With less than four months to go the entries have started coming in for the International Paint Poole Regatta 2012. Amongst those already entered are Martin Pearson's Ruthless, the overall winner of the 2010 event and Katie Miller's International Paint-sponsored Figaro 2. Also entered is Matt Hitt's Fox Terrier Dream On, the winner of last year's Mini Ton Cup.

The J/24 class, which is holding its national championship as part of the event, is pushing hard to boost their fleet numbers by subsidising some entries and giving free entry to an all girl crew and also an under 21 crew. With the IRC Southern Regional championship creating a lot of interest, the organising committee is confident of having in excess of 200 entries for what is now a major south coast regatta.

Leading manufacturer of sailboat hardware, Harken UK, is generously supporting the regatta joining an increasing number of  marine companies that recognise the emergence of Poole as an important sailing venue with its excellent sailing waters and facilities.

Following the announcement of a competition for the best competitors on water video clip the organising committee has decided to provide 20 digital video cameras for use by crew members. These will be handed out each day between the fleets and it is planned to show the best of each days clips during the evening prizegivings and social events

baots.comWith up to four race areas planned in Poole bay and one within Poole harbour the support structures for the race officers, their teams, the RIB drivers and safety boat crews are being put in place. The teams who will be calculating the results are preparing their laptops. The risk assessments are written and the 1001 other things that are part of running a large regatta are being organised to ensure the smooth running event that all the competitors expect.

The International Paints Poole Regatta 2012 is being run over the bank holiday weekend June 2-4 by the Combined Yacht Clubs of Poole.