Eastern Area Winter Report
Well, as we work our way nearer the new 2017 season, I can report that Eastern area boats have been actively sailing throughout the winter. The downside is we have had very little wind and if truth be known, I cannot remember fully hiking the boat since the Nationals last summer.
Those of us who are sailing Frostbite series across the region have had a mild start but as I write this at the end of January it is a little frosty outside.
I have had contact from a few people this winter interested in the boat and have arranged for a couple of them to have a sail as the weather improves. One of the contacts mailed me last week and informed me he had bought a new boat from Alex. Great news Duncan welcome to the fold. Looking forward to seeing the new ship at the winters on the 11th March. Luke Farthing made a good start to the winter series in his very attractive Synergy boat. I hope he can find time to attend a few open meetings this year. Hint Hint.
Simon Davies and I have been sailing our boats well on handicap at Alton Water and the racing has been very close between us. I am looking forward to him moving permanently to Suffolk when we might get a bit more sailing done especially on the sea.
Dave Rose, my son David and I called over to Harwich Town SC over the Christmas break to inspect the launch conditions and facilities of the club and we were very pleased with our findings. The club are very willing to hold an open meeting for us and have offered their facilities to us for some informal training. Dave Rose and I will certainly be taking up this offer. I will keep you Eastern area guys informed when this is likely to take place. The sailing training can be done in the river or a 10 minute sail to open water. Any open meeting at Harwich, if conditions allow, would be sailed at sea. It is my belief that the class could hold a very good Nationals at this venue.
Some of you will know about the Triangle Trophy I have instigated for 2017 taking in 3 events, Medemblik Holland, France and the UK nationals. If the event is a success and we run it again in 2018 I would like to think Harwich Town could be considered for 1 corner of the Triangle. Primarily for the ease of access for our European colleagues. Time will tell.
If you are reading this you will have access to the classes’ new website, thanks should go to all who have been involved but special thanks to Colin Meddows Smith for his sterling work. Well done Colin.
So from me and the Eastern area, have a good season and I look forward to seeing old and new friends on the water.
Ken Carroll, Eastern Area Rep. GBR46.