Friday 16th August 2013: The Long Distance race.
I need some feedback here on the length of race expected.
Please let me know if you prefer:
A. 4 hours
B. 6 hours
C. 8 hours (This is what the race organisers plan for the rest of the fleets )
and I will tell the Weymouth Keelboat Regatta Race Officer.
For the actual course we will rely on their local knowledge as there are some interesting currents in their area.
Please email your views to me directly on by mid May. I will reports the vote anonymously

So far as I can tell the races will use the existing nav buoys in the bay, plus maybe one or two race marks. You can see the SI for their Spring series, with mark positions here:

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th: Racing in Weymouth Bay as part of the Weymouth Keelboat Regatta. Sat: 2 races; Sun 1 race, then back to the club for prize giving

We will have our own start, so should only get interference from other classes as the race progresses.

There two locations on offer:
1. Weymouth Sailing Club can try to accommodate us on their for and aft moorings. Cost not yet confirmed. If you go for this option you will need an inflatable to get to and from the boat, albeit a short distance
2. We have an offer from the harbourmaster to raft up on the pontoon in Cove Bay. This is marginally closer to town. There do not seem to be any security gates there, so bring your padlocks. Cost boils down to £18 per night, with boats rafted up in fours. (Based on 9 mtr x £2.5 x 80%) The advantage is no need for dinghies, and we can have our après sail drinkies before going back to the club for the protests etc.
Again please email me with any strong views, otherwise I will confirm this.

Road Arrivals: Weymouth SC have their own crane and ran the J24 Champs from their club. The crane is operated by members, so cost is low. I have not actually negotiated a price, but if those arriving by road let me know we can get in touch and make arrangements.
You can see the crane here:

Kevin Palfreeman


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