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Offline Thomas

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Mini racing in the UK 2016
« on: June 15, 2016, 18:48:10 PM »
Are there any races open to Minis in the UK this year?

Up to now it seems as if there are no official Classe Mini races in the calendar!
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Re: Mini racing in the UK 2016
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2016, 13:25:22 PM »
Sadly very little, Thomas.

The few UK boats that don't head to France generally only have the option of fully-crewed races under IRC, or there are a couple of emerging double-handed series eg Royal Southampton Double Handed series (doesn't need an IRC cert), or the double-handed class within JOG.

There was the Solent650 a year or two ago, but not since. Even if this was resurrected, I'm not clear on how we could get UK boats measured and checked for jauge on these shores? (I have #498 in Hamble, but it hasn't been measured/checked for years)

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Re: Mini racing in the UK 2016
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2016, 23:40:51 PM »
I am also now based in Hamble (Hamble Point Marina) with my Pogo 2 (#470). Would love to get together to talk mini's and sail in company.  Feel free to get in touch.


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Re: Mini racing in the UK 2016
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2016, 09:32:04 AM »
Noel, have sent you a PM

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Re: Mini racing in the UK 2016
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2016, 20:53:43 PM »
Hi,


If anyone is looking for crew, I'd be interested.
Based in Basingstoke, experienced dinghy sailor (mostly National 12 and OK), also quite a lot of yacht racing in the past. Have built my own N12 so quite handy with composites and any sort of boat maintenance.


Tom

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Re: Mini racing in the UK 2016
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2016, 19:01:38 PM »
I'll be onboard tomorrow morning if anyone is around.  Probably heading out in the afternoon for a little sail to catch some of the AC45 action.

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Re: Mini racing in the UK 2016
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2016, 11:49:54 AM »
I have recently purchased a Mini (178) I currently have it based in Brighton as BMYC yacht club run inshore/coastal/offshore races and are happy for me to enter.


I have approached RORC to have the boat accepted to enter Cat 3 races.  I have had an independent pull down test to satisfy James Dadd at the RORC rating office that the boat is stable enough to be entered.  My proposal is currently being discussed in RORC and i hope to hear back in the next few months.


My thoughts are is we can get the boats racing in more main stream races then the popularity might increase.  Although the handicap of the boats is prohibitive in IRC if a small number are in the same race then we would have a race within a race.


If any of the South Coast owners are planning to meet up and discuss please let me know.


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Re: Mini racing in the UK 2016
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2016, 12:45:28 PM »
Hi Simon,


There are a few minis around on the south coast (I know of 470 and 522 in Hamble with me, and 229 down in Plymouth), but I'm not sure if any are planning on doing RORC races. Having done many RORC races in the past on larger boats, I'm not sure how much fun it would be on a typical long RORC course when all the other larger boats have disappeared over the horizon?


I plan to do a mix of JOG races doubled-handed under IRC (haven't contacted them yet, but wasn't expecting to have to do an incline test for an non-endorsed IRC cert?), some of the RSYC double-handed series (no IRC cert required - they run a parallel club handicap system) and some of the SORC races. I've been in touch with the last one, and they're happy to let Minis take part, either with a IRC cert or with none but not collecting series points (ie just for see miles & experience)


Any use?


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Re: Mini racing in the UK 2016
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2016, 13:02:20 PM »
Hi Ed, im not planning to do RORC races, but JOG use the same rules so to be allowed to race in Cat 3 JOG which is what i would like to do, RORC have to give it their approval as the standard STIX and SSS values do not allow the boat to be raced.



If you are interested in Cat 4 races then you will be fine.


I suppose if the owners get together and find some common interests/races the handicap wont matter as much as there will be competition within the fleet. 

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Re: Mini racing in the UK 2016
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2016, 13:22:42 PM »
A quick read of the OSR and surely you only need to fulfill the STIX/AVS requirements of 3.04.2 if you can't meet 3.04 - which is a EC RCD cert showing cat B or higher.


My Ginto is a series boat from 2004, and so I have such a certificate. I'm guessing you may not have one of these due to the age of your boat? I think the RCD came into force in 1998, and yours was 1997, wasn't it?

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Re: Mini racing in the UK 2016
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2016, 13:34:35 PM »
Ed, yep that's my struggle at the moment.  If you can satisfy the requirements and are able to enter that's great as it will make my case easier.





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Re: Mini racing in the UK 2016
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2016, 22:26:56 PM »
Hi
I have a pogo 2, The Shed 743, previously of Pip Hare fame. Im on the learn curve, did RTI double this year, also Poole Yacht Race Association series, keen to do SORC but up to now a push to get time away from work! Would be great to arrange informal mini racing even if not within other race series. There must be many minis that are keen to race, especially those that dont have time, funds, etc to do mini circuit.
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Re: Mini racing in the UK 2016
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2016, 10:44:43 AM »
Welcome along Rod. I'm in a very similar position re time. Have sent you a PM

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Re: Mini racing in the UK 2016
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2016, 11:26:52 AM »
ps SORC usually do a 1-day Solo Festival, sometime in late Feb in a sailing club near the Solent, with talks by experience solo sailors, plus planning for the approaching season. It was Saturday 27th Feb this year (I only heard about it afterwards though).


What about all trying to meet up there and make a few loose plans?