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
The above link connects to the BYC central events calendar, but has been filtered to Cruiser Racing Events only.
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.
Scroll down the page to the 'Downloads' area to view the following documents:
- Complete Racing Rules of Sailing
- Race Protest Form
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.
- 2015 Cruiser Race Results.xlsx
- 2014 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- 2013 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- 2012 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- 2011 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- 2010 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- 2009 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- 2008 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- 2007 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- 2006 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- 2005 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- 2004 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- 2003 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- 2002 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- 2001 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- 2000 Cruiser Race Results.xls
- RYA Protest Form 2020.pdf