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A brief history of the PRACC Series by David Munro

March 10, 2010

2010 sees the start of the 10th year of the PRACC series of races. In 2001 31 skippers took part in 6 events across the country. Last year we saw 59 skippers taking part in what should have been 11 events (weed and lack of water forced the cancellation of two) – almost twice as many skippers in twice as many events. On the whole the series would seem to have been reasonably successful and has gone a long way towards promoting the A class

The series was started in memory of Linda Munro’s father who was a keen RA skipper at Poole and, although known as the PRACC series (Poole Radio A Challenge Cup) the cup for which we sail is the George Rider Cup.

In 2005 the first RA World Championship for several years was held at Gosport. It proved both popular and successful and has contributed greatly to the current popularity of the class.

Over the years 16 venues have hosted race meetings and several now race A boats as one of their club classes which, they hadn’t done previously, the most notable being Hampton Court which is becoming one of the main locations in the country to sail the class. This year the series includes 12 events and we are travelling to 4 new venues, West Kirby, Coal House Fort, Lincoln and Manor Park for the National Championships

Last year the National Championships at Poole attracted a near record entry of 40 and we hope that this will be repeated at Manor Park over the August bank holiday weekend

At the outset the “Sweet” design from Roger Stollery and Peter Wiles ruled the roost and these boats with the occasional “Argo” comprised the make up of the majority of the fleet. The situation is a bit different now with the appearance of the “Sword” from the drawing board of Graham Bantock and the “Venom”, a design from Jon Holmes in Australia. This coupled with successes from various other designs shows there to be a healthy interest in the class.

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