Race Results – The Latest

Stella 2019 Worlds
SYH Classic Regatta Mersea Week SYH/HPYC Classics Points Place
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8
Sail No Boat Name Owner 22 Jun 22 Jun 23 Jun 11 Aug 12 Aug 13 Aug 31 Aug 1 Sep
89 Stardust Phillip Waring / Jeffrey Bowles 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 DNC 3.0 DNC 1.0 16.0 1
75 Stella Lyra Trevor Spero 4.0 8.0 DNF 4.0 2.0 3.0 DNC 3.0 24.0 2
64 Lodestar Mark Montgomery-Smith 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 1 3.0 DNC 2 36.0 3
91 Timoa Andrew Gilmour 1.0 1.0 2.0 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 37.0 4
90 Scorpio Richard Matthews 2.0 2.0 1.0 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 38.0 5
6 Persephone Roger Reid 6.0 5.0 6.0 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 50.0 6
100 Centaur Peter Dyson 5.0 4.0 8.0 DNF 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 50.0 7
12 Rollicker Keith Ballantine 7.0 8.0 DNF 10.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 58.0 8
1 La Vie En Rose Peter Haldane 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 66.0 9
19 Acamar Julian Young 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 66.0 10

West Mersea Week 2019 Race Report

Stellas at Mersea Week 2019

Having moved back to early August, this year’s Mersea Week still seemed to manage a mixed bag of weather. Sunday’s race was a breezy affair with the remains of Saturday’s westerly still very much in evidence, Monday’s race was postponed due to lack of wind and the remaining days enjoyed good sailing breezes.

Once again, the Stellas were incorporated into the Classics and Gaffers B Division. The first three races of the week counted as races 4, 5 and 6 for the Stella Championship and were contested by three Stellas:  Stardust, Stella Lyra and Lodestar.

Stella Lyra and Lodestar took part in Sunday’s race, the DSC Regatta, with Lodestar prevailing and achieving a very creditable third overall. Stella Lyra achieved a well-deserved fifth overall.

By Monday the wind had gone completely, and after a postponement, the day’s racing was abandoned. This meant that Mersea week Points 1 would need to be raced later in the week if possible. Fingers were crossed in the Stella fleet in the hopes that it would take place on Tuesday, thus keeping it within the Stella Championship remit.

Tuesday dawned bright and breezy and Mersea Week Points 2 went ahead around one of the pre-set westerly courses. Stardust, Stella Lyra and Lodestar took part with Stardust winning the Stellas, Lodestar coming second and Stella Lyra third. This order followed through to the day’s overall results placing them fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Unfortunately, it was decided that Mersea Week Points 1 would be run later in the week therefore putting it outside the race days that counted towards the Championships.

So, Stardust prevailed in the two races that counted for the Stella Worlds, with Lodestar second and Stella Lyra third. Stardust continued racing on the Wednesday and Thursday and enjoyed some excellent conditions, finishing a very creditable seventh overall for the week on 31 points. Well done all!

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 jonathan@syharbour.co.uk.