TRIO NATIONALS 30th JUL to 1st AUG 2021

Entries are open for the Trio Nationals at Exe Sailing Club later this month.  3 days of racing in Lyme Bay with a social programme to match.  We are of course expecting the sun to shine and a nice breeze to blow!  The plan is for 2 races Friday, 3 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday, with a BBQ on Friday evening and the Trio Dinner on Saturday evening.   This year we are using outside caterers to deliver these meals and it would help us to know the numbers of people attending so please submit your entries to Caroline McAusland and if there will be others in your party who would like to come to the socials please her know.  The racing will be in separate fleets for the Mk1s and Mk2s. All the information is on the Exe SC website on the Open Events tab.  Here you will find the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions.  The entry form is part of the NoR.  There is also information on; accommodation, including local campsites and details of the car parks in Exmouth that allow overnight motorhome parking, tidal flows in Lyme Bay, and things to do in Exmouth when you’re not sailing. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible to celebrate the end of the lockdown restrictions (assuming all goes to plan!) Bob HorlockSec CCCA

Eric Goodley

I’m sorry to report that Eric Goodley has sadly passed away.  Many of our long standing members will remember Eric as Secretary of the Class Association from it’s inception around 1997 until 2005.  He did a lot for the class during this time, promoting the Trio both on and off the water.  He was friendly and conscientious, welcoming new Trio owners to the class at events and showing them how it should be done by helming Lady Z to first place in the inaugural Trio National Championships in 1998 and also the Inland Championships in 2002.  He could be found at the Dinghy Show manning the stand and extolling the virtues of the Trio to anyone within earshot.  As Secretary he helped David Talbot steer the Class Association through it’s transition from the Trio Class Association to the present Combined Comet Class Association.  He will be sadly missed by those who knew him. His funeral is likely to be in the first week of February and it will be video streamed. If anyone wants any further information then please contact Chris Boutle.
Bob Horlock

North Trio Mk1 Sails

Following the announcement from Peak Dinghies that they had asked North Sails to produce a white Dacron panel cut main to replicate the performance of the original Rowsell main sail, the CCCA set up a Mk1 Working Group composed of five Mk1 Trio owners to consider the suitability of the North main, jib and code zero spinnaker as replacements for the Rowsell sails.

The Working Group met on 24 Oct 20 at Whitefriars in the presence of a number of other Trio Sailors and compared the North main, jib and code zero spinnaker to a number of Rowsell Trio sails.

Comparison of size between the North Trio mainsail and a Rowsell mainsail.
The North Trio Mainsail hoisted

They concluded that the new North Mk1 Main, Jib and Code Zero Spinnaker are acceptable as ongoing replacements for the Rowsell sails on original Trios. 

The CCCA Committee met on 4 Nov 20  and accepted the conclusions of the Mk1 Working Group.

We are therefore pleased to confirm that we have advised Peak Dinghies that the North Mk1 main, the North Jib and the North Code Zero spinnaker can be marketed as Trio Mk1 sails. The CCCA will revise the Trio rules to reflect this change and the revised rules will be put to the Trio owners in due course.

May I take this opportunity to remind Trio owners that sails and all major components of the Trio must be bought through the licensed builder Peak Dinghies. Replacement, class legal and race legal sails for Comet Trios may now be ordered from Peak Dinghies.

Bob Horlock Secretary CCCA

AGM Minutes

I have today e-mailed all CCCA members with a copy of the 2020 AGM minutes.  If you haven’t received your copy, look under the Documents tab, 2020 AGM, and please let me know as I may have an out of date e-mail address for you. Bob HorlockCCCA Sec