RS expands 2001 championship weekThe RS UK Class Association has announced that the 2001 national championships will be expanded from four days to five, for all of the classes.
This move is to prevent the loss of races, as suffered by some of the RS classes at this year's championships, when the short week format did not allow time for races to be rerun. It is also hoped that the longer championship will allow easier arrangement of accommodation. The previous format, with a mid-week change over from one set of classes to the other, made booking accomodation difficult - a lot of self-catering accomodation rents for a full week or nothing. The new format will allow Saturday to Friday booking in line with normal holiday lets.
The RS classes are at Marazion in 2001 and unlike Pwllheli, space to park the expected 300 entries at any one time is not available. The longer sailing week with a day between the change over will allow the first championship classes to vacate the dinghy parking to allow the second series to have space to arrive before their championship starts.
With racing starting on a Monday for the first classes, the RS200, 300 and 600, and on the following Sunday for the RS 400 and 800, it is also hoped to reduce the travelling problems in the West country by avoiding travel on Fridays, the traditional travel day for most holidaymakers going to that area.
It is interesting that the RS association are moving to a traditional full five days racing, while many other classes have been forced to drop the full week and opt for a long weekend format to maintain numbers - not a problem that the RS classes have experienced yet! The expansion will also have another effect; it will extend the holiday time required by the crews competing in classes in both championships. This has become a popular choice, particularly by some of the top names.
The RS association is also balloting its members on the addition of the two new LDC boats; the RS700 asymmetric single-hander, and the K6, 2 or 3 man lightweight keelboat, into the UK RS Class Association. The intention is that the addition would allow the RS700 to join the RS organised racing circuit. The K6 would not be part of the current circuit due to different requirements for venues, but the addition would expand the membership base and help maintain the RS community when members change classes.
Dates for the 2001 RS Championships at Mounts Bay SC are:
RS200, RS300, RS600 - Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August
RS400, RS800 - Sunday 5th August to Thursday 9th August