Whitstable Forts Race

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Whitstable Forts RaceDate: 29th – 30th May 2021 FORTS RACE WEEKEND 2021 CANCELLED

Location: Whitstable Yacht Club – CT5 1BX

Details: A long-distance race which has evolved over its 24-year history into a well-balanced test of sailing and racing skills, attracting top national helms as well as experienced club racers and international entries. The Saturday afternoon will feature a shakedown race to the Forts and back – a single leg for boats with 1000 PY and below. For those boats of 1000+, there’ll be an inshore race. On Sunday, laid out in hub and spoke format with each leg returning through a gate near the club, will be the Endurance Race. The full course covers 85 kilometres in estuary, coastal and open sea conditions, and provides racing at all points of sailing. The flexibility of this format differentiates the Forts Race from other marathon events.


Following a review of the current and expected changes in Covid-19 restrictions, and our ability to put on quality and safe events to the standard we pride ourselves on at

Whitstable Yacht Club whilst meeting those restrictions, the decision has been made to cancel all open events at the club in April and May 2021, including the Forts Race Weekend on 29th and 20th May.

Whilst restrictions are planned to gradually lift over April and May, even if the current timeline is met we would still not be able to host full social programmes for these events, and there’s also a significant amount of volunteer time and effort leading up to and during the Forts Race Weekend in particular, which would be much harder to achieve safely under the current and expected restrictions. Instead, we want to focus the club’s efforts on sailing and social activities for our members in April and May.

We look forward to being able to the Forts Race again in 2022, and look forward to welcoming our friends from long distance sailing fleets back to the club again soon. We’d also like to thank our friends and supporters for this event, particularly Allen Sailing, sponsors of the Allen Endurance Series.

Useful Links: 2019 Whitstable Forts Write Up2019 Whitstable Forts – Endurance ResultsWhitstable Forts Website 


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