Great Bembridge Paper Boat Race

Great Bembridge Paper Boat Race

Saturday 24th July at Brading Haven Yacht Club

Calling all budding boat builders, young and not so young - this is your chance for nautical glory!!  The Great Bembridge Paper Boat Race will be held at Brading Haven Yacht Club.  The first start is at 1200 but please arrive early, in plenty of time for Registration and Boat Checks.

The Water Taxi will be running a drop off/collection at the BHYC pontoon, or you can walk across the Duver and over the Causeway (Old Mill Wall), through Bembridge Marina Car Park to Embankment Road and the Club - about 15 to 20 minutes.

A BBQ will be available on the BHYC Terrace from 1.30pm.

There are RULES!  These are detailed in the Notice of Race below (scroll down), and you'll need to complete an online Entry Form on the BHYC website before 9pm on Friday 23rd July. Entry fees go to the nominated event charity, the Sophie Rolf Trust.   

Please note a parent or guardian must accompany any entrant under 15 years of age when launching and recovering their craft from pontoons and that lifejackets are mandatory for anybody going onto the Club pontoons.

All entrants, guardians and their guests using the Brading Haven Yacht Club premises and facilities for this event do so entirely at their own risk. Brading Haven Yacht Club does not accept liability for any damage to, or loss of, property belonging to entrants, guardians and their guests.

It would be helpful if boat sails could be marked with a coloured symbol to aid identification by the owners and the judges. We suggest this could be a cross, a triangle, a circle or similar or perhaps the entrants initials preferably in more than one colour.

Just to remind you the Notice of Race states that boat hulls must be made of paper or cardboard only and the hull length must not exceed 18 inches (46 Cm.): this will be checked by the scrutineers on the day. Other materials may be used for spars, sails rigging etc., ballast may be added. Engines of any sort are forbidden, the only allowed means of propulsion being wind. Radio controlled vessels are also forbidden.

Full details online go to Open Events


This event is being organised by Brading Haven Yacht Club on Saturday 24th July as part of the Bembridge Harbour Family Fun Weekend.  The event is open to ALL. The Junior Race will start at 1200 followed by the Adult's Race as soon afterwards as practical. 

Boats may be multi or single hull craft the hulls of which must be constructed solely of paper and/or cardboard and may be painted or varnished to improve their resistance to water.  Other materials such as wood, metal, plastic and fabric may be used for spars and sails etc. and ballast may be included within the hull.  The only means of propulsion is wind; engines of any description are not permitted!  The hull length must not exceed 18 inches (46 cm)  Radio controlled craft are not permitted.

This year the Entry Forms are online via the BHYC website.  There is an Entry Fee per boat of £5 for Adults (over 15) and £2 for Juniors who must be under 15 on Race Day.  Entries must be in by 9pm on Friday the 23rd July.  You can pay the Entry Fee at the Harbour or you can pay online if you follow this link

100% of the funds raised from the Entry Fees will go to the Sophie Rolf Trust - Kissy Puppy, the nominated charity for all the weekend’s events.

The course will be between two of the BHYC pontoons access to which will be limited to one person per boat (except that under 15 year olds should be accompanied by an adult), and the Judges.  As far as possible the races will be down wind and tide!  People going onto the pontoons will be required to wear life jackets:  a limited number will be available on the day against a £10 deposit!

There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for each age category.