The Swale Regatta

3rd, 4th and 5th July, 2020 (Now cancelled)

About The Swale Regatta

The Swale Regatta was started back in 1983 and originally run over 2 days with racing (Matches) organised by the Hollowshore Cruising Club & hitestable Yacht Club Members, Joe Brewer, Tony McGavin, John Tribe & Paul Smedley.

Races were run over a course off Whitstable and Herne Bay. Course instructions consisted of 2 photo copy sheets & collected from the 2 clubs. Very few yachts had VHF & no mobile phones in those days so courses could not be altered or shortened. Races finished at Harty, can’t remember who did PYS results but believe Tony McGavin and John Tribe won 1 each.

Yachts were smaller back then, with various makes competing bu the Anderson 22 a Mini Transsat Winner & built at Whitstable, with 8/9 competing made up a good part of the flet (I owned one then). The event grew rapidly each year with all Swale Clubs taking part & soon became a 3 day event. One year there were 42 yachts taking part a results challenge! With different Committees & Chairmen the event successfully continues. This is a fun event, though some sail hard & well. There’s no Entry Fee & good company so come & take part.

The Courses

Course 1

Whitstable Bay

Course 2


Course 3

Round the Island