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by David Harding 24 Aug 2018 16:14 BST 26-31 August 2018
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Poole Harbour will come alive with dinghies and keelboats from Sunday afternoon as Zhik Poole Week gets under way. Parkstone Yacht Club will be organising the racing and also keeping the sailors and and their families fed, watered and entertained ashore in the new clubhouse.

Last-minute entries can still be accepted, so anyone who fancies a week of friendly and competitive racing will be welcome to join in. Class starts have long been confirmed for Flying Fifteens, Darts, Lasers, Wayfarers, XODs, Cornish Shrimpers and Dolphins, together with a handicap fleet. Merlin Rockets now have their own start as well, as do the RS200s. Anyone wanting to see how many other boats of their class they'll have to race against can check the latest entries here.

Lasers will be supported by Joel Chadwick from LaserPerformance, who will be providing prizes for the large Laser fleet (currently approaching 50 boats) and also setting up shop to supply a wide range of Laser spares at specially discounted prices.

Although a good number of Parkstone's Flying Fifteens and some regular Poole Week visitors are heading to Garda for the Europeans, there's still going to be a healthy fleet racing in Poole Harbour's Top Triangle. It includes names that have made their mark on the international scene in a range of classes, so even if the quantity is slightly down in the Fifteen fleet the quality most certainly isn't. Another attraction for the Fifteens is the chance to win an under-cover provided by Richard Whitworth and North Sails.

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