PRACC 1 Postponed

March 15, 2020 Comments off

Hampton Court have decided to postpone the first PRACC event of the seanson, that was due to take place on the 22nd March, until later in the year.

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New Year Message from the A Class captains.

January 1, 2020 Comments off

2020 is Here

Yep 2020 is here, another year and the beginning of another decade. So apart from being 2020 what the vision, if you’ll pardon the pun, to what’s new, what’s happening and, Heavens to Betsy, what’s changing.

Let’s take it from the top, the A class has not one but two Class Captains, Mike Ewart and Bill Green. If you haven’t already met either one you soon will. Mike is the one with the beard and hair the other has minimal amounts of either. Fairly easy to distinguish. Both have been around radio sailing for more years than you can shake a stick at and both have the A and 6m Classes to heart. Why two? I hear you ask, that’s very easy to answer Mike and Bill have worked together to make something of the 6m class and propose doing similar things for the A. That is not to take anything away from Bob Conner, he did a cracking job for far longer than he was supposed to, the Class is richer for his work and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Thanks Bob. The PRACC series dates for 2020 are all set and can be found here, we have also shown the National and District Championships and there is an event coming to a lake near you.

Well that deals with what’s happening and parts of what’s new, so what’s the other bit?. One of the things about the PRACC series was that it didn’t consider what happens to the older boats. Most of them gather dust, are not sailed  and look a bit past there sell by dates. Glories of a yester year. Not anymore, no more excuses, a Classic Class is introduced into all the A class events to get those boats out of the loft, the shed or the dark. You no longer need the latest thing in carbon to compete, there are some beautiful A boats built in natures Hi Tech material that need a bit of TLC and a touch of bringing up to date. Now’s the time to do it. Whats a Classic? that’s simple its  design that is no longer competitive with the current premier fleet, it can be an Argo, a Sweet 6, a Priviteer, a John Lewis design etc. If you are not certain ask either Mike or Bill. Its not all about speed is about the history l, the tradition, the grace of the class and we will talk more of the tradition later.

OK the bit that’s left to mention is what’s changing. The class is seeking formal recognition as a Class Owners Group (COG) under the auspices of the MYA. Its not a big leap at all, it’s another step in the proposed changes to the MYA where the running of the classes is being devolved to the classes. In todays age that is the right thing to do. You may have seen the changes to the MYA Constitution and the COG’s are a fundamental part of that. Here is not the place to discuss that except to say that we believe is the right way to go for the class. A similar move has been made on behalf of the 6m Class.

There was mention of history and tradition, so there is little something for you to think about. In 2023 the A Class is 100 years old, yes that’s right, 100 years. That is something to celebrate and we have started to think seriously about it. Nothing is concrete yet and we need your thoughts about about what, where and how, so don’t be shy let us know because we certainly will be asking the question through out this year. Several suggestions have already been made and the feelers are out and about. Talk to us.

Heres to an interesting and challenging 2020 and see you on the water.

Mike Ewart and Bill Green

A Class Captains

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Results from Poole

November 3, 2019 Comments off

The results from the final round of the 2019 PRACC series are now available on the PRACC results page, and the final standings for the 2019 PRACC series are also now available.
Congratulations to Derek Morland on winning this event and to Peter Wiles on taking the 2019 PRACC series overall.

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Results from PRACC 8

October 20, 2019 Comments off

Results from the 8th round of the PRACC series which took place today, at Gosport, are now on the PRACC Results page along with an update to the Overall PRACC results table.

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Results from the Veterans

October 19, 2019 Comments off

I’ve just recieved the results from todays (19th Oct) Veterans event. Congratulations to Derek Morland from the host club on winning the 2019 event.

A few photos have also been posted on the MYA:Downwind! Facebook group

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NOR – PRACC9 @ Poole

October 17, 2019 Comments off

Entries are now open for the last of this years PRACC Series.
Send your entry to Roy Cane as shown below.

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And the new Class Captain is…

October 9, 2019 Comments off

Bill Green has agreed to take on the role of Class Captain following Bob Connor stepping down from the roll. He is going to be assisted in this role by Mike Ewart.
They are both currently planning on being at Gosport for the double header event on the 19th/20th October to meet some of the skippers.

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