The Allen Endurance Series (AES) will be returning for its 4th season this time with the inclusion of an additional event and even bigger prize fund.
Launched in 2018 the series combines the UK’s premier long-distance events to give high-performance Catamaran and Skiff sailors a season-long series to compete for. Currently included are the Whitstable Forts, Solent Forts, East Coast Piers and Round Sheppey races. And for 2021 Allen has announced the inclusion of the Anglesey Offshore Dinghy Race. The series will remain with one discard.
Allen will be providing an enticing £1000 worth of vouchers and merchandise throughout the five AES events, as well as, the overall series prizes of £500, £250 & £100 vouchers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Unfortunately both the Whitstable Forts Race and the ECPR have been cancelled for 2021. The series will remain with one discardable event.
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.
2021 News: – FORTS RACE WEEKEND 2021 CANCELLED
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.
Details: The Solent Forts Race is a long-distance event for sports Catamarans and fast monohull dinghies and is set in the Eastern Solent, with Hayling Island and Portsmouth to the north and the Isle of Wight to the west. The race comprises several legs radiating out from a gate (like a star), allowing the course configuration and length to be adjusted according to the conditions prevailing on the day. The race gets its name from the Napoleonic Channel Forts that comprise two of the marks of the course. The race has a unique ‘time out’ feature that allows boats to take an optional 30-minute break during the race. This time may be used for a comfort break or for tactical purposes. Saturday also features a shakedown race.
Date: 17th – 18th of July 2021 ECPR 2021 CANCELLED
Location: Marconi Sailing Club – CM0 7NU
Details: Open to fast dinghies and Catamarans, the East Coast Piers Race is a major charity event raising funds to support “The Cirdan Trust” to further support their important work with socially or physically disadvantaged children. The race is based at Marconi Sailing Club on the River Blackwater in Essex and goes all the way up the East Coast to Walton and back again. There are three-course options available, the Bradwell Race – 13 miles long open to fast dinghies. The Colne Point Race – 27 miles long open to fast dinghies and Catamarans. And the Endurance Race, the full ECPR which is 48 miles long open to Catamarans only. Saturday Features a round the cans shakedown race with an excellent party in the evening.
2021 News: ECPR 2021 CANCELLED
After careful deliberation Marconi Sailing Club have made the unfortunate decision that the East Coast Piers Race event will not run in 2021. While we appreciate this will be disappointing for you as a competitor we must treat your safety across the 50 mile course as our ultimate priority. As you would expect the club has not yet opened this year and our members are still yet to visit the club site. We line the course with mother boats (club yachts) at each mile to provide essential safety and a watchful eye over competitors as they travel to Walton and back. With the current lock down no activity to put moorings in, or to get yachts ready has been possible so far this year. On any ‘normal’ (remember normal?) year we are always working against the clock with last minute yacht launches to support the event. With the added pressure of the club being closed for 3 months we don’t feel we will be able to provide the cover we need to run a safe event. We also have to consider the quality of the event, when you come to Marconi for an East Coast Piers Race you are guaranteed a fantastic weekend on and off the water with a bit of Neil Diamond thrown in for free. At this stage we have no firm guarantee that we will be back to business as usual by July and don’t feel we can provide the event you would hope for and expect. We hope you understand our decision (which was not an easy one) and we hope to see you back at Marconi Sailing Club for the 2022 ECPR weekend. Being an event run for charity we are sad that we cannot support our charities again this year, if you would like to do so you can donate directly to the
Cirdan Sailing Trust or Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, the members of Marconi SC and the competitors for their continued support.
Details: The Anglesey Offshore Dinghy & Catamaran Race is The North West’s premier offshore dinghy race, covering over 15 nautical miles around the South East coast of Anglesey. Frequent visitors include Olympic sailors, and past and present National Champions. The race starts on the Royal Anglesey start line at Beaumaris in the picturesque Menai Straits. Then through Puffin Sound and passing the rugged cliffs of Anglesey. After crossing the glorious sandy beaches of Red Wharf Bay, the fleet head for the famous Lifeboat station at Moelfre. The finish is at Red Wharf Bay Sailing Club at Traeth Bychan. Rated by Yachts and Yachting as one of the top events to compete in. The event will also include a shakedown race from the Royal Anglesey Yacht Club on the Saturday night followed by a social evening before the Endurance Race on Sunday. Entries will be restricted to one and two-person dinghies and multihulls. Monohull dinghies with a Portsmouth Number not greater than 1200 and Multihulls with a Portsmouth Number not greater than 940 are eligible.
Entry: Single Handers – £21.00 / double Handers £26.00 entry link below.
Entries will be restricted to one and two person dinghies and multihulls. Monohull dinghies with a Portsmouth Number not greater than 1200 and Multihulls with a Portsmouth Number not greater than 940 are eligible.
Details: IOS Round the Island Race is a long-established, long-distance event designed to test sailing skills and endurance over a 40-mile course. Sailed clockwise around the island of Sheppey, starting and finishing at IOS Sailing Club. The race includes tidal sea, river & estuary sailing. The event is the longest dinghy and board race in Europe —The race is open to all classes of dinghy, catamaran and sailboard and there is a shakedown race on Saturday.