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East Lothian Yacht Club is looking forward to welcoming the Merlin Rocket fleet for their 75th UK National Championships in August 2021.

ELYC is situated on the east coast of Scotland in North Berwick, an attractive and much loved seaside town near Edinburgh. An incredibly popular holiday destination, North Berwick is blessed with a variety of accommodation options ranging from nearby campsites to self catering apartments, guest houses and hotels.

For those not sailing or on rest days, East Lothian has plenty of attractions to visit inlcuding a vast array of historical sites, nature walks, cycle routes and is also home to Scotland's famous "Golf Coast". Edinburgh is only 30 minutes away by train for those seeking a serious dose of culture.

For major events such as the Merlin Rocket UK Nationals, a convenient dinghy park is setup on the Elcho Green. This provides easy access to the launch area on the sandy beach of the west bay, which is just a short & pleasant walk from the ELYC clubhouse. 

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Depending on wind direction and sea state, we have a choice of race areas, both of which are a short sail from the west bay via the fairway. Our now famous Beach Team will be on hand to provide launch assistance and trolley retrieval, if required. Our RIB teams will help usher you through the fairway to the race track. © Endorphin Projects Ltd

The race area to the east typically provides steady breeze and some great waves that make for truly exciting sailing, all under the watchful gaze of The Bass Rock which provides an enviable backdrop. 

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If you're sailing well, it's not unusual for schools of Dolphins to surface alongside to applaud your efforts. However, it is unlikely they will offer you a tow.

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The Principal Race Officer also has the option of setting up to the west of the harbour, which provides an equally picturesque arena in which to sail, between two other well known local landmarks, The Lamb and Craigleith. 

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After a successful (we trust) day on the water what better way to relax and recover than with some delicious food, cask ales, spirits and wine, all served at our fantastic Clubhouse by our welcoming members!

We look forward to seeing you in August 2021.

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East Lothian Yacht Club | 36-40 Victoria Road | The Harbour | North Berwick | East Lothian | EH39 4JL

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