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Nore Race

2021 Race Results can be downloaded from the "Downloads" area at the bottom of this page


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.

Nore Race 2021

Saturday 19th June

HW Southend on Sea 7.42am

Open to all classes of sailing dinghies and cruising yachts - both multihull and monohull

Split start times for dinghy and cruiser classes

Two laps for "fast multihull" dinghies

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

Nore Race Prizegiving 2021

Friday 25th June - now postponed (see note below)

at Benfleet Yacht Club

Please be advised that the prizegiving has been POSTPONED until further notice due to deferral of the Government Roadmap Step 4 (full re-opening).

Background music

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

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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