Entries open for RYA Summer Match Racing Series

#rockupandrace opportunities for all
11 Apr 23

Two teams match racing upwind in RS21 keelboats at RYA finals 2022 with umpire RIB.

Entry is now open for the RYA Summer Match Racing Series 2023 with teams looking forward to a variety of venues plus championships for women and youth sailors.

With top match racing locations lined up and the chance to claim a place in the RYA Match Racing Grand Final, entries are set to include experienced teams at the top of their game from the UK and abroad.

The #rockupandrace series is also designed to inspire those new to match racing and anyone interested in getting a team of friends together to give it a try is also encouraged to enter.

Taking part is easy with a rigged and ready-to-go fleet of keelboats at each location. There is also support available for those new to match racing, including coaching and mentoring for teams at the Harken Youth Match Racing Championships.

RYA Keelboat Development Manager Richard Moxey, who is the Series Director, said: “British match racing is as popular as ever and I’m looking forward to seeing new teams of all ages joining in this summer!”

A youth team aboard an RS21 at the RYA Harken Youth Match Racing Championship 2022

Further details can be found in the Notice of Race and entry for the first four events in the series is now open here. There is an early bird discount available for teams entering Summer Match Racing Qualifier 1  before 23.59 on 2 June 2023.

Dates for the RYA Summer Match Racing Series 2023 are as follows:

  • 1-2 July, Summer Match Racing Q1, 707s at Royal Corinthian YC, Burnham-on-Crouch - Enter
  • 8-9 July, Harken Youth Match Racing Championship (U23) including U19 championship, Elliotts at WPNSA - Enter
  • 16-17 September, Marlow Ropes Women's Championship, Elliotts at WPNSA - Enter
  • 30 September-1 October, Summer Match Racing Q2, RS21s at Queen Mary SC, London - Enter
  • 7-8 October, Summer Match Racing Q3/Ceilidh Cup, Sonars at Royal Northern & Clyde YC, Scotland 
  • 27-29 October, National Match Racing Grand Final, RS21s at Queen Mary SC, London.

Events will see windward-leeward match racing for up to eight to 10 teams, each of which must include at least one female sailor. The proposed schedule at each venue, conditions allowing, will be to have a round robin series, semi-finals and finals.

The top team at each will have the opportunity to compete in the invitational-only Grand Final. Teams may also request a wildcard to take part and details of how to apply can be found in the Notice of Race.

Find out more about RYA Match Racing, including upcoming events and entry, at www.ryamatchracing.co.uk.

Teams match racing upwind in Elliott 6M keelboats at the Marlow Ropes Women's Match Racing Championship 2022 at WPNSA