The first week in June this year will see many activities celebrating the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings.

Rounding off the week on 8 and 9 June will be the Portsmouth Regatta, the reborn event whose roots go back to the 1830s. This year contestants will not only remember the Normandy Beaches but will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the City’s own day boat class, the Victorys.

Contestants have commented warmly on the high standard of racing and the regatta has flourished gaining numbers and classes year by year. This year they will include Solent IRC Series, J109s, Club Class, sports boats and day boats organised in Black and White fleets. Courses will be laid in areas ensuring first class sailing but wherever possible with good visibility from land and spectator boats.

Racing will begin at 1100 on Saturday followed in the evening by a social event at the Bridge Tavern in Old Portsmouth. Sunday racing will be followed at 1500 by the prize giving at the Hornet Services Sailing Centre.

Regatta Chairman Miles Linington said: “I am very proud of the progress we have made to date; we have a first class team, generous sponsors and a very high standard of entrants. All that has brought us to the point where I can say with absolute confidence, that we are the premier regatta in the Eastern Solent.”

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