100 years of The Houghton Cup
by Louay Habib
The Crouch Estuary is one of the most picturesque sailing locations within the British Isles and yacht racing has been a part of the river's history for well over a century. Located on the East Coast of England, it is easily accessible by sea from Belgium, France and Holland, with good rail and road connections from London.
2011 marks the centenary year of Houghton Cup, originally an 82-mile night race, starting and finishing from the Crouch, via the Sunk and Cork Light Vessels. Sidney Houghton originally presented the trophy in 1911, predating the Fastnet Race by some fourteen years. The race now always takes place on the first day of Burnham Week, which for 2011, runs from 27th August to 3rd September.