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.

2018 Race Programme

It’s now mid March (although looking out at the remnants of yesterday’s snow it doesn’t feel much like it!) and I’m conscious of the fact that I need to get a race programme out!

The draft race programme I published a few weeks back didn’t get the response I’d hoped for. Just two replies were received – both making suggestions but also happy enough to stick with the status quo. I assume therefore, that the vast majority of members are happy with the current situation so, for this season at least, we will stick with this and the programme will be as follows.


2018 Stella Worlds

  • Race 1 – SYH Classic Regatta Saturday 09th June
  • Race 2 – SYH Classic Regatta Saturday 09th June
  • Race 3 – SYH Classic Regatta Sunday 10th June
  • Race 4 – Mersea Week  Sunday 26th August
  • Race 5 – Mersea Week  Monday 27th August
  • Race 6 – Mersea Week  Tuesday 28th August
  • Race 7 – SYH/HPYC Autumn Classic Regatta Saturday 1st September
  • Race 8 – SYH/HPYC Autumn Classic Regatta Sunday 2nd September

8 races, 7 to count – 1 discard.

Best, Peter


Scorpio & Estrella at the Panerai British Classics Regatta 2017

Scorpio and Estrella were the outstanding small yachts in last week’s Panerai British Classic Week Regatta, held in Cowes 9-15 July.

Scorpio, sailed by Richard Matthews, with a crew that included Saskia Clark, scored a second and five firsts in the small boat class giving them the class win and the EFG Trophy. Estrella, sailed by John Mulcahy and crew scored a second, two thirds and a fourth giving them third in class 4.

Most impressive was Scorpio’s overall win on the long course, a 45-mile race around the Nab Tower followed by an upwind leg to Yarmouth, during which the wind freshened to 25 gusting 28 knots forcing the retirement of more than half the 30 boat fleet. Standing waves whipped up by a three knot spring tide made a small boat win all the more remarkable.

In addition to trophies for her class and overall win, given the extreme conditions, Scorpio was also awarded a special prize presented by Spirit Yachts, for the crew most in need of a stiff drink!

Full results for Class 4 and overall regatta prize winners can be found separately on the website.

Well done guys!


2017 Race Programme

2017 Stella Worlds

  • Race 1 – SYH Classic Regatta Saturday 17th June
  • Race 2 – SYH Classic Regatta Saturday 17th June
  • Race 3 – SYH Classic Regatta Sunday 18th June
  • Race 4 – Mersea Week (DSC Regatta) Sunday 20th August
  • Race 5 – Mersea Week (MW Points) Monday 21st August
  • Race 6 – Mersea Week (MW Points) Tuesday 22nd August
  • Race 7– SYH/HPYC Autumn Classic Regatta Saturday 2nd September*
  • Race 8 – SYH/HPYC Autumn Classic Regatta Sunday 3rd September*

*Date to be confirmed.

8 races, 7 to count – 1 discard.

Not Done the SYH Classic Regatta Before?

Suffolk Yacht Harbour Classic Regatta 2017

 Looking for a new regatta this year?  Whether you’re a keen racer or a social sailor, Suffolk Yacht Harbour’s annual classic regatta welcomes all abilities and, unusually, has a class specifically for Stellas. 

 Taking place on 17th-18th June 2017, the weekend comprises two days’ of coastal racing across a variety of courses selected to suit the conditions.  All are welcome to join the regatta party with live music on the Saturday evening.

 To find out more, or to secure a place, please contact Jonathan Dyke on 01473 659 465 or via


Autumn Classics 2016

HPYC Classic Regatta 2016

The Haven Ports Yacht Club / Suffolk Yacht Harbour Autumn Classic Regatta took place on the weekend of the 3rd & 4th September.

