Five helms enjoyed the training day at Haversham SC on 31 May and are planning to put their new skills and knowledge into practice at events later this year. Kev Moore gave a brilliant onshore explanation of how to get the best out the C11 rig, then the boats were put through a series of challenging exercises on the water. Many thanks to Kev and also to Gordon Tweedle the Haversham organiser. We are looking forward to returning to Haversham on 18 & 19 October.

It's a shame that the numbers attending were not higher, but the light winds put off people wanting training in stronger winds techniques and several apologies were also received. There will be other training opportunities later in 2014.

Please aim to arrive by around 9.30 am with your boat. Unfortunately the Hartley Boats demonstrator has a prior booking so is not available. Plans are flexible and will be made to fit your requirements. I envisage us finalising a plan for the day after introductions and once we learn the level of expertise and numbers.

There has been a good level of interest so here's hoping for a really rewarding day.

Cost is a nominal £10. There is no galley service available so it would be best to bring some sandwiches. However hot drinks are available throughout and an afternoon tea and cakes are included in the entry. A real bargain!

The Worlds were recently held in Italy, where entrants were looking to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games in China. GBR was represented by 2 boys and 2 girls supported by the RYA, and one of the girls qualified. Details are on the Yachts & Yachting and International Byte Website.

The Garmin Summer Series is organised by SailRacer, mainly as General Handicap races. This was announced after I had finalised our 2014 fixtures, so it was too late to incorporate into the 2014 programme. The idea is that smaller fleets attend the Garmin Summer Series and results are extracted as appropriate. I think that we should consider using the Garmin Summer Series in our 2015 Programme (should it be successful and is held in 2015), and would be grateful to have your views on this to inform the AGM in August. This saves the smaller fleets from having to organise their own open meetings and Championships. You will see from the events in the following table that our Nationals (SailFest at Calshot Activity Centre) are already part of this series. I have agreed with SailRacer that I will publicise the Garmin Summer Series through our website and notes to members. There is some clashing with our own fixtures in 2014, though this could avoided in 2015. The first event is at Carsington SC in Derbyshire on 11 May, which may suit our Midlands and Northern helms. Results in the Garmin Summer Series (apart from the Nationals) won’t count for our 2014 Traveller’s Series, but if sufficient Bytes attend to qualify then SailRacer may provide separate prizes.

Event

Date

Carsington Summer Trophy 11 May
Datchet Summer Flyer 31 May - 1 June
Oxford Summertime Blue 21 June
Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy 5 - 6 July
GJW Direct SailFest 23 - 25 August

I popped into Hartley Boats this morning to purchase a few boat bits, and took the opportunity to ask about progress with the Bytes. While I was there another Byte order was taken, this time from my home club at Ogston. Hartley are working flat out on other Dinghy Show and Sailing School orders, so have not yet started their Byte production run. They have a demonstrator available (the grey-hulled boat from the Dinghy Show). They have bought a couple of Bytes from Nautivela to loan out to prospective GBR Youth Olympics helms, and these were awaiting delivery. I was given a tour of most of the Hartley Boats “factory” and was impressed with what I saw.