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  1. Chris Halewood

    Class Development

  2. Chris Halewood

    An Important Class Message

    Hello Chris, Congratulations (?) on becoming class chairman again. Your enthusiasm for the class is superb. Hopefully this means that you will delay your blue water plans and come and do the RTI again in 2018, nine hour ding-dong battle this year was one of the highlights of my sailing season. I agree with much of what you say. You are quite right that there are not many boats which will give you as much enjoyment on such a limited budget. Nat also makes a very good point that not having to rely on a large crew is a huge benefit. To keep two Sonatas crewed throughout our Tuesday evening series this Summer took a crew pool of fifteen and even then there were many occasions when we only had three per boat. We had four Sonatas in Cowes Week this year, the most for a number of years. We were racing in under IRC in class 7 where the entry was the lowest I can remember with only two Folkboats, an H Boat a Jo Richards' 'special' based on an Alacrity 19, and an Elizabethan. With one or two exceptions nearly the whole fleet in class 7 were Cowes based boats. The Southerns at SeaView was a great event and if the Southerns are at Poole in 2018 then we will attend. Medway may be a bit of a stretch but let's see. I am happy to volunteer as a Solent Rep unless someone else wants the role. £10 membership for early payment works for me and is a good idea. The bursary seems reasonable to me as it helps promote the class. I'd go one further and pay the bursary AND entry fees for any boat entering a class event with at least three of the crew aged under 25. I managed to lose my sonata.org.uk boom stickers but think they are a great idea, can we get some more printed? Sonata shirts are also a good suggestion. One proposal I'd like to make is that we consider adding another manufacturer's mast to our class rules. At the moment only Selden make a rule compliant 'stick' but it's expensive...........and I should know! During our most recent re-rig I went to Z Spars for a quote and it was approximately 50% of the cost of the Selden but it's not 'in class'. Z Spars told me that they have supplied masts for a number of Sonatas recently.......all of which will now be out of class. Perhaps Steve might be willing to look at the Z Spar spec and advise if we could sensibly amend the class rules to allow it? Good luck as chairman and hope to see you and Sharon in 2018. Chris KALLISTA GBR8404N
  3. Chris Halewood

    Round The Island Race

    Now a total of ten Sonatas entered. Eight in IRC and two in ISCRS.
  4. Seven Sonatas already entered in IRC and one in ISCRS on the 30th June. It should be a good day and evidence that the Sonata is alive and kicking down on the South Coast. If anyone needs an overnight mooring in the River Medina I may be able to advise.
  5. Chris Halewood

    Members Only Forum

    Does anyone else agree with me that making this forum members only is a big mistake? It cannot just be conicidence that since the change to allowing members only access the use of the forum has dropped significantly. We should be encouraging use of the forum and thereby hoping that people join the NSA rather than restricting use to members only. At the risk of making me unpopular if you can access the forum and you agree with me please register your support so that we can re-enable access for anyone. Chris H Kallista GBR8404
  6. Chris Halewood

    Isle of Wight Round the Island 2010

    Hi Chris There were eight Sonatas in the RTI. Six just raced for the Sonata Salver and as you say Piccolo raced in IRC 3D and Pintsize in ISCRS 8B.........it looks as thought they were looking for the Family Trophy which is an ISCRS trophy. As I read the results Pintsize made the quickest passage at 8hrs 45mins and 26secs which gave her a 54th place overall in ISCRS out of 821 boats. Piccolo got round in 9:00:26 which gave her 27th overall in ISC out of 538 boats. High Note got round in 8:54:42 which won her the Sonata salver. If my sums are correct all the Sonatas would have been in the top 50 of ISC. It is interesting to look at the start times IRC Group 3 at 0600, the Sonatas (and Contessa 32s, Nic 32s and ISCRS Group 5) at 0610, the Folkboats at 0630 and ISCRS at 0640. Starting at 0610 we had a spinnaker reach all the way from the start to the Needles and were round the Needles for 0830 and were then bucking the tide for the best part of an hour. It was only at this point in Freshwater Bay that the Contessa 32s and some of the other larger ISCRS Group 5 boats started to roll over us. The boats starting in later groups probably got round the Needles just on slack water so the Folkboats and Pintsize in ISCRS got an advantage here but perhaps they also had less of the ebb coming through Hurst narrows and down the Western Solent. The overfalls round St Catherine's didn't really materialise which as we had the flood tide by then and a gusty N-N'Easterly I found a bit surprising. We were still in with some of the Contessa 32s at this stage. We got to Bembridge Ledge Buoy at about 1300 and at this pojnt were still in sight of the Xantz and High Note. I reckoned that slack water in the Eastern Solent wasn't till about 1530 so we stayed inshore. The problem with this tactic was that each time you were forced to tack out to find some depth you were on port tack and constantly having to dodge boats on starboard. Tacking back onto starboard it was difficult to find any clear air and this is where we lost touch with the Xantz and High Note. At times the echo sounder was only reading 1.5m so although we didn't touch the bottom we were quite close at times. It would be interesting to know what tactics the other Sonatas used to get round the sands or if they stayed out to find some clear air......or even stayed in further than us. We didn't see many boats even Folkboats inshore of us. I agree that rolling us into a IRC class with the Sonata salver as an additional incentive for the first boat home is a good idea an as you say could give a Sonata a shot at winning the Golden Roman Bowl. As you say the only drawback is that you have to have the IRC certificate which costs whereas the ISCRS is free. However it does look as though the Sonata will do better under IRC........having said that the skipper of Pintsize is an experienced RTI sailor having previously won the Silver Roman Bowl so it would be interesting to know why he chose to enter ISCRS. It was a great sail and even though we finished last out of all the Sonatas we are looking forward to next year
  7. Chris Halewood

    Cowes 2010

    Kallista will be there again and we will try not to get so near to T Boneing you!
  8. Heel Plug, Mast Step, Spinnaker Halyard Sheave Box, Genoa Halyard Sheave Box/Forestay Tang, Spreaders.......all for a Selden/Proctor mast. All used but good condition. Any Reasonable Offer.
  9. Chris Halewood

    Mast and Boom for sale

    Hi Andy Sorry.......not interested in buying your mast and boom . However could you share your experiences getting hold of a new rig? Did you work with Phil Evans and do you have a new Selden section or go elsewhere? I'm being told that Selden are no longer manufacturing the Sonata mast and we may have to go to Z Spars. Any info you can share would be gratefully received. Thanks Chris
  10. Chris Halewood

    Mast and Boom for sale