Hi, I’m sure by now many of you will be thinking what is happening with the 2022 Challenge .
Well I am pleased to say, it is very much ON and plans are in place for the regatta to go ahead although with some changes to our original planned 2019 event . The Pandemic has created havoc to many peoples lives and arrangements and our event is no exception.
Many of you will recall Sunsail were due to replace their fleet of ageing F40’s with 15 new Jeanneau 41.0’s and so we had planned for all of our Spinnaker fleet to use those 15. However Sunsail have re-looked at their plans and now have only purchased 12 of the new boats, leaving us with 3 boats short. In the White Sails Fleet, Fairview have now only got 16 of their original 19 Oceanis’ and so there are changes to both fleets.
Fairview have, however been fantastic to us and will be supplying 3 Beneteau First 40’s which are the same type of boat as the old Sunsail F40’s and, they have 3 Bavaria 37s to add to our White Sails fleet. This will mean Handicaps to both fleets and headaches for our race officials. Our next problem is the allocation of those boats to the intended entrants in the Spinnaker and White Sails Fleets. Your comments and views on that are welcome, or we will draw the boats randomly .
Additionally, not wanting you to think we haven’t been busy during the lockdown periods we have changed the 2019 agenda slightly and a new night stopover is planned. One that the Challenge has not gone to in previous years, but one which I personally think is one of the most beautiful places on the Solent to visit and although involves a bit of motoring up river, is worth it once alongside. We still have some things to arrange but Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu is reserved for us for Tuesday night!
The opening ceremony Monday night is still to be in the Naval Dockyard Portsmouth, berthing in Gunwharf Quay and prize giving on Wednesday night remains at Cowes Events Centre, Cowes Yacht Haven.
Boats can be taken over on Sunday night from 1900hrs allowing for a practice day on Monday and giving all day for yachts being chartered from Fairview (Hamble) to come round to Gunwharf Quay for Monday evenings’ opening.
This year all details will be on line, rather than individual competitors brochures and skippers handbooks. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook as plans unfold. You will receive and individual email with regards your outstanding payments
Thank you for your patience during this period of closure, we look forward to seeing you all in 2022.
Mick Norman Chair UKFSC