Created: 20 Dec 2019 00:00
Updated: 01 Aug 2020 08:01

This race is now cancelled as it will not be possible to hold events at Erith Yacht club due to virus restrictions.


The 2020 Thames Trafalgar Race will take place on the weekend of Saturday 26th September and Sunday 27th September.

This two-day stage race gives sailors an opportunity to tackle the fickle tides and winds of the River Thames, starting from Blackwall Reach, near Greenwich and finishing at Erith Yacht Club on day one. After a dinner on Saturday night paying respect to Horatio Lord Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar, stage two sees the race return upriver to Greenwich.

The race is hosted jointly by Little Ship Club and Erith Yacht Club, .



Moorings are available at Limehouse Basin Marina from Saturday 19th September until Wednesday 30th September

The discounted rates for competitors is £200 per boat.

Spaces are limited so please book directly with Limehouse Basin Marina as soon as possible.



ORGANISATION: This race will be organised by Erith Yacht Club and Little Ship Club. Entry limited to first 40 boats only – don't delay!

Eligibility: The race is open to any yacht with a Byron handicap system – if you don't already have one, email the race organisers ( and we will let you know how to apply.

Race course

The race is in two parts, run over two days

1. Saturday 26th September               

    A Class Start Blackwall Reach – ovens bouy (S) – Erith YC Not Before 08.00hrs

    B Class Start Blackwall Reach – Black shelf (S) – Erith YC Not Before 08.00hrs    

2. Sunday 27th September

    A+B Class Start Erith Yacht Club – Blackwall Reach - Not before 11.00hrs

Rules and sailing instructions

The races to be governed by the racing rules of sailing 2017-2020 (RRS) and subject to the Port of London Authority bylaws. The sailing instructions may contain modifications to the RRS, and will be available online closer to the race on the website of Erith Yacht Club and Little Ship Club.

Handicap and scoring system

Results will be calculated using the Byron handicap system, from the aggregate of corrected times from both race legs.

Fee: There is a race fee £25 per boat if paid by 31st July. (£30 after 31st July).

If you have difficulty using the online booking please email

Once you have entered your yacht, bookings for meals can be made subsequently.

  • Race briefing will be held at the Little Ship Club on Friday 25th September 2020 at 19.30. At least one member of the crew from each boat entered must attend the race briefing.
  • Moorings and dinner will be available at Erith Yacht Club on the evening of Saturday 26th September 2020
  • Prize-giving will be held at Little Ship Club on Friday 2nd October 2020  at 19.30

Date and time

Sat, 26 Sep 2020 08:00 to
Sun, 27 Sep 2020 17:00
 Non-members welcome