May Update to UK Class Association
Well, summer was here, but it seems to have got a little chilly again……..please keep your fingers crossed that the summer sun will return soon! Since I last wrote a fair bit has happened, perhaps the most significant of all (for me) is I’ve now, for the very first time, been sailing on an SB3! Before becoming the SB3 UK Class Secretary and World Council Exec Secretary, I was always relatively involved with the fleet through the Royal Southern Y.C. but I’d never actually been racing with the fleet – that all changed on Saturday when I joined Aussie Dan, Smaz and Ed on Platinum Blonde – top day (even if our results weren’t top 10!!)
Ian Mills – SB3 Product Manager
Ian Mills took over James Lund-Lacks role of SB3 Product Manager on 1st May 2008 and has been putting in a huge amount of work with the current boat weighing issue. Previously Ian worked alongside James as SB3 Event Support, so you’ve probably come across him before at either Cowes Week or the Nationals at HISC. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome “Millsey” to the Class and I hope that you will all give him heaps of support – he’s a good guy, lets support him!
Laser SB3 UK Class Association Annual General Meeting
The AGM has been postponed. It was due to be held at the Nationals in Largs, but for various reasons, it will now be held during Cowes Week. Date and time are still to be finalised, but the AGM will now take place during Cowes Week – keep an eye on the website for further details and the Agenda. Remember, only FULL members of the Class Association can attend and vote at the AGM. We hope that you will attend the AGM and support your Committee.
National Championships – Largs, Scotland
Please, if you are planning on entering the 2008 Nationals in Largs, get your entries in – it really is difficult for the organisers to plan the event if they don’t know the entry numbers they are expecting. Its shaping up to be a great event, training days and whisky tasting – what more could you ask for? Thanks to Ian Sullivan for all of the effort that he has put in so far. Event paperwork available at this link: http://www.lasersb3.com/?s=sh&id=13438
National Sail Letters
Please note that the Class Rules specify that all boats must now wear their country code initials on their main sails. LaserPerformance are running a special offer on initial letters so please contact Laser Direct to get yours ordered, see link for details: http://www.lasersb3.com/?s=sh&id=13994
Just to keep you up dated, LaserPerformance are putting in a huge amount of work to get boats into shape for racing. Please please please ensure that you make every effort to get your boat weighed, even if you aren’t attending the Nationals or the Worlds, you still need to ensure that you are sailing “in class”. The next weighing day will be Friday 23rd May in Sunderland, followed by Wednesday 28th May at Hamble Yacht Services. We appreciate that this is a mid week weighing slot, but its the only time that the yard are able to co-operate with us and move/lift boats. Further weighing days are being planned for Warsash and Torquay. If you have any issues when you know the weight of your boat, please discuss with LaserPerformance, they really are doing everything they can to put this issue right.
VW Kites Cowes Week
Please note that you must be a full member of the Laser SB3 Class Association and have had your boat weighed to be eligible for a VW Kite at Cowes Week.
Before I sign off, I’d like to wish all the competitors at the Sunderland Grand Prix the very best of luck, I hope you have a great regatta. I’m afraid I have to send my apologies as I am away with my “real” job this weekend and unable to attend. I look forward to seeing all of the competitors at the Nationals, I arrive on Friday, just in time for whisky tasting! 😉
All the best
UK Class Secretary
World Council Secretary
Laser SB3 Class