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History and Philosophy

SailEAST has been running since 1998. It may still be young by some measures, but it has certainly captured the imagination and enthusiasm of many yacht racers on the East Coast and further afield.

But where does the success lie? In essence, it is in the Series’ simplicity. Three weekend regattas, spaced throughout the summer; one in each of the main sailing areas of the East Coast; consistently high standards of yacht racing and of socialising that comes with it; low barriers to entry – SailEAST is an inclusive series welcoming all, of whatever ability or experience.

Each weekends racing usually consists of 3 short course races of approximately 1-2 hours duration. With committee boats starts encouraged where possible.


The SailEAST series consists of 4 IRC racing classes. See the handbook for the class breaks each year. The following trophies are presented for the winners of each class:

  • Overall: Hutton Trophy
  • Class 1: Dolphin Trophy
  • Class 2: Orridge Cup
  • Class 3: Gillingham Trophy
  • Class 4: Gozzett Cup
  • Team Challenge: John Parker Challenge Trophy
  • Youth Challenge: Youth Challenge Trophy

Engraved glassware is awarded to placed yachts in each class and overall.


See our Venue Guides for more information


The series is open to any mono-hull boat carrying an IRC SBR certificate and which competes in enough races to gain the points needed to win. The more points the better the chance of success. Detail of the IRC handicap rating system can be found at Additional eligibility criteria may apply at individual regattas or races.

Notice of Race and Sailing Instruction

Each SailEAST regatta is organised by its respective organising club. Each regatta shall issue individual NOR and SIs. SailEAST will extract if needed from the individual regattas results.

Safety Regulations

Each ongoing club of commitee will however specify their own requirements for their event.

Full details of ORC category 4 & 5 can be found at or

Further details of the SailEAST series can be found in the SailEAST handbook which is produces every year. Or contact any member of the SailEAST committee – details in the Contacts page, whom will all be more than happy to help.