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Bala Long Distance - Great British Sailing Challenge 2022

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This weekend sees the fourth round of the Great British Sailing Challenge 2022,  Bala Long Distance.  Bala is the largest natural lake in Wales, set in the stunning Snowdonia National Park. The weekend will see 2 days of Long Distance racing using the full length of the lake (4 Miles).  The established Bala long-distance race weekend is open to monohull dinghies, multihulls, and sports boats.  Saturday evening will see a social, with a live band and pizzas available to order from a visiting Stone Baked Pizza Oven,  cooked in the traditional way.

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Great British Sailing Challenge 2022 update
After three rounds,  Ryan Bush (Byte CII - Bristol Corinthian YC),  leads from series regular Jonathan Carter (Vortex Rickmansworth SC),  and Nick Orman (Phantom - Castle Cove Sailing Club),  completing the podium.  There are also various extracted ranking categories to reflect the great diversity of the UK small boat racing scene, including age, boat type, and for those classes that field 10+ boats, individual class rankings.


13 March 2022 -  Brass Monkey,  Yorkshire Dales SC
Held in the spectacular setting of the Yorkshire Dales,  the iconic Brass Monkey,  postponed from December 2021 was the opening event.  Competitors enjoyed the famous YDSC hospitality, included with the entry fee lunch, tea/coffee all day, post-race hot punch and after sailing nibbles for competitors.

9-10 April 2022 - Cheddar Ales Chase,  Bristol Corinthian YC
A weekend of average lap and pursuit racing at this picturesque location between Axbridge and Cheddar. Cheddar Reservoir is set in one of the most beautiful parts of Somerset, with Cheddar Gorge a short walk or drive away and Glastonbury Tor visible in the near distance.

7-8 May 2022 - POSH,  Paignton SC
The famous Paignton Open for Single Handers (POSH) provided some great coastal racing.  POSH 2022 incorporated the Byte National Championships.

25-26 June 2022 -  Bala Long Distance, Bala SC
Set in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, the established long-distance race weekend is open to monohull dinghies, multihulls, and sports boats covering the length and breadth of Lake Bala.

6th August 2022 - Medway Marathon, Medway YC
The Medway Marathon is a long-distance race to the mouth of the River Medway and is set on a stretch of water of great historical significance.  Dinghies with a Great Lakes handicap PY of 1315 or less were eligible to compete alongside the local keelboat fleets of International Dragons, National Sonatas and National Squibs.

The Great British Sailing Challenge is a series of handicap racing events that take
 place throughout the year, covering a variety of locations, race formats, and different water types. Competing sailors will earn ranking points from each event they compete in, with three events required to qualify for the overall rankings.  The series is managed by RestartSailing (RYA affiliated)


Ranking Categories for Great British Sailing Challenge
Series overall
Speed Challenge for the fastest boat on handicap
Top Club
Top Class
GBSC Youth, GBSC Junior, GBSC 19-30, GBSC 31-60, GBSC Masters, GBSC Top Lady
GBSC Fast Asymmetric, GBSC Slow Asymmetric, GBSC Fast Symmetric, GBSC Slow Symmetric

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