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Osprey Nationals - early bird catches the worm

by Alan Henderson, Osprey Class Association 12 Jun 2016 10:36 BST 11-14 August 2016
Ospreys are at home in big seas © Mike Rice / Osprey Association

It is two months until the 2016 Osprey Nationals, held on 11-14 August at Mumbles in South Wales. And one of the local Osprey sailors from South Wales is a happy man, being announced today as the winner of the prize draw for early entries.

Rain and Sun Dinghy Covers is a sponsor of the Osprey Nationals, and kindly donated a cover as an incentive for competitors to enter early. 24 early entries went in to the hat on 31 May, and the lucky winner was Ted Lewis, from Tenby.

But there is still time to enter the Osprey Nationals at the discounted early entry fee which is still open until 30 June. So Osprey sailors with an eye for a bargain should enter now, at a fee of £140. Thereafter, the entry fee goes up to £165. Under 21 entries are encouraged, at a fee of £130.

The Championship will be held over four days, with a mix of triangle sausage and trapezoid courses, and two or three races every day.

The Championship has attracted a glittering array of sponsors from across the marine industry, so competitors have the chance of earning various goodies, as well as competing for the class's extensive stock of historic silverware. Class enthusiasts are looking forward to seeing the brand new Osprey Mark 5s competing for the first time at this year's Nationals.

Phil Bull of Rain and Sun Dinghy Covers said, "I'm delighted to support the Osprey class, and very much enjoyed sailing Ospreys myself just a few years ago. It is a fantastic boat, and I wish the class another successful Championship."

Perhaps you would like to join in? There is still time to buy an Osprey and join in the fun. To find out more about the Class and the Championship, go to www.ospreysailing.org, where a number of second hand boats are advertised, or Facebook pages Osprey and Sail Osprey.

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