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The British Keelboat League is back and 2019 promises to be its best year yet

The British Keelboat League (BKL) looks to stake its claim as one of the premier events for club sailors across the UK.

With its new Official Partner, RS Sailing, providing a fleet of new RS21 keelboats, the BKL has had an injection of vibrance intended to attract more clubs. The Official BKL 2019 Launch Party took place at the RYA Dinghy Show, with celebratory drinks and announcements made on the host venues and dates, detailed below:

  • Ullswater Yacht Club – 05/06 May
  • Draycote Water Sailing Club – 25/26 May
  • Royal Corinthian Yacht Club – 08/09 June
  • Royal Lymington Yacht Club – 15/16 June
  • Royal Southern Yacht Club – 22/23 June
  • Royal Western Yacht Club – 20/21 July
  • Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club – 07/08 September

The aim of the BKL is to increase participation in keelboat racing across the United Kingdom through an inter-club racing format. This is achieved by reducing some of the typical barriers to participation in keelboat racing.

All boats provided - First and foremost, the boats are provided for teams by the British Keelboat League. Racing will take place in RS21’s at all but one of the seven qualifiers (Royal Corinthian Yacht Club will use their fleet of Hunter 707’s) and the finals weekend.

Simple to sail - Secondly, you don’t have to be a keelboat specialist to get involved. The boats selected for competition are simple to sail and there will even be an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the boat during a training session the day before your qualifying event.

Value for money - Finally, thanks to the support of sponsors Bainbridge, Selden and RS Sailing, alongside the host club, the event is great value for money. At approximately £6 per crew member per race, it’s an opportunity that can be accessed by even more members of our community.

This will mean teams are able to simply show up at their qualifier with a buoyancy aid, just jump in their boat and go - #RockUpAndRace.

Teams will then rotate between the fleet of boats competing in a series of short “sprint” races, each lasting around 12 minutes. By the end of the two-day qualifying event, the top teams will progress to the national final later in the year. The final, hosted by the Royal Thames Yacht Club, will see 24 teams fight it out over the weekend of the 27th – 29th September 2019 at Queen Mary Reservoir, London.


For more information and to sign up for your regional qualifier, check out the British Keelboat League website:

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