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ll of us have a favourite race – it might not be one we necessarily finished first in, but a race where we sailed out of our skins, a race where we found a different gear. Sometimes it’s one we never knew we were capable of, other times it’s the result of moving our skills onto a new level. The superstars of our sport are no different – they carry with them some real nuggets of gold. Performances that they keep with them their whole life, performances that enable them to move on to the next stage of their career. Performances they can remember and relive to help pull themselves through the tougher times - a constant reminder of what they are capable of and the success that’s there to be rediscovered, even when results aren’t going their way. To kick off our new series we thought there was no one better than Ben Ainslie. After all he’s perhaps the best sailor the world has ever seen, but he has also had his share of challenges in the Finn class after returning following periods of Match Racing and America’s Cup competition.

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13 On the development of a fair

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On the eve of his selection for the 2012 Olympics, Gael Pawson talked to Ben Ainslie about his best ever race and what he learnt from the experience

Earlier this year he had to settle for second place behind one of the young up and coming Finn sailors in Miami, but he found his feet, was selected for the Pre-Olympics and made his mark there, taking gold with an impressive 31-point margin.

That race Ben knows a thing or two about being at the top of your game and needing to regain form after an absence. He also knows a thing or two about winning: the race he picked was pivotal one in his career – the last race in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games when he was racing the Laser against another of the world’s legendary sailors, Brazil’s Robert Scheidt. This race was one that stands out for anyone fortunate enough to witness it, whether in person or on a television screen, and was all the more poignant because a teenage Ben had been beaten by Scheidt using similar match racing

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tactics in Savannah at the Atlanta Games four years earlier. ‘It was obviously the deciding race, a huge race with a lot of pressure and I decided to try to push Robert to the back of the fleet and force him to use his discard,’ explains Ben. This would secure gold for Ben – tough gamesmanship but all part of the sport of sailing. It was no good just sailing his own race, Ben had tried that in Savannah and lost out. The gold medal wasn’t going to elude him a second time. ‘That obviously meant engaging in some prestart manoeuvres, trying to slow Robert up and make his life as hard as possible, to try to get control of him, to take his wind to slow him and hold him back within the fleet,’ continues Ben. ‘That was something which I guess we trained for a little bit, although not very much – it’s something in fleet racing that you don’t really train for so much. So it was a bit difficult.’

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The pre-start Ben’s first attempt started well, but then disaster struck: ‘Unfortunately the race was postponed about 30 seconds before the start. The problem with that was it gave Robert, some warning – obviously he then realised what my

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I really parked him up so when the gun went and we bore away back down to close-hauled, he was really in a bad situation.

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handicapping system for all

15 Takes an interest in the fast-growing

26 Cover story In depth comment and

Andi Robertson: Yachts

Ben Ainslie: My best race

J/111 fleet around the world

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30 Neal Pawson sails the TP52 ‘Ran’

Jeremy Evans: Multihulls

At the top of the game

AC World Series and Olympic sailing

with Gavin Brady

ANALYSIS Cup at Plymouth 18 America’s Cover story Bob Fisher’s take on the second AC World Series event

hatrick 36 Scottish Hamish MacKay on winning the Scottish Series three times

BETTER SAILING team game 42 The Georgie Corlett on the growth of team

Green Comm brought the total of ‘flippers’ to three. She was caught as she bore away and tripped over her bow before falling sideways

racing - a great way to hone your skills

– keeping a gap 48 Technique Jon Emmett looks at how to carve out your own space on the startline AMERICA’S CUP

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essentials 53 Weather Rupert Holmes explains when to

Bob Fisher records the dramatic spectacle as the AC World Series hits Plymouth, and we assess the programme and teams for 2012.

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watch for unusually strong winds

test: Farr 3.7 62 Boat Peter Barton braves a hurricane to sail this Kiwi import

kitbag 66 Christmas Check out what the luckiest sailors will be getting in this year’s stockings

guide: blocks 72 Buyers’ The latest technology explained

TRAVELLING of Caribbean racing 76 AThetourbest of the top events in the Lesser Antillies with Francesca Wakefield

ESSENTIALS 2011 dinghy review 84 Y&Y’s Cover story Full details on 143 dinghy and multihull classes

and Classes 114 Clubs Grassroots and grand-prix events of the month 130 Position Playing dodgems with superyachts

