Let’s focus on the Nationals !! – it is going to be a fabulous event at Parkstone 5th to 8th July. Generous sponsorship from UK Global / Hudson Wight / Goacher Sails / Hyde Sails / MarKey has been announced so far. There will be Goacher Ale for dry throats and added speed the following day is guaranteed, a jib and vouchers from Hydes for the taking, day jackets from Hudson Wight for the winning helm and crew, hog roast, 2 course formal dinner in a sumptious setting provided by MarKey who have provided t-shirts with our title sponsor UKGlobal who have significantly discounted the entry fee and providing a first class goodie bag. It is going to be a FIRST CLASS event, Parkstone Yacht Club is very excited to be hosting and is pulling out all the stops. The more early entries we have the more sponsorship we can attract and the goodies will keep coming – enter on line now
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(Photo – Justin Waples in his brand new Evans finished Ovington, the boat from the 2014 Dinghy Show, sailing three up at Burnham.)
A year or two ago, a rumour swept through the fleet that we might permit gnavs to replace vangs and thus create space to race three up. For the benefit of exploiting the “family boat” characteristic of the class, you have to admit a spot of flexibility in this area could be a useful feature for promoting weekend Club Racing, and getting young ‘uns involved early.
If this resonates with your club fleet, the issue is why not do it anyway? At our Club, we abandoned the requirement to carry anchor and warp a decade or more ago. Our man made reservoir is 80 feet deep with very steep concrete sides – there’s no point in the anchor and warp rule for us. One year ago, our Fleet AGM decided for Club racing that one penalty turn would become the norm as two turns was tending to push people to ignore their obligations.
For myself, I can’t imagine that an extension of the rules to include a ‘third man’ would be at all relevant to the Championship or Open Meeting Circuit. I can see though that in some Clubs, popularity will be boosted by allowing a third pair of hands aboard. If you agree, then maybe the Nike slogan applies…. “Just Do It”
There’s a job vacancy for a trainee sailmaker at Goacher Sails. Probably not what Steve had in mind, but what a great retirement job that would be!! Cant face the 300 mile commute though…