The UKWA National Championships 2009 begin at the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy this Bank Holiday weekend... and what a way to spend a Bank Holiday!

Although we will have paid a small supplement of only £5.00 per day to compete at this venue, there is no better location in the UK for Course Racing. Weymouth, historically, has delivered great events for the UKWA and so - on our return after too many years away - we look forward to three days of action-packed racing.

About The Cup Series: The objective is to provide high quality Racing for the Techno OD 6.8 & 7.8, RS:X, Raceboard and Formula Fleets.

Racing will take place on a variety of courses depending on conditions. Whilst these events attract the top Course Racers from around the UK and abroad; if this is your first event, do not be deterred, you are most welcome. Make yourself known at the Race Office and we will not only welcome you, but we will make every effort to make your first event a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Series Scoring: The UK 2009 National Champion will be decided by the British Open Championship results at Weymouth on Oct 31st & Nov 1st (in conjunction with the RYA), plus your best 4 results out of the 5 Cup Series events.

Party: As this is the first event of the Cup Series there will be a Welcome Party on the Saturday night, upstairs in the Spinnaker Restaurant at the Sailing Academy. There will be a small entrance charge.

AGM: The UKWA AGM will be held in the main downstairs room of the Sailing Academy on Sunday evening, starting at 8.00pm.

Camping: As you enter the Sailing Academy, overnight camping is located in the large car park. Conveniently, kit can easily be carried to the rigging area and slipways just across the access road. Trailers can be left in the trailer park before parking. There is a small charge made by the Academy for overnight camping. Drinking water is available nearby.

Entry: Online pre-entry is the preferred method via the UKWA website - remember pre-entry closes after the Friday week before each event. Alternatively an entry form can be downloaded from the UKWA website and a cheque forwarded to the UKWA office (address at top of form), again to be received the Friday week before an event.

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102 sailors turned out to race last weekend 25th & 26th April for Round one of the UKWA Inland National Championships at Northampton Sailing Club Pitsford.

Saturday offered Sunshine and a good breeze for all fleets including formula. The race officer ran 5 rounds of extremely exciting course racing for all fleets.

On Saturday night many competitors took advantage of the excellent food at the club. The highlight of the evening was Daves Bingo which was popular with competitors and parents, the bar and background music made an enjoyable evening for all. Thanks to Tushingham, Pryde and Boardwise for the prizes.

Sunday saw lighter and shifty winds, nor suitable for formula but a further 4 rounds of racing took place and in such conditions leaders could never be confident of their positions with constant changes at the front of the fleets.

Thanks to Pitsford for their hospitality and to all the race crews for their help on and off shore.

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RNLI Serious Fun DVD 

The RNLI is launching a new campaign in the Spring called Serious Fun. The campaign aims to engage with all watersports participants to encourage them to have maximum fun on the water – but to take their fun seriously. At the heart of the campaign is a new DVD entitled ‘Serious Fun!’ which is available FREE to those who order a copy at the Show.

The DVD is packed full of practical tips and advice, it features 11 short films – each is dedicated to a different watersport and aimed at all levels of skill and experience – one of the films has been created specifically for dinghy sailors and is about small boat sailing. This film includes action footage and is full of practical tips and advice from experts including RYA National Dinghy Coach John Thorn.

Serious Fun includes something for all watersports enthusiasts. In addition to dinghy sailing there are films on yachting, windsurfing, kitesurfing, canoe and kayaking, diving, large and small powerboating, sea angling, waterskiing and wakeboarding and personal watercraft/jet skiing; along with a top tips, lifejacket clinic films and a film about the RNLI and how to support the charity that saves lives at sea.

To find out more about Serious Fun and to order your FREE copy, visit the RNLI’s stand (F32), where a D-class inshore lifeboat will be on display along with the chance to watch highlights from the Serious Fun DVD, to find out more about the charity that saves lives at sea and the chance to become a member of the RNLI.

Commenting on the RNLI’s presence at the Dinghy Show Richard Devereux, RNLI Leisure Marine Marketing Manager, says: ‘We hope to welcome all dinghy show visitors to the RNLI stand and urge them all to sign up for a free copy of our new Serious Fun DVD – it’s a great way connect with your chosen watersport without getting wet!

We hope it may serve as a reminder to watersports enthusiasts who sail on the coast that they might one day need the RNLI, so as a charity we need their support too.’

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