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Birkett 2017

Birkett 2017

Birkett 2016. By Tim Olin





The quest for the 'Holy Grail' of a Birkett win attracts keen sailors from national champions to novices from all over the country in a huge range of different boats all racing the full length of Ullswater and back on both days. The winner will not only take home the sought-after Birkett silver salver but also get to spend a night at luxury hotel, the Sharrow Bay. The club’s next door neighbour, the prestigious Sharrow Bay country house hotel has generously offered a prize for the winner – bed and breakfast for two.

One of the most spectacular sailing events in the North, the Birkett was rated number eight in the top 50 'must do' sailing regattas by Yachts and Yachting magazine. The unique race was first sailed in 1963 to commemorate the successful defence by Lord Norman Birkett of the right of public access to Ullswater which was threatened with reservoir status. The Birkett is open to all monohulls with a recognised handicap rating below below 1340. All boats race from one mass start with the line stretching across the full width of the lake. They race down the lake, a distance of about seven miles, past Kailpot Crag and the plaque to the memory of Lord Birkett, round an island at the southern end, and back. Then they do it all again on Sunday – with both races to count.

A traditional feature of the event is the Saturday Birkett Cruise run by Ullswater Steamers. The cruise will leave Pooley Bridge pier at 12.30pm and follow the racing down to Kailpot Crag where the Lord Birkett memorial plaque is placed and will again have an on-board commentary from members of UYC. Families and friends are able to follow the racing at close hand on the water and experience some of the excitement. Please book direct with Ullswater Steamers via their website www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk The 'Birkett' field next to the club will again be in use for camping and campervans and for the popular hospitality marquee where there will be two live bands over the weekend.

Hospitality at the Club this weekend...

Friday Evening Galley
The galley will be open from 5:30pm, last orders 8.15pm no need to pre order, serving,
8oz Sirloin steak with salad garnish mushrooms, onion rings, tomato, peas and chips.
10oz gammon steak, mushrooms, onion rings, tomato, egg and chips.
Deep fried scampi salad garnish, peas and chips.
Homemade steak pie served with chips peas and gravy.
Lasagne with salad.
Vegetarian option pasta bake.

The UYC ladies cake stall will be open from 1:00pm.

Saturday Galley
Galley open for breakfast between 7.30am to 10.30am
Closed 10.30am to 11.30am. 
Lunch served from 11.30am to 3:00pm, snacks available to 4:00pm.

The UYC ladies cake stall will be open from 1:00pm.

Saturday Evening Galley
Pizza and smoked meats will be available on the front lawn on Saturday 4:00pm to 9:00pm.
Burgers and Hot dogs served 9.30pm till 1:00am outside the beer tent.

Sunday Galley
Galley open for breakfast between 7.30am to 10.30am
Closed 10.30am to 11.30am. 
Lunch served from 11.30am to 3:00pm, snacks available to 4:00pm.

The UYC ladies cake stall will be open from 1:00pm.

Bar Service
Friday bar open from 1:00pm until midnight
Saturday bar open from midday until midnight
Sunday bar open from midday to after prize giving.

Beer Tent
Friday 6:00pm to midnight with live music from 9:00pm.
Saturday 6:00pm to midnight with live music from 9:00pm.
Sunday 3:00pm to 7:00pm depending on demand.

For more information about the Birkett email birkett@ullswateryachtclub.org



Posted on 24 April 2017 (Archive on 22 May 2017)
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