Aspire 2019 National Champs - Looe

04/01/2019 11:13:16
Ian Mackenzie
Happy New Year to everyone.
I am delighted to announce that the Aspire 2019 Champs website IS NOW OPEN. And thanks to Aspire, Looe SC and to all of our associate sponsors for their early confirmation of continued support for us in 2019. Because of this support I am pleased to say that our Social programme is already well developed. I hope you like the look of what we have so far. We are working on more ideas and watch out for the Fancy Dress Questionnaire that will follow later this year. If there is something we have missed or that you would like us to consider, please let us know - [email protected]
We have tried to make the site as simple as possible and laid it out to work on smartphone, tablet or laptop. The site menu is still displayed at the top of the Home page, to show you what's available. At present, the shortcuts will not take you directly to site pages. Please scroll through the site to see all of the info. (We are working on this.)
What can we offer you this year:
   * Loyalty discount for 2018 Champs Competitors
   * Early Entry discounts (Entry and payment before 1 May 2019)
   * Online Entry. Please let us know how/if this works for you
   *Daily prizes, spread throughout the fleet, courtesy of Harken, English Braids and Magic Marine 
   *Creation Covers - Ice Cream Sunday
   *HD Sails - spinnaker auction (details to be published)
   * Winder Ranelagh champagne - for the lucky (skillful) 21
   *Crew massage - from WTF
We look forward to welcoming back all of our 2018 competitors and hope that you will persuade a few more of your fellow sailors to join in the 2019 National's Experience - a champs for everyone.
If you haven't already, please get your accommodation booked. 
Ian and Angela 

04/01/2019 20:38:58
Ian Mackenzie
First 2 entries in - both received online. Many thanks.

05/01/2019 09:18:53
Ian Mackenzie
Hi All. Now up to 3 entries - all received through the online option. Terrific.
One quick note; we now ask for Helm and Crew Date of Birth. Please be aware, Mr Google has forced us to use the US date format - mm/dd/yyyy in his form.
Cheers Ian

28/01/2019 16:25:37
Ian Mackenzie
If you own an older Merlin and have just hopped over from the Salcombe 2020 thread, welcome and thanks.
As you will already have seen, we are now up to 21 entries for Looe this year. Not quite Salcombe entry rate but nevertheless I am delighted with the reponse so far from first-timers, re-entrants and older boats alike.
Only 59 places left!
So what can I say to persuade you, the owners of afficianado Merlins that we can offer you something too. My first suggestion is that you can enjoy some fantastic, peer group Merlin competition and get all the flavour of a Nationals. How so:
We already have entries from 2, 90's Canterbury Tales and I am promised a 3rd.
Both 3555 and 3582, Mk 1 Winders will be at the Champs, with youth helms and, fingers crossed, we may have more teams from the NSSA.
So, already plenty of peer group competition.
Of course, we would like more of you. What will you get :
All the fun of a Nationals start and racing with the main fleet.
Qualification for ALL of the Daily Prizegiving awards  and, who knows; The Buttercup Trophy. Heavyweights Trophy.
If we get 10 plus Bronze Fleet boats older than 3571, we will look at additional glassware/awards.
What you will NOT get is being left out on the water for hours after the "main" fleet or chased up to get back to the start line for a second race without the chance of a break.  The "Whiskey" flag (see the NoR) will be used judiciously so that if your boat speed is off the pace or your tactical choices are unfortunate, you will not spend an extra 40 minutes racing but can come ashore with the whole fleet or reposition in a civilised manner for a second race, You will all get a finish
Enter before 1st May in a boat older than 3571 and you get 9 races plus a Crew's Race and all the fun of a Nationals without running yourselves into the ground or punishing your tender Merlin. All for just £190.
I hope we can see some of you in the dinghy park. 
Come and try us this year. See which peer group you can "Aspire" to and, if response is promising, of course we can look at what we do for Tenby next year. 

27/02/2019 18:10:15
Ian Mackenzie
Just to let you all know, there appears to be a small glitch on the Champs website at the moment.
If you open the site you will get an Error Message displaying along the top line. This does not appear to interfere with the operation of the site and the "Online Entry" link is still working fine.
The team are on the case and I will let you know when we have resolved the problem. 

