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Autumn Dart 18 News from Windsport

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What a successful Dart sailing season and thank-you to all those Dart sailors who have been out on the water enjoying themselves.

If you managed to enter one or more of the UKIDA GP open meetings we hope you enjoyed your racing, the UKIDA social and the Windsport event support -more important is to plan to do more next season! 
The Windsport team is small, so on the phone, at an event or via email you are always talking directly with a member of the team that can make things happen! 
As many Dart sailors will know Windsport take “event support” seriously and rarely mix event support with personal sailing, choosing to do one job well. This year my own highlight of Dart 18 sailing in 2013 was racing at the Dart 18 worlds in Carnac, crewed by my non-sailing daughter, Katy, it was great -  with the French Dart Partner providing the fleet technical support all we had to do was enjoy the sailing and fleet racing. Results are not everything but it was exciting to be doing battle with the best in the fleet and finishing on the podium. 
A steady procession of new boats are flowing into the UK Dart fleet and their performance and success have shown that  a new boat, like a new car, can give you the edge on your previous performance, saving on maintenance and replacement part costs. New Darts have all the latest Dart updates, mouldings and extrusions - ready to race at the highest fleet level.
If you are considering a new boat ready for 2014 - by talking with the Windsport team now,  you can place your 2014 new boat order and make worthwhile savings. This limited new boat offer is open until the December  14th 2013 and subject to availability, so first come first served.
If you are considering a limited upgrade – also consider one of the Windsport demonstration fleet boats currently available, call for details. 
Recent production changes
Dart production requires a number of injection moulded items that in the past have been manufactured in large batches for effective production costs.  Further Windsport investment in the Dart production has led to many of these injection moulded parts being manufactured in-house to provide a more realistic stocking level , quicker response to demand and quality control.
Planning for Christmas  
Only a few months away, so a good time to drop hints to your family and partners about what you would dearly like for Christmas from the “Catparts” website                  www.catparts.windsport.co.uk
new jib? boat cover? Skeg protectors? NEW BOAT (well you can try!!)      
Get ready for the 2014 sailing season.

Looking towards 2014

Year on year Windsport has seen new teams joining the Dart fleet and past Dart sailors returning to the class. The UK Dart fleet is healthy and full of action - thanks to the hard work of the UKIDA team and numerous enthusiastic individuals at clubs  around the country.
The joint UK nationals and 2014 European Championships at Mumbles YC in August  will be a highlight, but there are ample weekend events  leading up to this - so plenty of time to get that important on water practise time in. For those with ambitions further afield  there are regional championships in most European countries and a World Championships  in South Africa at the end of the year.
If you need a boost to your racing skills why not consider a Windsport coaching session at your club or at Windsport, it could even be part of your “New Boat Package”!

Keeping the ball rolling

The Windsport team thank all the Dart sailors who continue to help promote Dart sailing at their club and elsewhere, as said before,  if every Dart sailor brings just one person to the fleet and encourages them to starts sailing at club events, the Dart Fleet will double in size each year, making better sailing for you and everyone else.
 
Who are you going to invite this weekend for a Dart sail and encourage them to get involved?
Happy Dart Sailing
See you on the circuit 2014
Brian, Cookie and the Windsport team
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