Are you planning to go to the Worlds in Napier in 2017?? I popped in there during January 2014 and just adored the place. The sailing setting is simply superb and the town is a beautiful art deco restoration dating back to a post-earthquake situation in the 1930’s.
Anyway, if you’re thinking of going you’ll already have worked out that it’s a blinking long way. So have you considered doing the Australia Nationals in Esperance as part of your warm-up program … then shipping your boat together with the Aussies from Perth?? If that is even vaguely interesting for you, then read this from John Hassen.
The reason for my email is to raise the possibility of getting a few of the UK based Fifteens who are going to the Worlds in Napier to also possibly attend the 2017 Australian Flying Fifteen National Championship in Esperance, a mere 720 kilometres from Perth. As someone who has boat in the UK I have a fair appreciation of what is involved in getting to and from regattas and at first glance the thought of UK sailors doing regattas in Australia and New Zealand is somewhat daunting but I have given the matter some thought and discussed it with David Swan (“Swanny”) from Esperance who is chairman of the organising committee. In fact attendance and the logistics involved may not be all that daunting but would require a bit of time and obviously two trips rather than one trip down under. There are certainly worst places in the world to spend the Christmas and New Year period. As someone who does the trip in reverse at least a couple of times a year I can recommend red wine and sleeping pills and the time just flys by!
I have attached a flyer which provides details of the regatta. Perth based boats going to New Zealand will be doing the Nationals at Esperance and then returning to Perth to pack the boats into containers for transport to New Zealand. What I thought we could do is if a container of UK boats could be delivered to Perth the container could go to the South of Perth Yacht Club. The UK sailors could come to Perth unpack the container and then drive to Esperance. We would be able to provide road trailers or may possibly be able to organise temporary licences for the UK boats on their own road trailers. We have an abundance of cranes and hoists at SoPYC. We would organise for some of our crews to take the UK sailors and their boats to and from Esperance, thus avoiding the need for hiring a vehicle with a tow bar. I could assist in organising accommodation or depending on numbers even billeted accommodation in Perth for visiting sailors whilst they are unpacking and repacking the container and likewise Swanny would do the same in Esperance. Upon return to Perth the UK container could be repacked and sent off with the Perth containers to New Zealand.
Whilst I did not sail at the Esperance Worlds I have sailed there in three State Championships over the last 9 years. It is a fantastic sailing venue and the hospitality of the Esperance Club and members is legendary. They always put on a very good event both on and off the water.
I was hoping you might let your UK readers know of the event, the logistics offer and act as a liaison point for any interest. If there is interest we can start organising a few things from this end. Accommodation is going to be at a premium in Esperance over the Christmas and New year period as Australia closes down for annual holidays at that time and Esperance it is a popular summer holiday location. I have already booked and paid a deposit for my accommodation.
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