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    Default Entering regattas

    I'm getting confused by the Cowes week entry.

    In the IRC classes there are currently 65 boats entered. Compared to last year's total of about 150. The early bird entry closed on Friday, so entries are now full price. Wasn't an especially large discount, but every little penny....

    But it got me thinking, why haven't people entered yet?

    I mean, Cowes is not a weekend regatta, it's a week's commitment. Your crew will need to take holiday, you might need to book shoreside accommodation... Are there really a significant number of owners who haven't yet made the decision to sail at Cowes? Surely most boats know their summer programme well in advance of now?

    Or is it just not being organised?
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    Default Re: Entering regattas

    Quote Originally Posted by flaming View Post
    I'm getting confused by the Cowes week entry.

    In the IRC classes there are currently 65 boats entered. Compared to last year's total of about 150. The early bird entry closed on Friday, so entries are now full price. Wasn't an especially large discount, but every little penny....

    But it got me thinking, why haven't people entered yet?

    I mean, Cowes is not a weekend regatta, it's a week's commitment. Your crew will need to take holiday, you might need to book shoreside accommodation... Are there really a significant number of owners who haven't yet made the decision to sail at Cowes? Surely most boats know their summer programme well in advance of now?

    Or is it just not being organised?
    Maybe because this year Fastnet is 2 weeks earlier this year and slower boats will finish on the 8th or thereabouts - i.e. 2 days before Cowes week. Some who are doing fastnet who usually might do Cowes week might decide that they will give Cowes week - or the whole commitment a miss this year or see if they just want to enter a couple of days after Fastnet experience? I think one of the reasons - including weather - for the date change was to allow those want to race in Cowes Week time to get back to the Solent after the race - but even if i wanted to do a couple of days on my own boat after Fastnet - really need to fit some work in between sailing

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    Default Re: Entering regattas

    I wonder if they're just being a bit 'Islawight' about updating the list of entrants?
    The Squibs only have 12 showing at this point? Only 25 XODs?

    Maybe they've just lost the plot and people have better offers? I'm not going this year, doing a dinghy Nationals instead. But if I was going, 35 to delay committing until August might be worth it, as business can throw things at me sometimes.

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    Default Re: Entering regattas

    It always used to take some time to update,

    we entered later than usual this year as was struggling to get everyone to comitt

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    Default Re: Entering regattas

    Quote Originally Posted by lw395 View Post
    I wonder if they're just being a bit 'Islawight' about updating the list of entrants?
    The Squibs only have 12 showing at this point? Only 25 XODs?
    Think it's instant. Certainly was when we entered.
    Maybe they've just lost the plot and people have better offers? I'm not going this year, doing a dinghy Nationals instead. But if I was going, 35 to delay committing until August might be worth it, as business can throw things at me sometimes.
    True, and makes sense for a day boat but for boats who need to pull together 7+ crew and arrange accommodation etc... Surely you make the decision to go to a week long regatta much further advance than this? And if you've made the decision to go, why wouldn't you enter early and save a few quid...?
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    Default Re: Entering regattas

    I'm always amazed at the number of last minute entries we get to our dinghy class events. People have lives which prevent them from committing early. Which is a shame because if you could advertise a guaranteed fleet of 15 boats already entered, you'd probably persuade another twenty to come along.

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    Default Re: Entering regattas

    Quote Originally Posted by lw395 View Post
    Which is a shame because if you could advertise a guaranteed fleet of 15 boats already entered, you'd probably persuade another twenty to come along.
    Very true. I think for a lot of dinghy classes there is a bit of a windguru effect. As in, if the forecast looks pants am I better off giving it a miss and getting some brownie points at home painting a fence or something than hitching up the boat and driving 3 hours to sit in the clubhouse looking at a windless reservoir etc. Which then drives late entries and, as you say, people looking at the entry list and deciding not to bother because the entry is small...

    Not sure it applies to yachts in the same way though.
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    Default Re: Entering regattas

    What were the ratios of late entries like last year?

    Maybe it's like some dinghy events, where some of us don't decide which boat to take until we've seen a forecast?
    Only got one yacht? INKSPE! :-)

    I do wonder if messing with the calendar has had an effect? In days of yore, people would do at least afew days of Cowes to practice/shake down for the Fastnet. This year, one boat I know of is doing the Fastnet then cruising untl the Autumn. Among the smaller boats, many people have Cowes as basically a Lads' week, then the rest of August is more 'Family'.
    It's concerning that the dayboat entries look low, don't these boats have to enter early if they want moorings for the week?

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    Default Re: Entering regattas

    Quote Originally Posted by lw395 View Post
    What were the ratios of late entries like last year?
    I didn't go last year, so I'm not sure, but I think it was about the same in previous years...
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