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Title: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: andyoll on August 17, 2010, 00:52:01 AM
Hi
Is there anybody out there that might be interested in Mini Class racing in the UK based out of the Solent?
There is a great series of solo races organised by SORC (http://www.offshoresolo.com/) - used to be Petit Bateau. If we can get a few more Mini's involved we'll have our own class in each race, which is very much preferable to rating under IRC and giving time to much bigger boats.. The next item on the calendar is 19/9/2010 - the Nab Solo.

Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: André on August 17, 2010, 17:40:49 PM
Can you tell something more about the yearly program? Maybe there are fun races to ship the boat for!

André
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: Glyn on August 17, 2010, 21:11:36 PM
Hi Andy,

I've entered the Pogo 2 in the Royal Southampton Nab Tower double on the Sat 18th and intend to do the Solo Sunday 19th.
The Ginto mini 'Blue fizz' (I think) has gone from the Hamble river although they entered the double handed race RIOW, maybe able to contact them through this forum.
Drop us a line if you ever want to do some two boat training during any weekend.
Crean is due to come out of the water late Oct and you can borrow the berth on the Hamble for the winter if you want to keep your boat local.
laters

Glyn

CREAN
GBR 449
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: André on August 18, 2010, 06:38:37 AM
Hi Glyn,

I see you guess I am from the UK, so therefore I understand your question.
But I am a Dutch sailor looking for nice foreign races (in Belgium, UK and France).
There are plenty though.

So, thanks for the offer, but I can not do something like that.

Bye,
André
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: NicoG on August 18, 2010, 22:01:58 PM
Andre misunderstood himself for Andy (original poster)
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: André on August 19, 2010, 07:21:33 AM
My god, that's stupid. Nexxt time I will paty more attention while posting early in the morning...
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: NicoG on August 20, 2010, 16:58:58 PM
BUt it was a nice offer :)
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: André on August 20, 2010, 23:31:08 PM
Sure is / was! :-)
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: andyoll on August 21, 2010, 14:25:56 PM
André - The calendar this year for SORC races can be seen here: http://www.offshoresolo.com/calendar. It is always a very mixed fleet of different boats racing under IRC handicap system - mini's to class 40's on the start line together. If we had enough Mini's for any race then we'd create a separate class - 4 would do it.

Gyln - I'll see you for the Nab races - I'll be doing both too - 2-hander I won't be on a Mini though. Nice offer re. mooring in the Solent - I'm based in the Solent too now - too many trips this year between Brighton and the Solent convinced me to migrate to Portsmouth.

bests

Andy
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: andyoll on August 21, 2010, 14:29:53 PM
Anyone got contact details for 'Blue fizz'? - Certainly worth trying to get them involved for the Sunday race,if already signed up for the Saturday - the more the merrier!

Andy
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: KeithW on August 27, 2010, 12:28:56 PM
For any body who is interested in the UK mini scene, Pippa will have her pogo 2 exhibited at the southampton boatshow, the stand will be manned mainly by her but there are days when the stand will be manned by other SORC folks, I will be there looking after the stand on the 16th so if anybody wants to get together and know about mini how about coming along to the stand.

Keith - Ex GBR440 Transat 09
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: Charlie P on September 06, 2010, 22:02:42 PM
I am based on the East Coast until I can handle this stuff, then I'll come down to the South Coast (spring time), but intend to do a few runs over to Belgium, Holland if there are any guys over there? If anyone wants to "visit" with their boat, the hospitality in Burnham is second to none. Question - What are the majority using in terms of sails?

Charlie P
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: Glyn on September 07, 2010, 20:57:14 PM
Hi Guys,

Anyone know the UK boat named French Kiss (Ginto), sails out the Hamble?
They have entered the Nab Tower race (18th Sept).

Now we potentially have 5 mini's on the Solent for SORC & Royal Southampton YC Double Handed racing.

For info:
Newton my current insurance company have pulled the cover on my mini for next year despite 5 years no claim bonus etc.
I have found some good Mini insurance for the Pogo 2 with Fastnet and Yachting 24.
Thanks Andy for the contacts

Glyn
449
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: Charlie P on September 09, 2010, 19:24:53 PM
If you want an insurance quote from Fastnet, speak to Richard Power......my brother in law! If anyone can, he will.
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: Paul Peggs on September 24, 2010, 18:57:37 PM
Hi

Great to see some interest in getting mini racing going in the Solent, as one of the main organisers of SORC (solo offshore racing club) i can confirm we are very keen to get Minis along to our events and to give them there own class to race in.

