Ok, we're on. Southport Yacht Club in the week commencing 8 January 2011. Best nearby accomodation is at the Main Beach Tourist Park which is a 5 minute walk from the Southport Yacht Club. Link here.....
You'll want to get in quick because they have a lot of annual bookings so cabins etc will be scarce. You will need to ring them to reserve a spot because they haven't formally set prices for next year yet.
First of all, The Southport fleet are all looking forward to the up coming Nationals and hope that we can get as many boats as possible from all over the country.
Now for those of you that don't know, The Saturday straight after the nationals is the "Surf to City" race from Southport to Brisbane.
This race is run up the inside of South and North Stradbroke Island and through the broardwater and then you sail across Morton Bay to Sandgate in Brisbane. It's a race that is around 50 mile and down hill most years. So plan to look at this race as well when you are up here. They do run a RL division all ready and will look at giving us our own start as well next year.
Now For all Queensland and Northern NSW boats. I as the New Queensland State Measure would like to have a few measurement days to get as many boats back into class as possible well before the nationals and even the Bay to Bay. So please drop me a line and your contact details so we can start the ball rolling.
I'm looking at a measurement day in Brisbane around Saturday April 17 at this stage. Please let me know if you are interested.
Would you consider doing a few measurements at Tin Can Bay on the Friday before the B2B?
You asked a question in a previous discussion as to why boats go out of class. A lot of clubs have very mixed fleets and work on PBH and not on CBH. In this scenario, it's way cheaper to grab an old skiff kite than a new set of sails if you want to keep up with the fleet. It can make an old boat competitive for a couple of hundred dollars and still remain within the spirit of sailing if the club handicapper is kept in the loop.
I don't have a problem with that and was planning to do that if possible.
If you want to tell a any other RL 24 owners about it as well I will gladly do others boats as well at the same time. The big thing we are trying to do is get all the sails areas back to class to start with and then work on any other things that need looking on the boats.
We want to bring the class back up to speed again and get people ready for the nationals next year.
I also under stand why some boats have gone out of class and I'm hoping that if we work together as a fleet that we can get the class racing happening again. We are very lucky at this time that we have a few boats and owners who want to drive the class again and get things going.
Also, I'm trying to get a updated list of Queensland and Northern NSW boats and owners and there contact details. If any one would like to send me the details of there boats and contact details that would be great.
Details that I need are
Boat name Owner name
Location of boat Email and phone numbers
Mark of boat keel type Swing / Drop
Club sailed at.