Chartering your unused boat is very popular in the Full Size Yachting world, indeed I’ve chartered my Soling to an Argentinian team for the forthcomming European Champs in Denmark. But this doesn’t happen much in our world.
Now I can understand you saying “I’m not letting my pride&joy out in all that nasty salt water” but in my experience most people will take good care of your toy and after all they’re only going to race it! which is what it was built for.
So I appeal to all Vane A-Class / IOM owners if you can’t come to the Nationals please consider lending or chartering your boat for this years Nationals.