Revised Race Dates!

The HPYC/SYH Autumn Classic Regatta has now been confirmed as 31st August & 1st September. Full revised calendar now as follows:

2019 Stella Worlds

  • Race 1 – SYH Classic Regatta Saturday 22nd June
  • Race 2 – SYH Classic Regatta Saturday 22nd June
  • Race 3 – SYH Classic Regatta Sunday 23rd June
  • Race 4 – Mersea Week Sunday 11th August
  • Race 5 – Mersea Week Monday 12th August
  • Race 6 – Mersea Week Tuesday 13th August
  • Race 7 – SYH/HPYC Autumn Classic Regatta Saturday 31st August
  • Race 8 – SYH/HPYC Autumn Classic Regatta Sunday 1st September*

8 races, 7 to count – 1 discard.

Spring Fling!

Following the success of last year’s event, Philip and Tessie Waring have organised another early season get together at the Lightship on Saturday 4th May. Watch this space for more detail as I get it. A great way to kick off the 60th Anniversary Season and once again, a big thank-you to Philip and Tessie for organising it.

See you there!


Diamond Jubilee Celebrations!

Plans are taking shape for a  Diamond Jubilee Celebration at Burnham-on-Crouch, the birthplace of the Stella, over the weekend of 20th & 21st July!

Philip Waring has been working hard with others on this and the good will and co-operation he has encountered prove, once again, just how highly regarded our class is! Plans are still in discussion but, suffice it to say, are shaping up well. The tides are good and a very warm welcome is assured. Put the dates in your diary now – this is definitely not one to be missed!

Watch the website for more detail as plans get firmed up.

See you there…


Sad Loss of Theo Rye

Dear All,

Those of you who, like me, read Classic Boat each month will have been saddened to read of the loss of its Technical Editor, Theo Rye at the tragically young age of just 48. Over the years Classic Boat has run many articles on the Stella, but possibly none better informed than that mentioned below in a brief tribute I emailed to the magazine on our behalf. I immediately received a reply from Steffan Meyric Hughes, their Associate Editor, thanking me and assuring me that it will be added to the on-line tributes.


Dear Steffan,

It was with great sadness that I learned today of Theo’s untimely passing. I am sure that I speak for all the Stella fraternity in conveying our sense of loss together with our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

I have just re-read his wonderful appraisal of the Stella, published in the June issue of Classic Boat as part of his extraordinarily learned but highly readable Classic Designs series. Theo really took the trouble to understand the Stella and the man behind it, not merely dismissing it as a Folkboat derivative. This was typical of his well-researched writing and hugely appreciated by those of us devoted to these quintessentially East Coast classics. The classic boat world is much the poorer for our loss.

 Yours sincerely,

Peter Dyson

‘Centaur’ #100

 General Secretary, Stella Class Association

Fitting-out Supper

You will, no doubt, remember that I mentioned in the Spring Update that we were keen to hold a get together on the second May Bank Holiday weekend (28th – 30th May) as in previous years. I’m afraid that so far interest hasn’t been overwhelming with only four members responding to date. My thoughts currently are to book something for the Saturday night at the Butt & Oyster. Judging by the attendance we had at the AGM this seemed to be a popular venue. If you could let me know your thoughts ( that would be great as I need to get the ball rolling ASAP.