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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Forts Race Weekend

The Whitstable Forts Race Weekend

***Dates confirmed for 2020:***
***23rd and 24th May***

The UK's premier catamaran focused long distance race! Part of the Allen Endurance Series!

Over the last 24 years, our long-distance race has evolved into a well-balanced test of sailing and racing skills, attracting top national helms as well as experienced club racers and international entries. Now part of the Allen Endurance Series, the Forts Race has been opened to a wider range of boats and sailors, including catamarans and monohulls. Laid out in hub and spoke format, with each leg returning through a gate near the club, the full course covers up to 85 kilometres in estuary, coastal and open sea conditions, and provides racing at all points of sailing. The flexibility of this format differentiates the Forts Race from other marathon events.

  • It can be shortened for all competitors if winds are light.
  • It can be shortened for smaller boats, to provide similar duration of racing.
  • The course can be changed if conditions change.
  • The risk of cancellation is reduced as it is easier to manage.
  • Competitors can retire on passing through the gate each round.
  • Support craft can be rapidly re-deployed where needed in emergency.

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The Whitstable Bay Endurance and Forts Race Weekend is open to all dinghies and sports catamarans with a PY rating of 1270 and lower. Paddle boards, windsurf and Kite surf entry not permitted. Entries limited to 80 boats in total. Competitors should enter through the SailRacer website. A limited number of entries may be available on the day. 2020 pricing will be announced shortly.

Key Statistics

The most popular classes have been Dart 18, Formula 18, Hurricane 5.9, Spitfire and Tornado. Typically the race attracts 25+ catamaran entries. Tidal flow is generally less than three knots, and even then only out to sea at the Forts The race usually lasts between 3 and 5 hours, depending on the conditions and the speed of your boat.


2020 schedule to be posted shortly


There are a large number of accommodation options within walking distance of the club (see the WYC accommodation pages), and WYC has a limited number of bunk rooms available. Booking early is recommended! Parking in the Whitstable town centre, close to the club, is cheap at £2.50/day.

We also have a limited amount of Campervan/Motorhome parking available about 5 minutes walk from the club. Please contact us in advance at if you're planning to bring a van to ensure we can book your space.

Forts Race Course

Click here (updated 26th August 2018) to download a provisional list of marks which can be used for the long distance racing.

Important Documents

2019 Documents:


The 2019 Forts Race was held on Sunday 19th May.


The 2018 Forts Race was held on Sunday 9th September.


The 2017 Forts Race was held on Sunday 10th September.


The 2016 Forts Race was held on Saturday 3rd September.


The 2015 Forts Race was held on Saturday 12th September.


The 2014 Forts Race was held on Saturday 13th September.


The 2013 Forts Race was held on Saturday 21st September.


The 2012 Forts Race was held on Saturday 15th September, with three Round the Cans races on Sunday 16th September.



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