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Put Friday 27 May 2022 in your diary 

After the long dark months of lock down and two races being cancelled due to the Covid Pandemic we are hopeful that we will be able to run the Royal Escape Race on Friday 27 May 2022. 

Even though we are hopefully through the worst of the pandemic thanks to the vaccine roll-out, it is clear that organising and participating in the Royal Escape Race will not be the same. Health regulations are only part of the challenge, as we have now left the EU and the controls on leisure craft movements in and out of France remains something of a grey area. I have even found documentation from Brittany that indicates that some ports in Normandy are interpreting procedures differently to the rest of Fance!

With this in mind I am travelling to Fécamp in late November 2021 for a couple of days to try and establish how we can sail our Sussex fleet into Fécamp and keep all the salient authorities happy. There will certainly be additional online form filling to be done on both sides of the channel, and it would I think be wise to check the vaccine status of your regular sailing crew; although things may change, as it stands right now, unvaccinated sailors are unlikley to be able to compete.

Our own Majesty also gave me cause for concern when it was announced that the May Bank Holiday in 2022 is to be moved as part of the Jubilee Celebrations; as this bank holiday weekend traditionally marks the race date I also looked at moving the race as well, but the tides on the bank holiday date are far from ideal, whilst those on Friday 27 May 2022 are near perfect, hence the decision to stick with the traditional date. 

So, the plan is to carry on researching and planning with the intention of publishing the Notice of Race before Christmas.

Yours in Sailing

Steve Vyse
Chairman, Royal Escape Committee

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Studio Simoom Photos

Warwick Baker was out with his RIB to photograph the 2019 fleet after the race start and you can order either high resolution images for personal use or quality prints. He has published three galleries of photos on his Studio Simoom website.

Where does the money go?

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Over the years I've heard bar skippers pontificating at how the Sussex Yacht Club must be making a packet from the Royal Escape Race, which is just wrong. The truth is that not a single penny collected from race entries or donated by our valued sponsors goes to SYC or benefits any of the organising team, who are all volunteers. The efforts of the SYC Office is given free and even this website has been developed at no charge.