The 2017 Sonata Nationals will be held at Strangford Lough YC, Northern Ireland from 10–13 August.

Steve Goacher sailing Eric the Boat won the Trethowans Sonata Nationals 2016 at Poole YC. Joe Cross in Exposition was second with Dave Hale in Duette third. The lifting keel racing was won by J Arnell & J Lawrence in Fiddler's Elbow. Download the full results from the events page.

Scottish Champ's report (pdf).

You must read this! Sailing round Scotland would be a major undertaking in a 40 footer. How about doing it in a Sonata during the third wettest Summer on record, coming up smiling and then throwing in the Nationals for an encore?

The 2015 Artemis Sonata National Championship held at Helensburgh Sailing Club from Saturday 25th to Tuesday 28th July was won by Steve Goacher sailing Eric the Boat. Sonata chairman Joe Cross was second in Exposition with Murray Caldwell in Red Hot Poker not far behind. Links to lots more on the events page. Full results on the Sonata Nationals web site.

Meet our chairman – interview with Joe Cross

We paid you to race! The National Sonata Association runs a 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.

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Key Dates 2016 & 2017

David Thomas Regatta  
Scottish Champs and Scottish Series, Tarbert May 27–30
Eastern Champs, Medway YC July 8–10
Southern Champs, Brixham YC Aug 20–21
Cowes – Round the Island July 2
Northern Champs  
National Champs 2017, Strangford Lough YC August 10–13
Cowes Week August 6–13
Medway YC Keelboat Regatta July 8–10
Burnham Week, Burnham on Crouch Aug 27–Sept 3