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Staying sharp

e all have a race that stands out… for me it was three years ago in Lake Garda. The breeze was getting all flukey, as it often does there at the end of the day. ‘I can’t see where the wind is!’ my helmsman’s frustration grew as we missed a couple of gusts and dropped places downwind. With hot down-drafts hitting from all over the place and no apparent pattern to the wind, something switched inside me; I let my instincts take over upwind and negotiated us through the holes as if by magic. We finished second. At the bar my helm told the world, ‘She was effing awesome!’ Tears of pride filled my eyes – I knew I’d sailed out of my skin. Racing can be very tough on your confidence, whatever level you sail at. Whenever I feel like I’m actually rubbish at this sailing lark I recall that race - which was why it was so interesting to talk to Ben Ainslie about his ‘special race’. Ben’s story is just one of the many gems in this issue, whch also includes our famous racing classes review, a fabulous report on the America’s Cup Series in Plymouth and two great boat tests, one of which we braved a hurricane to bring to you! Just as people need a boost from time to time, every raceboat needs the occasional refit to keep

it sharp. A magazine is no different and this issue we’ve given Yachts & Yachting a bright new look. For over 60 years Yachts & Yachting, affectionately known as ‘Y&Y’, has been the magazine of choice for everyone with a passion for sailing. If we didn’t update it every few years then it would still be a black and white newspaper! With our 65th birthday on the horizon, we decided the time was right. You’ll find all your old favourites, plus bigger, glossier photos and plenty of top rate features including tips, testing, news and analysis from some of the best writers in the sport. As ever, Yachts & Yachting is your magazine and we love to hear your stories, feedback and ideas - so keep them coming and continue enjoying both the magazine and your own sailing.

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Writers this month include... Musto Skiff sailor Andy Rice has unparalleled knowledge of the dinghy sailing scene, from grassroots to Olympic level.

Bob Fisher is one of the world’s most respected sailing commentators, with a passion and depth of knowledge that’s second to none.

Few people can match Andi Robertson’s insight into the big boat world, both in the UK and around the globe.


NEWS

Left A new sponsor and changes to the rating bands will breathe new life into the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup.

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Up to £3,000 is available for projects that advance the enjoyment of boating, in categories covering boat building, restoration, innovation, and the boating environment. www.boat-zone.com

Commodores’ Cup changes RORC has announced a new sponsor for the biannual big boat team event, the Commodores’ Cup, plus changes to the format that will make it more attractive for teams. The biggest changes are to the rating bands and to the requirement for teams to have boats

of three different sizes, the only stipulation now being that teams may not have more than one big boat. ‘The idea is to make it possible for people to come from abroad and charter a decent boat,’ says Eddie Warden-Owen, the club’s CEO. The

Match racing latest The latest ISAF rankings see Francesco Bruni (ITA) move to the top of the Open Rankings for the first time, while Ian Williams (GBR) slips to third. Going into the Monsoon Cup, the final event of the World Match Racing Tour, barely more than six points separate Williams, Bruni and

Torvar Mirsky (AUS). Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) retains the top place in the women’s rankings, while Lucy Macgregor slips to fourth. Gothenburg, Sweden will host the ISAF Women’s Match Racing worlds in late June 2012, giving teams a chance to finalise their Olympic preparation.

Talented 7 join Artemis After a grueling 52-hour process, seven sailors will join the Artemis Offshore Academy Development Squad. Physical fitness, mental strength, plus management of sleep and nutrition were key factors in the assessment. It was a tough programme with candidates averaging only 4.5 hours sleep

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over two and a half days. ‘It was a difficult decision – we are looking for sailors with extraordinary talent, potential and commitment, who are at the right stage of their career,’ explained Rod Carr of the academy’s advisory board. Seven sailors have been picked for the 2012 squad

new sponsor – Brewin Dolphin – is no stranger to yacht racing, having been involved with the Scottish Series for 10 years. They have signed a deal that will last until at least 2016. It’s hoped that there will be at least 10-12 teams, including three or four from France.

New for Cowes New facilities in the pipeline for Cowes include redevelopment of the old Sugar Store building on the north side of Shepard’s Wharf Marina, with office space for local businesses and a new bar/ restaurant. Meanwhile, the proposal to increase the number of short stay moorings for RIBs at Town Quay is entering the consultation phase.

New wind powered ship ‘Rainbow Warrior III’, the first boat commissioned from scratch for Greenpeace, is a 58m motorassisted sailing vessel, with 1,300m2 of sail set from two 50m A-frame masts. Suppliers include Rondal spars and Gleistein Ropes.


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MOD 70 hits French limit the French allocation is now full, and further growth in the class will therefore have to come from the many interested sailors in other nations.

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The 70ft Multi One Design trimaran, is implementing the class rule allowing only four MOD70s per nation. With Jean-Pierre Dick joining the class,

Left Class rules state that no nation can have more than four MOD70 teams.

