Ovington have not been awarded a contract by the Performance Sailcraft Australia, who are the new owners of the Byte licence. The spares held by Ovington are subject to a clearance sale (see list) and there are good bargains to be had. New boats in the UK and Europe will now be provided by Nautivela in Italy, and they will be the source of spares once the Ovington stock is exhausted. I am in touch with Nautivela about the appointment of a UK agent, so far without success. Nautivela have offered to loan the RYA a couple of boats for evaluation with reference to the Youth Olympics in 2014 and qualification events. Nautivela are organising Byte European Championships in Italy in 2013 and 2014, with dates to be finally confirmed - details will be added to the International Byte website in due course.- Eddie Pope

The Byte CII dinghy and Techno 293 windsurfer have now released the dates of their 2013 World Championships which will be the first world qualification events for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. The inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Singapore 2010, offered young sailors, aged 15-16, moving up from the Optimist and junior classes an experience like no other at the pinnacle multi-sport event.

Read the full article on the Byte International website here (Scroll to bottom of article for relevant information)

Full details of the qualification system are available here

There is great news that ISAF have again selected the Byte C11 for the Youth Olympics. ISAF Head of Competitions, Alastair Fox said, "The Byte CII and the Techno 293 are fantastic choices for the YOG. The equipment is modern, visually exciting and extremely well suited for the 15/16 age category for the sailing events. ISAF will be working closely with the Classes, the Chinese Yachting Association and the Nanjing Organising Committee to deliver a successful sailing competition on Lake Jinniu during the Nanjing 2014 YOG."

I visited Brixham YC on 31 May and was met by Robin Meads (Rear Commodore Sailing). I was made very welcome and had a tour of the facilities. Robin also introduced me to several club members including our proposed Race Officer, and answered my many questions. The sailing area looks fantastic, out in Torbay which is extensive yet safe. The club is primarily a yacht club for adults, with juniors in the dinghies. But the club is however highly experienced at running dinghy events. There is a secure pound for dinghy storage, but space constraints (we are sharing the event with Hornets) means boats will need to be left overnight on their trailers. Launching looks easy down a wide ramp, sheltered from prevailing winds.

We will be having a separate Olympic course from the Hornets. They have employees to run the bar and catering. Prices are therefore reasonable rather than cheap. If we have any particular requests (e.g. picnic lunches to be put on the committee boat) they can cater for them.

Given the time of year it will be wise to book accommodation well in advance.

The only potential problem area I spotted is parking. The club’s own car parks are quite limited and restricted to club officials and members. There is a pay and display car park adjoining the dinghy park at £8 per day or £33 per week. Robin advises that a local employer will allow competitors to use their car park nearby on the Saturday and Sunday (18 & 19 August). Another alternative is on-street parking within reasonable walking distance.


JUNE 2012

The long time Asia-Pacific Laser manufacturer Performance Sailcraft Australasia (PSA) has, after receiving permission from ISAF, acquired the Copyright and worldwide building and marketing rights to the single handed Byte and Byte CII dinghy from its designer and builder, Canadian Ian Bruce.