Royal Tay Yacht Club
Promoting sailing in Dundee since 1885

East Coast Sailing Week

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Where it All Started

For the centenary of the Royal Tay Yacht Club in 1985 a regatta was held on the Tay with yachts entered from Amble, Blyth, Sunderland, Hartlepool, Whitby, Dunbar, Royal Forth, Forth Corinthian, Cramond, Port Edgar, Limekilns, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Burntisland, Tayport, Wormit, Banff and Royal Tay. Visitors also attended from Norway and Denmark and trophies presented by our Scandinavian friends are on display in the RTYC trophy cabinets in the main clubhouse. In addition to the keel boat week there was an open dinghy regatta attended by most of the clubs in the Tay area and further afield. The Unicorn Catamaran National championship was also sailed during the regatta, the class being the largest catamaran class at RTYC in the mid 80’s.

1985 witnessed the introduction of the long standing RTYC tradition of the “Yellow Jacket” for the Dick of the Day, the Yellow Jacket champion being Stewart “Chiefy” Duncan. This much sought after award has been a highlight of all East Coast Week prize givings on the Tay and will again be awarded in 2016.

Following the success of the RTYC Centenary Regatta a meeting was held 1986 involving the Tay, Forth and North East England. Following this meeting, East Coast Sailing Week was established. The first East Coast Sailing Week was held on the Forth at Granton in 1987 followed by the Tay in 1988, the Forth in 1989 and the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club Blyth in 1990 to celebrate their centenary.

The event developed into a 3 centre event with the venues rotating through a 3 year cycle which has from 2015 changed with the addition of a second venue on the Forth (Port Edgar and Granton extending the timing from a 3 to a 4 year cycle.

Many of the competitors have been attending the event since 1987 and a key factor has been the relationships which have built up over the last 28 years and continues to do so to this day.
For East Coast Week 2016 we have decided to go back to our roots and have an event that every section of the RTYC can be involved in and we would like to extend an invite to all the yacht clubs on the east coast to come and join us and make it an event to remember.

2016 Event

The event will run from 2nd – 8th July 2016 and will include a coastal rowing event, dinghy regatta, keel series and the Scottish and Northern Squib Championships.

Saturday 2nd July – Broughty Ferry Boating Coastal Rowing Regatta 

The entry for the day is limited to 12 skiffs and will be on a first come basis. Skiffs can arrive from 8.30am with races starting at 11am. The running order for the day will be available within the notice of races to all clubs who would like to enter.  Race categories will be Women’s Open, Men’s Open, Men’s 45+, Women’s 60+, Decades Race and Mixed Open. There will be a social event in the evening for all who would like to attend and food is served 5pm – 7pm. For more details contact

Entry Fee: £10 per skiff

Sunday 3rd July – Open Dinghy Regatta

This will be a 3 race event with the first start at 11am. We are hoping to attract at least 1 traveller and have our usual Dart, Fast and Slow Handicap classes. The regatta will be running alongside Broughty Gala Day and we will be racing in the vicinity of Broughty Castle. There will also be a prize giving in the main clubhouse after the finish of racing.

Entry Fee: £15 per boat

Monday 4th – Friday 8th July – Keel Series/Squib S&N Championships

We are planning to run the event with four classes, Div1, Div2, Restricted Sail and Squib. The class split for Div1/2 will take place after the close of entries.

Entry Fee: Keel £75 & Squib £65 for the week.

The format for the week will be varied and encompass the whole of the estuary at some point and is as follows –

Mon 4th  1 x Round The Cans & Up River race – first start 10:30am

Tue 5th    2 x Round The Cans – first start 10:30am

Wed 6th  Duke of Edinburgh Offshore Race – gate start 8:30 – 9:30

Wed 6th  Squib & Non Series Handicap race – first start 14:00

Thu 7th    2 x Round The Cans – first start 11am

Fri 8th     Estuary Race – first start 11am.

The daily prize giving will take place at 21:00 every evening and the overall prize giving at 19:00 on the final day.

A free craning, mooring and ferry service will be available.

As usual for each RTYC event, sailors will be under scrutiny in order to decide who will be awarded the daily ‘Dick of the Day’ and the overall ‘Dick of the Week’.

Download the Keel & Squib:
Notice of Race 2016

Keel & Squib Entries:
East Coast Week 2016 Entries 26 June

Social Events

We would like to extend an invite to all competitors, their families and club members to come along and take part in the ECW16 social events and make the most of the fantastic RTYC hospitality. We have a proud tradition of being a very welcoming club and we think that the wide variety of social events will appeal to everyone over the week.

Social Programme

Sat 2nd    Disco

Sun 3rd   Briefing and Pimms reception

Mon 4th  Skippers reception & crews rowing race followed by BBQ**

Tue 5th   Quiz night

Wed 6th Acoustic music

Thu 7th  Cheese & Wine **

Fri 8th   Final prize giving followed by live music with guest performer, Billy Mitchell

** tickets available at a surcharge


We have managed to secure discounts with three local hotels listed below. To take advantage of the available discount please quote: ‘East Coast Week’ and ‘RTYC’.


The Fort Hotel  48 Fort Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 1AB

Tel: 01382 737999

Contact: John Black

Discount: ‘Golfers Discount’ £40 pp/pn sharing B&B


The Fisherman’s Tavern 12 – 16 Fort Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 2AD

Tel: 01382 775941

Discount: 10% off B&B

Contact: Holly/Linda 10am – 6pm


The Hotel Brought Ferry 16 West Queen Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 1AR

Tel: 01382480027

Discount: 10% off  Room Tarriff

Contact: Jeff Stewart

For a full list of local accommodation, go to the Visit Scotland website.

Please Note: We also have limited onsite camping available.

Any Queries Please: Contact Us


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