With much regret, the Management Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 event because of the Covid-19 emergency. Safety of participants is paramount but the Committee also took the view that under current social distancing guidance the social programme of the event would be half-hearted at best.
The 2021 Arrow event is scheduled for 2nd/3rd October 2021.
SAIL TRIMMING GUIDANCE
Whilst many Arrow competitors are experienced sailors it has become clear that the principles of sail trim remain a mystery to many less experienced crew members. Though now quite old, this North Sails video provides andexcellent overview of how to trim sails to make a boat go fast.
THE RACING RULES
The 2017-2020 Yacht Racing Rules are currently in force and can be accessed here. There have been significant changes to the rules over the years and skippers who earned their stripes in earlier ages are encouraged to ensure that they understand the current version. Note that a fresh set of rules for the four years 2021-2024 will be in play in 2021.
Those wanting to brush up their knowledge may like to look at the following rules guides available on Amazon: The Rules In Practice by Bryan Willis & The Racing Rules of Sailing Explained by Paul Elvstrom et al.
The RYA have also produced an excellent series of online seminars explaining the rules and these would make great lock-down viewing. They can be accessed here
Most crews choose to sleep onboard the yachts, but there are rooms available at the various Cowes yacht clubs and B&Bs and links are below. Note that despite the crew sizes mentioned below the F40s sleep only eight, mainly in double beds. The new F41s in theory sleep nine, but that is in four double and one single berths – so perhaps too cosy for some!
Sunsail’s F40 fleet was developed from the Beneteau First 40. Whilst Sunsail say these can be operated by an experienced crew of 8, we require a minimum of 9 crew (maximum of 12) and are allowing up to 3 declared ‘ringers’ who are not former pupils of the school they are sailing for. The spinnaker is 128 square metres of sail (dip pole system) and needs firm handling!
The new F41s are based on the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey range and like the F40s have a symmetric (dip pole) spinnaker. Details can be downloaded here. We are requiring a minimum of eight crew (maximum ten) for the F41s, and are allowing a maximum of two declared ‘ringers’.
Ringers must not be either the Helmsman or the Tactician.