Wednesday, March 14, 2018
So what’s happening in 2018 ?
Well there are a couple of changes, firstly the Sutton Bingham Open has been discontinued due to the reduced Solo fleet at the club, meaning sadly the event is no longer sustainable, we will however review whether this changes in the coming years. Secondly the Western Area Championships will be held at Chew Valley Lake, combined with their Solo Open meeting which results in a further reduction of an event as Salcombe will only host one Western Series event this year not two as per 2017. In previous years Weymouth was included in the Western Area Series and so this year the Nigel Pusinelli Trophy will again count as a Western Area event (in addition to Super Series and probably the Sea Series).
So, to summarise the 2018 Programme is as follows:
Tata Steel S.C. Open Saturday April 14th
Bristol Corinthian Y.C. Open Saturday May 12th
Salcombe Y.C. Open Saturday May 26th to May 28th
Chew Valley Lake S.C. Area Championships Saturday June 9th
Weymouth & Portland N.S.A. Nigel Pusinelli Trophy Sat June 17th & Sun June 18th
Dittisham S.C. Open Sunday July 8th
Teign Corinthian Y.C. Open Saturday August 18th
Frampton on Severn S.C. Open Sunday September 23rd
South Cerney S.C. Open Saturday October 6th
This is 9 events with 4 to count
So let's see if we can get more helms travelling this year- it really is fun and the change in scenery and competition means that there is always something new to learn! We of course hope to see helms from other areas coming across to join us!
There are plenty of ways to communicate and keep up with events so please use the new Solo Website which is a huge step up from the previous one and very user friendly even viewed from your mobile phone. Please make use of the Facebook Group(s) feel free to post comments ideas and of course photos and videos.
Wishing everyone great sailing in 2018
John Steels Western Area Rep.