Boats ready to tackle North Sea Yacht Race

North sea yacht race organisers From left,Helen Barker,Andrew Boyes,Paul Lester,Roger Buxton,Sam Baker,Nick Taylor and Win Russell look forward to this years race.. Picture by Neil Silk sn122621 27/06/12
North sea yacht race organisers From left,Helen Barker,Andrew Boyes,Paul Lester,Roger Buxton,Sam Baker,Nick Taylor and Win Russell look forward to this years race.. Picture by Neil Silk sn122621 27/06/12
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Scarborough Yacht Club hosts the start of the 30th North Sea Yacht Race, sponsored by Boyes Stores, to Ijmuiden in Holland tomorrow.

This annual race will be started by the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Helen Mallory, at 7pm tomorrow from the yacht club race station on the Vincent Pier.

Eighteen boats will be taking part, with six visiting from up and down the coast.

Race organiser Win Russell, said “It’s been wonderful to get so many entries from other clubs. Some are regulars from Tees and Hartlepool and Royal Yorkshire, but we are especially delighted to see a new competitor from the Humber Yawl Club.”

The crews start with a 5.30pm briefing, a bite to eat and then it is down to the boats and preparing for the start of the race.

The RNLI launch the lifeboat to see the fleet off, the best vantage point to see this spectacle is the East Pier (the outer harbour wall)

The boats then sail the 270 miles to the port of Ijmuiden, which takes around 30 to 45 hours, so they arrive some time on the Sunday – weather permitting.

The crews then have a few hours rest in the Seaport Marina in Ijmuiden and make their way up the North Sea Canal, past Amsterdam, where many stop for a visit and then on through to the inland sea called the Markenmeer.

There in the ancient port of Hoorn is the goal of the trip and the prize giving dinner on the Tuesday evening.