Jul 17 2012
I’d like to start by saying that we all know that TBYC is a brilliant venue, with great water, clubhouse and facilities.
At the club there is good fleet racing for cadets, catamarans and keelboats. When looking at the boats racing at the club it appears that there is a bit of a gap in terms of fleet racing opportunities for monohulls. On a given day there could be many different monohull classes racing, with perhaps one or two of each class. This seems to be a trend in dinghy racing across the country, with people less willing to travel to open meetings for class racing. (19 boats at 2012 mirror inlands, and 15 boats at the last RS 200 open meeting).
I feel that a really good way forward for the monohull sailors at thorpe bay, would be for us to start a fleet of one class which is accessible to all, fun to race, and relatively cheap to run. When i had an RS 400 on the grass at the club a few weeks ago – many people came up to me and said what a brilliant boat it was and how “I’d get one of them if there were a couple at the club that raced”. I’m not suggesting that we all go out and sell our carefully chosen classes, to get a 400 – but just wonder how many people would be interested in getting some good fleet racing going in a monohull at the club. I would suggest that many people could learn from others in a fleet.
I personally would race anything against the same boat in a fleet as opposed to sail a brilliant boat against the clock (perhaps as the sandhopper fleet has demonstrated?). Obviously many others wouldn’t have this opinion!
Well if anyone else is thinking something similar then reply here or drop me an email on