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Plans for 2018

By James Dowrick 2nd October 2020

Now the festive period has come to an end and normal day to day life has resumed, it’s time to take a look at some of my plans for the year ahead.

I start the year off with the Roadford Rocket on the 28th January which is part of the Sailing Southwest Winter Series, with an RS Aero training day at Roadford Lake the day before. I’m hoping to do a few more of the Sailing Southwest Winter Series events but will have to see if time & weather allows that. I also have 7 RS Feva coaching weekends throughout the first 5 months of the year, working with the RYA South/South West Squad and SWYSA (South West Youth Sailing Academy). Venues include Paignton SC, Exe SC, Royal Torbay YC & WPNSA. I also have a weekend at the Guernsey Yacht Club in May with their young Feva sailors.

As ever, I’m looking forward to the #GreatestShowOnEarth that is the RYA Dinghy Show in March. Spending the weekend with everyone from Rooster HQ is always a very enjoyable time.

Moving on, I have some big boat sailing planned on a J24 for Wednesday night racing in Fowey, forming part of a new team, with the view to possibly competing on the national stage in 2019. I’m looking forward to this a lot as I’m sure it will improve my racing knowledge and help my dinghy racing a lot.

2018 will see me continue my relationship with St Mawes SC and their Team Feva. They currently have a great group of youngsters who are very keen to improve their sailing, especially in the RS Feva which is fantastic for the future of our sport. In my opinion, the Feva is the best boat any kid can sail as it provides them with a great introduction to high performance sailing as well as teaching them the importance of communication and team work.

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I plan to race my new RS Aero at Porthpean as much as possible. However, the main reason for switching to the Aero from the Laser was to head to more events throughout the year. The Aero fleet has young and vibrant personnel within the class which makes class events really fun and enjoyable for everyone, especially for fleet newbies such as myself. Like many other Aero sailors, I will be building up to the RS Aero World Championships in conjunction with the RS Games at WPNSA in August. It is quite likely that the event will see over 150 Aero’s competing in just the second world championships for the class. Obviously, I am very much looking forward to the social scene at the championships, but I’ll also not want to embarrass myself on the race course so will be putting in as many hours of practice as possible in the build-up to the event.

My summer of sailing will finish at Fowey Royal Regatta. It’s unclear whether I shall be competing in the Aero or on the J24, only time will tell. But, whatever class I compete in, it’s always the best week of the year spent with the best people so lots of fun will be had I’m sure.

No plans have currently been made for the last few months of the year but no doubt the coaching diary will be booked up in preparation for the 2018 RYA Onboard Feva Frenzy event in October and a few Aero events will be thrown into the mix too.

May I wish you all a happy new year and all the best for a successful 2018.

Happy sailing and fair winds,

James ⛵️

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