Details about the Haven Series and how to get in touch with us 

About Us

After a rather unusual year in 2020, we have sought for the 2021 Haven Combined Clubs series to continue and improve on what we offered in 2019. Our competitors are a broad church and we try to please as many as possible, whether you are sailing a fully kitted out racing machine, or looking to get the best out of your cruiser.


The 2019 format proved very successful, with 50 boats sailing in the 2 round the cans classes. Offshore/coastal racing was also well attended, most notably the brand new Cork Sand race. With that in mind, we have changed very little for 2021, the main thing being a slight increase in racing ‘in the bay’ versus ‘in the river’ racing – which was one of the key pieces of feedback from the October 2019 competitors survey.


Another thing we have to introduce, with great reluctance, is a small entry fee. We ran the series free of charge in 2019 knowing we would make a loss, but with the aspiration of attracting a major sponsor for 2020 so the series could stay free. Unfortunately we failed to attract one. We don’t take the decision to charge for entry lightly but the cost of administering a series for 50+ boats and purchasing prizes does all add up. I sincerely hope that nobody will feel that the token fee is disproportionate to what’s on offer, especially compared to the day-to-day costs of owning a boat


Looking to the future, this will be my last season as chairman and as a committee member. The series has always been run by competitors on behalf of competitors, and the last year has shown there is still a big appetite for racing in the area. What is vital is that the format of racing continues to evolve to meet the needs of the next generation of sailors. For that, we need your input, whether that be as a new voice on the committee or just through regular feedback to your club rep. Ultimately this series is what we make of it, my final plea is to help your future committee to make it as good as possible for all!


Wishing you all fair winds and followings seas on the course in 2021.



The haven series (called ‘the series’) is an independent series of yacht races organised by the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, the Waldring Field Sailing Club, the Walton and Frinton Yacht Club, The Orwell Yacth Club and the Haven Ports Yacht Club (called ‘the organising clubs’).



The series exists to provide racing between yachts sailing under both IRC and Haven Handicap. Both classes hold equal status.



The series is open to any single hull sailing yacht having a minimum water line length of 17 feet and meeting the series entry criteria, entered by a member of a sailing club situation between Lowerstoft and Burnham and skippered by the same or another such member.



The series shall act by a committee comprising (a) two representative from each of the organising clubs appointed in such manner as each club thinks fit and (b) such further members as the above representatives may think fit to co-opt from any yacht club who’s members are eligible to compete in the Series. A co-opted member shall act for a period of 1 year only though he or she may be co-opted for further periods of one year without limit.



The committee may appoint such officers and such sub-committees as it thinks fit.


The committee shall have a chairman who shall be chosen from the representatives from each organising club in rotation: he shall serve for two years ending normally in the autumn after the Prize Giving Dinner.



Yachts competing under haven handicap shall be handicapped according to the speed potential of the yacht. A Sub Committee (called the ‘Handicapping Sub-Committee’) shall comprise at least one member from each of the organising clubs. Handicaps shall be fixed at the commencement of each season (or late entry of yacht) and will stand for that season, adjustments being made only in exceptional circumstances or change in yacht materially affecting a factor taken into account when fixing the yachts handicap. A yacht that has not previously been handicapped by the Handicapping Sub-Committee will receive a provisional handicap that will be reviewed during the season as the Handicapping Sub-Committee decides.



This constitution shall only be changed by a majority of two-thirds at a meeting having at least one representative from each of the organising clubs and only representatives from the organising clubs shall vote.



In the event of the Series being discounted, the surplus funds and assets shall be donated to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.