The Fast Fleet
Within the fast fleet at Burghfield there are a variety of classes competing, and the fleet is often the largest on the water. The Fast Handicap is for any boat with a PY rating of 1100 or less, that is not a part of another class or Asymmetric race.
Typical classes that are currently represented within the fast fleet at the present time, include:
- National 12
- RS 600
- Merlin Rocket
Please see the class pages for more information on each of these boats.
As is evident the class consists of a complete mix of singlehanders and double handers, one, two or three sails with and without (symmetrical) spinnakers, with and without trapezes. This provides for exciting racing at all times with the emphasis placed on tactical decisions. There are actually two separate fleets within what is termed as the fast fleet, this breaks down as follows:
- A Fast Handicap fleet (Blaze, Phantom, Finn, Vareo and National 12s)
- A Fast Asymmetric Handicap fleet (RS400, 200, 500, Laser 2000, 3000, DOne, Buzz, Laser Stratos and RS Vision)
Overall the fleet has good numbers at the club and provides quality racing for all concerned and quite a spectacle for non sailors on the balcony! The fleet standard ranges from a number of current and past National Champions (who don't always manage to win!), down through the normal club sailors to people who have only just started racing. All standards are catered for, and all are welcome. There are not many other sports where you can compete directly against the best in the country when you are just starting out. If you would like to get involved in racing, have some information or want some advice please dot hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org or the fleet captain.
Fleet Captain: Andy Maw
Rear Commodore Sailing: Mike Proven