From April to September every Thursday evening, the Western Solent becomes a hive of activity while one of the UK's most popular weekly racing series takes place.
The Thursday Evening Keelboat Race Series, or 'Thursday Night Racing' as it is simply known, regularly brings together over 60 yachts each week. Split into a Early Series (April-June), Late Series (June to August) and Late Late Series (September), racing is open to all IRC and Lymington Handicap-rated keelboats and organised by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. Boats range from Folkboats and J80s, to Swan 45s and Spirit 52s.
But, what we love most about the series is the spirit in which it is sailed in and the community which comes together each week. It warms our heart to hear the fun and laughter from The Haven Bar & Restaurant every Thursday night as race stories are told and shared.
This boating community spirit is what truly sets this special racing series apart.