Competitor Information

Joining Instructions

Hello, and welcome to the East Zone Championships, which this year is being held in Burnham on Crouch, Essex, hosted by the Royal Corinthian, Royal Burnham, Crouch and Burnham Sailing Clubs.

The event is an important qualifier for young Topper, Cadet and Optimist sailors looking for selection into one of the regional squads. A two-day event that will bring some exciting sailing on the water and a heap of fun off the water.

The event happens to be on the same weekend as the famous Burnham Carnival, which attracts thousands of visitors to the town to witness the Saturday evening procession (once the longest night time procession in Europe).

As we have such a busy weekend we have a lot of information that will hopefully help you all to make the most of the event so read the following information carefully.

All of the racing information can be downloaded from the RYA website and below is the proposed event timings plus details of where you need to be and some extra details regarding facilities and accommodation options.

Event Timings
Saturday 25th September
0900 hrs Registration starts at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club
1030 hrs Competitor Briefings  at the Royal Burnham Yacht Club
1115 hrs Launch Race 1 Warning Signal 1155 hrs
          Race 2 As soon after race 1 as possible
          Race 3 As soon after race 2 as possible
1600 hrs Return to Clubs Approximately
1700 hrs Power Pasta

1800 hrs Carnival (Procession starts at 19.30)

The Power Pasta will be a quick meal for all the competitors to put some carbs back in ready for the next day. At the carnival there are many opportunities to grab a bite, however if you want something more substantial there will be a bistro available at the Royal Burnham Yacht Club for all competitors and families.

Sunday 26th September
0900 hrs Briefing  at the Royal Burnham Yacht Club
0945 hrs Launch
1025 hrs Race 4 Warning signal Race 5 As soon after race 4 as possible
          Race 6 As soon after race 5 as possible
1330 hrs Return to clubs approximately
1500 hrs Prize Giving at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club


All visitors will need to find their way to the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club (see map). There you will be directed to areas to unload your boats, park trailers and cars. You are required to arrive at the club early, however you will need to follow the route shown on the accompanying map as the main High St will be closed from 0900 on Saturday morning.

There will be signs for you to follow (bright orange arrows with EZC on) to direct you to the club. As you come over the railway bridge in Burnham you will need to take the second left turn so keep a beady eye out for those signs. See road directions below.

As it is the Carnival, once in Burnham it is very difficult to get back out, especially when the procession starts. If you need to be out of the town before the procession you will have to move your car out of the town during the day (advice will be on hand) and then walk through the town to your car before leaving. The easiest and most fun option being to stay and leave once the procession finishes which will be around 2130 hrs.

We have spoken with the organisers who will make every effort to help you through, they have a pretty tough job so please help where you can. Attached to these instructions is a badge to put in your windows, which will hopefully smooth out your travels once in Burnham.

Once in Burnham you will register at the RCYC where you will pick up your welcome pack – then follow the agenda set. You will be launching and returning to the RCYC throughout the weekend.

Local Boats

All those who sail in Burnham should know how the town works on the carnival. You will however be required to get your boats to the Royal Burnham Yacht by the Friday evening before the event or very early on the Saturday.


It will be difficult to get in and out of the club throughout the day by road as the High St will be closed –therefore you need to park elsewhere and walk down or get all of your gear there before.

All local boats will be launching and recovering at the RBYC throughout the weekend and will follow the same plan as everyone else: registration at the Corinthian, briefings and launching at the RB.


Hopefully you will all find our way into Burnham. You will almost certainly be coming in on the Maldon Road arriving at the T Junction with the tree and first orange arrow!

Turn right over the bridge and take the second turning on the left (past the Chinese take away) into Devonshire Road.

Follow this road for about a half mile to the end (a sharpish bend, small school on the left). The road changes name (Arcadia then Dunkirk but is the same one) – follow it to the end T Junction, turn left into Orchard Rd then first right into Riverside Rd.

At the end of this road turn left, you will see the Queen Victoria pub in front of you, turn right into Belvedere Rd and follow it right round to the RCYC which is on your right. There you will be met and given instructions where to go.

If you decide to come down on the Friday night you can come straight through the town and if camping there will be people on hand to show you where to go.

You can drop a map down from Google maps or similar to help you get there! (Royal Corinthian postcode is CM0 8AX)


There are a number of options for visitors locally from camping to local hotels. Below are some contact details of local accommodation, the web should provide you with even more options.
White Harte Hotel 01621 782106
The Anchor Hotel 01621 782117
Crouch Valley Lodge 01621 740770
The Oyster Smack Inn 01621 782141
Burnt Mill Cottage 01621 783712
Ship Inn 01621 785057
Holyrood House 01621 784759


Also try the RCYC and RBYC who have a few rooms available. There are some good links to look up that also show some other options close by in Southminster and Tillingham.

Food and Drink
As said earlier we will be providing a free power pasta meal after the sailing on Saturday. We have a heap of bananas donated by the Coop to help with those energy levels, however outside of these items you will have to supply your own lunches.

We suggest you have an early pre sailing lunch on the Saturday and a good breakfast on the Sunday with a late lunch once back off the water. Put some energy food and water in your boats – if anyone is short we will have some extra bits on the safety boats.

There will be lots of options for food at the carnival and Burnham has a wide range of restaurants and pubs. We have also arranged for the Royal Burnham yacht Club to have a competitor and family Bistro option, which will be available from 1830 hrs.


There is an event management team who will be on call throughout the event. If you need to contact anyone in Burnham previous to the weekend then please call the RCYC office on 01621 782105. You will be provided with a list of contacts on the day including the event director, doctor, child liaison officer and relevant support team.


Can you please ensure that any specific medical requirements are indicated at registration so that all support needs are in place,


We are hoping for some great sailing and an all round great event. If you have any queries please contact us and we will see what can be done to ensure you have a brilliant weekend.

We look forward to seeing you in Burnham!



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