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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.



Saturday 29th June

HW Southend on Sea 06:54 & 19:09

Nore Race 2024 files to download:

We also look forward to seeing all competitors at the 2024 Nore Race prizegiving on Friday 5th July

Please scroll down to the next section for further details

The results of past years Nore Races are available available in the "downloads" area at the bottom on this page. Please note that many of these files contain more than one tab

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

BYC Mid-Summer Party incorporating the 2024 Nore Race Prizegiving

Friday 5th July starting at 07:00pm at Benfleet Yacht Club

Live music provided by the band Maskara, returning after their success at the BYC Centenary celebrations

Complimentary finger buffet food provided

Free entry

All members of Benfleet Yacht Club, members of other local yacht clubs,

Nore Race entrants their crews, family and friends are invited to join us for a great evening.

Nore Race 2024 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 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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