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2000 Class Association UK National Championships 2022 at Castle Cove Sailing Club, Weymouth Preview

by Kev O'Brien 5 Aug 15:09 BST 14-19 August 2022
Race start during the 2000 class UK Nationals at Tenby in 2019 © Alistair Mackay

With just over one week to go, the 2000 Class Association will be holding their UK National Championships supported by title sponsor Astral Azure Ltd, at the Olympic sailing location of Weymouth being hosted by Castle Cove Sailing Club.

The regatta is taking place on the 14-19 August 22, providing five days of racing with a break in the middle for a chance to explore the local attractions. You can still enter on the Castle Cove Sailing Club website.

The entry fee stands at £260 for an adult boat, £180 for a youth helm (under 18), and £130 for a youth boat. Included in the entry fee is 5 days of racing, Monday night Commodores reception meal, Tuesday night supper, Friday evening 'Prize Giving Dinner'. Competitors and family will have use of the clubhouse as invited guest members for the duration of the regatta. Also there will be de-brief sessions after racing delivered by our own top coach and national champion Simon Horsfield.

With 55 entries so far, the fleet looks to be competitive throughout with a number of people attending their first championship regatta. We have 5 junior helms entered, and notably brother and sister Gwen and Jonny Sargent who will be competing against each other, taking time out of RYA squad sailing to keep their skills honed racing the 2000. Class supporter West Country Boat Repairs owned by Pete Vincent makes his debut competing in his first 2000 nationals. There's also a number of people returning to the fleet after a sabbatical making the championship title even more competitive! Who will take the 2022 championship crown this year?

The class association has secured many sponsors to support the regatta. Title sponsor is Astral Azure Ltd owned by long standing 2000 sailor and current class chair Mike McEwing. His company specialise in the aerospace / defence industry. Noble Marine insurance continue their long standing support. Rooster Sailing have newly partnered to support the class. And lastly no Championship regatta wouldn't be a regatta if it didn't have a local brewery to help with the socials, a huge thank you local company Cerne Abbas Brewery for their support.

The 2000 Class prides it self on being a super friendly and family orientated class association. 'Fast, Family, Fun is at the heart of the volunteered based association. Lots of people make positive comments in that they always felt so welcome and love attending the events, whether it be the National Millennium Series, National Championships, Inland Championships, Welsh Championships.

If you fancy sailing at this years Nationals at Castle Cover Sailing Club, Weymouth then there's still time to enter. The 2000 class prides its self on being a super friendly class association with members always on hand to welcome newcomers what ever the sailing experience and ability.

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