If a certain lager company did sailing venues I’m sure the Northumberland Coastline would be it! Beautiful beaches, islands galore, historic lighthouses, picturesque anchorages; and the reported first landing sites of the Vikings all those years ago, what more could you ask for? “What about wildlife?” I hear you cry. Yes we have that too in abundance. Coquet Island at the heart of our sailing ground is the only island in the UK left with significant breeding pairs of Roseate Terns; we have puffins, seals, dolphins, whales to name but a few types.
Keelboat racing is a mix of “round the cans” bay races and passages races encompassing the nearby Farne Islands, or South to nearby ports of Blyth and Newcastle.
Bay Races are every weekend from end of April to October. We run races on an adjusted handicap basis with handicaps adjusted during the season to keep things competitive through the fleet of boats ranging from 21 feet up to 41 feet; not to mention multihulls too.
CYC prides itself on the informal nature of the racing scene with low pressure racing throughout and all skippers working together to encourage newcomers with assistance and advice where possible.
The season is split into 2 series for racing, Spring and Summer, plus a combined overall year series. Series races are interspersed with specific trophy races allowing a mix of racing so don’t worry of you can’t make all the series races, target the one off trophy races and there is still silverware to be got.
If “normal racing” is not your scene, in June each year CYC hosts the Castles & Islands multi-disciplinary 24 hour challenge event; or you have the annual CYC regatta in August.
Want to bring your own boat along but hate the thought of marina life – never fear the club has its own river moorings available to club members and visitor use.