28/02/2019 15:43:44
Ian Mackenzie
Champ Site error message - update.
I am pleased to say that our world class computer guru, aide-de-camp to Bill Gates and all round good egg (unpaid) has found the problem. We need to update the software! This is happening as I type. In the meantime, you can still use the Champs site (amended NoR uploaded) and you may safely ignore the Error Message displayed at the top of the Home page. I will let you know when the computer jiggery pokery is complete.

28/02/2019 18:23:28
Ian Mackenzie
First - SGC (Senior Gremlin Crusher NOT Stargate Command) has defeated the devious processes within the Champs website and, for now, we are back up and running. Please keep your entries coming in.
Second - to clarify recent questions over spinnaker numbers, please check out the latest version of the Champs NoR.
You can also access the NoR from the Champs website

02/04/2019 08:48:31
Ian Mackenzie
Morning Everyone. Now that it's 2 April, I can safely post this. 
Can I remind everyone that to take advantage of the "Loyalty" or "Early" Entry discount your Entry AND Payment must be received by 1 May ie no later than midnight 30 April.

Please check out the Champs site, Entry.

Cheers Ian

11/04/2019 14:23:05
Ian Mackenzie
OK, I know that for 60 teams you are now totally focussed on what is looking like a highly competitive, not to mention potentially frisky, Salcombe Silver Tiller but can I just put some markers down for when you are recovering, resting and relaxing next week:
         Only 40 places left for the Looe Nationals!
         From Monday, only 16 days left to claim your "Loyalty" or "Early Entry" discount
         Kit auction - this year we are being supported by Technical Marine Services and HD Sails
         Watch out for details of the TMS Pole launcher kit offer and a not to be missed repeat of Andy and Jim's HD          Spinnaker offer . Full details to follow.
You could have pole-launchers fitted and a brand new spinnaker all in time for your Salcombe Week and Nationals campaign. 

16/04/2019 10:22:57
Ian Mackenzie
Good morning everyone. Hope you had a safe trip back from a breezy and testing Salcombe Silver Tiller.
Just a quick update and reminder.
News of the TMS spinnaker pole and pole-launcher kit auction will be announced very soon - please watch this space.
In our continued concern for your financial welfare - please spread the word. "Loyalty" and "Early Entry" discounts end midnight 30th April - just 15 days time. Only 40 place left!.
Older boats, as per post above, we are now up to 3, <3571 Bronze fleet entries; 3482, 3448 and 3442. So, just 7 more and you will get your own mini-fleet to race in.
Cheers Ian 

17/04/2019 18:26:55
Ian Mackenzie
TMS EZi Launcher - full twin-pole fitting kit

As promised, here it is, courtesy of TMS (Technical Marine Supplies), Spinlock and Marlow - a complete outfit for upgrading to a full self-launching spinnaker capability complete with new poles. How could you possible pass on this?

What do you have to do? What do you get?

1. Check the full details here - TMS Auction

2. Bidding Opens Wed 18th April. Email bids to - [email protected]

3. Last bid at midnight, Sun 28th April

4. The lucky winner will be contacted Mon 29th April and has until Sun 5th May to make payment.

5. Please read the terms here - TMS Auction

Good luck and please get bidding

18/04/2019 16:19:05
Ian Mackenzie
Just in case you viewed the TMS offer and thought it was only for skinny masts, please check out the revised details here - TMS Auction
Please specify what size mast fitting you need when sending us your bid.
Bids to [email protected]  Offer closes midnight Sunday 28th April

23/04/2019 09:59:03
Ian Mackenzie
Happy At George's Day. Entries heading towards 50, so only 30 places left AND Early Entry and Loyalty discounts end in just 7 days. Please remember, we must have your Entry AND Payment by the 30th April to qualify.
Champs site shows all entries received as at 10.00 today. We will be checking bank receipts this week.
If you think you have entered but are not on the Champs Entries list, please contact me.
Cheers Ian

29/04/2019 13:48:58
Ian Mackenzie
Entries now passing 53, with the winner of the Magic Marine competition to be announced shortly.

Please remember, Loyalty and Early Entry Discounts END at midnight tomorrow. Entry Form AND payment must be with us by midnight 30 April.

Thanks to TMS for the pole launcher auction and congratulations to the winning bidder, Andrew Gardiner.

Only 26 places left for the 2019 Aspire Merlin Rocket Nationals.

