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Cruiser Racing


Our cruiser-racing programme is mainly held in conjunction with other local yacht clubs: run under the auspices of 'Combined Clubs Series' (CCS). This provides opportunities to have more boats competing, whilst distributing the workload for running such events. Most of our races are port-to-port events, often finishing at a venue with a yacht club, pub or restaurant to provide an evening social get-together, with a cruise home on the following day.

Calendar of Cruiser Racing Events

Full details of all future BYC Cruiser Racing events can be found in the

BYC Calendar

The above link connects to the BYC central events calendar, but has been filtered to Cruiser Racing Events only

Alternatively, you can download a PDF copy of the Benfleet Yacht Club Tide Table Booklet from the link below

2024 BYC Handbook.pdf

Tidal predictions for Southend-on-Sea contained in both the BYC website and members printed handbook are computed by software developed at the National Oceanography Centre, UK. Copyright Reserved.

Results from both the current and past years races can be downloaded from 'Download area' at the bottom of this page

What is "Combined Cruiser Series" (CCS) racing?

Benfleet Yacht Club hold five cruiser races throughout the season in conjunction with other local yacht clubs:

  • Island Yacht Club
  • Essex Yacht Club
  • Leigh Sailing Club

Members from other local yacht club's are also welcome to compete.

The five scheduled 'CCS' races are as follows:

  • Race to Queenborough - organised by BYC
  • Race to the River Blackwater - organised by Essex YC
  • Race to Harty Ferry - organised by Leigh SC
  • Boatacs Trophy RNLI Charity Race to Stangate Creek - organised by Essex YC
  • Race to Upnor - organised by Island YC

The CCS Race Committee also run the combined 'Interclub Cruiser Challenge / Team Race' yacht racing event on behalf of the Interclub Committee.

For each of the races, there are three classes of boats:

  • Monohull Cruisers - Fast Handicap
  • Monohull Cruisers - Slow Handicap
  • Multihull Cruisers

As you will see from the above list of races, they are all port-to-port events, with four out of the five finishing at a venue with a pub, yacht club or restaurant, providing a good evening social. Therefore, if you are planning to "cruise" to one of the above destinations, then why not join in with the racing fleet?

Our entries consist of an eclectic mixture of boats; both monohull and multihull, ranging from a barge yacht through to a high speed trimaran. However, most of the boats competing are your average run-of-the-mill family cruising yacht, often sailed just by couples.

If you look through past years results, you will see that the larger faster boats do not get their own way. More often than not, its the smaller bilge keel yachts taking the top places. Our handicapping system aims to give everyone a fair chance.

Race entry forms are sent out via email in advance of each race, or can be downloaded from the Download area bottom of this page.

Race Results for all BYC and CCS Cruiser Racing can also be found in the Download area at the bottom of this page.

Yachts entering CCS races are required to completely read the CCS Racing Risk Assessment which can be downloaded from the Download area at the bottom of this page.

Scroll down the page to the 'Downloads' area to view the following documents:

  • CCS Race Entry Forms (as soon as these are made available)
  • CCS and BYC Race Results (as soon as these are made available)
  • Complete Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Race Protest Form
  • CCS Racing Risk Assessment

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018 - specific to Cruiser Racing

Benfleet Yacht Club are required by law to comply with the General Data Protection Policy Regulations (GDPR) of May 2018, which stipulate how we use, store and process members and compitors personal and boat data.

Boats entering either BYC or CCS cruiser races will have the name of the boat, sail number, plus the names of helm and crew, recorded for the purposes of race management. The results of both BYC, and where applicable CCS races, containing these details, will be published on the both the BYC and each of the participating CCS home club's website and notice board. By completing the race entry form, and participating in these races, entrants acknowledge that the data collected will be used for these purposes and consent to this use of your data, as per the Data Privacy Policy shown on the BYC website plus each of the participating CCS home club's websites or notices boards. Click here for further details.


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