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SailGP on Plymouth Sound

30 July - 31 July

Last year a small number of AYRS members watched the SailGP racing in Plymouth Sound and it was spectacular.  SailGP is raced with the F50 class strict one-design hydrofoil catamarans.  These are possibly the fastest racing yachts in existence today, a speed of 51.1 knots having been recorded. The AC75 Americas cup class claims similar or higher speeds, to early so say for sure which is faster since the latest generation of AC75s are not yet afloat.  These are certainly exciting times for high performance sailing.

If members would like to watch SailGP at Plymouth this year perhaps we can arrange to meet up, both to watch the racing and/or for a social gathering or meal afterwards.   Let me know if this is of interest – email chairman@ayrs.org.   It is a bit early to make definite plans but spectators can watch from Plymouth Hoe, either by buying a ticket to the official viewing area that has the benefit of a commentary and close up screen, or by joining the crowds that are likely to form along the road to the seaward side of the Hoe.   Or last year two of us found what could be an even better view point on the lane between Staddiscombe Heights and Jennicliff.

Another possiblity is to watch from afloat in Plymouth Sound.  I have an F32 trimaran (Ian Farrier design, about 32 feet length) now afloat in Millbrook Creek near Plymouth Sound but I am still working on getting the rig functional – for one thing we have some broken sail battens to replace.  If we can have this boat available in the right area at the right time I would be pleased to take members on board to watch the SailGP racing.  For sailing the boat is intended to carry up to 5 persons but for motoring on the sound and watching the racing I think we could take carry more if necessary.   Let me know if this is of interest, also let me know if you also have a vessel in the area which could accommodate spectators.  John


John Perry