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Rooster 8.1 nationals to be held on the Thames in November

by Steve Cockerill 30 Sep 2010 08:32 BST 20-21 November 2010
The 2010 Rooster 8.1 Nationals will take place at London Corinthian Sailing Club over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of November © Rooster 8.1 class

The 2010 Rooster 8.1 Nationals will take place at London Corinthian Sailing Club over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of November.

Imagine this - sailing on the Thames, around the pubs and clubs of inner London - with a fleet of over 40 Rooster 8.1's. Entry Fee is just £25 for the weekend's racing and includes a sit down meal on Saturday Evening.

The date is the 20th and 21st of November. Plug the date into your diary for a weekend of turbo charged racing. For more information about the club, registration and the notice of race - click here.

If you are not a Rooster 8.1 owner, you can still join in for a weekend of fun racing by turbo charging your boat for just £365 (this includes battens, mast extender and numbers fitted with free Rooster 8.1 association membership); or hire one from Rooster for just £15 for the weekend. To avoid disappointment - please reserve your rig by .

The weekend is likely to be an interesting challenge for the club and sailors. The most exciting part is sailing in the heart of London - something you can't do very often.

For example:

  • There will be lot more spectators than usual (lots of pubs and walk paths are located by the river)
  • Some 2-3 knots of tide which means a lot more tacking and gybing for the spectators
  • There is an island on the river which makes it more interesting and complicates things (back eddies)
  • It is the widest part of the river Thames - (south-westerly stretch). The prevailing winds are SW too so we can expect the wind against tide which makes for fun downwind sailing in your Rooster 8.1
  • London is a great location for social life, the club can offer basic accommodation on site and they anticipate they can put up sailors in members homes
  • With one and a half miles of racing area which bends between Hammersmith and Barnes bridges, challenging and fun courses can be set in most wind conditions

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