Friday 29th June 2018 (from 8.00pm) at Benfleet Yacht Club
Music provided by "Paul Axbey Sounds"
Free entry to all competitors, their crew, friends and family,
plus all members of Benfleet Yacht Club
Freshly cooked barbecue food available to purchase
Bar open until Midnight
A sailboat race in the Thames Estuary
Usual entry numbers around 140 boats
Start and finish from Southend Pier
Held annually since the 1920's
Open to all classes of sailing dinghies and cruising yachts - both multihull and monohull
Split start times for dinghy and cruiser classes
Launching arrangements for non Southend on Sea area based dinghies
Whilst traveling dinghy entrants are welcome to use the launching facilities at Benfleet Yacht Club, we do recognise that our location is a long way from the start line, plus with the tide being out for a large majority of the time, it makes for a long day.
Therefore we have made special arrangements with both Thorpe Bay Yacht Club and Alexandra Yacht Club to allow dinghies traveling from outside of the area to use their club and launching facilities on the day of the Nore Race. Both clubs offer good access to the water and are not too far from the start & finish areas. Please contact the club's directly to make arrangements.
To contact the Nore Race Secretary, please send an email to:
The Nore Race is a combined ‘open’ cruiser and dinghy race held each year covering a 20 mile circuit of the Thames Estuary, starting and finishing at Southend Pier. Benfleet Yacht Club have been organising this event since the 1930’s (although likely to have taken a break during the war years). For many competitors, the Nore Race is the only race that they will compete in: which they treat more like a rally, rather than a full on race – until the starting gun fires. Once finished many competitors, both yachts and dinghies, anchor in The Ray and enjoy the Ray Sands before returning home on the tide.