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Poole Regatta attracts entrants from far and wide

by Chris Jones 16 May 14:54 BST 25-27 May 2024
Poole Regatta © Ian Roman / International Paint Poole Regatta

With standard entries for the 2024 International Paint Poole Regatta closing on Sunday 19th May, the event has become a truly international affair with multiple yachts from France and the Netherlands signed up to race in Poole Harbour and Bay alongside competitors from across the UK. There is still time to enter and reserve your place at one of the UK's favourite yacht racing events.

Andrew Pearce, Regatta President said, "The organising committee of volunteers from the combined yacht clubs of Poole work tirelessly to create a fantastic weekend of yacht racing and competitor socials. It's great to see that the regatta's reputation has spread far and wide across Europe. With just two weeks until the first start, all the planning is coming together to create one of the finest Poole Regatta's to date. The decision of RORC to host the 2024 GBR IRC National Championship at Poole is an honour and to have the RAF memorial flight picking the event for a flypast is the icing on the cake."

The International Paint Poole Regatta will also see the VPRS Regional Championship, J80 National Championships, J24 Southern Area Championship - a 2025 J24 Worlds Qualification Event, Sonata Regional Championships and 2.4mR National Tidal Championship held over the weekend. It all makes for highly competitive racing where the best of the best yacht racing crews will come together to compete for a prestigious array of silverware, not to mention the overall regatta winner picking up the historic Canford Cup.

The racing is not just reserved for championships, with many other class starts organised including the Redwing. XOD. Flying Fifteen, R19 and Shrimper 19 classes. Classes racing as part of the 2024 GBR IRC National Championship will be split into Class 0, Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 and Class 4 to include TP52's, the Cape 31 fleet, Performance 40's, Contessa 32's, Quarter Tonner's, Beneteau 27.7's, J70's and many others.

Off the water, the regatta includes many social events for crews to get together, creating a real community feel to the weekend. From the competitor's reception at Poole Quay Yacht Haven on Friday night, Poole Yacht Club's party with live music on Saturday and Parkstone Yacht Club's on Sunday, through to the prize-giving at Parkstone on bank holiday Monday, the regatta will provide many opportunities to mix with like-minded yacht racers.

Poole Regatta is supported by a comprehensive group of sponsors with International Paint as title sponsors and backed by Haven Knox-Johnston, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Savills, Stoneways Marine, Salcome Distilling Co, Sandbanks Brewery and the Knot Agency.

For more information about the International Paint Poole Regatta 2024 visit www.pooleregatta.co.uk. Entries close on Sunday 19th May, so don't miss out.

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