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Just having a look back through previous events and with 37 entered for the nationals with still a few weeks to go it seems like 2019 might be first year since 2008 that the 800s have had more than 40 boats at their nationals and Europeans. 

But what struck me most was how successful the class was right off the bat. The boat only came out in 1999, but by 2002 they had 62 boats at the nationals and 42 in Garda. Truly remarkable and not the sort of growth you could imagine today. 

Obviously at the outset of a class more people have recently bough a new boat, so the chances are they're also keen to do events, whereas today there a greater second hand market and probably more boats are kept as fun things to be sailed a handful of times a year. But I still find it incredible to imagine! 
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Mmm, but look at the sort of numbers all the trapeze classes could attract in those days compared to now.
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But what struck me most was how successful the class was right off the bat. The boat only came out in 1999, but by 2002 they had 62 boats at the nationals and 42 in Garda. Truly remarkable and not the sort of growth you could imagine today. 



That is interesting - I was trying to work out how to measure success for the H2. We have our third Nationals coming up in September with 21 boats registered which I guess is not bad if you consider that the RS800 with all the marketing might of RS and the popularity of twin trap skiffs in early 2000 resulted in 60+boats at the third nationals! Thanks for giving me a benchmark
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But what struck me most was how successful the class was right off the bat. The boat only came out in 1999, but by 2002 they had 62 boats at the nationals and 42 in Garda. Truly remarkable and not the sort of growth you could imagine today. 



That is interesting - I was trying to work out how to measure success for the H2. We have our third Nationals coming up in September with 21 boats registered which I guess is not bad if you consider that the RS800 with all the marketing might of RS and the popularity of twin trap skiffs in early 2000 resulted in 60+boats at the third nationals! Thanks for giving me a benchmark

The D-Zeros are a couple of years further down the road from the H2 so might be an interesting comparison. 
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But what struck me most was how successful the class was right off the bat. The boat only came out in 1999, but by 2002 they had 62 boats at the nationals and 42 in Garda. Truly remarkable and not the sort of growth you could imagine today. 



That is interesting - I was trying to work out how to measure success for the H2. We have our third Nationals coming up in September with 21 boats registered which I guess is not bad if you consider that the RS800 with all the marketing might of RS and the popularity of twin trap skiffs in early 2000 resulted in 60+boats at the third nationals! Thanks for giving me a benchmark

The D-Zeros are a couple of years further down the road from the H2 so might be an interesting comparison. 

Yep - the dzero is a good comparison, especially as it shows the importance of a well funded distribution and marketing function in a boats ramp up. The H2 has been organic growth, a kind way of saying no real marketing but just relied upon word of mouth and for owners to advocate to others which inevitably is slower than what RS (Aero) or devoti can do!
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Nationals have just finished... not the smoothest of events for myself, but that seems to be our luck this season. 

We had 47 entries, which considering there were also over 40 in Garda makes it easily the biggest year this decade for the class!

The event was awesome. Eastbourne put on a really amazing show from a volunteer club and made the whole thing feel really personal. Socials were good with the bar packed every night to the early hours. 


The fellas getting a cracking start at 48 seconds weren't looking so good come the first gybe!!  Cry





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Some great footage!
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We were down the water at Arun YC (Littlehampton) for our H2 Nationals and had great fun on the Friday in the surf, I can only imagine what that would be like in a twin trapeze skiff with the kite up because it was pretty scary in a singlehander! Any mast damage that day?
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Unfortunately ours...

Plus another 800 and a 700 went to. A set of spreaders on another 800 went requiring a mast change too. 

A raiding party went back to HISC and 'stole' two rigs from the boat park which got both ourselves and the lads who broke their spreaders out on the water the next day. The other 800 went back to Oxford for a replacement and were back the next day too!


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Wow - that sucks - sorry! The race team actually canned the second race for us as it was starting to get a bit too much with waves breaking over the boats. I looked at a nautical chart in the club and realised that much of the area is only a few metres deep, hence the waves!
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