relevant Race Flag(s), boats shall finish the race at the prescribed finishing line at the end of the lap still to be completed by the leading boat when the flag is displayed.

7.3.4.2 Gate Closure – East Coast Piers Race.

If a Gate of the course is closed it will be signalled by INT Code Flag “S” displayed on a boat near the buoy end of the gate, in addition to the Orange ECPR flag. Intermittent sound signals may be made from the shore end of the gate or from the boat flying the ECPR flags. If it is closed boats shall treat the closed Gate as the furthest mark of the course and shall immediately round the inflatable buoy at the closed gate, leaving it to Port in the case of Bradwell Gate and to starboard in the cases of Colne Point and Clacton Gates. Boats shall then continue to sail the course from the corresponding point on the return leg of the course passing through the appropriate return gates. The number of laps is unaffected.

7.3.4.3. Gate Closure – Colne Point Race.

The Bradwell Gate is the only gate that can be closed on this course.  If the gate is closed it will be signalled by code flag “S” displayed under the Colne Point Race code flag “C” on the Bradwell Gate boat. Intermittent sound signals may be made from the shore end of the gate or from the boat displaying the Colne Point Race flag. If it is closed boats shall treat the closed gate as the furthest gate of the course and shall immediately round the inflatable buoy at the closed gate, leaving it to port and start to sail the return leg of the course commencing from the closed gate. The number of laps is unaffected.

7.4 TIME LIMIT and ENFORCED RETIREMENT

7.4.1 – TIME LIMIT

Boats not completing the course by 17.00 hrs may, at the discretion of the Race Officer, be instructed to retire. On receiving such instruction that boat shall cease racing immediately and return to the Club by the quickest possible means.

7.4.2 – ENFORCED RETIREMENT

If conditions deteriorate or other factors become apparent that endanger a competitor and/or support boat crews, that competitor may, at the discretion of the Race Officer, be instructed to retire. On receiving such instruction that competitor shall cease racing immediately and return to the Club by the quickest possible means.

7.5 AGE LIMIT

On the day of the race, all competitors in the East Coast Piers Race and the Colne Point Race must be over the age of 16 years. Each boat must carry at least one crew member over the age of 18 years. Any competitor between the ages of 16 and 18 years must provide written parental consent by means of a parent or guardians signature on the Entry Form.

7.6 SAFETY EQUIPMENT

7.6.1 The following safety equipment must be carried on each boat:

– a compass

– one paddle

– at least 10 metres of adequate tow warp

7.6.2 In addition, each member of the crew (including the helm) must carry on his or her person one or more distress flares.

7.6.3 Boats will be checked, at random, as they come ashore for compliance with these requirements. Any boat found failing to comply with the requirements will be disqualified by the Race Committee without right of appeal.

8.0 ALTERNATIVE PENALTIES

The Penalty for catamarans for breaking Rules of Part 2 of the Racing Rules of Sailing shall be one complete 360 degree turn including one tack and one gybe. This changes Racing Rules 44.1 and 44.2.

9.0 PROTESTS

Protests shall be submitted on forms available at Reception and lodged with Reception within 45 minutes of the time of the last boat’s finish.

10.0 HANDICAPS

10.1 Details of adopted handicap numbers will be published on the Race Notice Board near Race Reception.

10.2 Competitors must declare the type and configuration of their boat for Saturday Races One and Two when registering their entry at Reception.

10.3 Any boat whose declared configuration does not include a spinnaker/reacher may not carry a spinnaker/reacher whilst racing. No more than one spinnaker/reacher may be carried in any one of the races.

10.4 Any changes in configuration for racing on Sunday must be declared by notice in writing lodged at Race Reception before going afloat.

11 SCORING

The Small Cat Handicap Rating System will be used for catamarans. The Portsmouth Yardstick Handicap system will be used for monohull dinghies.  The East Coast Piers Race and the Colne Point Race will be handicap races. The Low-Point Scoring System of Appendix A of the Racing Rules will apply for Saturday Races One and Two with no discard.

2023 ECPR Programme of Events

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Below are all the activities and timing for the East Coast Piers Race weekend 2023.

