This year has seen a surge of interest in the Byte as a suitable boat for juniors, ladies and lighter-weight adult males. Hartley Boats have sold lots of new boats and there is a good demand for secondhand examples.

There were 39 entrants at 9 events in 2015, compared with 26 entrants at 7 events in 2014.

Bowmoor hosted an Open event for our fastest growing fleet this weekend, Byte CII, CI and Standard Rigs. The forecast was a little scary on Friday, with strong wind and heavy rain; however, 15 sailors turned-out to brave the weather and they were rewarded with some excellent training led by 4-times National Champion, Rick Whitehouse from Combs SC in Derbyshire. The training day was followed by a trip to the Kushi Restaurant in Lechlade for a curry and a good chance to meet and greet our travelling guests.

Eight Bytes turned up at Chew Valley to join the local boat of Cathy Bartram. I have never visited this club and was surprised to see a very large lake in beautiful surroundings. So far so good but not a breath of wind ruffled the mirror like calm. Boats were rigged, their colourful sails shining in the sunshine but still the only movement on the lake was the splashing Topper sailors while an Oppie containing two tots was dragged along the shore on a rope. The eleven o'clock start was delayed while the sailors yawned, the Derbyshire contingent had set out at 5am. Suddenly the God Astraeus decided to release his flatulence and a pleasant breeze sprung up. Boats were launched on the wide concrete slip way and nine Byte C2's made their way to the start.

Conditions were tricky for the Bytes at Frampton on Severn on Sunday October 11. There was an autumn chill in the wind which was variable in both strength and direction. Nine Bytes shared the event with lesser numbers of Enterprise and Mirrors.

There has been an amazing recent growth in the Bowmoor Byte fleet, which with new Hartley orders is expected to number at least 12 boats by the end of 2015. It is made up primarily by juniors coming out of Oppies and by ladies, and several use the C1 rig. Naturally they are keen to progress and an open has been agreed for 31 October 2015. Next year there will probably be a joint event there with the Supernovas. Further details of the 31 October open will follow. Eddie has decided to add this open to our 2015 traveller's series, but to keep the number of qualifiers for the traveller's series at 4. The traveller's prizes will be awarded at the end of the Bowmoor event.

More details here