Meet our new chairman – interview with Joe Cross

Fancy potting the buoys with other David Thomas designed boats in "Solent Snooker"? More details on the events page and from Royal Southern Yacht Club.

The 2014 championship, held at Brixham YC from 17th–20th July was won by Steve Goacher in Eric the Boat. Dave Matthews in "White Magic" was second with Kevin Cross in "Selene" one point behind. Son Joe Cross brought "Presto" into 4th place just 3 points behind his father. More information on the events page.

We paid you to race! Last year ten NSA members each received a cheque from the Association under the bursary scheme to encourage traveling to ‘away’ events. Full details in the 2011 Minutes in the Association Matters forum (this forum is available to current NSA Members only). At the 2012 AGM we agreed to double the bursary to £100 – a significant contribution to the expense of competing in ‘away’ events and a real incentive to rejoin your Association this year.

We have updated our Class Rules. For details see the Rule Changes threads on the “Any Sonata Topic” forum.

Don't forget your 2014 subscription. Without member support we could no longer remain an RYA National Class, organise National and Regional events, this website and a lot more besides. Thanks.

As a member, this website is yours to contribute to and benefit from. Our fleets are spread all around the UK and Sonatas are to be found around the world, as our posts demonstrate. The site is the way to share your Sonata experience and make your views known and correspond directly with fellow Sonata sailors.

Also as a member, you are welcome to become an officer of the Association. There are several posts that are, or are soon to become, vacant. Our current committee is spread all over the UK and we communicate almost exclusively by email, thus the time commitment is undemanding. (there are no ‘committee meetings’). As with membership, your class needs committee members to steer the Association, maintain our privileged status and bring fresh ideas for our future development. Please contact any of our current committee members to discuss this.

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The National Sonata is a ‘one-design’ racing and cruising boat designed by David Thomas.

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The Bulletin Board on this site is a mix of up-to-date news, opinions, comments and shared knowledge from members of the National Sonata Association around the world for over thirty years.

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Key Dates 2015

David Thomas Regatta  
Scottish Series, Tarbert  
Southern Champs, Royal Southern YC June 20–21
Cowes – Round the Island June 27
Northern Champs  
National Champs, Helensburgh SC, Clyde July 17–20
Cowes Week Aug 8–15
Medway YC Keelboat Regatta July 9–12
Burnham Week, Burnham on Crouch Aug 29–5 Sept