Cecil Howard Race

The start of the Cecil Howard Race is rather mysterious. Cecil Howard (the Club’s first commodore) was a keen racer and would regularly attend the Yare Navigation Race. Each year the boats would move up the Yare to the start at Coldham Hall and Cecil viewed this as a wasted opportunity so he badgered his friends and organised a very informal race from Cantley to Coldham Hall. Inthe early days, boats would record their own times and there was certainly no trophy or prize. By the mid-1980s the race was known sometimes as the Cecil Howard Memorial Trophy, which was a little premature, especially as Cecil must be most unusual in winning his own memorial race! The Yare Sailing Club came to the rescue when the race started to get formalised and to this day still assist greatly in the running of the race. The race now has possibly the largest (and ugliest) trophy of any race on the Broads.

2021 Dates – Race –  Sun 5th September – Start Cantley – Finish Coldham Hall

It was a glorious day although light on wind it was in the correct direction to push everyone quickly to Coldham Hall to enjoy the sunshine and good company.
We had fourteen boats this year with those who won below.  All results a bit further down,
  • 368 – Wandering Rose – Cecil Howard Memorial – fastest corrected time
  • 52 – Maidie – Dave Valentine Memorial – 2nd fastest corrected time
  • 217 – Melinda – Green Wyvern – 3rd fastest corrected time
  • 123 – Puck – Ian Spoors Memorial – fastest ‘high handicapped’ boat on corrected time that has not already won a trophy based on 50/50 handicap split
Thank you to the Yare Sailing Club for co-sponsoring this event.  And to the race committee for helping us run the show.
  • OOD: Mark Thorne
  • Start Line: Guns – Chris Dowsett, Flags – Christine Walton, Timing – Mel Farrar
  • Safety Boat: Launch – Joe Farrow, Pilot – Simon Miles, Mate – Peter Semain
  • Finish Line: Coldham Hall Sailing Club
  • Results: – Lisa Reed
This is an open event and yachts on provisional handicaps are not eligible for trophies.

Details of the race and supper will be sent out approximately four to six weeks prior to the race.  If you have any questions, please contact Vice Commodore at vicecommodore@greenwyvern.org.uk

Race Results –

Cecil Howard 2021 – Race Results

2020 Cancelled

GWYC Cecil Howard Race Results – 2019

GWYC Cecil Howard Race Results – 2018



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