2014 has been a mixed year for the Bytes, but signs are promising with a new UK builder, a healthy number of orders for new boats, and a slight overall increase in the number of attendees at travellers series events.

Losing Ovingtons as UK builders of the Byte was a worrying time, and a couple of new boats were imported all the way from Nautivela in Italy. Secondhand boats with the C11 rig were in short supply and were quickly being snapped up. However, just before the 2014 Dinghy Show in March at Alexandra Palace we had the excellent news that Hartley Boats had been appointed as the UK builders. Hartley Boats offered a big discount on the first batch of boats, and have taken approaching 20 orders. There was a waiting time and the new boats did not start to appear at open meetings until September.

Report by Rick Whitehouse
Photos by Gordon Tweedle (with permission)

Nine bytes congregated near Milton Keynes for the last Byte open meeting of the season, with six races held over two days.

All the ingredients for a great World Sailing Championship!

Block out your calendar for 4th to 10th July 2015 as this is when the Byte CII class will be visiting the premier sailing club and centre of sailing in Thailand, The Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) for the prestigious 2015 Byte CII World Championships. The club has one of the best sailing areas in Asia with warm waters and fair winds and the event is set to become a must do event for the 2015 sailing calendar.

The Byte CII is a fast, technical, single-hander; designed for lighter weight sailors. A fully ISAF (International Sailing Federation) and internationally recognised racing class it attracts some fantastic sailors from around the globe. But the class focus is not just about performance and racing, it is also about enjoyment and development!

The Byte CII Worlds will attract sailors with their coaches and family from around the globe. Limited charter boats will be available and more information will be posted shortly on how to reserve a boat at www.byteclass.org.

The Byte class is also launching an exciting "Take a Byte" new nations support program. This program will not only help support sailors attend the Worlds but also provide support in coaching and developing local fleets. To find out more please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Notice of Race can be found here.

The final open of the season takes place at Haversham SC near Milton Keynes on 18 & 19 October. The Notice of Race can be found here. A warm welcome is assured at this friendly club. You don't need to be a Class Association member to attend, though you will be encouraged to join. Camping is available and a Trafalgar dinner is being held on the evening of 18 October. Please let Gordon Tweedle (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know if you plan to attend and if so whether you want to camp and/or go to the Trafalgar dinner.

Eddie Pope

Over the last few years Rick Whitehouse and Louis Saunders from Combs Sailing Club have tended to share Byte championship events between themselves. This time it was Rick's turn for victory by the narrowest of margins from Louis. The championship was run as part of GJW Direct Sailfest at the Calshot Activity Centre on Southampton Water.

There had been a coaching session on the Friday but competition proper began on Saturday where the Bytes would have their own start in an all comers race sharing the water with the ISOs in their Nationals, a selection of other boats racing on PY and and six 18ft Skiffs in their nationals sailing a somewhat larger course!

The chosen race area was some 1.7 miles away across Southampton Water with its busy shipping lane, a somewhat daunting task for some of the less experienced sailors!

The Bytes were the last fleet away in an uncomfortable chop with Louis Saunders making a lightning start in the company of Chris Rees but aiming for the wrong mark! Rick Whitehouse and Charlotte Gough trusted their own judgement which proved correct. Realising his mistake Louis set off in pursuit but the race was won by Rick with Charlotte second and Louis third.