As the calendar year clicks over - and I am still confused when writing the date, its the time of year you will find me scrutinising calendars and venues of the classes that I would love to sail in and somehow dovetail other family commitments into my regatta planning. I imagine the warm sun, the terrific venues and competitive racing that is to come - I think this helps me through the cold grey days of January and February.
Summer Will Come Again
High on the priority list in 2015 will be the Rooster 4000 on the National Circuit
- but the cheery on the top will be the Euro Cup in Quiberon
, closely followed by the Rooster 4000 Nationals in Mumbles. The French Rooster 4000 association
is going from strength to strength, many of the 4000's for sale in the UK in recent months have been shipped abroad to bolster the already large French Fleet.
Rooster are now the Licence Holder of the 4000 Class.
On a personal note, I am keen to get to work on our boat handling weaknesses in the spring ready for the big summer, but with one big Rooster 4000 event a month in the UK
and some exciting racing on the South Coast at Stokes Bay
we hope to be ready for the Italian
challenges in Quiberon.
Euro Cup 2015 - Quiberon, France
On the singlehanded calendar, Rooster has a commercial interest in the Solo and Streaker. I have come to love racing the Solo; last years Rooster Solo Loadpath rig
and Beer Boat took me to second overall and first vet. The Nationals on the sea in North Berwick in 2015 has definitely wetted my appetite, so I need to squeeze in some sneaky weekend training on the Sea at Stokes Bay in preparation for August at West Lothian Yacht Club.
The Rooster Epoxy Streaker
is also having a serious makeover this winter, with new hull and deck moulds in preparation for the start of the season. The Nationals is also back on the sea after a long absence, this time at Weymouth on the 3,4,5 of July. To top it off, the class is celebrating its 40th anniversary - so that's a must event to attend and train for. The boat is such a well behaved design and is a total joy to sail in waves, once again Stokes Bay will be graced with a Streaker for a few weekends training. The hard part is being able a assign a boat for me as they are always for sale - I am never confident there will be one free for me.
Rooster Epoxy Streaker
The Laser® Masters' circuit has some exciting developments this year; incorporating after race debriefings with Q&A's sessions with race winners and open mic sessions with those who like to have a sing song with a beer afterwards. The UK Masters is also now part of the European Circuit, so we can expect some high calibre talent crossing the channel to Pevensey Bay Sailing Club
Let's hope we get some waves in Pevancy Bay
Still with a TBA date is the Rooster 8.1 Nationals (Alan Davis has volunteered to organise the 8.1's at Oxford - date TBA). This must be the latest event on the calendar every year and always catches out both the press and Champions of Champions event alike. With a one day sprint format its a great way to warm up on a winters day.
The final date in the diary, in which I will chat, conspire, organise, plan and prepare is the Dinghy Show Weekend
on the 28th Feb and 1st March. It will be my chance to supercharge my plans with some like minded sailors.
Main Stage at the Dinghy Show.
Nearly All Asleep!