I am thinking of coming along to the Nationals, if only to see other people's set-ups... What do I do if we want to camp? Is there camping at the club or are people planning on using any specific site? We wouldn't need feeding.
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Jonathan - Camping is available at the club most of the fleet stay at the club.. Certainly come along you will see all sorts of BM's with various different set ups ranging from nice and simple to complicated full raking systems.
I have today spoken to Chris Harris our Principle Race Officer for the Nationals and he has agreed to amend the sailing instructions to reduce the length of towing line required from 20m to 20feet or 6m . I will have a coil of suitable floating mainsheet available onsite at a very reasonable price. Regards Graham
A quick note as the entries start to arrive for the Nationals in August I am going to confirm your entry by e mail in an attempt yo save the Association money now with postage costs as they are. Ian E Treasurer
When I was towed back in at the start of the first race last year after capsizing and coming up with the kicker broken, the safety boat guy was moaning about the length of people's painters. I had about 5m which evidently wasn't enough.
I didn't really enjoy trying to keep the boat upright on a full speed tow down the lake whilst being tied to the side of the safety boat (main sail down). I thought I would have permanent damage to the hull as it bounced off the water with the rib. I certainly don't know how I'd have managed at the end of 20m of rope at that speed!
Gary was on the other side after his mast came off - dunno how it was for him.
This may be the cause of the SI, but I really don't know.
I'd still like to know whether we need floating or non-floating and how long. It would also be nice to know where it is supposed to be attached/carried. The SIs haven't changed and I'd really like to know before I get there.
The main reason for the rule is to ensure all boats have a decent length of tow line. As Paul commented from last year the rescue boats struggled at times to get people back due to some boats not having a decent tow line. Longer lines make it easier to tow.. one another not to remember always pull your centreboard up when under tow it makes the boat much easier to handle for both the rescue boat driver and helm of the boat under tow. hopefully we won't have such strong winds and we won't need towing.. ;D
SI's can be changed by the RO by putting a notice up on the day.
Please send your entries in ASAP its makes running the event so much easier if we have entries sent in plenty of time. thanks Chairman Rob