UK Byte Class Association National Championships – Weymouth 2017

Welcome to the 2nd of the UK Byte Class Association newsletters leading up to our National Championships at Weymouth from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July 2017.  My distribution list has grown from 57 email addresses to over 104 in the last week.  I therefore apologise if there is a little bit of repetition in this edition as I’m keen to ensure that everyone is up to speed with the latest information.  For those addressees that I’ve not yet introduced myself too, my name is John Banbrook and I have the great privilege of being the Chairman of the UK Byte Class Association.

The newsletter should now be going to all current members of the UK Byte Class Association together with a broader list of Byte owners who I’m hoping to coerce (to join the Class Association and to attend our 2017 Nationals).  Please talk to your fellow Byte sailors and if they have not received a copy of this, please forward to them and ask them to contact me.  The more sailors that receive this newsletter, the greater the chance that we will achieve a record 50 entries at this year’s Nationals!

This is important, because our wonderful manufacturer, Hartley Boats, have promised to pay 50% of your entry fee if we achieve 50 entries!  I can now report that we have negotiated a special rate of £80 (full price) for 3-days of racing based out of the National Sailing Academy at one of the peak weekends of the year.  We are aiming to host 7 races over the 3-days, with a late start on the Friday and an early finish on Sunday to allow for travelling time.  If we hold all 7 races, we will allow for 2 discards.  This should provide a format that is manageable for those attending their first National Championship and for seasoned campaigners alike.  We aim to race inside of the harbour wall on Friday and Sunday and outside in Weymouth bay on Saturday if conditions allow.

Link to Entry
The link to the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy website and for entry to our National Championship is at   There will be a discounted window from 21st February 2017 until 28th April 2017.  If you book during this window, you only have to pay a £40 deposit – if we achieve 50 entries, that is all you have to pay to enter the event.  If we do not achieve 50 entries, the balance of the deposit will be payable by 30th June 2017.  Entries after 28th April 2017 will have to pay the full rate of £80 regardless of the number of entries.

There is a large range of accommodation to suit all budgets in the local area:

    Campervan and caravan spaces on site:
    RYA Portland House:
    Visit Dorset:

Saturday Night Social
We plan to host a BBQ on the Saturday night at WPNSA so that you can share your tales of ‘daring do’ with other Byte sailors and hopefully a chance for us all to get to know each other.  The cost for the BBQ is £12 and you need to order this in advance when you enter.

Reasons to Attend!
Why not make this the year to challenge yourself to sail on the Olympic Waters?  There will be sailors of all abilities and you will experience close racing wherever you are in the Fleet; a great chance to make new friends.  We can accommodate both CI and CII rigs and there will be range of prizes to suit, young, old, experience and those attending their first away event.

Because we simply don’t believe that this alone is a good enough opportunity for you, Hartley Boats have also secured the UK as the host for the 2018 World Championships!  I have already managed to book the National Academy for 4-days of racing from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd July 2018 – life simply does not get any more exciting!  What a fabulous opportunity.  So, why not set yourself the challenge to participate in the UK Champs in 2017 in order to give yourself the confidence and experience to enter the World Champs in 2018 – not many sailors get the opportunity to do this!

And finally…
If we are to stand any chance of hitting 50 entries in 2017, I need you and all Byte sailors to coerce, cajole and convince your fellow Byte sailors to sign-up and give it a go.  Weymouth is an extraordinary sailing location and the National Academy is home to the British Sailing Team.  We are extremely fortunate to have secured this venue for 2017.

I look forward to hearing from you all and reaching that target of 50 entries for this year.  Further details to follow soon – watch this space.