9-13 August 2020 - South Shields SC

POSTPONED UK National Championship 2020

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Volvo Noble Marine RS400 National Championship 2020
Sunday 9th - Thursday 13th August 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE -16th JUNE 2020

In light of the recent Government announcements, we are optimistic that the RS400 Nationals can go ahead, we will make a final decision after the anticipated Government announcement on 4th July.

We are confident that if restrictions are eased, we can deliver a superb event, all the more valued because we have missed so much sailing this year. Have a look at this Event Guide that South Shields have put together to whet your appetite (please note that this document was prepared pre-COVID-19, so there may be some changes).

We are aiming to make a final decision on the event at the beginning of July, but before that we would like to establish how many of the fleet plan to attend, given this decision timeline, so that we can make sure it is viable for the club who have put so much effort in already, plan resources and ensure we have a representative National Championship for the fleet. 

  • ·       If you have entered already and still intend to come you do not need to do anything. No payment is required until 9th July.
  • ·       If you have not entered and intend to come, please ENTER NOW as an ‘intention to race’.  No payment needed until 9th July.
  • ·       If you have entered, but no longer wish to come, please email Joanne, so that your entry can be removed from the list.

Please note that if necessary, due to ongoing restrictions and/or numbers, we may have to make certain adjustments, e.g. to the social programme, dinghy park spacing, camp site spacing etc. Don’t worry – we are already thinking about socially distanced socials - think BBQ, pizza van, hog roast, takeaway beer stations, gazebos - what's not to love?!

Now we've got that over with, please read on and learn all about the fantastic Nationals we have planned!

We are pleased to announce that 2x RS400 National Champions, Stewart and Sarah Robertson will be running the pre-race coaching session on 8th August.  Places can be booked with your entry.


 A warm welcome at South Shields awaits visiting RS400s from across the UK and Ireland. The home club of our RS400 Class Assocoiation Chair, Jacob Ainsworth.
  • Strong home fleet from both South Shields and Tynemouth
  • Superb race area
  • Fun social programme including trip to Newcastle and final night Championship dinner
  • Beach, camping/campervan area, parking and accommodation all within a few minutes walk. Park your car at the beginning of the week and leave it!
  • Excellent Metro and ferry links to Newcastle and Tynemouth


2 races/day are scheduled, from Sunday 9th to Thursday 13th August. Prizes for Gold, Silver, Bronze fleets, first lady helm, first lady crew, first master and grandmaster helms, and possibly others.   The daily 'Duckham' awards will of course feature once again and this year we will be introducing a new buddy prize too.
Programme (provisional)
Optional Coaching:  Sat 8th Aug
Registration:  Sat 8th Aug 16.00-19.00, Sun 9th Aug 09.00-10.30
Briefing: Sun 9th Aug 11.00
Racing: 2 races per day, 13.00 start Sun 9th Aug, 12.00 Mon 10th-Thu 13th
See the Social Programme tab on this website for, you've guessed it, the Social Programme!

Entry Fee

The entry fee is £195/boat for those entering (including making payment) before 9th July. The Youth entry (for helms under 22 at the start of the championship) is £175. This includes 5 days racing, a full social programme including a trip to Newcastle, two Championship Dinner tickets and two event T shirts.   There are no T shirts and a £30 levy for those entering and paying after 9th July.   Online entry will close on 3rd August, it may be possible to enter in person at the event, subject to an additional admin fee (tbc).

There will be Pre-Nationals Coaching with 2x National Champions, Stuart and Sarah Robertson on Saturday 8th August, for those in need of some moral support or wanting tips on the venue and/or boat tuning. This must be booked in advance. The cost is £25/boat and must be booked when you enter, as spaces are limited.


There is space for tents/campervans/caravans and motorhomes in a park with toilets a few minutes walk from the site for £55/unit for the whole period.  The space will be secured with an entry code. Spaces must be booked with your entry please.
See the tab on this website for more accommodation options.
Local Information, Sailing Club,
Lots of information on what to do in the area, more on the social programme etc in this Event Guide put together by South Shields Sailing Cub.

Further Information
For more information, contact Sally Campbell  [email protected]
Photos thanks to Tim Olin  - whet your appetite here!