Most Club races go from a start/finish line in front of the clubhouse around a buoyed course on the upper part of the Stour Estuary. Because of the tidal situation the races are limited to about 1 and a half to 2 hours.
The racing highpoint of the season is the regatta, held during the summer over a weekend of good, early afternoon tides. On one day there is a pursuit race for handicapped cruisers and race for juniors and on the other ‘round the buoys’ races for Micros, cruisers, dinghies, classic vessels and, uniquely to Manningtree, sailing punts.
Over the rest of the season the Club organises frequent regular races for a flotilla of 7 Micro Class cruisers. These race most weekends on the river. There are several cup series spread throughout the season.
There are also a number of other events for all boats. These include:-
The sociable “Harwich Passage Race”, from the Club to Harwich Town Sailing Club, with lunch provided by them.
The “21 mile”, which starts at the Club and the course is down river to Harwich then out to sea round buoys off Walton, Stone banks and Outer Ridge towards the shipping channel and back to Wrabness beach for a barbecue. This race stays in the Orwell and Stour rivers if the weather is rough.
A race to Wrabness for cruisers.
And, on the first weekend in September a ‘Round the Buoys’ for cruisers.
Trophies for these events are presented at the end of the season.