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2024 Regional Events
 
For those who haven’t sailed through the winter, the start of the 2024 season is nearly upon us.
 
The Regional Representatives have done us proud and pulled together an amazing set of events for 2024 across all our regions.
 
Starting with:
  • Dave Smith in the North, a compact series with some new venues to tempt you all to travel.
  • Jim Hopton in the Midlands has produced a six event series, with many of the old favourites including the Inland Championships at Northampton SC in June.
  • Jon Rickard our South West rep has selected some stunning locations. Who wouldn’t want to sail on the sea down in the West Country !
  • Chris Shelton’s pick for the South East has a combination of three sea and two inland events to test the different skills needed for both.
  • Finally Bill Taylor and Warren Martin have worked hard to produce the biggest regional series consisting of seven events, with many of the old favourites in the Eastern Region.
 
Lots of work in the closed season by our Regional Reps in pulling these series together, so let’s support them all and get the most out of our regional racing. Of course you don’t just have to sail in your own region, racing against other sailors and new venues expands your experience and improves your sailing.
 
The ‘2024 Super Series’ is made up of one event in each region, needing only three event to qualify, so it’s not that difficult to be our super series champion !
 
For more information on any of the series and events contact your Regional Reps
 
Download the following posters using the links below:
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
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Future Phantom National Championship Events  

Macintosh HD:Users:mikewebster:Documents:Phantom Logo-3.pdf• 2024 - Sunderland Y.C. Sunderland. - 6th, 7th & 8th September

Discussions are continuing with Sunderland Y.C. to refine the details of this year’s Nationals in September. An experienced club PRO has been nominated for the series and the hunt for event sponsors is well underway.

As and when firm details have been agreed between the Club and our Class Association, including entry process and pricing, accommodation etc. these will be shared to you all in the coming months.

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Looking further ahead, our rolling Nationals programme continues to evolve and I am pleased to say that we have now secured firm venues up to and including 2027. Previously, some of these locations had been talked about, but no firm commitment from either our Class Association or potential clubs had been made. It’s great that we can now move forward with the following firm commitments.

 

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• 2025 - Hooe Point S.C. Plymouth. - 19th, 20th & 21st September

We are very pleased to be have agreed with Hooe Point S.C. our Nationals in Plymouth which is now a firm booking. The growing fleet in the south west region have been keen to promote their patch and are very excited to be hosting the 2025 Nationals. The last time the Phantoms held a Nationals at Plymouth was 1995, so it’s long overdue !

We’re in good company in 2025 as the J24 Worlds are booked in for the first half of September, hence our slightly later date.

Hooe Point S.C. has evolved since the loss of Mayflowers SC and are the only dinghy club to be sailing in Plymouth Sound. Based at the Mount Batten Centre the club has fantastic facilities with great and easy launching, 30 accommodation rooms, 25+ camper van spaces onsite (with electric hook up) and camping less than a mile away.

For any non sailors, spectator viewing from nearby Jennycliff provides panoramic views of the race course with the Barbican and Plymouth via a water taxi for some of retail therapy !

I think this absolutely ticks all the boxes of your ‘Nationals criteria’ from our recent survey.

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• 2026 - Tenby S.C. Tenby - 4th, 5th & 6th September *

Some of our longer standing Phantom sailors (old gits) will recall our previous visit to Saundersfoot, South Wales in 2003 just down the road from Tenby. Tenby is not a venue I’ve ever sailed or visited but believe it’s a great seaside venue with sandy beaches and fantastic open sea sailing. The club is a popular venue for classes holding their national championships, so much so it’s booked up until 2030 !

As a tourist destination the town itself provides ample accommodation and local camping. So out of season it will be a great time to visit South Wales. “Croeso i gymru.”

 

* In discussion with the club to secure the dates and paying a deposit, it transpires that Tenby hold an annual ‘Ironman’ event every September. This effectively closes the town down and would make it impossible to run our Nationals on the same dates. The club will not know the Ironman dates until 12 months before (September 2025) Our dates are therefore provisional and may move to the 11th-13th September to fit with the Ironman event. Watch this space for a firm date announcements.

- So at this stage don’t book your accommodation !!

 

PS If you want to enter the ‘Ironman’ event as a warm up to our nationals let me know !

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• 2027 - Castle Cove S.C. Weymouth - 3rd, 4th 5th September **

 

Weymouth, the home of our aspiring Olympic hopefuls at WPNSA is just across the water from Castle Cove S.C. What better place to hold our nationals and rub shoulders with the best of the best !

One of ‘the’ classic UK venues providing great open sea sailing or the flexibility of the more sheltered waters inside the habour. Castle Cove SC offers great facilities and the benefit of local accommodation and camping/campervan sites very close by. The last time the Phantom’s visited Weymouth for a national championships was the year of the Queens Silver Jubilee back in 1977.

Some of the fleet weren’t even a twinkle in the eye back in the 70’s, but some of us will remember top of the chart hits like ‘Stayin alive’ by the Bee Gees and ‘YMCA’ by the Village People. I can feel a song coming on, those were the days …….

So it will be fantastic to be back sailing on the Jurassic coastline and enjoying the amazing waters off Weymouth.

 

** A booking has been made with Castle Cove S.C. But club policy dictates that due to it being over three years away the booking is classed as ‘provisional’ and will be upgraded to a firm booking nearer the time.

- So at this stage don’t book your accommodation !!

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• 2028 – Eastern Venue - to be confirmed

 

The Class Association are keen to rotate our national championship around the country, endeavoring to locate venues in every region. (Accepting that could be difficult for the Midlands ! )

Looking at the above programme the East Region is definitely next in line in 2028.

Currently, contacts have been made with numerous clubs across the region suitable to host a national championships. There’s lots of old favorites in the land where the Phantom was born, so watch this space for news out there and if you want to suggest any particular venue, you’ll have to bend my ear when you see me on the circuit.

It’s a long time off but let’s keep the programme rolling. From experience the best venues get booked up well in advance !

 

Mike Webster

Events Officer

 

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Phantom Class Association - 2024 Calendar
 
 
Well here it is folks ! 
 
The 2024 events programme which has been slightly updated from the newsletter version at Christmas.
 
Included are your Regional Series, Super Series across the country, Inland and National Championships, Training dates, Ovington Winter and Autumn Regattas, and a selection of other handicap regattas (there’s a lot more out there) to get us mixing and promoting our great class.
Start filling in your dairies and look forward to seeing you on the water !
 
Coming up shortly in early Feb will be our future Nationals Championships programme to allow you all to start your longer term planning.
We’ve got some great venue lined up with firm bookings and dates.
 
Thanks to your feedback in our recent survey we can start to incorporate your criteria where possible to extend our rolling programme.