All change at London Boat Show

Champions reveal their plans for the coming season and RS talk about their latest baby boomer.......
It will not have escaped your attention that a considerable number of top dinghy sailors have a connection with the sailing industry in some shape or form, so a visit to the London Boat Show is an ideal way to catch up on what they will be doing this coming season. New at the show this year is the stand of Steve Cockerill's Rooster Chandlery. Steve has introduced a stream of innovative dinghy products over the last couple of years as well as finding the time to win some major championships. This season he will be defending his Laser Radial Masters World title in the States and also competing in the UK Radial championships. On a new tack Steve has plans for the RS400 championships and is also looking for another single-handed class to add to his stable. On the right you see him testing the strength of his Laser tiller extension. Steve specialises in Laser parts and his tiller extension and Polilite mainsheets were used on the leading boats at the last Olympics (looks like they will be spreading to the Finn soon). I also picked up a copy of his Single-handed Sailing Techniques CD at the stand and will be reviewing this soon. If you miss the show check out the new Rooster base at Westbourne opening in February. At the RS stand Nick Peters revealed a change of class for himself this season - Nick will be campaigning an RS700 on the race circuit. He has decided to go for the new single-handed boat where he will find plenty of competition right on his doorstep, as Hayling Island SC expect to have a dozen racing there this year. Nick will also be club racing an RS200 with his nine year old son and in a not unrelated subject also mentioned the new RS dinghy