With the 2017 Inland Championships at Grafham Water rapidly approaching, a great title sponsor in the form of Dinghy Rope and the large number of D-Zeros local to Grafham and a fair few travellers already indicating that they are coming this year should see a big entry perhaps even surpassing the Nationals entry from earlier in the year.

So what do you need to know if you are coming? If you are not coming then why not?

You can enter online by clicking here, payment is made securely via PayPal. Entries are accepted online until 22:00 on the 14th September 2017. After that time entries will be subject to a late entry surcharge. Please note you are required to be a D-Zero Class Association Member in order to enter. For anyone who is borrowing or chartering a boat then Event Membership is required at a cost of £5 payable to the Class Association.

The full notice of race can be found by clicking here.

We are currently speaking to Grafham Water about having food on the Saturday evening. This went down well and was popular with the class last year. We will advise the full details shortly.

Grafham have also offered for people who want some sneaky practice to come and join their Club Racing on the 10th September with a discounted day sailing fee of £10. You will also be able to leave your boat at Grafham ready for the following weekend.

We have had a number of enquiries about borrowing/chartering boat from potential purchasers. If this is something you would be prepared to do then get in touch with Paul Jefferies by completing the form located here.

Now we have the admin out of the way lets take a look at the form book and a few ideas of those that we know are coming….

Grafham locals David Summerville. Neil Washington and John Aston enjoy some good racing and should be able to use their local knowledge to find themselves near the sharp end. If the winds are towards the lighter end of the spectrum also include Mandy Sweet in the mix. She sailed very well at the Nationals revelling in the light conditions to post a consistent series of top 10 results in the competitive fleet and place 7th overall.

The current D-Zero hotbed of talent that is Restronguet are also coming to play for the weekend with current National Champion George Cousins and 2 x runner up Paul Scullion coming along with Darren Williams among their confirmed entries. Kian Andrews is among the possible entries so can they repeat their nationals form and the Southwest take a clean sweep of the podium at Grafham?

Ian Morgan is also travelling up from the south coast. Ian is surely after revenge where inconsistency cost him any chance of retaining his National title. He will have his hands full though.