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Post by chris » Fri Jul 22, 2005 8:51 am

Is anyone planning to go to the Bewl classic event? I think it is on July 30. Bewl is somewhere south on Tunbridge Wells.
I don't think I can make it but had been thinking about it.

It has occurred to me that it might one day make an alternative to Roadford if we needed a change of scenery in the future. There seems to be an interest in 'classics'. and it's seems large. If anyone is going could they find out more and report back please.
I see from their website they can have camping for an event.
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Post by nick clibborn » Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:36 pm

I was planning to go, and indeed told Chris at the weekend that I was going. Regrettably, somthing's come up to stop my visit so I'd be interested to hear as well.

However, I think we are barking up the wrong tree here. Good as Bewl is, and I have sailed there several times in Solo Open Meetings, we really need an 'open' water within striking distance of both east and west. The best so far seems to be Bowmoor, if you can call that 'open', but I would like to suggest we look at either clubs on Southampton water, like Netley or Weston, both of whom have distinguished dinghy histories, or clubs in Chichester harbour with historical connections. Bosham, Emsworth, Itchenor and the like all spring to mind, and again all easy to reach from both east and west. Probably not Hayling - too expensive - too Weymouth !!

We could/should also, perhaps, look at clubs on the north IOW coast, Gurnard, perhaps, or Wootton Creek. Lovely weekend venues.

We won't know if these clubs would host us unless we contact them, so I suggest a letter officially requesting a date, pointing out the opportunities for the home club's older boats, and the fact that we don't conflict with their current programmes.

In the meantime, Bewl will have to do.

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Post by Trevor C » Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:17 pm

I intend to go but my son has a triathlon in the morning so it will be around lunch. This is the first event and I am not sure it is connected to the SC.I will try and take the Pegasus but will probably end up with the Alb which looks better at the moment.
I think Bosham and Emsworth are only sailable at +/- high tide but Itchenor is very nice and all state of the tides. They may be sympathetic as there are many older XODs that sail from there
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Post by DavidC » Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:30 pm

I accept what you say about a meeting between east and west but the Island will be very expensive with the ferry and I don't suggest sailing across the Solent these days. You would be safer walking on the M25.

Up on the East Coast in Brightlingsea we have some of the best open water sailing with both estury and up river courses. The Sailing Club has an enourmous heritage in Dinghy and Catamaran sailing. We would like to invite you all to visit this part of the world. What do you think of sailing up here Alan?

There seem to be a growing number of "classic" events. It would be nice to think we could offer a central database. I am sure they will all be happy to have more advertising.

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Post by Mark » Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:52 pm

Stewartby (Bedford) isn't a bad 'open' water venue and having looked at their boat park there are a good number of suitable 'local' boats too....There is even a Toy !!!!
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Post by roger » Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:38 am

I wonder if Gurnard (IOW) would put a classic class in their Cowes dinghy week(week befroe Cowes week). In the past they used to escort boats across the solent.
In the past few years we have sailed from Lymington/Keyhaven to Yarmouth in a range of dinghies from Gulls to Wayfarers. Never had a problem with traffic there but maybe more risky from Calshot to Gurnard.
Yes the ferries are very expensive £100 for car and 4 passengers never towed a boat across always sailed.
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Post by Rupert » Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:40 am

The invite to Brightlingsea sounds exactly what the cvrda needs, at least in my opinion! Open water, a spread to a different location, a great history (Alan isn't the only Macalpine Downie fan in the cvrda!) and most important of all, an invite from someone at the club itself, rather than a "wouldn't it be nice to sail here" approach, which has been seen not to work.
We would all need to make the effort of travelling, though, to make it worth it! And I'm the worst offender...
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Post by Trevor C » Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:30 pm

Brightlingsea sounds good to me.
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Post by Mark » Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:37 pm

Am more of a Mazzotti fan myself, crewed for him once in his "C"...Never to be forgotten moment
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Post by Rupert » Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:32 pm

I'd have been about 1 at the time...
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Post by Mark » Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:48 pm

Shoreham regatta 1964..... Just a glint ?
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Post by Rupert » Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:58 pm

Not even a glint...Manta C must have been an amazing ride. Shame the class got too expensive to be viable, really, though I suppose it was bound to happen when wing masts came along.
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Post by Mark » Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:10 pm

Truth to tell, there was very little wind and I spent most of time laying along the leeward hull hanging onto the bow, the wind picked up a tad for the latter part of the race, and I must have spent at least 2 minute on the wire. It was a straight match race against Peter Shaw's steed.... K22 v K23....41 years ago and I can remember every second of it. Sigh !
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Post by alan williams » Thu Jul 28, 2005 3:54 pm

Hi Mark
I have recently been in contact with a guy from N.Ireland who's family brought Hellcat No.3 at the 1962 Earls Court Boats Show. The boats in fanfastic condition, they had to build a new slip way as it was to wide to lauch down the existing one and then decided to build a boat house to keep her in. Reg White is apparently going to sail her after the Spifire Euro's in Ireland. I'll keep you posted. I still prefer the beautiful lines of Rod's cats although the I would really fancy owning a Manta B. Another C class designer I'm in contact with is Jon Montgomery who designed the Flying series of cats with his father. I was hoping that he might know the where abouts of some of the old C class boats as I would really like to own one. I'm always amazed at how crude Lady Helmsman is in the flesh as regards sail controls and fittings.
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