Sailing spectacular - 84 boats compete in traditional Southend sailing race

Echo: We are sailing – boats taking part in the Nore Race, from Southend Pier to the Kent coast and back We are sailing – boats taking part in the Nore Race, from Southend Pier to the Kent coast and back

A SPECTACULAR array of boats greeted visitors as the traditional Nore Race got under way from Southend Pier.

The race, from the pier to Shoebury, across to the Kent coastline and back again, has been running since 1922 and is organised by Benfleet Yacht Club.

Simon Boygle, of Thorpe Bay Yacht Club, was the overall winner, finishing in three hours and 26 minutes in his multi-hull dinghy Fat Cat.

All 84 boats finished the course, the last one coming in just two minutes inside the six-hour time limit.

Phil Bostock, rear commodore for Benfleet Yacht Club, said: “We had a great day and it proves that Southend really is ‘on sea’.

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1:12pm Thu 26 Jun 14

pussycats says...

What a beautiful sight to behold! Well done to Benfleet Yacht Club. Excellent photos, Echo!
What a beautiful sight to behold! Well done to Benfleet Yacht Club. Excellent photos, Echo! pussycats
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