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 raffle tickets, a limited number of flares and ECPR clothing available to buy in Race Reception.

Friday

08:00 – Camp site opens and gate to club is open
18:00 – Bar opens
23:00 – Bar closes

Saturday

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 and Colne Point Race
19:00 – Evening meal available (pre order only)
20:00 – DJ start
20:30 – Last evening meal served
21:00 – Galley closed
23:00 – Bar closed

Sunday

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
07:30 – Race reception open
08:00 – Race reception closed
09:00 – Start of East Coast Piers Race
09:15 – Start of Colne Point 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

Monday

12:00 – Camp site closed


2023 East Coast Piers Race Notice of Race

East Coast Piers Race Weekend Notice of Race

8TH & 9TH JULY 2023

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) and Colne Point Race (27 miles) are options for Sunday to help cater for your type of boat.

Although a long distance these races are a manageable challenge with plenty of support along the way with a fleet of mother boats to line the course and plenty of ribs spread out.

There are plenty of prizes on offer for both fleets and based on results.

Free camping is available on site from Friday through to Monday midday.

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.

Please note: The galley does not take card payment so we recommend you bring some cash with you.

Notice of Race

  1. Waiver of Liability

1.1 Marconi Sailing Club is providing this race weekend only on the understanding that nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of the helm and crew for their safety and welfare nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the racing. The term organisers includes everyone helping to run the race and the event, and includes the organising authority, the race committee, the race officer, patrol/safety/support/mother boats and beachmasters.

1.2 The safety of a boat and her entire management including insurance shall be entirely the responsibility of the skipper racing the boat. Nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility. In particular, helms shall:

(a) accept full responsibility for their crews and for the seaworthiness and safe navigation of their boats and shall use their own judgement whether to start, continue or retire from a race in the existing or forecast conditions (RRS 4);

(b) draw the attention of their crews to the risks of racing and to this Waiver of Liability before the start of any race.

1.3 The provision of patrol/safety/support boats does not relieve the helm of his/her responsibilities.

1.4 Boats shall be insured for a minimum of £2,000,000 Third Party Liability.

1.5 The fact that the race committee may conduct inspections of a boat does not reduce the responsibility of the boat as set out in this Waiver of Liability.

2.0 The Rules

Racing will be governed by the “rules” as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2021 – 2024 (RRS), the Prescriptions of the RYA, this Notice of Race except as any of these are changed by the Sailing Instructions and by the relevant class rules. Any amendment to this Notice of Race will be published only on the East Coast Piers Race website (address: www.eastcoastpiersrace.com).

3.0 Conditions of Entry and Eligibility

3.1 The East Coast Piers Race is open to small catamarans of classes that have a handicap rating of 1.055 or faster in the International Small Catamaran Handicap Rating System (SCHRS – www.schrs.com) and to such other boats as the race committee may, in its absolute discretion, accept.

3.2 The Colne Point Race is open both to small catamarans of classes that have a handicap rating in the International Small Catamaran Rating System (SCHRS) and to fast dinghies with a PY rating of 980 or faster.

3.4 All competitors for the ECPR and Colne Point Race shall be at least 16 years old on the day of the race. At least one person on each boat shall be at least 18 years old on the day of the race. Any competitor under the age of 18 shall have written parental consent by means of a parent or guardians signature on the entry form.

3.6 The Saturday series is open to all boats eligible for the East Coast Piers Race, and Colne Point Race. The age restrictions still apply.

4.0 Advertising

The event will rank as a category C event. A boat and her crew shall comply with World Sailing Regulation 20.

5.0   Safety

5.1 Adequate personal buoyancy for all crew members shall be worn at all times whilst afloat and be centered above the waist. This changes RRS 40

5.2 All crew members shall wear wetsuits or drysuits with appropriate thermal undergarments.

5.3 A minimum level of safety equipment is a condition of entry and this will be enforced. All boats shall carry a:

  • 10 metre towline
  • Compass
  • One or more distress flares per crew member (including the helm) to be carried on the person
  • Adequate personal buoyancy (a wetsuit is not adequate)
  • At least one paddle

5.4 The patrol and support boats will give priority to the safety of competitors over preventing damage to boats or equipment.

