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Offshore Sailing Round Up

Air - 06 Mar 13 Offshore

An update of opportunities available for those interested in offshore sailing

Offshore Sailing Roundup – 05 Mar 13



Spring is finally in the air and the sailing season beckons!



Forthcoming Events:



FLASH - This Weekend – Inter Command and Training Regatta. This new regatta will be a perfect opportunity to get out on the water for the first time this season. The regatta will be raced in Vic 34s (good SOR training) and at the time of writing the majority of teams are in place with the exception of Portsmouth Command. IF YOU ARE PORTSMOUTH BASED AND ARE AVAILABLE TO GO RACING THIS WEEKEND THEN PLEASE CONTACT STEVE WALTON ASAP. STEVE’S NO IS 07720 435808 OR steven.walton528@mod.uk.



Services Offshore Regatta 10-14 June. The annual Inter-Services regatta and the RN has most of the silverware to defend. This regatta will be organised by the RAF this year and incorporate races to and from the Channel Islands and inshore/coastal racing whilst there. James Baker will be co-ordinating the team and a separate email/RNTM/DIN and Sport Signal will follow nearer the time! Each Service will race in 2 Vic 34s and 1 X332 to provide a level playing field. Put the dates in your diary now, forewarn your DO and dust off your best RNSA polo shirt.



Fastnet 2013. There will be 2 entries this year. One will be an RN team in a boat TBC (see below) and the second will be a Nic 55 campaign led by Richard Tarr. Both entries have been made to RORC (all places were taken in early January) and will need to conduct training and qualifying in advance. The RN team entry is being co-ordinated by James and Richard T is co-ordinating his Nic 55 crew. For those who wish to register their interest for the RN Team please email me (at this address) by the end of March so that we can then start to look at selecting crew. As ever we will take a mix of age, experience, rates and rank to compete against 340 other yachts in this classic offshore race.



Future Racing Yacht….. A project is still running to buy (possibly lease/charter) a yacht in time for this season. Details, funding and the business case are still coming together but at this stage the aspiration is to have a second-hand J109 available for this season and for the next 5 years. Provided this is successful and the timing works out this yacht will then be raced thropughout the season and during the Fastnet.



Other UK regattas. The programme is still coming together but will include entries for Cowes Week and there is the possibility of charter or borrowing yachts for other regattas. If you would like to put together a team for Falmouth week, Fowey, Torbay, Dartmouth or any other of the great annual regattas please get in touch asap and we can look at options for boats/entry fees etc.



Classic Yacht Regatta in the Med. Following the success of the Regates Imperiales last year it is hoped to take an RN team to a Mediterranean regatta this year to race a classic yacht. Dates to follow.



Meanwhile:



Extreme discounts on new foulies. If your foulies are in need of replacement why not take advantage of the breath-taking discounts available through RNSA with Musto, Gill and Henri-Lloyd? All you need to do is identify what you want to buy, speak to BB in the RNSA Central Officewho will then confirm the RNSA price, It can be despatched within 24 hrs and delivered to your doorstep! These discounts are uniquely available to members of the RNSA and are a great opportunity. As these discounts are so significant we cannot advertise them directly. Pass the word to RNSA members and RN personnel but please be discrete – especially if trying for size in your local chandlery!



Loans. Don’t forget that RNSA is able to offer loans to member to help buy a boat or equipment. The details are in the Handbook and on the website but if you are thinking about buying a boat for next year and an interest-free loan would help then this might be very useful.



That's it for now. This update will be posted on the RNSA website, our Facebook page (see below) and sent out via our Twitterfeed.



Yours Aye,



James


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