Competitive yacht racing has always been to the forefront on The Royal Tay Yacht Club’s sailing programme. As a result RTYC sailors often feature in prize lists in major sailing events away from home. In fact this year two RTYC boats did very well in Cowes Week, the premier annual sailing event in the UK.
Closer to home competitive sailing in the Tay takes various forms. Firstly there are three classes of boat, Dinghy Class, Squib Class and Keel Class. Then there are differing categories of series of races
One of the stronger classes at RTYC at the present time with racing fleets averaging twenty boats. This fleet comprises a mixture of Kestrels, a fast two man boat. Lasers, a single handed dinghy popular around the world and Toppers, another world wide popular class aimed at the younger sailors. In addition the Dinghy Fleet comprises other assorted classes including catamarans as dinghy race results are based on an RYA handicap system. Dinghy Class hold three evening series in the sailing year plus a Spring Series and as they are a hardy lot a Winter Series that finishes on Boxing Day! In addition there are various weekend regattas and trophy races.
A popular class at RTYC for many years, the Squib is a two man 19’ open keelboat, a strict one design with distinctive brown sails, and is very suited to the River Tay’s strong tides. It can be an exciting boat in strong winds but is a very giving boat and three Squibs at RTYC are raced by husband/wife teams. There are currently 14 Squibs owned by members. The Squib Class in the Tay hold three evening series in the sailing year and are regulars at club regattas and trophy races.
Many RTYC members sail an assortment of ‘Big Boats’, some kept on moorings in West Ferry Bay and others in Tayport Harbour Marina opposite Broughty Ferry. Keel Class racing mainly comprises weekend events out into the River Tay estuary and beyond with the occasional race upriver.