2011 ISO Europeans, Quiberon, France.

Going to an ISO Europcup: because we went with two boats from the Netherlands we drove together with a trailer with 2 boats on it, when we were leaving I posted a tweet where is said: sailing Europeans you take a totally full Renault espace 2 boats, 3 masts, 3 booms, 3 daggerboards, 3 rudders, 5 gennakers, 3 jibs and 3 mainsails. It was for us almost 15 hours to drive to get to Quiberon.

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Essex ISO Open

Calling all ISO crews, if your helm should read this and start moaning please defend my efforts and perhaps sympathise. I was talking to Juliette Daniels the other weekend and she was agreeing with me that if we should ever be asked to do the race report we would have no idea what to put because we have little idea of what other boats are doing. Unfortunately Sticky, who was supposed to write the report, has gone to Bangalore for two weeks and apparently is snowed under with work, he gave me such a sob story that I've been made to feel guilty and offer to write something. I have said I will as long as he doesn't alter or amend it although he is allowed to add something at the end.

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Italian Nationals 2011

We decided to have our nationals this year on Lake Como, home of the italian Laser 4000 fleet, really interesting place wher to sail with conditions that closely math the one of Malcesine (strong wind in the afternoon).
It was a challenge for the class because the iso class there is just starting, but the response was quite good, with 10 isos on the start line (john Mater representing UK with 1179).
5 races, Sun (I had my face and arms burned), winds in the range of 15-18 kts, good hospitality, it is worth having a thought about possible future international event...

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Bexhill Asymmetric Open Meeting - Sunday 5th June 2011

Serenity, Sticky and Miss Revitt traveled to Bexhill SC to their Asymmetric open meeting. With no sailing on the Saturday, we made a leisurely, 11am start and took the A27 along the south coast. Bexhill is an Edwardian Seaside town on the Eastern region of the South coast. We arrived around 14.30 and as we wheeled the boat down the ramp from the promenade we were greeted by some of the local sailors who helped us pull the boat to a spot amongst the club boats on the beach.

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Calshot Long Distance and ISO open meeting

The Calshot ISO open meetings are renowned for being very windy and this years event was no exception. 

28th - Long distance Race

On Saturday the intention was to race to Lymington and back however, with 25+ knots and wind against tide, it was decided to moderate ambition. Instead Cousin Trestec, Pink Poup, Serenity and a club Kestrel attempted a long windward/leeward course to a fixed mark. Bob and Gary in Cousin Trestec didn't make the start after getting splashed and losing all visibility due to spectacle malfunction. With greater experience of sea sailing Pink Poup and Serenity made it up the beat.

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ISO/ Buzz Easter Eggon – KGSC - 9th / 10th April 2011

The forecast was for very light airs, which we assume accounted for the low turn out for the first event of the season. But would it be a low weekend ?

The promised KGSC welcome took shape with teas, coffees and the bacon butties without which no sailing event would be complete ! Things were already on the right track.

The inland airs strengthened with the rising sun. Clear blue skies and a good F2 Easterly awaited the competitors. Did I say good ? KGSC on Easterlies – famously shifty !!

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2011 Dinghy Show - Our Best Yet!

The RYA 2011 Dinghy Show was over the 1st weekend in March as usual, 5th and 6th.

Our stand was right next to our main supplier, Rooster Sailing, and showed Tinky Winky resplendent in the new Rooster Sails, together with Rooster foil bags and the winners of the 2010 / 11 ISO Photo Competition.

The Rooster sail prices were announced at the Show, see web site home page, www.isoracing.org.uk, look fantastic and in the hands of Mike Lillywhite and crew Mark Riddington closed the 2010 season with a clean sweep of all three championships. So not only do they look good, they work and are available from Rooster now at a very attractive price. Rooster's usual Show discount immediately helped sale of sails along by selling three full sets and a couple of jibs over the show weekend. Didn't get your 10% discount ?? See you at the 2012 RYA Dinghy Show then.

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