Chatting with senior instructor Chris Bilton about what to expect at Bahrain Yacht Club’s Spring Regatta
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Chatting with senior instructor Chris Bilton about what to expect at Bahrain Yacht Club’s Spring Regatta.
If you go down to the water today…you’re in for lots of fun. The Spring Regatta at Bahrain Yacht Club is one of only a couple of days in the year when, for BD2 entrance, the club’s open to non-members and it’s always a great fun family day out, with some exciting racing thrown in.
This year’s event looks likely to top the 35 boats which were on the water for the Autumn Regatta and, running over two days, it will have separate races for dinghies, catamarans and keel boats as well as a youth section.
Chris explains: ‘There will be three races on the first day taking around an hour to an hour and a half per race. The timing depends on the courses and, of course, the wind and the speed of the boats.
‘We have a very active racing programme at the club throughout the year and this gives non-members a chance to get in on the action too.
‘The club’s 17 dinghies (the small one- or two-person lesson boats) are all available for hire for sailors wanting to take part. Around half of them are already booked and they can be hired by non-members for BD7 plus race registration, which is BD10.’
The dinghy class looks likely to offer some fun entertainment with young sailors from around 11 years old taking part.
There’s also some really exciting racing expected from the keel boats or cruisers, the 18-30ft craft which are crewed by three or four people.
Currently, these are all privately owned and there are ten registered at the club which will all be on the water on both days. But, what’s interesting for non-owners is that, as we went to press, the club was due to take delivery of two Laser SP20 keel craft of its own. One of these has already been booked by a team who want to sail in the regatta but the other is available to charter at BD100 for the weekend for anyone who wants to take part.
And Chris adds that they’ll also be offering lessons on these bigger boats. So popular has this news proved that the classes are booked up for the next few months but there are plans to run ladies only sessions during the week so, if you can’t wait and you’re female, sneaking off work might be an option.
The final boat category is the catamarans, which always look seriously impressive out on the water reaching dizzying speeds. Crewed by two people, there are six privately owned cats registered at the club which will all be taking part.
And, in the more senior ranks, the oldest sailor will be crewing a catamaran in his 70s.
It’s also hoped there’ll be some boats available to take spectators out onto the water so they can get close to the action.
There’ll be various fun activities also available, the club’s inflatables will be back in the water plus a waterslide and trampoline and, hopefully, a Jet ski display.
The first day finishes with the second edition of the BMMI Hop Fest, which proved so popular last year.
Pay BD10 and get the chance to sample a selection of brews. There’ll also be live music, a barbecue and all sorts of fun entertainment for adults and kids alike.
Racing takes place during the morning on the second day with prize giving and a celebratory party in the afternoon. For more information and a full schedule of races email Chris on firstname.lastname@example.org.