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New article on centre mainsheet systems in Technical/Tuning section

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Alan's article for Yachts & Yachting website (December 2016):

After many years of deliberation the Streaker Class has, through a positive vote at its AGM, adopted a track and traveller centremain. The original Streaker sheeting system was always a rope traveller across the aft foredeck led forward to a ratchet block on the thwart. The rules in later years had allowed for a fixed rope strop across the thwart as a centremain. Now the class, through steady well managed development, has allowed for a full track and traveller to be attached to the thwart. The Streaker has over the last 2-3 years conducted trials with a small number of class members who were given special dispensation to sail with the track and traveller centremain, to ensure that there was not to be a positive or negative performance change in the boat. One of the Streakers fitted with track and traveller centremain featured in the top 10 at the Nationals, whether others from the front of the fleet will adopt the change of mainsheet system time will tell.

There is and potentially there are a number of sailors of the Streaker who feel much more comfortable sailing with track and traveller centremain. For some sailors having all of the mainsheet in front of their steering position provides a sense of confidence that they know where everything is. No chance of the mainsheet getting hooked over a transom corner just when it is least expected.

Like all classes we want to encourage new sailors to the Streaker class. Sailors may feel that the boat they are sailing is now too heavy to pull back up the jetty on their own, but they still want the convenience of centremain. Or, they feel locked in to a single manufactured class where they have no choice in the boats mainsheet system or fit out. The Streaker is a progressive one design class, where its members should be given the choice of mainsheet system or fit out, on a one design hull and rig. The Streaker aims to please.

Alan Gillard

19/12/2016 21:16:34

Chris Smith joins SCOA Committee

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Chris Smith of Island Barn Reservoir SC is co-opted to SCOA Committee

19/11/2016 09:51:27

P&B and Sail Register sail winners announced

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Congratulations to Chris Abela and John Southall

16/11/2016 17:23:40

Steve Blackburn and Isaac Marsh win the trophies at West Riding

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Northern Paddle and Northern Area Championships both settled in final Streaker open of the year

04/11/2016 10:11:40

Veronica Falat wins the Southern Paddle and East Anglian Series

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Both series were settled at Alton Water

17/10/2016 20:43:24

Ian Priest is 2016 Southern Area Champion

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Southern Championship Trophy goes north!

06/10/2016 23:23:35

Doug Horner wins the South East Area Series

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South East Area series concluded at Redoubt on 24th September

06/10/2016 23:09:22

Mainsheet Tracks and Travellers Now Allowed

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Streaker Rules of Measurement and Construction and the Measurement Forms are updated

19/09/2016 15:25:33

East Anglian Series

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Results getting closer after 3 events sailed.

19/07/2016 21:41:59


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A windy 3 days at Rutland!

26/05/2016 20:41:56

Mainsheet Tracks and Travellers - Rule Proposals

Alan Gillard, Streaker Class Technical Officer, has provided the following article. The AGM is just two months away and that's when we're likely to be voting on whether to allow Tracks and Travellers or not.

10/05/2016 14:46:35


The Dinghy Show and the first two opens are behind us as we head into the 2016 Streaker sailing season

21/03/2016 22:59:14


The RYA Dinghy Show is this weekend (March 5th-6th) and the Streakers are on Stand C66

01/03/2016 19:12:20

East Anglian Travellers Series 2016

This year there will be a series of Streaker open meetings in Norfolk and Suffolk to help the class gain recognition in East Anglia.

05/02/2016 18:26:35

Butler Boats getting 2016 underway

Things are looking busy at Butler Boats. Here's the latest report from Dave and his team.

18/01/2016 20:22:26

Rooster Streakers Update

The licence to build Streakers is transferring from Rooster Sailing to The Boatyard at Beer

10/11/2015 17:36:37

A Review of Streaker sailing in 2015

The Streaker class has been celebrating its 40th Anniversary and it's been a very busy year.

10/11/2015 15:29:20

Report of the South East Area Series 2015

The inaugural South East Area Series came to a close at Chipstead on Saturday 10th October.

14/10/2015 07:45:01

2015 open meetings drawing to a close

Both the Southern and Northern Paddle series and the South East Area Series conclude this month. How are things shaping up?

05/10/2015 15:18:47

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