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

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.

Please find below a copy of the note to members of Weston SC regarding Bart's Bash, which coincides with the 2nd day of our forthcoming open there. This is a very worthwhile cause, so I encourage entrants to make the contribution accordingly.

BART’S BASH

Many members will already be aware of the racing event planned for sailors worldwide on the 21st September, in memory of Bart Simpson who tragically lost his life during the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco. Weston Sailing Club will be supporting the event, allowing WSC members to compete in what will hopefully be included in the Guinness Book of Records as the “world’s biggest sailing race” (as measured by participation).

The 21st September date coincides with our scheduled Open Meeting for Contenders & Bytes and those entrants will also be able to participate. Any member / Open Meeting visitor wishing to be included in Bart’s Bash will need to visit the BB website, register as a competitor at WSC and pay a minimum BB entry fee of £5 (donated to the BB charity).

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.

This year the Byte Nationals again take place within the GJW Direct SailFest Regatta which has for 2014 moved east to the fantastic Solent setting of Calshot Spit, on the southern shore of the New Forest.

The race team, SolentXtra, have been brought in for the event and combine Olympic experience from 2012 with a wealth of local knowledge from the Warsash based PRO, Peter Knight.  The safety team, again led by a 2012 'veteran' combines the skills of Warsash SC, P1 safety crew members and the featured charity for the event, the UK youth Marine Training Academy.

The cost of £69 is very reasonable for such a professionally-organised event. Included in this is personalised coaching advice from a leading dinghy helm following observation of performance during the Nationals races.