Sail GP Event at Plymouth UK July 17/18 2021

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John Perry
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Sail GP Event at Plymouth UK July 17/18 2021

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I previously mentioned the SailGP Event to be held at Plymouth on 17/18 July in the 'News' section of this forum (do we have too many overlapping sections on this forum I wonder?) but I am now thinking that the weekend of this event could be an opportunity for an AYRS gathering - (subject to the virus restrictions being fully eased at the time).

The SailGP events are for the F50 Catamarans that have been developed from the boats that contested the America's Cup during 2019. They are now essentially a one-design class but the design rule is not frozen, rather it is further developed each year by consultation with the racing teams which number eight at the time of writing. These boats have two element rigid wing sails and an 8.8m beam so they are difficult boats to handle on shore - presumably there is a plan for handling the boats on shore at Plymouth but I cannot guess what that plan might be! The F50 racing should be spectacular to watch, the speeds possible are on a par with those achieved with the AC75 foiling monohulls.

I wonder if any AYRS members are thinking about coming to Plymouth during the weekend of this event, if so then at the very least perhaps we could book a table for a meal together on the Saturday evening. If any members are thinking of sailing to Plymouth at the time of this event then I am hoping that an on-water gathering will be possible, perhaps a waterside BBQ - living just outside Plymouth I will see what I can do about arranging visitors moorings. As for watching the racing from the water, it is not yet clear what, if any, provision will be made for this, the best vantage point may be from on-shore (or of course from your own house watching YouTube after the event) So if you are thinking of being in Plymouth that weekend, with or without a boat of any kind, do let me know and we will see if we can set something up - email chairman@ayrs.org

John Perry
AYRS Chairman
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Re: Sail GP Event at Plymouth UK July 17/18 2021

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I now have a list of seven members who plan to visit Plymouth for SailGP - more welcome - email chairman@ayrs.org. The Social Secretary of Cargreen Yacht Club has offered to help us set up a BBQ at that club on the evening of Saturday 17 July and they are prepared to open their bar specially for us so I am hoping that even if members visiting Plymouth prefer to do their own thing for watching the racing they will meet together on the Saturday evening. I hope there will also be CYC members present on the Saturday evening to make it a larger group - I have sugested to the CYC social secretary that it could be on the CYC program of events. Cargreen Yacht Club is above Saltash on the Tamar estuary - the website is http://cargreenyc.org/. This is all of course subject to any covid restrictions but I understand that CYC has covered space set up outside where we can meet, eat and drink.

Details of how to watch the SailGP racing from either Plymouth Hoe or from the water are available at https://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-o ... w-to-watch. Note that you do need to book in advance (before 17 July) even if you choose the free option to watch from Plymouth Hoe. If watching from on-shore then I doubt that you will find a better vantage point than Plymouth Hoe.

We cannot make detailed plans for the weekend at this stage since we don't know how people would like to watch the racing, or whether they would like to do this individually or as a group, or whether anyone intends to bring a boat to watch from the water or come for a sail before or after the event. So do let me know what your plans are for the weekend and I will try to co-ordinate. If anyone is planing to bring a yacht to Plymouth for this weekend then CYC offers visitors moorings - see http://cargreenyc.org/moorings/visitor/.

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