Saturday’s race saw a mixed fleet of seven classics including two Stellas line up for the start in bright and breezy conditions. Just for a change (I wish…), Centaur was a little late for the start. The line was clear and the fleet headed down river and out into Harwich Harbour in a force four, occasionally five and bright sunshine. By the time we got out to the turning mark the fleet was spread out and conditions were getting a little lumpy. It was sunny and fairly warm though, so great fun – if a little wet! Centaur, by now, lost touch with Stardust but launched the spinnaker for an exciting reach back up river to the finish line. “Halloween” a West Solent One Design took line honours, retaining first place on corrected time. “Lady of Hamford”, a Vashi Class took second and Stardust a very creditable third.

Sunday was a totally different kettle of fish. The day dawned cooler, grey and windy – five gusting seven. This reduced the fleet to three – the two Stellas and Halloween. These were, interestingly, the three smallest boats in the fleet. I’m not sure whether that had more to do with guts, foolhardiness or simply the fact that they required smaller crews! Anyway, I was very glad that there were four of us on Centaur – the extra pairs of hands and weight on the rail came in very handy. We were sensibly set a fairly short river course and we all eschewed spinnakers on the downwind leg, still managing to hit over 6 knots. All very exciting and very wet stuff! My apologies to Stardust, by the way, for nearly ramming them before the start – it just goes to show what a moment’s lapse of concentration can do in those conditions… Halloween, once again, took line honours but Stardust won on corrected time with Centaur third (or last depending how you look at it..!).

Halloween won the regatta overall with Stardust second and Centaur third. A good result for the Stellas!



Centaur #100


Mersea Week 2016

Mersea Week 2016

by Mark and Helen Montgomery-Smith


What a memorable colourful spectacle and celebration of sailing prowess Mersea Week and part of the Stella World series this year proved to be.

The weather was glorious. Smacks, IRC, fast and slow cruisers, Sonatas, Squibs, white sail fleet and dinghies.  Over 200 boats with the proud and buoyant locals showing that this was the place where Olympic Gold medal winners come from. Saskia Clark was there at the prize giving and 1st prize for the whole week in the Classics and Gaffers B Fleet went to Tim on L’Etoile.

There was a photographic competition to capture the spirit, which really should have gone to Trevor on Stella Lyra for the picture above.

Lodestar was late for the first race on Tuesday and met up with Tim and his crew, merry on a runaway win by 8 minutes. The pretty ECOD, Wizard, was second and Stella Lyra 3rd.


We joined in the second day, and thought we were all set to show L’Etoile the way, squeezing Wizard out of the pin end with a perfect start, only to realize we too were squeezed out of the pin end by Aelfwyn, a Buchanan Saxon.  We both came around and crossed the line again inside the pin and had a fantastic race in the glorious sunshine trying to catch up the fleet and finished with L’Etoile first again, then Wizard, then Lodestar and Stella Lyra and then the other 6 boats in our fleet.


The next day was the first of the Stella Worlds and Stardust joined in so there were 4 Stellas in a 10-boat fleet.  The wind was light at the start, with Lodestar getting a good start up wind of Stardust then L’Etoile then Stella Lyra.  Halfway through the first windward leg the wind picked up and as it hit the leaders the gaps opened up in order and the order of the Stellas did not change. That evening we and the crew of L’Etoile were introduced to a new drink by Captain Stiletto ’’Dark and Stormy’’ which definitely didn’t describe the week.


Friday, we woke up on Lodestar with a fickle breeze and motored out to catch a buoy before we ran aground in Mersea mud due to being berthed on the piles so we could row ashore in our dinghy.

Just after the Smacks had set off first start, the wind disappeared and they had to be called back to restart all the races to wait for the light forecast wind. We all milled about and Trevor got out his camera again.

Once we were underway, L’Etoile and Stardust were battling neck and neck for 1st all the way round, as ever Trevor captured it beautifully.  The final positions were another Stella 1,2,3 L’Etoile, Stardust, Lodestar.



On Saturday we were treated to a proper sailing wind the high end of a force 4, and an exhilarating race, which was a great finale to the week. Trevor was too busy to get a shot but an excitable fleet meant there was a general restart and L’Etoile had a good second start and got line honours, with Lodestar and Stardust getting second and third.