Wow what can we say but well done to the RYA Dinghy Show team and all those UKCRA – Catamaran Sailing people for helping to make the Catamaran Island such a success and helping share the #LoveCatSailing feeling.
We were delighted to see the UK Dart 18 Catamaran Class really pushing their 40th Anniversary year and loved the fact that they thought being next to the ‘Bar’ turned out to be less of the liquid refreshment variety and more of the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing Stand! We completed a hand over of a fabulous new Dart18 fresh from the mould to a very proud owner Ben Willis.
Once again the Catbatten display was widely touched and discussed with plenty of ‘hands on’ bending of the various stiffnesses and thicknesses available.
We did receive many favourable comments on their stiffness to weight ratio.
The Sprint 15 Association also had a shiny newboat complete with launching trolley although they did seem a little perplexed by the new special order ‘square wheels’! With another active Class association it is clear to see why this particular catamaran dinghy is so well supported.
Formula 16 – The Viper from Goodall Design
We certainly think with the Viper F16 from Goodall Design
was one of the stand out boats at the show and generated a lot of interest. It certainly looked the part and we had more than a few Viper owners sharing their conviction as to what a fabulous boat it is too.
With all the positive energy we took from Alexandra Palace this year it certainly looks like it will be a well supported season on the water. As far as the RYA Dinghy Show goes all things point us in a very positive direction for us as a Catamaran Fleet and are looking forward to a bigger and better supported Catamaran Island next year with WhiteFormula UK also looking to join in with their new foiling catamaran too.
The RYA Dinghy Show 2016 – Reflections
Venturing out of Cornwall for the weekend, especially one where our patron Saint of St Piran is celebrated it does give you a reasonable drive to reflect on things. One of the most positive factors we took home with us as we tracked back to a sunny Cornwall is the strength in depth of the UKCRA Youth training and its momentum. Although it is in transition with a new Nacra 15 being adopted by the Royal Yachting Association, it certainly looks like Catamarans are a very attractive option to many young sailors and can offer a real option for progression towards achieving Team GB selection for the The Olympic Games. The efforts that UKCRA put into driving this forward is highly commendable and to see a Spitfire Catamaran(The current youth Cat) on the RYA Sailing Stand was a very positive step.
Finally we must not forget we also took time out to hand out someRestronguet Sailing Club flyers promoting Falmouth-Dinghy Week for 2016 and also promoting our Dart 18 SW Championship & UKIDA GP event to add to the celebrations of 40 years of Dart 18 sailing right back where it all began! We are certainly lucky to have such a fabulous venue to train our clients in as well as such an active sailing club that organises such great racing too.