New for 2015 – the South East Area Series
The 2015 Northern and Southern Paddle series are both taking shape and look set to offer a wide variety of venues for some excellent Streaker racing. That’s what we’ve come to expect but from time to time people have suggested that smaller regional series could co-exist with the bigger circuits.
This is particularly so for the Southern Paddle which extends across a huge part of the country and so this year we’re happy to announce the formation of the South East Area Series covering events south of the Thames from the M3 in the west and the Kent coast in the east.
Streaker sailing at Newhaven & Seaford on a summer's day - what could be nicer?
For 2015 the SEA series will consist of 7 events.
3 will just count towards the SEA series while the other 4 will also count towards the Southern Paddle.
All will be one-day events and, like the Paddle series, it will be individual race results that will count. To qualify for the overall prizes at the end of the season, you count your best 7 race results. With a max of 3 races per event to count, that means you need to compete in at least 3 of the following open meetings:
Bough Beech SC March 7th (SP)
Frensham Pond SC April 19th (SP)
Redoubt SC May 17th
Newhaven & Seaford SC June 20th (SP)
Crawley Mariners YC July 19th
Bewl Valley SC August 30th
Chipstead SC October 10th (SP)
You don’t have to live within the SE area to take part. Everyone is welcome!
Streaker ‘Approved Sail suppliers’.
We have pleasure to inform members of the Streaker Class Owners Association that from the 1st January 2015 sails manufactured by McNamara Sails and Morgan Sails are to be added to the list of ‘Approved Sail Suppliers’ to the Streaker Class. An amendment to the rules will be made accordingly.
Contact; Mike McNamara; Michael@mcnamara-sails.com
Contact; Ian Morgan; firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan Gillard – Streaker Technical.
Getting ready for the big 4-oh!
The Streaker class will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2015 and we need your help!
Firstly we need plenty of photos and press cuttings to make displays illustrating the class’s history for our Dinghy Show stand. If you have such items, please get in touch with SCOA Secretary Veronica Falat.
Secondly, we’ll need volunteers to help man the stand at the RYA Dinghy Show (Feb 28th – Mar 1st at Alexandra Palace) and it would be great if some are people who have knowledge of the class’s history – ideally people who have sailed the class for a very long time! Even if you can’t spend a whole day at the show, perhaps you can visit the stand and share your tales of championships long ago!
It would be good to track down some of the people who did well in the early years. The first Nationals was held at Datchet Water in 1977 and won by N. Tillett of Stewartby Water. Is he still around?
Thirdly we want to make the 2015 Nationals a special event. It will be at the Olympic venue at Weymouth, from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July. Do make sure you can book your holidays around this. If you are unlucky and can’t compete, would you consider lending your boat to a friend? It would be great to get the biggest turnout possible.
The open meeting fixtures list for 2015 is shaping up well. If your club usually offers an open, please make sure they have sent a date to either Veronica Falat (for the south) or Pete Tyerman (for the north). In the meantime, keep checking the Racing Pages of the class website for the dates that are already in.
We will be keen to find extra sponsors for particular events this year to make sure that they are as good as possible. If you or your company can offer prizes or other assistance, please contact SCOA Chairman Ian Bradley. In return, we can offer lots of publicity for sponsors as part of our 40th Anniversary promotion
A Review of 2014
As usual it started with the Dinghy Show in early March. We had two boats (a Rooster and a new wooden Butler) on our stand plus another Streaker was on the Butler stand just a few metres away. It certainly gave the sailing public a good chance to see for themselves what a great boat the Streaker is .........
...............as the year draws to a close attention turns to the big dinghy handicap events held around the country in the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series, kicking off with the Draycote Dash this weekend (22-23 Nov.) This year there was also a summer version of this series – won by Tom Gillard in his Streaker.
So all in all it’s been a busy year – but 2015 promises to be busier than ever. We’ll be celebrating the class’s 40th Anniversary and the SCOA committee are already making plans. Watch out for info here on the website and make sure you’ve got the dates of next year’s nationals in your diaries – Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (the Olympic sailing venue).
STREAKER NATIONALS 2014
Report by Ian Bradley and Alan Gillard After the Noble Marine sponsored Streaker Nationals had to be postponed due to a lack of wind in June the Streaker Class Owners Association along with the host club Carsington Sailing Club in Derbyshire made arrangements for the re-run, ‘Part Deux’ on the 11th October. Race 1 was the only race completed in June with race 2 abandoned, so the plan was to sail the remaining three races of the five race series, which it was not possible to sail. The original entry of 50 Streakers were all re-invited, unfortunately not all could make it but a further 4 Streakers entered and joined those that returned for day
Next year is the Streaker Class 40th Anniversary, and to mark this significant event in the class history the Streakers will be holding their National Championship over 3 days at the 2012 Olympic venue of Weymouth.
Streaker Southern Paddle Series report
Report by Veronica Falat
This year’s Pinnell & Bax sponsored Southern Paddle series concluded at Alton Water on 4th October with the final open meeting. A grim weather forecast put off a lot of people from turning up but the 5 of us who were there had some good racing to finish off the series.
Click here for full report
Nationals - Part Deux!