As we all prepare for the RYA Dinghy Show this coming weekend, the results are being collated at the end of the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series. – Prize Giving 2nd March, 13:00 at the SailRacer stand (F40).
The final event, the rescheduled Steve Nicholson Trophy at Northampton, was a gentle affair compared to the previous five of the series. From the Draycote Dash in November right through to the Tiger Trophy at Rutland earlier this month we have been met with challenging strong winds but only occasional ice in the boats. If the snow in the air (biting into faces upwind) had been met with similar winds at Pitsford it would have been a truly brutal days sailing.
Entries for the series of 6 events were again at a record level, up 20% in 2012/13 compared to 2013/14. Now planning the Series for 2013/14 there will be new features and new events, most significantly GPS tracking on the boats entered. See more about that below.
Never mind technological advances, what about a party?! – 2013 will see the inaugural SailRacer Christmas Ball at Datchet Water where a brand new 2-day event will be running (Datchet Flyer) over the weekend of 14/15 December. We are already in the process of arranging local accommodation options and welcome you to make this an event that features in your own class calendar. (Black ties and posh frocks, of course.) Early 2014 will see Oxford SC as another newcomer to the, again GJW Direct sponsored, series, just over a week after Yorkshire Dales’ Brass Monkey.
On a warmer note our Summer SailFest at Weymouth over the August Bank Holiday continues to gather momentum, we are pleased to welcome GJW Direct on board as title sponsors. Every class with a number of boats entered is eligible to participate in our Class Association Exhibition in the main hangar at WPNSA – if you can find someone with a boat that doesn’t want to take to the water! Register your interest with Brenda Hoult as a class and we can work together to make the event work for your sailors. This is absolutely not restricted to boats that make enough entries for a class start and we are keen to include activities to suit all ages and levels of sailing aspiration.
As we saw at the Olympics last year and at other major events, like Sail for Gold and the America’s Cup, GPS technology is revolutionising the spectator aspect of sailing. Close as we were able to get to the Olympic action with helicopters and fantastic zoom photography, the foreshortening effect often made the actual distances between boats very ambiguous. It was the GPS technology with tagged boats laid in front of us on the screen that really brought the racing to life. More…
However, GPS tracking is not just for big classes and big events…
At SailRacer we are pleased to announce our appointment as European Distributor for TackTracker, the leading specialised provider of GPS tracking for sailing and official supplier to the Australian Sailing Team. As such we can provide solutions to suit the individual sailor, to record and analyse their own sailing, from as little as £100 – through to major Club, Class and International Events displaying live racing ashore and worldwide via the internet.
Purchase here. Find out more about GPS Tracking here.
The SailRacer Team can offer a full service for a major event, tailored to suit the class, venue and budget:
* Online Entry
* GPS tracker fitted to every boat
* Live results
* Live reporting in the event clubhouse and on-line
* Help with sponsorship to pay for the enhanced features that the event will offer