7 August - 11 August 2023 - East Lothian YC

Noble Marine Rooster National Championships 2023

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East Lothian Yacht Club are delighted to host the Noble Marine Rooster RS200 Nationals 2023!




But, don't just take our word for it, grab a drink and watch this review of the RS400 Nationals to get a real feel for the venue

"The RS400 National Championships at North Berwick, just to the east of Edinburgh may have involved a longer than normal drive for us Southern softies, but for those that headed north this summer there was no question that it was worth it." Matt Sheahan, Planet Sail

And if you're still not convinced, see why Steve Cockerill and Stewart Robertson from the RS400 fleet, who had their 2022 Nationals at ELYC, think it so worth the trip here.

If you are new to the RS200, or would just like to reminisce, get a feel for the event courtesy of Howe video here and Optical Marine here - there's nothing else that comes close!



Racing will be from Mon 7th - Fri 11th August, but previous RS200 Nationals sailors will know that the fun starts on the Sunday, with optional coaching, a tactics talk, gate start seminar and Commodores's Reception. 

The final prizegiving dinner and party will be held on Friday evening - so make sure you don't plan to leave until Saturday.

Optional Coaching: Sun 6th August 1200-1600

Registration: Sun 6th August 14:00-17:00 and Mon 7th August 09:00-10:00

Brieifing: Mon 7th August 10:30

Day 1st Start Number Races
Sun 6th 12:00  coaching only
Mon 7th 13:00 2
Tue 8th 1200 2
Wed 9th 1200 2
Thu 10th 13:00 2
Fri 11th 11:00 2

See the NoR and Official Noticeboard under 'Race Documentation' on this site for full details and any amendments.

Coaching - Sun 6th August 1200-1600

There will an optional afterrnon coaching session on Sunday 6th August run by renowned Scottish sailor Robbie Burns and the RS200s own Brendan Lynch - the perfect opportunity to suss out the venue, ask lots of questions and for newer sailors to build confidence and make sure the boat is set up and ready to go for race 1. Recommended for all levels, the coaching will run from midday until c16:00 and take account of the objectives of all present. We are limited to 20 places, please book with entry - first come, first served! 

Social Programme

Anyone who has sailed at the RS200 Nationals in the past will note that the socials are as legendary as the gate starts! There will be the usual BIG fancy dress party, the smart Championship Dinner and a large measure of Scottish themed hospitality. 

Sunday 6th

The all important gate start seminar, preceeeded by a tactics talk at 18:00 from local expert Jim Sinclair. Commodore's reception with complimentary Scotch pies.

Monday 7th

We have booked a famous Ceilidh! Please wear your best tartan outfits - the brighter the better! The evening will start with award winning Traditional, Vegetarian or Vegan Haggis, Neeps & Tatties at the club and then you will be invited to board buses to the Ceilidh venue. 

Tuesday 8th

The Masters’ meal will take place at the Fringe by the Sea Festival, for those a little younger, we recommend using this evening to travel into Edinburgh if you wish!

Wednesday 9th

The famous fancy dress party – Outer Space theme! As ever, we hope this will be a highlight of the week!

East Lothian Portable Paella will keep you sustained!

Thursday 10th

Have your say on the future of the class at the AGM, and chill in anticipation of the final day.

Friday 11th

The end of racing will be followed by the black tie championship dinner and Championship prize giving!

Enjoy a spectacular hog roast with a whole host of trimmings.

We have the live band booked and can’t wait to see you there to celebrate the week.

Food, glorious food!

East Lothian are a volunteer run club and to help them plan, we really need you to order your meal tickets early.

The easy option is to book our special MEAL DEAL, save money, save hassle!

1 x Mon Scottish Night, 1 x Weds Party night and 1 x Fri Champs Dinner ticket + 1 x Commodore's Reception and 1 x Tactics Talk, all for £50!  Choose standard or veggie options when you enter.

Or you can buy individual meal tickets with your entry or via the shop

Some tickets may be available at registration on a first come forst served basis.


Online entry is now open, via this website!

There are 3 key dates to bear in mind:

31st March - enter by then to guarntee to receive a free Rooster 3l Nationals branded dry bag for helm and crew

15th May - enter by then to save £50, that'll get you a drink or 10!

31st July - entry closes

Entry by 15th May 2023 Entry from 16th May to 31st July 2023
£295 £345

Entry inlcudes 5 day's of racing, 5 days coming ashore snacks, entry to all of the parties (optional food is extra), a drink and snack for just £1 at the Commodore's Reception plus 2x free 3l dry bags worth £25 for entries received by 31st March.

Please book your food tickets (see social above), Commodore's Reception, Tactics Talk and coaching with your entry.  

The easy option is to book the MEAL DEAL (see above) which is only available if booked with your entry - save money, save hassle!


North Berwick is a popular seaside town and with the popularity of the staycation, accommodation books up quickly.  The Fringe by the Sea festival will be taking place at the same as the Nationals, so we strongly advise you book your accommodation early. Please be aware that the club does not have parking.  There is on-street parking available, but it is not always easy to find a space - if possible please book accommodation with parking and leave your vehicle there.
Camping, campervans, caravans - the best source for sites is via this link. The club recommend Tanatallon Camping & Caravan Park, which is a 15min beach and glen walk from the club. They have space for tents, tourers and campevans and rent out mobile homes.
Self-catering - there are many flats and cottages right next door to the harbour, have a look here.
B&Bs and guesthouses - many available locally, look here.
Charity Partner
We will be supporting the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, who support young people aged 8-24 in their recovery from cancer by inviting them on sailing or outdoor adventures. Through sailing and adventure, young people...
  • build confidence by making friends with others who have had similar experiences - often for the first time
  • rediscover independence away from home and outside of their 'cancer bubble'
  • begin to realise what thye are capabable of again
  • stop feeling like the 'only one'

A representative from the charity has been invited to speak at the Championship Dinner and we will be running a Grand Raffle, with some great prizes to be won and all proceeeds going to the charity. 

To get the ball rolling we invite you to donate £10 with your event entry, there will be a box for this on the entry form.

Refund policy:
If you cancel your entry before the early entry deadline we will refund all fees, minus a £10 admin fee. If you cancel after the early entry deadline, but before online entry closes our standard policy is to return 50% of fees. Where an event entry limit has been reached a refund will only be issued if another boat from the waiting list takes your place. If you cancel after entry closes we will not usually issue a refund.
Please note that where entry is paid directly to the club and for club hosted events a different policy may apply - please contact the club for details.