In preparation for the Nationals the following weekend we have arranged for a training day on 17 August at Calshot SC. I am really grateful to Rachel Hughes of the home club for her ideas and organisation of this. This is the first sea-based training we have arranged, and are fortunate that our expert Kev Moore (fresh from training Youth Olympics qualifiers at Lake Garda!) is available to run it. Very helpfully the club is also offering boat storage until the Nationals, and entry into club races on the evenings of 18 & 19 August. This opportunity to train and practice at the venue adjoining the Nationals could be a big advantage for participants.

Saturday morning did not look good for the Combs Sailing Club Byte Open. Rain fell steadily onto a windless lake as Louis Saunders and Rick Whitehouse flipped eggs and brewed tea for the assembled sailors.

Breakfast consumed, Louis talked to the assembled sailors about Byte sailing techniques. These hints where digested (along with seconds of bacon and egg) and the company moved outside into the dinghy park where Rick gave hints about boat rigging and legal weight saving. He particularly stressed the importance of lightweight ropes, odd really bearing in mind the quantity of breakfast just consumed!

A little wind sprang up as the rain eased and the boats took to the water for further training using the 'buddy system'. There where enough experienced Byte sailors to make this useful and informative.

There is a web page with details at

SIs will be available at the event (usual stuff: RRS, insurance, etc.). This is an excellent venue and very friendly club.

It would be a really big help from the catering point of view if you would let Mike Radford know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are coming and need feeding (including non-sailing groupies/roadies). The plan at the moment is to definitely provide Saturday lunch and Sunday breakfast – but estimate of numbers needed so arrangements can be made. Depending on numbers we might provide dinner on Saturday evening or perhaps go to a pub (any preference from attendees?). There will be normal galley service for Sunday lunch (13:00).

This is an event not to be missed at the premier Byte club, where attendees are guaranteed to improve from the training and racing on offer!

The venue is set in beautiful Derbyshire countryside with really welcoming members. Camping is available on site.

The training is from 10.00 am to lunchtime on 19 July. It will be provided by multi-Championship winners Louis Saunders and Rick Whitehouse from the host club, and will be tailored to suit the attendees.

Combs would be very grateful to learn if you intend to come to the Byte open this coming weekend. Please let Louis and/or Rick  know accordingly.

Notice of Race

Sailing Instructions


The Inland Championships is being held on 7 & 8 June at Cardiff Yacht Club (please note - not Cardiff Bay YC which is on the other side of the Bay). This is a big stretch of water on what used to be the sea before a barrage was built across the bay to make a freshwater haven. Our event is part of the club Regatta, and if we have enough entries we have a separate start.

I have been pressing for the club to let me have a Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, but so far they have not been provided. They have confirmed that the Regatta is going ahead on the same basis as last year, and here are my recollections (which I can't promise are completely accurate):

Cost £15 per boat to include entry, BBQ and band Saturday night, and camping on site.
Camping on grass in club compound. Motor caravans are also accepted. Camping available Friday and Saturday night - need to check with club regarding Sunday night.
Excellent food for breakfast and lunch at reasonable cost.
Excellent clubhouse facilities with well-stocked bar.
Four races each day, two back-to-back morning and afternoon

Once I receive further details from the club I will circulate them.