5.5 All competitors shall sign on before going afloat, and shall sign off immediately after finishing or on retiring from the race before finishing. If a competitor goes ashore not at Marconi Sailing Club they should call the race office to make them aware. The clubs phone number is printed on the sticker attached to your boats bow.

5.6 All competitors will need to collect a GPS tracking device and attach it to their boat before going afloat. GPS devices are available for those who enter using online entry before the cut off.

5.7 Failure to comply with paragraphs 5.1 to 5.6 shall be grounds for disqualification from the race without a hearing. This alters RRS 63.1. A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with safety requirements.

6.0 Registration and Briefing

6.1 Race reception will be open from around 10.00hrs on Saturday – please listen to on site announcements for opening times

6.2 Sailing Instructions will be available via QR codes published around the sailing club.

6.3 All competitors are strongly recommended to attend the briefing for Sundays races which will take place in or around the Marconi Sailing Club clubhouse at approximately 18.00hrs on Saturday of the race weekend.

The briefing for Saturday racing will be around midday on Saturday in or around the Marconi Sailing Club clubhouse.

6.4 Entry for the East Coast Piers Race weekend should be made in advance through the online system on the Marconi Sailing Club website.

6.5 To enter any of the races, competitors should submit their entry online together with the boat entry fee of £80 for two handed catamarans & dinghies and £60 for single handed catamarans & dinghies. The entry fee includes dinner for each crew member on Saturday evening and free camping on the Club site from Friday through to Monday midday.

6.6 Competitors have the option to change their race and course entry up to one hour before the start of Sundays racing.

6.7 The Organising Authority may in their absolute discretion reject any entry.

7.0 The East Coast Piers and Colne Point Race Courses

7.1 Subject to conditions on the day, the course for the East Coast Piers Race is from Marconi Sailing Club, on the River Blackwater to Walton Pier and return.

7.2 Subject to conditions on the day the course for the Colne Point Race is from Marconi Sailing Club to Colne Point and return.

8.0 The Start

The warning signals for the Saturday series shall not be before 12.55hrs on Saturday or the race weekend.

The warning signals for the East Coast Piers Race and Colne Point Race shall not be before 08.55hrs on Sunday of the race weekend. The expected start time for the East Coast Piers race is 09.00hrs on Sunday of the race weekend.

The expected start time for the Colne Point race is 09.15hrs on Sunday of the race weekend.

9.0 Time Limit

Boats not completing the course or retiring by 17:00 hrs will be scored DNF.

10.0 Declaration

10.1 All competitors shall make their declaration by correctly returning the allocated tally band as instructed in the sailing instruction within 20 minutes of finishing or within 20 minutes of coming ashore after retiring from a race before finishing.

10.2 Competitors who go ashore other than at Marconi Sailing Club shall immediately telephone the race committee to report that fact. Competitors may wish to take a mobile phone with them to facilitate this – please ensure it is safely waterproofed – the clubs phone number has been printed on the ECPR entry stickers which shall be stuck onto the bow of your boat.

11.0 Scoring

11.1 International Small Catamaran Handicap Rating System (SCHRS- www.schrs.com) will be used.

11.2 The Portsmouth Yardstick handicap scoring system will be used for Dinghies taking part in the Colne Point Race.

11.3 The Race Committee may in their absolute discretion vary any handicap rating and/or allocate a rating to any class.

11.4 Scoring will be to RRS Appendix A except as modified by the Sailing Instructions

12.0 Prizes

The Prize Giving for Saturday and Sunday racing will take place at Marconi Sailing Club on Sunday as soon as possible after the races have finished.

13.0 More information

Marconi Sailing Club has a strict no tolerance policy on drugs, you will be asked to leave the club site immediately.

All Competitors may camp on the site from 8am on Friday until noon on Monday of the race weekend.

For more information please contact us using the following details.

info@eastcoastpiersrace.com

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

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

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

Results

View all results on our results page

Sponsors

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

Allen
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.

Saturday

Dinghies

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

Catamarans

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

Full Results

Sunday Colne Point

Dinghies

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

Catamarans

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.

Friday

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

Saturday

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

Sunday

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

Monday

12:00 – Camp site closed


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