Wight Vodka RS Elite UK National Championship - Preview
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
The most competitive event so far for the RS Elite Class starts next week and it will be exceptional in many ways.
Hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes with the forty boat fleet moored in their harbour next to the Castle, the setting could hardly be better. This alone would make the occasion stand out for many sailors who’ve read in awe about the Club and the prestigious regattas they’ve hosted through their illustrious history.
Then add the racing expected at the RS Elite Nationals. Competition is always tight and the biggest ever fleet of these one-design keelboats will only make it closer. Five past Elite Champions have entered, a number of other Elite owners who’ve held National titles in other classes and virtually every RS Elite class Cowes Week, Scottish Series and Irish Nationals winner will also be on the start line! It’s hard to know where to start trying to pick favourites for the 2012 title.
Jono Brown in Aeolus from Burnham is the defending champion – Simon Brien in Kin from Northern Ireland recently won the Dragon Edinburgh Cup in his other boat – Crauford McKeon in Kandoo III from Lymington dominated at the previous biggest Elite championship in 2010 – Shaun McClean in Elixir from Scotland won in 2009 and was runner-up last year…. The list goes on… It will take tactical consistency and the best boat set-up to produce what it takes to win in all conditions for this one.
And there is another factor - RS Elite sailors enjoy the craic and there is a fantastic social programme throughout the regatta. Add sponsorship by the superb Wight Vodka, inevitable rounds of wonderfully drinkable cocktails and their slogan of “tack and gybe responsibly” will be highly salient! The social side of the event means everyone will have a good time no matter what the outcomes on the water. "The reputation of the RS Elite fleet's competitive racing and high-energy socials has gained incredible momentum” says Ritu Manocha of Wight Vodka. “We are psyched to be associated with such a dynamic group of individuals!”
RS Elite sailor and event director Charlie Egerton-Warburton from the Royal Yacht Squadron says ”The stage is set for an exhilarating 2012 RS Elite Championships. Our club is really looking forward to welcoming RS Elite sailors from across the country, indeed globe. Seven of the forty entrants are associated with Island clubs, and thus we are making steady progress towards our objective of establishing a large Elite fleet around the Island. Importantly, we have worked hard to infuse the regatta with an Island theme throughout, not least of course via the generous title sponsorship of my personal favourite Wight Vodka. We wish everyone a wonderful regatta.”
Additional sponsors and supporters, helping to make the whole thing possible include Crewsaver, Corby Yachts, Corries Cabin, Island Ales, Kandoo and Nonsuch Bay Resort. You can find out more information about the RS Elite National Championship at www.RSElite.org and details of the RS Elite itself at www.RSsailing.com
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 August 2012 )