Friday, November 18, 2016
The International Sailing Centre, Medemblik will once again host the Nation's Cup for the National Solo class in 2017. The venue is a first class facility and the date of the regatta is May 5-7 which is a little later than in 2016 so we are hopeful of slightly warmer conditions. We will again share the venue with the OK class and look forward to interacting with like-minded sailors.
There were some issues with lack of safety cover due to the clubs outboard motors being stolen just days before last year's event but this will hopefully not be repeated in 2017. The sailing area is just a short sail to, and the club is equal to our own National Sailing Centre at Weymouth. The Dutch Association know how to put on a Championship and the welcome will be friendly.
While historically it should be the UK turn to host the Nation's Cup, we were unable to secure the chosen venue of Riva del Garda for 2017 as it was already fully booked. Our Championship organiser Steve Ede and Committee member Chris Brown held talks with the Dutch Committee and the result is that the Dutch have booked Riva del Garda for the 2018 Nation's Cup (Fraglia Vela) with a provisional date of June 30- July 4.
We are hoping a slightly earlier slot can be found as our National Championship (Hayling Island) is booked for July 22-27 2018.
Regarding 2019, we have a Committee meeting in December to discuss venues and format, Weymouth is currently top of the list with a provisional date of Aug 3-9 2019.
You will note that both the 2018 and 2019 Nationals are being held in the School holidays, both venues are nice holiday destinations and this will allow families and teachers to attend if they wish. We have various options for the 2019 Nation's Cup, I personally favour Salcombe but understand there are some who feel the venue is pretty tricky, requiring a skill set some have forgotten, and a big dollop of luck.
Shane McCarthy is investigating a possible Ireland venue and Steve Ede is in conversation with Carnac, France. I have spoken to some of our regular championship attendees and this venue is favoured for it's sailing and exoticness. I believe it would also be top of the list with our Dutch counterparts and even some of the Portuguese fleet. Steve is constantly frustrated with lack of response from some of these continental sailing clubs so we will see.
Happy sailing Will Loy President NSCA