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National Sonata Inlands set for Windermere on 10-11 March

by Chris Bentley 23 Feb 16:13 GMT 10-11 March 2018
12 Sonatas gather on Windermere for the 2007 Inland Championships © Catherine Hartley

The first of the 2018 Sonata Area Championships, the "Inlands", will be held on Lake Windermere over the weekend of 10th – 11th March. A strong turnout is expected with, in addition to the local Windermere fleet, owners from as far afield as the Clyde and the NE coast competing against the current Sonata National Champion, Steve Goacher for the Inland Area Trophy. Competition will be fierce with some of the top UK Sonata sailors participating.

The event is being run by the Windermere Cruising Association and will consist of up to six short windward/leeward races per day. The WCA has extended a warm welcome to the Sonatas as part of their other class racing over this and the following weekend.

The National Sonata Association holds Area events throughout the UK every year in addition to their National Championships which rotates around the country. Last year, the Nationals were held at Strangford Loch, NI. In 2016, Poole, Dorset. The Inlands are the first of the 2018 Area Championships. More area events are planned for the North, South and East coasts. Scotland will hold the Scottish Championships over the Bank Holiday weekend of 25th – 28th May on the Clyde.