Important – 35th Impala Nationals – Weymouth – Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July

It’s less than two weeks to go to the 2014 Nationals Championships. If you’ve already entered, please read on for two things you need to do before you arrive.
If you haven’t entered go to  http://www.weymouthregatta.co.uk/ NOW and register!
A couple of boats are still looking for crew so if you have any spare please email Barney Smith barnabysmith@btinternet.com and he’ll put you in touch with the owners.

Before boats arrive in Weymouth you ALL need to do the following:

1.       Order Dinner tickets
The class dinner will be held on Saturday night at Weymouth Pavilion which is a short walk from where we will be moored. Tickets are £25 per head which includes a glass of bucks fizz on arrival. Timings are 1900 arrival for eating at 1930. This should be a fantastic event and it would be great to see everyone there. Speeches have been promised (they will be short!).
By Friday 18th July – that is the end of this week – all competitors must let Samantha Flint (Email: sami1288@hotmail.co.uk) know what they want to eat, preferably by boat (i.e. 6 tickets each) and also send payment for your tickets. This can be done by cheque or by BACS transfer to the Impala Class Association.
The menu choice is

Starter – Tomato & basil soup with parmesan croutons, or Classic prawn cocktail with marie rose sauce, or Dorset pate served with onion marmalade & rocket salad

Main – Roast topside of beef with red wine gravy, or Roast pork with cider & thyme gravy, or Gammon ham with parsley sauce, or Red onion & goats cheese tart. All served with roasted rosemary & garlic new potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Desserts – Eton mess with raspberry coulis, or Fresh fruit salad, or Treacle tart
Coffee & mints

2.       Prepare for measurement and scrutineering

Class measurement secretary Olly Love has prepared two documents to help everyone make sure that all our boats comply with the class rules. The first document is a checklist for your boat with a list of corrector weights that must be carried if certain items are missing, the second is a simple measurement guide. The aim of the class is to provide cheap, equitable racing for all. Boats will be inspected in Weymouth but please remember that whilst we aim to keep improving rule observance across the class (something we have been working on for the last three years) the overriding aim is to make sure we all go sailing in a fair and even manner.

If you have any questions about measurement and scrutineering issues please email Olly at olly_love@hotmail.com. The Impala Class rule are here http://www.impala28.co.uk/about-2/class-rules/

Final Sailing and Social details

Sponsors – We’re pleased to announce that, in addition to all the other sponsors previously announced, Doyle Sails have come on board as one of the major sponsors. GAP Communications, Nix Digital, One Sails, Lewmar, Spinlock and North Sails are also supporting the event.

Every crew member will get an anniversary mug and throughout the event we’ll be awarding daily prizes to the winners and also to those further down the fleet.  The pontoon drinks party being held on Friday evening will now be sponsored by Doyle Sails.

Sailing – 7 races are planned over the three days. The NOR is on the Weymouth Regatta website, Sailing Instructions will be made available next week. http://www.weymouthregatta.co.uk/keelboats. The competitors briefing will be held at the Royal Dorset Yacht Club at 2100 on Thursday 24th July. If you need to eat that night the Yacht Club will be serving food.

Social events – In addition to the Saturday night dinner we will be holding a pontoon party on Friday evening (sponsored by Doyle Sails), followed by food at Weymouth Sailing Club and a ‘Games’ night. We’ll be selling tickets for the Friday food at the briefing on Thursday night. The main prize giving will take place on Sunday after racing and we plan to have a special Anniversary Birthday cake which will need to be eaten before we all set off home!

Photos – Over the weekend we will have a photographer on the water. He will make available all his images on CDs for a price of £10 per boat.

Mooring – The entry fee includes 3 nights mooring in the Cove, less than 3 minute walk from shops, cafes, self catering houses, B&Bs and pubs and Royal Dorset YC and Weymouth SC which will be our base clubs for the regatta. The harbour Master has agreed to offer discounted berthing to those boats wishing to take more than the 3 nights.

It’s going to be a fantastic event, make sure you’re there!

Barney Smith (35th Nationals Organiser)


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