PSA Australia have announced a new rig for the Byte aimed at younger/lighter sailers.

Check out the new ci rig here.

Hartley boats are hoping to have a c1 on their stand at the Dinghy Show.

-full details on the Events page

25 April - Haversham SC - open
2-4 May - Calshot SC - training & open
13-14 June - Cardiff YC - Inlands
18-19 July - Weston SC - Nationals
22-23 Aug - Haversham SC - training & open
12-13 Sept - Combs SC - open
27 Sept - Chew Valley SC - open
11 Oct - Frampton-on-Severn SC - open

You will note that SailFest at Calshot Activities Centre on 23-35 May is not included in our series, though you may choose to participate in this. The reason we are not using SailFest for our Nationals this year is that we have a better offer from Weston SC, which will be cheaper, more geared to our requirements and will not entail crossing the shipping channel to get to the racing area. I had hoped that SailRacer who organise SailFest would again be organising a Summer Series, but due to lack of sponsorship this has not transpired. 

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.