The North East Cruiser Racing Association - NECRA - organises a programme of inter-club yacht racing (and associated social events) on the North East coast of England. Every season since its formation in 1965 it has organised a program of racing and social events for yatchsmen. The racing programme is a mix of offshore, coastal and regatta events.

NECRA developed its own rating rule to enable yachts (particularly small ones) to take part in racing without necessarily going to the expense of obtaining an IRC certificate. The North East Racing Rule (NERR) is now an independent body that provides ratings used by almost all of the North East Yacht Clubs.

The association was formed "to promote and assist cruiser sailing on the North East coast and to promote a series of races". NECRA now consists of Scarborough, Whitby, Hartlepool, Sunderland, Royal Northumberland and Coquet Yacht Clubs, Tynemouth Sailing Club and the Wear Boating Association.

Application for membership from owners currently belonging to yacht clubs in the area who wish to participate in NECRA events will be welcomed. Visitors to the area who wish to competete in an event might like to contact the Hon Sec for temporary membership. For marina moorings see 'Useful links'.

An invitation is especially extended to any cruising yachtsmen who are in the vicinity at the time of an event to follow the fleet, visit the host yacht club, meet NECRA competitors and take part in any of the social activities arranged.