Whilst the turnouts for other classes have waxed and waned over the years, the average number of starters in the Daring Class has been consistently between fifteen and twenty for the last few years with a peak turnout of thirty every year at Cowes Week.
How many times have you finished a race believing that you did not stand a chance with your boat in those conditions? With a Daring you have no excuses but when you win the sense of achievement is unparalleled! Every crew knows they have an equal chance of winning if their tactics and crew work are all right on the day. This leads to some infectious enthusiasm which is all too evident when you see the large numbers of Darings which regularly turn out to race.
After the hectic competition and socialising of Cowes Week, the class migrates for the rest of August to Sea View in the East Wight to enjoy local regattas organised by the Sea View Yacht Club and Bembridge Sailing Club.
The Class has a large and impressive collection of trophies that are keenly fought for each year. These range from individual races to monthly points and the ultimate prize of the Season's Championship.
The Daring Class has developed strong international links. In most years there is an international team racing event between the Daring Class and a yacht club from another part of the world, either at home or away. Our competitors have included the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth, Western Australia and the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club on Long Island, USA and we have formed a new partnership with a yacht club in Norway.
Events such as these provide an opportunity to enjoy top class international competition. Equally as important are the lasting friendships that have been forged over the years as these events are always enjoyed as much off the water as on.