Celebrations at Strangford Lough Yacht Club mark 100th Anniversary of River Class

Celebrations were in full flow at Strangford Lough Sailing Club (SLYC) as members marked the 100th Anniversary of the River Class.
Yacht Racing 07 Jul 21
Rivers racing at Strangford Lough Yacht Club

The River Class is the oldest class racing on Strangford Lough and the fleet of 12 boats which first raced at Royal Ulster Yacht Club have now moved to SLYC. 

The boats were designed by naval architect Alfred Mylne and their origins trace back to 1919 when Belfast Lough sailors were looking for a simple and elegant one-design class to race.

During the centenary celebration event on 26 and 27 June, the Rivers provided competitive close racing for crews.

Race Officer at SLYC, Peter Gault, and his team on the Committee boat, Clara Rose, set six windward-leeward races.

Brothers Graham and Kenny Smyth dominated the competition. Graham narrowly beat his sibling with two firsts, two seconds and a third place. Kenny posted two firsts, a second and two thirds. In third place was Peter Burrows. The first place in the fifth race went to James Nixon, John Witchell and David Lindsay.

The Rivers will now travel to the four day Narrows regatta this weekend (9 July), which is being organised by Portaferry and Strangford.

Credit:  Betty Armstrong, Afloat.ie