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Posted: 14 November 2007 at 4:35pm | IP Logged Quote David D.

The planning for the 2008 regional race series will get underway once the dates of the National Series is published.  As ever NEWS is are keen to attract sailors new to competiton whatever their age and ability.  This generally means we see those too old to compete at T15 level moving up, but very rarely do we see new adults beginning to compete which is very disappointing given the numbers of this age group who attend the Super 8, so even if you have the slightest interest or inclination to get into competition now is your opportunity to tell us what would get YOU attending events in 2008!

Now before the prophets of doom begin moaning about the need for specialist kit, a huge quiver of sails, rules, protest commitees et al, lets make it clear that;

 1) specialist kit is only required if you,re sailing in the Formula, Raceboard or the Techno Jnr.OD classes.  Outside of those disciplines you can sail whatever you like in the Club Class fleet.

2) You don,t need access to a huge quiver of sails, more often than not what you sail recreationally will suffice.

3) Regional racing isn,t rules dominated with other sailors continually protesting you for the slightest misdemeanour.  I can,t remember the last time NEWS had to convene a Protest Panel - yes there are basic rules to adhere to, but these are no different to those you should be adhering too when sailing socially e.g. Port / Starboard, Overtaking board keeps clear etc.

4) More than anything its about getting out regularly whatever the conditions and enjoying a weekends sailing at some good local venues and a spin-off is that your sailing will definately improve.

So if you have any ideas / suggestions you would like us to consider for 2008 that would get you along to regional events lets have your constructive suggestions please.    



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Posted: 08 December 2007 at 9:18am | IP Logged Quote jtsurfstore

Hi Dave
What about an event at scaling dam
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Posted: 10 December 2007 at 12:05pm | IP Logged Quote David D.

Hi Jack, we used to include Scaling Dam as one of our regional events but a) it was never really well attended, b) didn,t attract any club members to compete so was dropped.  It was too far off the beaten track for folks travelling down from Scotland and without their support it wasn,t viable.

 

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Posted: 10 December 2007 at 12:34pm | IP Logged Quote Gavin Duthie

Dave - This not a flippant remark, but I'm half inclined at some stage in the future to give it a go again, unfortunately untill all the usual parental duties decline somewhat I just don't have the time to get involved. Just out of interest though, how do a mixture of boards and rigs compete fairly with old long boards and big cambered sails dominating in light winds all the time, or does it even out over a season if your lucky to get some high wind events ?



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Posted: 10 December 2007 at 4:53pm | IP Logged Quote David D.

Gavin, good to hear that you might be tempted in the future.  To answer your question we currently see 3 types of boards at events - Formula, Raceboard and Techno Jnr One Design (293D).  At some events club sailors from the host club will race on whatever they have got, but they don,t tend to move round to other venues.  As each of the 3 board types race in their own class they are basically competing on a like for like basis although results are taken from your overall fleet position e.g you could finish 3rd in the fleet but be first raceboard.  In light winds upto about 6-7 knots raceboards tend to have a bit of an advantage over a Formula board, however once the wind picks up, although fairly competitive upwind the Formulas have a distinct advantage downwind.  In light winds the current fully cambered sails can be a bit of a hindrance on a raceboard as they are not really designed to power up this  type of board and a slighty de-tuned race sail e.g Pryde V8/6, Gaastra GTX etc is probably a better bet.  If you,re contemplating competing on say free-ride kit it will probably only come into its own on stronger wind days.  However remember on free-ride kit you would be registered in what we call "club class" and competing against sailors on similiar kit - hope this helps.

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Posted: 10 December 2007 at 7:59pm | IP Logged Quote Gavin Duthie

So what constitutes a raceboard nowadays ? and could you use an old stlye raceboard like an Equipe or something even older like a Div 1 or possibly even one of the new breed longboards ? Presumbly you're allowed a couple of boards (high and low wind) to be able to choose on the day depending on conditions.

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Posted: 11 December 2007 at 8:32am | IP Logged Quote David D.

Equipes, Cats, F2 Lightenings,IMCO, Bic Bambas tend to be the boards which are sailed in the raceboard class as they meet "raceboard"class rules.  The new Phantom Race 380 from Starboard would also fall into this catergory.  The  olympic class board, the Pryde RSX is a one design class in its own right and falls outside "raceboard".

While course racing you use the same class of board whatever the conditions as long as it meets the class rules - e.g so if you have a choice of raceboards you can switch. 

 



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Posted: 11 December 2007 at 9:06am | IP Logged Quote Gavin Duthie

Thanks Dave, just one more though, .... is there a limit on your quiver ie. max sail size and number of sails allowed ?

Interesting to hear that Starboard have reserected the old raceboard shape, or have they, is it similar to boards of the past ?

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Posted: 11 December 2007 at 9:20am | IP Logged Quote David D.

No limit on sails. We tend to have a raceboard class restricted to 7.5m then a Raceboard Unlimited which means you can use any size sail you like - in national events "Unlimited" has a 9.5m maximum.

The Starboard 380 in the 2008 brochure looks very much like the raceboards of old, only slighty wider - haven,t seen one in the flesh yet!



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