After much discussion following the publication of the NOR for the Europeans the committee have decided to end our Nationals on Thursday night (17th August) to allow the large number of boats planning to attend both the Nationals and the Europeans to turn themselves around and travel to Quiberon ready for the start of the Europeans, which now begin measuring on Sunday 20th.
Whilst we fully accept that this may displease some, we have worked hard to ensure that the event is as strong as ever:
We plan to allow pre-measurement data from the Youth Nationals or the Hayling Grand-prix to ensure that time for measurement is minimised. As a result we plan to get all Saturday arrival boats through measurement on Saturday, with just one hour measurement on Sunday for those who genuinely cannot arrive on Saturday.
This then allows a full day’s racing on Sunday, giving us a 2 day qualifying series of up to 8 races and a 3 day final series of up to 11 races. Our previous plan was to run 10 &10 so the new 19 race championship only loses one race overall. We plan to run a minimum of 5 races in the qualifying series so under almost all foreseeable circumstances we’d have 2 days qualifying giving a mix of conditions.
The Prize Giving Dinner will now be on Thursday evening, but given that almost all of the fleet stay for this, we have extended racing for an hour on Thursday to give a final finish of 16.30.
Finally we have reduced the entry fee by £20 for those entering prior to 31st May.
Boats already entered will be offered the opportunity to cancel at no cost, or to receive the £20 entry fee refund. This will be a great event in one of the world’s premier sailing venues. I sincerely hope that all participants will recognise the strides that we are making to accommodate the needs of all -particularly the extra work that will be required by the measurement team to manage this.
We look forward to seeing you in Weymouth.