Racing for rum round Rye Bay

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Rum Race SUS-160501-094407001

Boats will be setting sail to race for rum on Sunday when Rye Harbour Sailing Club holds its popular annual event.

The Rum Race, sponsored by Skipper Rum, is an open race for dinghies in aid of The RNLI.

It will take place weather permitting and club Commodore Caroline Wylson says they are hoping for a break in the weather.

She said: “It is not the rain that will scupper it, but we are hoping for the right wind conditions.”

Boats will be setting off from Rye Harbour Sailing Club, The Point, Rye Harbour.

The entry fee is £10, or £5 for those under 18 or over 70 years old.

The race starts at 11am and the galley will be open from 10am.

There will be a bar and hot food served at lunchtime. All dinghy participants are welcome.

For more information on taking part in Sunday’s event, contact Simon Marsh on 01233 758181.

The Club has dual parentage. The Rye Bay Yacht Club which was founded in 1925 and The Rye Harbour Sailing Club which was founded in 1934 amalgamated to form the present Rye Harbour Sailing Club.

The club prides itself in the diversity of its members’ sailing interests and in the variety of yacht and dinghy classes that are enjoyed. Many members undertake substantial annual passages whilst others are happy to mess around on the river.

The Club has an exciting year ahead after its management committee was successful in its bid for a £75,000 Sports England lottery grant towards a building project.

Caroline Wylson said: “This award was granted after much planning, filling of forms, account submissions and consultations with planners architects and builders. All this has proved worthwhile.

“Now we have to deliver on our promises to make sailing accessible to people and encourage them to take part.”

Club members have continued to make improvements and repairs to areas of the club house and boatpark.

Boats have been re-positioned with tie down points fitted to berths to prevent boats from blowing over.

Sailing events in both Cruiser and Dinghy sections were well supported last year with both running full sailing programmes through the spring, summer and autumn.

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