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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eric Marchbanks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 September 2004 at 18:42

My reply is nearly as late as my starts as of late!      

Still here goes:

Having been involved with organising more than a few Championships etc, I fully echo Tom's support of Greg. I think as a class we need more sailing on open water,Tongue unfortunately this does involve more pannic when winds are strong and onshore. I guess as some managed without complaint (well not much anyway) with fixed rudders we should all have managed.

For me, the biggest problem with launching at Teignmouth was the amount and closeness of the groins, whilst the buoy rope anchored off assisted some ashore I was never shore of its benefits when launching and in fact thought it made the situation more dangerous - still everyone survived - and remember John & Doreen Waddington at (dare I say it) around pensionable age coped and went out in all races run without any complaint - a good lesson for me in how to enjoy your sailing.

I would go back there from the launching point of view if the event was run further along the bay toward the pier as discussed and water was on tap there to wash off - I would have thought a mediteranean style external shower run off the external water tap where we changed would have been better than the lido (at least would have washed off wetsuit at same time!) Could this be organised, and what would the logistics for changing etc.

I think we should be looking at smaller clubs, and those who have active members in the vicinity. When we looked at Lowestoft, we also considered Sandwich, (I actually voted for Lowestoft on the basis it was a new venue for me) but there are clubs that that would do a Championship cheaply and have facilities available better than at Teignmouth, where the onshore in club entertainment would better Teignmouth, free camping etc We used to discount these sorts of clubs as they were outside tourist areas,i.e. on the East coast, but then how deeply do we look (in fact Sandwich has four of the highest visited tourism places within 12 miles of its doors). I am certain there are other similar small clubs around.

Best of luck to Duncan who is CHampionship Sec this year and anything I can do to help in some small way give me a yell, perhaps others will volunteer their help &/or clubs as well?

Best Regards
Eric Marchbanks
Hornet 2178
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