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Nationals at Falmouth?
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18 May 2015 05:05 PM
    I hope the Association will give this serious consideration - it is a great place to sail as those of us who attend Falmouth Week already know.

    Mike

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    18 May 2015 06:00 PM
    Hi Mike,

    We are taking their request to host very seriously and dependant on there being no northern candidate for 2017, then it could happen then but if not then 2018 looks favourite.

    I too like Falmouth. I did my first championships there in 1970 in International 14s, and have always enjoyed the venue.

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    19 May 2015 12:47 PM
    Hi Simon.

    That's good the hear.

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    21 May 2015 09:35 PM
    Hi Mike

    A small Chew Valley FF fleet contingent (five boats?) will again be taking part in the wonderful Falmouth week regatta this year.

    It is fantastic that they have registered interest in hosting the nationals and certainly judging by the enthusiasm that greeted our return to the regatta last year we could be in for a fantastic time. And that's just ashore - on the water, I still think Carrick Roads is the best place I have ever sailed (and that includes Swan River off Fremantle!).

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    13 Nov 2015 08:06 PM
    So the results are in and Falmouth came in a very respectable third place vote only behind Parkstone and the National Sailing Centre - not bad.

    The question is what happens next - when are these decisions made and how are they disseminated. I think there is considerable interest building in the class in Falmouth (Just sold my boat to a team in Flushing - the first of potentially three or four) and I think if it is chosen as aa nationals venue this will really galvanize things and create a new western outpost for the class.

    Is anybody able to tell me how this works from here?

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    13 Nov 2015 08:30 PM
    Hi Robert,

    As President I am very keen for us to come back to Falmouth. I did my first Int14 nationals there in 1970.

    Mike Kilbee is the committee member tasked with making this happen and I know he is already in contact with RCYC. We WILL be coming to Falmouth - the provisional year is 2018 but don't beat me up if it ends up at 2019. Much is riding on the redevelopments at the Club.

    Contact me directly at [email protected] to follow this up further.

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    14 Nov 2015 12:22 AM
    Hi Simon

    That sounds like a plan - for whatever reason I thought 2017 was in contention but what's a year in FF history. I think the guys down there will be more than ready for us by then.

    I grew up learning to sail in another old FF stronghold, where there is no longer a single Fifteen (Plymouth). I sailed with and against a chap called Aubrey Long (in 'big boats') who was apparently a great pal of Mr Fox and build some really good very early Fifteens.

    Plymouth would be another interesting venue, perhaps just a Southerns to see what sort of momentum it inspired - certainly I know one or two potential local teams who would borrow, beg or charter to represent home interest.

    Thanks for your note Simon - much appreciated.

    Cheers

    Robert
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