Calling all Sailors from East Coast and further afield,
Entries are invited for the Urban Union East Coast Sailing Festival 2017 (ECSF2017), based here at Granton on the Firth of Forth, from Friday 1st – Monday 4th September. The event incorporates the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Scottish Dragon Championship (additional information and separate entry form available soon).
The core event is over the weekend of 2nd & 3rd September during which there will be both Round the Cans & Passage racing as well as a Cruise in Company. Friday 1st is an optional day with some practice / informal racing.
On Monday 4th September there will be an event to celebrate the opening of the new Forth Crossing by HM the Queen, including a morning flotilla under the bridges. Exact details have yet to be confirmed and are beyond our control but this celebration will be incorporated into East Coast Sailing Festival and we anticipate the following:
- An evening race from Granton to Port Edgar on Sunday 3rd September (separate from the main event) after food in the Royal Forth Yacht Club. Port Edgar Marina have kindly offered free berthing for visiting ECSF boats on Sunday night.
- If there is sufficient interest – a “Red Eye” race or cruise from Granton to Port Edgar (separate from the main event) on Monday morning after an early breakfast in the Royal Forth Yacht Club.
- After the flotilla on Monday there will be a Hog Roast courtesy of Port Edgar Yacht Club during which ECSF2017 prize giving will take place.
To download the Notice of Race, which includes an entry form and Restricted Sail application (both “on screen” and handwritten options), click here.
I hope we will be able to welcome you to Granton.
Chair, Urban Union East Coast Sailing Festival 2017 Organising Committee.
How it all began
For the centenary of the Royal Tay Yacht Club in 1985 a regatta was held on the Tay with yachts entered from Amble, Blyth, Sunderland, Hartlepool, Whitby, Dunbar, Royal Forth, Forth Corinthian, Cramond, Port Edgar, Limekilns, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Burntisland, Tayport, Wormit, Banff and Royal Tay. Visitors also attended from Norway and Denmark, and a dinghy regatta attracted visitors from many local clubs.
Following the success of the RTYC Centenary Regatta, a meeting was held 1986 involving the Tay, Forth and North East England. Following this meeting, East Coast Sailing Week (or Festival) was established. The first East Coast Sailing Week was held on the Forth at Granton in 1987 followed by the Tay in 1988, the Forth in 1989 and the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club at Blyth in 1990 to celebrate their centenary.
The event developed into a 3 centre event with the venues rotating through a 3 year cycle. In 2015 the addition of a second venue on the Forth (Port Edgar as well as Granton) extended the timing from a 3 to a 4 year cycle.
Many of the competitors have been attending the event since 1987 and a key factor has been the relationships which have built up over the last 28 years and continue to do so to this day. Royal Tay Yacht Club hosted the event in 2016.
For East Coast Sailing Festival 2017 we would like to extend an invitation to all the yacht clubs on the east coast to come and join us at Granton and make it an event to remember.