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The Future of Dinghy Racing in the UK - Zoom Forum coming up

by Andy Rice 7 Apr 2023 17:35 BST
The Oxford Blue - Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2022-23 finale © Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk

Where is dinghy racing in the UK headed? Dinghy sailing in the UK is still the most vibrant and diverse small-boat racing circuit anywhere in the world, but can it do better?

Next week, at 7pm on Tuesday evening 11 April, the co-organisers of the Selden Sailjuice Winter Series, Simon Lovesey and Andy Rice, are hosting a discussion forum on Zoom. It will be a wide-ranging conversation about what's working, and what's not working, in the small-boat racing scene in the UK.

"We don't want to rule anything off the table for this discussion," said Andy Rice. "We're keen to find out what people think about the state of play with dinghy racing in the UK. If there's one thing that Simon and I are focused on with this meeting, it's HOW TO INCREASE PARTICIPATION.

It's hard to think of many classes or events where people are satisfied with the number of boats and people taking part. So it would be good to share ideas on how to increase participation.

"We also believe there are too many events with too few entries to be financially viable, or even to be particularly interesting for competitors to take part in. Or for clubs to host. But this is one of the topics where we'd like to hear more input from different parties in the sailing scene. From sailors, clubs, class representatives."

It's free to join the Zoom call next Tuesday evening. Register now

Everyone who has registered interest in taking part in the call will receive the Zoom link and passcode in the coming days.

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