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Nore Race


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.



Sunday 11th June

HW Southend on Sea 07:07 & 19:31

The race programme and entry form for this years event

is now available to download by clicking on the link below

2023 Nore Race Programme.pdf

We also hope to see you at the race prizegiving on Friday 16th June:

please scroll down to the next section for further details.

To contact the Nore Race Secretary, click here to send an email

Nore Race Prizegiving 2023

Friday 16th June starting at 20:00

at Benfleet Yacht Club

This years prizegiving will be a quite, sociable affair: no music, no frills.

Please coming along for a drink with crew and friends.

Free entry to all competitors, their crew, friends and family,

plus all members of Benfleet Yacht Club

Nore Race 2023 Sponsor

"Essex Rigging"

Manufacturers and suppliers of all types of marine and architectural rigging, rope, and hardware since 1978

Please visit their website

Race Results for both current and past years, can also be found in the Downloads area at the bottom of this page (Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet files).

Please note that some files contain multiple tabs:

  • Group 1 -- Multihull Dinghies
  • Group 2 -- Monohull Dinghies
  • Group 3 -- Monohull Cruisers
  • Group 4 -- Multihull Cruisers

Nore Race - A Brief History

includes film footage from the 1963 Nore Race

Nore Race - a list of the Trophies on offer

The majority of photographs displayed on this page were taken during past years Nore Races by Graeme Sweeney "Marine Images"


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