Our next and last event of the season is on the 3rd October and its not to late to enter or to have your own class in the race. As mentioned above go to www.offshoresolo.com for details or contact me paulpeggs@hotmail.com for more info.

Cheers Paul Peggs
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: andyoll on October 11, 2010, 01:08:56 AM
UK Mini Skippers

In preparation for some UK based Mini racing in 2011, there is going to be a lunch time meeting at Hamble on Sunday Nov 7th to discuss ideas.
The object of the meeting is to assess the enthusiasm for mini racing in the Solent on a regular basis, both solo and double handed, and to thrash out a progamme for the 2011 season.
All Mini owners interested in Solent racing next year are welcome to attend - for details, please contact SORC via 'admin @ offshoresolo dot com', or myself 'andy @ slyfrog dot com'.
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: andyoll on November 02, 2010, 23:03:32 PM
Plans for Solent Mini meet-up - here is the post from Petit Bateau mailing list:

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To: "petit_bateau@yahoogroups.com" <petit_bateau@yahoogroups.com>, Atlantic_Adventure@yahoogroups.com
The first Mini Group meeting is confirmed, at Royal Southern YC, Hamble
 at 12.00 on Sunday 7th November. The carvery lunch will be on if you like.

The objective is to meet to discuss Mini races in the Solent for 2011 as part of the SORC programme and to explore other opportunities to encourage mini racing.

All Mini sailors are invited to attend, past present and future. please make contact via sorc or by phone.

so far we are;
Glyn Deakin - pogo2 449
Andy Olliver - pogo1 - 171
Ken Dochertey - OC 425
Jake Jefferis - 794
Kevin Rolfe - Fido 29

Peter Olden sorc
Jerry Freeman sorc

parking is the public car park on the water front, probably pay and display,
club car park is members only.
##############

If you are interested in coming along please get in touch with myself (07887 520682) or jerry (07771 67 67 88), so we know numbers.

I'll post after the event to keep all in the loop.

bests

Andy
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: andyoll on November 10, 2010, 12:25:59 PM
A bit of publicity in the daily sail:
http://www.thedailysail.com/offshore/10/57117/0/uk-mini-developments-in-2011

It was great to meet a bunch of UK Mini sailors at the Solent meeting last week-end. We established that there are 2 racing series in the Solent area ideally suited to Minis next year - the SORC single handed racing series which will be hosting a Mini class for each event, and the RSYC double-handed racing series. We've also got the UK Mini Fastnet happening again next year. We're hoping that a few of us will get together occasionally for non-racing fun on the water to compare and improve techniques before the racing season kicks off. Also looks like a good few UK Mini sailors have plans towards Official Class Mini events in France next year.
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: Gdayguvnor on February 11, 2011, 09:25:17 AM
Hi,

Just wondering, how many skippers try to do Cowes Week? You could probably get into black group when you apply.

Does anybody do it DH?

Gdayguvnor,
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: SailingFaster on February 12, 2011, 11:10:32 AM
Unfortunately the IRC handicap makes  round the cans racing pretty depressing unless it is  light wind.

Has anyone tried racing in the sports boat class? Might be better for cows
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: Gdayguvnor on February 12, 2011, 12:01:40 PM
I raced in the SB3 Class last year which was run very well, I think there might be a white group handicap start in which the mini's should do fairly well against the other sports boats without their own class start. Or, If you can get enough, a Mini Class Start?
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: andyoll on March 20, 2011, 00:34:50 AM
3 Mini's now registered for the first SORC race of the season - Nab Tower race on March 26. This is the minimum number agreed with race organisers to run a Mini class (unofficial) with it's own start sequence. Really hoping this will be a regular thing for the SORC races (race calendar: http://www.offshoresolo.com/calendar).

Perhaps we can invite some continental visitors for the next one -  'Round Isle of White Solo' race on 16 April.

regards

Andy
Title: Re: Mini Class Racing in the UK
Post by: StarryEyes on July 11, 2011, 20:23:06 PM
Hi Guys,

I know its a long shot but we all know that only triers can be getters!

I am really keen to learn about solo sailing and the class mini in particular. I think I have read everything there was to read and due to a small (non-existing?!?) student budget there's little more I can do. What I do have is loads of spare time which I would be more than happy to dispose of helping you guys with any donkey/handy work that needs doing in your boats. I have the ambition of having my own mini and would love the opportunity to get some experience on the maintenance side of things. I am familiar with boat maintenance and help maintaining the boat I race on the JOG and RORC races. I do not expect any sailing in return. I am available throughout the summer at all times except for the Fastnet week in August.

I'm easy going and hard working. Ohh... and I don't ask too many questions!

Good winds