I am a few years out of date, but last time I did Cowes (2017) we paid something north of £2k to rent a small flat for a week. I'm sure it's a lot more today.
Before the £ tanked that bought you something quite nice somewhere on the Continent with guaranteed weather...
Southern / RORC have changed for sure, Thames / Royal London still very old school. Squadron in a different league.
But generally if you wander around yachting events they sound a lot less plummy than they used to.
It would be interesting to check back in a non-Fastnet year to see if this is in any way driven by boats deciding to have an "offshore" year.
Agree with those saying that there is no shortage of people with the cash to run a racing campaign. Perhaps those people are more concentrated in London...
At Hamble Point MDL will sell you any number of lifts you like as part of the dry-sail package. I have generally gone for 15-20 depending on whether I'm carrying any over from the previous year. The "breakeven" with keeping the boat in the water was about 13 when I first signed up in 2018...
In IRC-focused racing areas I don't think that's going to be a big concern. Luckily in the Solent / Channel we have enough motivated owners that both can coexist. The X2 solves the opposite problem, which is that if you have grown up sailing high performance dinghies an IRC cruiser-racer (J/109...
Unless you have £££ and time to waste buying copies of other boats’ certificates. I don’t see why the data shouldn’t be public (a summary of it is, but you can’t see sail / WB configs). I can’t imagine it’s a significant earner for the Rating Office.
It’s for sale again having had a bit of a birthday. Raced against it at Dartmouth a few years ago - they would generally beat us to the top mark but we mostly rolled then downwind.
I am not surprised to hear you say that. I looked at potentially the same 30 (ex Yes?) when buying my boat... cool for Cowes but not ideal for 2H offshore.
This 38 has been raced 2H but they did sink at one point