Ullswater Ultimate


Ullswater Yacht Club is gearing up for the ‘ultimate’ racing weekend with the launch of a brand new event on August 17 &18.


  Enter Now >>>.   The new Ullswater Ultimate is expected to attract sailors from all over the country and is the final event of the Great British Sailing Challenge (GBSC). Throughout 2019, GBSC series events have been held at clubs nationwide, attracting hundreds of entries and the top 100 sailors will take part in a grand final at Rutland Sailing Club in September.

UYC Sailing Secretary, David Clarke said: “We are delighted to be hosting a GBSC event. It will be an exciting weekend as we welcome racers in a range of classes all aiming for a place in the grand final.

“Last month we held the award-winning Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy with an entry of 230 boats, racing the full length of Ullswater twice over the weekend. We expect the Ullswater Ultimate to become another ‘must-do’ in the sailing world like the Birkett.”

The two-day event is open to all classes of monohull dinghy, dayboat or cruiser under 25ft 6ins and there will be six races over the weekend, three on Saturday and three on Sunday, with results calculated on a handicap basis using Great Lakes numbers. Using SailRacer GPS trackers there will also be other scoring categories as well as the main results. Photographer Tim Olin will be there to capture all the action. The first race on Saturday is not before noon, with a briefing at 11am, and not before 10.30am on Sunday.

Entries are online at http://www.sailingchallenge.org with a closing date of midnight on August 14. Late entries will be taken on the morning of Saturday, August 17, and subject to a £10 late entry fee.

As with all UYC events, there will be the usual UYC hospitality with excellent food, camping/campervans on site, and great racing in lovely surroundings.


4/8/2019 08:14


Photo © Tim Olin

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2020 Great British Sailing Challenge

Draycote Dash
23-24 November 2019
Datchet Flyer
7-8 December 2019
Brass Monkey 27 December 2019
Grafham Grand Prix 29 December 2019
Bloody Mary 11 January 2020
King George Gallop 26 January 2020
John Merricks Tiger Trophy
1-2 February 2020
Oxford Blue 15 February 2020
Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club
4th-5th April 2020
Weston Grand Slam
11th-12th April 2020
Paignton Open for Single Handers (P.O.S.H.)
9th-10th May 2020
23rd-24th May 2020
13th-14th June 2020
Wilsonian River Challenge
20th-21st June 2020
Bala Long Distance
20th-21st June 2020
The Ullswater Ultimate
15-16 August 2020
Finals TBC


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The Great British Sailing Challenge is a series of handicap racing events that take place throughout the year, and it's open to pretty much any sail-powered craft. The Challenge will involve events throughout the whole year, with the target of around 100 boats taking part in each event on larger waters, and running events close to capacity on smaller lakes and reservoirs. Competing sailors will earn ranking points from each event they compete in, with the top 100 sailors invited to a winner-takes-all-final in Autumn 2019 to award the best sailors of the year. The series is managed by SailRacer.