Nation's Cup 2016

The Nation’s Cup 2016


Medemblik : Holland 22-24 April

Medemblik has always been the center of regatta sailing in the Netherlands. It is the home port and main venue to many international events such as the Breitling Regatta and European or World Championships in various classes, but also to events for the bigger yachts such as the 24 Hour Regatta. The sheltered harbour, the picturesque and inviting city centre as well as the world class Regatta Committees have all contributed to Medembliks success as harbour town! Next to the sailing there's a general purpose marina, and a restaurant.

So the venue is superb, the Dutch people are incredibly welcoming and the scenery is beautiful.


The Nation's Cup is being held as part of the Spring Championship

10 Championship races over three days

Awesome after-race hospitality

Easy travel from the UK

Strong UK representation

Plenty of sightseeing for non sailing partners

And a chance to become Nation’s Cup Champion

Further Details to Follow:

Andy Davis From HD Sails Provides Tips on the Nationals Venue 2015

Really happy that we're going back to North Berwick, certainly one of my favourite venues!NorthBerwick
The sailing club ELYC (East Lothian Yacht Club) are a friendly bunch and put great efforts in to making you feel welcome.
The town has plenty of places to eat, probably why I like it. It also now has a Greggs so we'll be able to stuff our faces with plenty of sausage rolls!

Getting down to the business end, the sailing area is superb. It has plenty of scenery so when your not doing so well it can take your mind off it.
When the wind blows from the east large waves build enough to lose half a solo in the troughs. This makes for good surfing conditions so make sure your well practiced as good wave sailing can give you a good edge.
North Berwick is on the south side of a wide estuary, the Firth of Forth. The coast faces due north, and prevailing gradient winds are from the west or south-west, while easterlies are the next most common direction!
Although North Berwick faces north, the sea breeze comes from the east. The sea breeze will develop depending on the strength of the opposing gradient wind, a westerly or south-westerly morning wind of up to a Force 3 is likely to give way to a sea breeze around noon. A stronger westerly is more likely to persist!
The tide floods east-west and ebbs in the opposite direction. Only occasionally does it run at more than a knot and is stronger the further from the shore you are.
The main tactical questions you need to ask yourself is, when the tide is ebbing and the sea breeze is in, the tide is with you on a beat, so do you go right for the wind as the sea breeze veers through the afternoon or left to the stronger tide? Or, in a westerly wind with a flooding tide helping you, do you go left to the convergence that exists near the shore or right into the stronger flow? The answer varies from day to day and from hour to hour!

There is plenty of space up at the boat park but down on the shore it will be congested. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get out to the race course. Since returning this year the sand has washed away in the bay compared to when we were there last. Large rocks have appeared so keep right close to the harbour wall on your way out. Once you go round the corner of the harbour keep about 25- 50 metres from the harbour and spit, don't stray to far left as again there are large rocks. It's certainly worth taking a look at the beach at low tide and work out where your going to sail out and come back!

Hope you have a good week and look forward to seeing you there.


North Berwick Preview

For those of you attending the Nationals this year & who haven’t visited before you are in for a real treat. A beautiful bustling Scottish Seaside Town surrounded by magnificent countryside awaits. For those of you who have been there I hope that the following will serve as useful reminders!
The journey up from the South is pretty straightforward, Sat Nav wanted to take us across country from Carlisle but we found it much easier continuing North on the M6/M74 & going across Country from Abington, Junction 13 M74. Travel time for Cheshire was 4 ½ hours no traffic.
On arrival in North Berwick we followed the signs for ELYC Parking& were directed onto the beachfront area, some 5 minutes walk from the club, which is where you will be parked for the event & where we (or rather you all) will launch from.
Cars then have to be moved & parked in the town. Whilst in the main there are lots of places which are free, securing a place in Summer may well prove tricky for those arriving later on. There are a number of free public car parks in the town, including the station & plenty of places along the beaches without timed restrictions, though vehicles over 7’6” are prohibited from here.
There is lots of accommodation in the town along with Tantallon Caravan & Campsite
which has areas for tents, motorhomes, rents statics & even has Wigwams!

The site is well catered for being a brisk 20-25 minute walk from the club & just 15 minutes from the Town’s Tescos!


East Lothian YC barThe clubhouse is right in the harbour 2 minutes from the main drag, & has good facilities. On the first floor is the most important Bar & on the second floor is the café. There looked to be a good variety of things on the menu, all homemade including fresh cream cake! I am advised that a marquee will be set up for the nationals to accommodate us all but you would need to check with the club on that! Launching is across from the club where the Dinghies will be parked, a jetty makes for easy access to a sandy beach launching directly into the sea reminding me very much of Mounts Bay. The trolley dollies are certainly going to be earning their beer!
Both of the beaches which stretch for miles are great for families & are dog friendly. Golden sands abound & on one beach there is a small Lido which retains sea water when the tide goes out & is great for paddling in. Away from the beach you can keep the kids entertained with a couple of putting greens & playground’s, an expanse of playing fields & a tennis club for the more energetic. The main train line to Edinburgh runs from the town & it takes just 20 minutes to get to the centre. A real shame that our Nationals don’t have a ‘rest’ day as it would be a real opportunity to explore the area with the family!

Facilities in the town are more than adequate for a week’s stay though, meaning you need never venture far if you don’t want to! Tesco’s is a 15 minute walk from the centre, & on the High Street there is a Nisa Local & Co-op along with a Butchers & Bakery all of whom open on a Sunday. None of us will starve as there are a variety of cafes & Deli’s great for lunch & for dinner there are

  • Thai Curry House
  • Indian Restaurant
  • Turkish Kebab Shop
  • Chinese
  • 2 Italians
  • 3 Pubs
  • 2 Bistros

Sadly Brownie will be disappointed as there are no Golden Arches! A famous place for lunch is in the Harbour itself being ‘The Lobster Shack’ which serves local fish & Lobster which is on the menu at nearly every establishment I looked at!
And with the thought of Garda in my head, the local ‘Gelateria Alandas’ serves up a Fab array of amazing flavours for your delight. Having been to visit this weekend I am really looking forward to my week there in August! The sumptuous East Lothian Y.C. bar which will be busy in the first week of August