Whilst at a RS300 open meeting at weekend a number of people sailing out of Christchurch and who also own Sonatas expressed an interest in doing the nationals at Poole……..however it turns out that they are all lifting keelers. They reckon there are quite a few of these littered around the Christchurch, Chichester , Poole harbour areas mainly due to the lower cost of shallow water moorings etc.
I can’t recall any lifting keelers ever going to the Nationals but i wondered if there was an opportunity in 2016 to either put on a separate start for lifting keelers, if enough enter, or otherwise let them start with the main fleet but then split out the results. If it is a success in 2016 then we could see what we do in future events.
Benefits are we will have more entries and also get to know some new people! Sailmakers and Seleden might also benefit if there are some new sails or equipment purchases. They will all need to join the association as well so that will help our revenues.
So……………….any views, either way?
Hi, I will be one of the ones who has a lifting keel at Christchurch, there are 3 of us there who are hoping to enter at Poole that week. I don’t see a problem with the one start and easy to split results. I know 2 of the boats are looking at new sails too!!
Hi, I have a lifting keel Sonata in the Bristol channel in which I have spent all winter doing up and participating in a few local regattas and would like to travel further. I would look at making the trip down as well as join the association and possible other events if it was a go ahead.
If that means there are 4 lifting keelers already interested then that certainly will make a race of it, with or without a separate start!
I’d already had this conversation with a member of christchurch who sails against us in our local handicap racing. I personally think it would be great and will discuss hopefully over the weekend.
Sounds like a great idea. New boats, people and funds for the Association.
Be a b****r when they start beating the fin keelers!!