The Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy, now in its 55th year, returns to Ullswater Yacht Club on 1 & 2 July 2017. First a 1963 celebration regatta in honour of Lord Norman Birkett, who passed away two days after successfully preventing Ullswater from becoming a reservoir in the House of Lords, the club has held the round-the-island race each year since. The Birkett is now the biggest event of the year – a festival of sailing attracting racers of all levels from all over the country.
The quest for the ‘Holy Grail’ of a Birkett win has seen the popularity of the event soar. So much so, that a limit of 230 boats has been placed on entries for 2017. The Ullswater sailing event has recently ranked eighth in the ‘top 50 must-do sailing regattas’ by Yachts & Yachting magazine.
Next years festival will be on 7 & 8 July. Book your stay online