It sure is impressive seeing that many boats on the water. I was at Grafham last year for the optimist end of season championships in October and we had 300ish optimists on the water with 35/40 RIBs which is an impressive sight.
We have 3 main events with these numbers - Inland Championships in May (at Grafham this year), National Championships (at Pwllheli) (about 70 RIBs and 350 optimists for the whole week!), and the End of Season Championships (being held at Rutland in October 2006) with about 35 ribs and 300ish optimists again.
If you can't imagine what its like with this many boats launching from one place at one time, pop along to Grafham, Pwllheli or Rutland when the events are on (details on www.optimistsailing.org.uk
) and see for yourself.
I'd like to thank the Launch and Recovery crews at the clubs where we sail for getting the ribs out in an orderly and timely manner.