To: KOA Members and Kestrel sailors
From: Chris Grice, President, KOA
Date: January 24, 2019
Subject: Happy New Year
Hello All,

A belated Happy New Year to you all!

Our main two UK fleets cleaned up in their respective off season events, with Paul Barnett and Stewart Murdoch finishing 1st and 2nd in the Boxing Day race on the Tay, and Paul Gray winning both the Maylandsea Winter Series and the 43 boat Blackwater Icicle fleet with Howie third in Glenn's boat and me fifth. Winning handicap series wins people over to us, so well done and keep it up.

Paul Barnett has also been busy stirring up people and getting them prepped for the new season up on the Tay (see enclosed newsletter). Great job.

We have another Hartley boat added to the Kestrel fleet at Maylandsea, a keen racer, welcome Miles, and we are working on others....

Larry King has been busy building on the good work done by Richard Roberts on the KOA website. Take a look when you get a chance:-

http://www.kestrel.org.uk/

If you are looking for set-up tips on a new boat, or unhappy with what you have, there is a rig tuning guide on the About Kestrels page (done by Tim Rush, I believe), and if you are thinking of pushing the boundaries, the class rules are on there as well!

What is especially nice are the video clips running on the home page, they really show what a great boat it is. Planing breeze, sunshine, competition, what more could you ask for? I have looked at Lake Saratoga from Google Earth before, but when you see it on a video clip you realise that it is a big stretch of water - bet you get a nasty chop in there when it's windy.

Preparations are continuing for the 2019 Kestrel Nationals at Pwllheli. to be shared with the Miracles and Signets. Racing starts on Sunday 11th August and finishes on Friday 16th August. The camping on site can be booked:-

https://www.plasheli.org/index.php/facilities/camping-facilities/booking

As of today, on site in the main compound for campervans/motorhomes there are still 9 serviced and 8 unserviced pitches and quayside 8 camping pitches still available. The Centre have indicated that there may well be further land available next to site for camping, that they can open up if it is required, so if the regular pitches have gone when you come to book, get in contact with the Centre, or me. There is also a major campsite a short walk up the beach, so we should have no problems getting accommodation.

Unfortunately, the cost is more than I had originally indicated, as I had believed that dinner etc was included. Including the Welcome Reception and Prize Giving Dinner for crews, the cost is likely to be £210. This includes the provision of 2 quad bikes for helping to get boats up the beach. I appreciate this is a fair bit more than the original figures and more than we are used to paying, but it is for a week rather than a long weekend, and looking around at other classes, it is about average for the big sea venues. If you have not sailed at Pwllheli or at Abersoch before, it is one of the best sailing areas in the country. If we get the usual good Westerlies it will be fantastic sailing. Since we were last there in 2008 the clubhouse/centre has been built. This offers vastly better facilities than we had last time, is overlooking the sailing area, with balconies from the bar and restaurant which should allow spectators to see all the racing. The Welcome Reception and Prize Giving Dinner will be held upstairs in the Centre. The website is :- https://plasheli.org/

Dates for Frostbite and North American Championships at Lake Saratoga are already on the website. Other UK events for your diaries, not fully confirmed yet, I believe, are :-

June 22nd/23rd Scottish Championships at RTYC July 6th/7th Medway Dinghy Regatta at Wilsonian SC September 28th/29th Kestrel Eastern Areas Maylandsea Bay SC

These will go on the website when confirmed. Looking forward to the end of winter and that spring sailing!

See you on the water,

Chris Grice

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Still Seathing To: KOA Members and Kestrel sailors
From: Stewart Murdoch
Date: December 27, 2018
Subject:Boxing Day on the Tay
Kestrels finished first and second in the well supported fast handicap fleet after two close races. Paul Barnett and Robin Lamb took first place by half a point (it is a long story but a dead-heat on handicap trumps first place in the last race). Great fun and more to come in 2019 I hope.

Best wishes to all.

Stewart and Mhairi

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To: KOA Members and Kestrel sailors
From: Chris Grice, President, KOA
Date: November 9, 2018
Subject:Nationals 2019 Campervan/ Motorhome Booking

Hello All,

Just a note to say that the online booking for the motorhome/campervan facilities at Plas Heli, Pwhelli, is now up and running: Click here to open

As of this morning, there were 13 serviced pitches left, 5 unserviced and 8 unserviced quayside pitches during Nationals week. So if you are coming to the event it will be worth booking as these are right next to the dinghy park and Centre.
Anybody looking to do some Kestrel sailing on Sunday, Maylandsea Winter Series starts at 1.00pm, Conditions look perfect, sunny intervals, 13 degrees and force 3 - 4. Be there or be square...

Maylandseabay website

See you on the water,

Chris

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To: KOA Members and Kestrel sailors
From: Chris Grice, President, KOA
Date: October 24, 2018
Subject: 2019 Kestrel Nationals

Hello All,

One for your diaries...The Nationals next year are to take place at Plas Heli Sailing Centre, in Pwllheli, North Wales. https://plasheli.org/

The dates are Sunday 11th to Friday 16th August. We will be sharing with the Miracles and Signets. Cost is likely to be either £155 or £165 per boat, including a dinner for helm and crew. The higher cost includes the provision of quad bikes to help tow boats up the sandy beach. After struggling through those stones at Thorpe Bay, that is looking a nice option!

If you haven't been to Pwhelli before (the Nationals were last there in 2008), it is a cracking venue, great sailing, no real tide to worry about on the course, and at some point we are likely to get a proper swell into the sailing area, which means great surfing on the reaches!

Since 2008 there has been a lot of investment, including a purpose built clubhouse, right by where you exit the dinghy park for the beach, plus limited serviced motorhome spaces and some camping spots on site. If you are looking to book a space, a link to online booking is on the website, but that function isn't actually working for 2019 as of this email - it should be up in the next day or so, according to the Centre. Anyway, with three (albeit smallish) fleets going, you will need to get in early if you want one of these. There is also a full campsite a short distance along the beach, so there should be space for all.

Looking forward to it, and seeing as many as possible of you there.

See you on the water,

Chris