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