30/04/2019 07:48:16
Ian Mackenzie
Afficianado Merlins - re my post of 28 Jan - we now have 4 wooden boat entries older than 3571.
So, we just need 6 more to create your own, Concours D'Elegance mini fleet but still sail within the full Nationals competition.
So, if you can enter today you will get the full Merlin Nationals experience, 9 series races plus Crew's Race, enjoy the socials and get to compete against your peer group boats.
All this for just £190? (Enter by midnight/ hull number 3571 or less).
Come on - feel the noise

30/04/2019 10:39:01
Colin Brockbank
Brilliant work Ian 57 entries before end of April.  Excellent stuff
And still 13 1/2 hours to go
Can't wait  

10/06/2019 20:19:35
Ian Mackenzie
Stop Press. 63rd entry just received. Only 17 places left.
Don't miss this year's HD Spinnaker Auction. Details to be announced very shortly.
Families - please see Lucy's post and check out the full social programme.

19/06/2019 13:19:13
Ian Mackenzie
Good afternoon everyone. Just some quick housekeeping now that the Summer Mag is on its way and before you are entirely consumed by Salcombe Week. Please keep watching this thread as I will be posting links to useful Looe Info immediately after Salcombe but, for the meantime;
   1. As we speak - only SIXTEEN places left.
   2. Draft Sailing Instructions are now available - Draft Sailing Instructions  or see Champs website; Race    Docs    and click the icon
   3.  As per the Summer Mag, we will have an On Water Jury at Salcombe and Looe. Check out the guidelines they    will be following:
      and, for the definitive World Sailing interpretations 
 And, finally for now, remember that the HD Spinnaker Auction is now OPEN. Do not miss this chance to bag a new spinnaker in time for Salcombe and the Nationals and save a few bob in the process - HD Summer Madness
Cheers Ian 

24/06/2019 11:33:18
Ian Mackenzie
Only 16 places left.
Only 6 days  for you to get your entry at the Standard fee - £270 (NB Discounts still available).
Don't wait until July to make up your mind - it will cost you an extra £30!
Link to Entry Form here - Aspire 2019 Nationals

26/06/2019 11:48:04
Ian Mackenzie
Only 4 days left to get your Entry at Standard Fee.
Certificates and Class Membership
Yes, it's that time of year when I remind you all:
 Every boat MUST have a Certificate (in the Owner's Name)
Every Boat Owner MUST be a member of the MROA
Every helm (if not the boat owner) MUST be a member of the MROA.
We are checking Membership and RYA Certification records as I type.
Equipment Inspection
This is the new name (thank you World Sailing, see RRS 92.2) for what we all used to call, "Scrutineering".
I will be publishing this year's guidelines shortly. Fear not, they should bear a remarkable similarity to what you have been asked to complete previously.
And we will make sure the process is as painless as possible. BUT you need to provide your Certificate to the Equipment Inspectors AND at Registration. Thank you.

29/06/2019 15:25:30
Ian Mackenzie
Now, only 15 places left.
Huge welcome to Jemma and Sel.
Please remember, Standard Entry closes at midnight Sunday 30th June.
Don't waste your beer tokens, enter NOW

04/07/2019 10:33:28
Ian Mackenzie
I know, you are all busy packing for Salcombe - so are we. But I just wanted to get this out to you in case you want to chat over a beer in SYC.
1. RYA Boat Certificate checks nearly completed, many thanks. Just 1 to chase up now.
2.  MROA Membership - check in progress. The "Boat Owner" MUST be an MROA Member. If you are a helm borrowing a boat, you MUST be an MROA Member too.
3. Nationals Race Management Policy and Protest Committee Policy -  both documents now available from the Champs site, Race Docs page and via the links attached here.
I welcome any queries you may have either about why we have these or about what they mean.
Have a good Salcombe. If you know anyone teetering on the edge of joining us at Looe, please give them a push. 

16/07/2019 16:44:05
Ian Mackenzie
Breaking News - 66 entries. I know of 2 more possibles. Can you help us make 70? Come on feel the noise.
Draft SIs just updated. Full info on the Champs site but you can also link from here.
And if you check out the MR Facebook page, you can vote in the most important issue of the day - what theme do you want for the Fancy Dress.
Keep watching the Forum. We will be posting more details on the social programme shortly. Remember the Aspire Friday Night Party. This will now include a "Cornish Supper" for just £5 each.
Creation Covers' Ice Cream Sunday supplier, Gibson's, subjected to extensive mystery consumer checking last Saturday. Tasted excellent.
See you in Looe. 


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