Wednesday, July 6, 2016
There are just eleven days until the Superspars National Solo UK Championship kicks off at Pwllheli, North Wales.
Plas Heli has already established itself as a stunning location for sailing and with 86 pre-entries, the Solo Class are understandably excited about the event.
A message from Bob Lowe, Commodore Pwllheli Sailing Club
"Pwllheli is looking forward to hosting your National championships in 14 days - and it has been good to observe sailors here in the last few weeks engaged in secret training sessions ! The Club is proud of its extensive programme of championships over the last ten years – 8 international and over 35 UK championships. This year we have another strong race management team lead by Mike Butterfield, IRO and other experienced volunteers with Olympic and national experience. The sailing waters in Cardigan Bay are second to none and set in a backdrop of the Snowdonia mountains – so, subject to the weather, we will offer ‘champagne sailing’, dolphins and much more. Our stunning new facility enjoys commanding views and modern facilities adjacent to the sheltered launching beach with its short sail to the championship course area. For your convenience we offer plenty of free parking and a secure event compound for dinghies and trailers, free wi-fi in Plas Heli and a selection of local beers at the bar. The town itself offers new restaurants and bistros where sailors and families are welcome. There is a good selection of accommodation available in town and to the east toward Criccieth, where there is another good offer of shops and restaurants. So I hope to see many of you at these special championship next month and offer you all our traditional warm Welsh welcome".
SPONSORED BY SUPERSPARS
SUPERSPARS are our title sponsor of the National Championship 2016.
SUPERSPAR will be supplying one lucky competitor with a brand new mast and boom, fully rigged and each competitor will get the “SUPERSPAR” EVENT T SHIRT.
WITH ADDITIONAL RACE DAY SPONSORSHIP FROM
Race Day 1: ROOSTER
Race Day 2: NORTH SAILS
Race Day 3: P+B
Race Day 4: HD SAILS
Race Day 5: CB TRAILERS
Race Day 6: MILANES FOILS
Each day the media spotlight will fall on one of our "Raceday" sponsors with interviews and product reviews. Those who entered before the May 1 deadline will be included in the Race Day draw with prizes including £580 worth of Rooster race kit, 2 x P+B Holdalls and a 50% discount voucher on a P+B mainsail, a beautifully shaped Phil Milanes rudder blade, 3 x £150 discount vouchers on CB Trailers, 2 x North Sails holdalls and 5 x £50 discount vouchers on a new North mainsail and a One-on-One coaching day with HD Sails Andy Davis.
ENTRY FEE & ENTRY PROCESS
The entry fee is £160 and includes 12 races over 6 days, a social programme that includes the Commodore's reception, Hog Roast, Quiz Night and the highlight of the week, the A.G.M.
Free Entry for Juniors In a class first we are offering free entry to juniors (under 21) and hope to see a strong competition for the Turnbull Trophy which has been contested since 1967.
Half Price Entry to non UK Entries. In the 60th year we want to make our National Championship truly memorable so we have slashed the entry to our overseas friends to just £80.
This is the 56 running of the Kemper Challenge Trophy, the engraved trophy is steeped in history.
ON WATER JUDGING The N.S.C.A continue to provide on the water judging at our major events and will do so at Pwllheli.
Daily video reports and photos of the event will be posted on the www.solosailing.org.uk site and Y+Y.
There is a wealth of talent in the Solo fleet and racing is competitive from front to back.
Andy Davis (HD/Winder) is the stand-out favourite on paper and his win at the Nation's Cup in Medemblik in April stamped his credentials.
Mike Sims (P+B/ Winder) has been campaigning Solos for several years and, following his win at the Nigel Pusinelli Trophy at Weymouth in June feels ready to engrave his name on the Kemper Challenge Trophy.
Andy Tunnicliffe (Impact Marine/Winder) has been conspicuous by his absence this year, busy with his new Impact Marine sail loft, but I will expect him to feature on the podium.
Tim Law (North 3DL/Winder) is a late entrant but the highly talented international sailor is a very welcome addition and is more than capable of collecting some silverware.
Pete Mitchell (North SK2/Ovington) has been knocking on the door for a few years, major wins under his belt and triathlon ready, he will surely grab some glory. His father Dave (North SK2F/Boon) keeps on producing at the top level and will not be even giving water to his son.
Peter Ballentine has good form on the mystical waters of Salcombe and has been persuaded by the strong Salcombe fleet to go for the big one, a dark horse and plenty of talent.
Kev Gibb and the incredible Scottish travellers are always producing some good race results, if Kev can string a series together, he is good for a top five finish.
Dutch sailor Peerke Kortekaas (NED) will be making the long journey to North Wales and should get a prize just for the effort. He will be hoping that that is not the only prize he collects.
Shane McCarthy (IRL) has had a great season in the GP 14 and is the current World champion (with Andy Davis crewing) so it will be know surprise to see him at the pointy end of the fleet.
Tom Gillard (North 3DL/Winder) has not spent much time in the Solo this year but expect his name to feature during my reports.
Through the fleet, racing will be fierce, and with Veteran (50-59) Grand Master (60-69) and Septimus (70+) trophies and a first wooden boat prize, there is plenty to play for.
It is not too late to enter this event, with no late entry fee it is still £160 for the week and if you are under 21, entry is free for 2016. Do you fancy a regatta with 80 plus entries, over a week long series which guarantees varied conditions and up to 12 completed races? Maybe you have a youth sailing at your club that you could lend a Solo to and mentor? The Solo fleet are incredibly friendly, the sailors vary from Pro to first time National Championship virgin and everything in between. The daily reports and video highlights/interviews mean you all get the chance to be stars in my viewfinder. Look out for reports from Pwllheli from 17-22 July.
This event forms part of the North Sails Super Series, 10 majors held throughout the year and a chance to win a brand new North SK2 Mainsail. The NSCA is sponsored by Noble Marine who keep us on the water 365 days of the year.
Will Loy President NSCA