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It's a CII summer in North America!

The Byte Class is sponsoring a series of regattas in the CII this summer to showcase the CII rig. There are large numbers of Byte sailors who own the rig but who still only sail the Standard rig, either because their Provincial Associations do not recognize the CII or there are not CII starts planned in various events. That will change this summer.

The Class is sponsoring three free trips to the World’s in Weymouth in August after CORK, plus a free Charter boat. The trips will go to the winner of the Canadian Youths 16 and under, the winner of the CII Grand Prix and the top 17-and-over finisher at CORK.

There are many misconceptions floating around about the CII rig, the most common of which is that it is an elitist addition to the boat which was created when the Class submitted the boat for Olympic selection in 2004. This much is true – it is an elite rig amongst all the singlehanded rigs in the world today, two of which, the Laser rig and Laser Radial rig, were designed by the Byte’s designer. But that does not mean that you have to be an elite sailor to use the rig. Quite the contrary, the rig was developed at the time to make the boat SAILable by a much wider weight range of sailor than the standard Byte rig, the Laser Radial or the Europe.

The Class will recognize five events as part of a Grand Prix circuit with the winner – the sailor with the best score counting his or her top three finishes – getting a free trip and Charter to the CII 2008 World Championships in Weymouth, England.

Sailfest Sarnia July 4 to July 6 Sarnia Yacht Club

ARK July 10 to July 14 Bedford Basin Yacht Club

Sail East July 31 to Aug 3 Club de voile des Laurentides

Canadian Youth’s Aug 7 to Aug 12 Royal Nova Scota Yacht Squadron

CORK Aug 16 to Aug 20 Portsmouth Olympic Harbour


The Canadian Youth Championship has restricted the CII to 16 and under so it is the only event in the Grand Prix that is restricted as to age. However, the winner of the CII Youth event, male or female, will also receive a trip to the World’s, irrespective of the competitor’s finish in the Grand Prix. However, the winner will have his or her finishes in the other Grand Prix events discarded for the purposes of deciding the winner of the Grand Prix travel award to the World’s but not for the overall Grand Prix itself.

For those 17 and over (including those who will turn 17 in the calendar year 2008) who have found themselves excluded from the Youth Championships and those who are not Youth age but who are sailing the CII as their boat of choice, there will be a trip to the World’s for the winner, irrespective of the competitor’s finish in the Grand Prix. The winner will have his or her finishes in the other Grand Prix events discarded from the Grand Prix scoring. However, the winner will have his or her finishes in the other Grand Prix events discarded for the purposes of deciding the winner of the Grand Prix travel award to the World’s but not for the overall Grand Prix itself.

The Championship is being held in Weymouth England from Aug 24th to August 29th at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) – the venue of the 2012 Olympics. Competitors will fly over on the Friday after CORK with the first race of the pre-worlds series being sailed on Monday afternoon. The final race is on Friday and competitors will fly home on Saturday. The NOR and information on the Championship is on the Championship Website – www.bytechamps.org – and there are links from it to the WPNSA site.

The highly sophisticated CII allows the 115 lb -120 lb sailor to be competitive in 18 knots with a fully de-powered rig yet allows the 155 lb sailor to power up the rig in eight knots and also to be fully competitive. In what other boat could Nicholas deCruz, SIN, the 2006 World Champion at 16 years of age and 125 lbs, beat out Malcolm Smith, BER, a World Sunfish Champion at 46 years of age and 168 lbs?!! And for these two to be followed by William Hutchings, BER, at 15 years of age and 135 lbs?

In the 2007 World Championships, 15-year-old (then 14) Thai sailor Keerati Bualung sailed with the maturity and skill of a 25 year old and won the Championship from 16-year-old Herman Nurfendi, SIN, and 30-year-old Fabio Ramos of Brazil.

Before each of the Grand Prix events, there will be an advanced clinic where competitors can learn more about the tuning and configuring of what is essentially a skiff rig on an unstayed mast than they will in any number of summers of sailing in the Byte, or any other, singlehanded conventional rig. If you have any thoughts of one day sailing a high performance skiff, this is your chance to get a jump on your friends.

The Class has arranged with PS2000 to provide up to complete CII rig and sail sets at any of the Grand prix events for a Charter fee of $50.00, which can be applied against the purchase of a rig by September 30th. Some charter boats are also available at the four Grand Prix events other than CORK (see arrangements for CORK below). Contact peter@ps2000.ca or telephone 514 363 5050. First come – first served.

As a huge promotion for the sport of sailing, and the venue of Kingston, CORK is chartering 10 Byte CIIs from PS2000 and providing these for charter to competitors for $1.00 (yes, one dollar!) with preference given to those traveling the farthest. Charter includes the spar but you bring your own sail or charter one for $50.00. All Charter details and arrangements for the delivery of the boats to the site will be handled by PS2000 on behalf of CORK. First come – first served.

The Championship is being held in Weymouth England from Aug 24th to August 29th at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) – the venue of the 2012 Olympics. Competitors will fly over on the Friday after CORK with the first race of the pre-worlds series being sailed on Monday afternoon. The final race is on Friday and competitors will fly home on Saturday. The NOR and information on the Championship is on the Championship website and there are links from it to the WPNSA site.


by Byte Class Association

  

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