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This gallery is by Paul Hurst from Beverley. These images are of the Canada Wreck Race 1999 and 2000.

This was an annual event on the Humber from out of Hull Marina. Organised by the yacht owners and members of the RYA (Royal Yacht Association) the race was won by the first yacht to reach the buoy which marks the sunken wreck ‘Canada’ at the mouth of the Humber near Spurn.

Always well attended, there were up to twenty to twenty five yachts competing, with groups of five or six entering the lock at a time. Once all the vessels were out of the lock and reasonably all together on the water of the river a canon was fired from the signalling the start of the race.

All this takes part early in the morning 6am’ish on a peak tide in May, so unless you knew about the event you would miss it.

It is a spectacular sight to see so many yachts on the water at one time.