Recycled sportsboat A 30ft sportsboat, designed by Simon Rogers, and made from donated wooden items, will sail from Weymouth to London as part of the festivities surrounding the 2012 Olympics. The vessel – intended to be a living archive of people’s stories and lives – is being built in Chichester by a

team of volunteers led by Olympic silver medallist Mark Covell. It will be crewed by members of the public, with a programme of arts events at each of the boat’s ports en route to London, including Portsmouth, Brighton, Hastings and Margate. www.theboatproject.com

They said… “We are in conversations with several companies, and are always looking to talk to partners about this opportunity, but I think we have as good a shot as anyone of being on the start line next November.” Having been fifth overall in the OSTAR at the age of 18, Oscar Mead is cautiously optimistic of becoming the youngest ever Vendee Globe skipper next year. “I was awakened by a great shock. Looking inside the boat, I saw the water gushing …I plunged my hand and felt the wood of the hull that exploded. I think that I hit a metal object that destroyed my hull. The boat was filled with water in one hour.” Mathieu Claveau (right) speaking on satphone immediately after abandoning his boat in the Mini Transat race. “I found it annoying to see albatrosses overtaking me in the great south. It is now time for me to overtake them! This is a new leg in my sailing life in which I’m going to cross flying over the water. I am fascinated by speed at sea.” Jean-Pierre Dick on why he joined the MOD70 one design multihull class.

You said… Forum users discuss how quickly wingsail rigs will filter down to dinghies: “Durability has to be the biggest problem to overcome. Get that sorted and I’m sure it will be more appealing?” gbrspratt worries about longevity

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“A few years back carbon masts were expensive and very fragile – in a lot of classes they are now the norm and are capable of taking a lot of punishment …durability and cost will become acceptable. The major problem will be storage. The old Silver Ghost will take a rolled mainsail easily, but I can see the chauffeur getting annoyed if I try ramming a wing rig through the back doors…” Dougal is more worried about fitting the wing into his vintage Roller

Omani women will be trained, coached, qualified, employed and nurtured with the skills to excel in sailing

Oman Sail targets women Oman Sail has launched a training programme for the Sultanate’s female population. Since its launch in 2008, Oman Sail has taken nearly 7,000 Omani children sailing, over half of which have been females. The new initiative will start as a national grassroots community programme, but with an eye to the 2020 Olympics. Double Olympic gold medallist, Shirley Robertson, and round the world yachtswoman, Samantha Davies, have been recruited as ambassadors to the project.

“Of course they will, in a great majority of dinghy classes, wings will replace sails one day. Durability, tuning, control, materials are already sorted and exist. The only issue, for me too Dougal, is making them modular or some other cleverness to allow them to be stored easily.” getafix sounds a positive note For more views go to

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news In brief n Ultimate Sails has a november offer of VAT free sails – a discount of 20 per cent.

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n RS / LDC Sailing has moved to larger premises, at Abbey park, near junction 3 of the M27. Four times the size of its predecessor the showroom has 10 classes on display. n the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has a new base at east cowes Marina, thanks to support from Dean & Reddyhoff Marinas. n Marine communications supplier ICS Electronics won the acclaimed Grand prix and Small Business of the Year awards at this year’s British engineering excellence Awards.

IMOCA 60 one design?

n Neilson Holidays has invested £1 million in six new Dufour 325s and a Dufour 405, which will join flotilla fleets at a new Turkish base, Adakoy near Marmaris. pHOTO: RupeRT HOlMeS

By any measure the IMOCA class appears to be in excellent health, with upwards of two dozen boats expected to be make the start of the next Vendee Globe Race. However, the class is making moves to ensure its continued success, with making

n Sunsail is offering early booking discounts of up to 15 per cent for holidays booked before november 30 and 10 per cent for booking up to the end of January.

the boats more reliable and less expensive identified as a key priority. The class has therefore decided to look at a one-design format as an alternative to the Open rule, which is expected to reduce the annual cost of a campaign by 30

The British Keelboat Academy provides training at the highest level.

n The RORC Rating Office is offering an opportunity to get sails measured for just £12 on november 26 in Hamble and December 3 in lymington.

n Q-concepts invites anyone interested from the sailing world to pool and discuss ideas online at www.aeronamics.com to create a new generation land yacht. n Audi Medcup champions Quantum Racing won the 2011 Tp52 worlds. n Swan has a new authorised Mediterranean Service Centre at la Marina di Scarlino, for refits, modifications and insurance work. n Sydney photographer nicole Scott has released a high-end coffee table book, titled 200 Bowmen, showcasing some of the finest bowmen in the southern hemisphere.

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n www.SeaHear.co.uk.is a new website for those with hearing loss who take to the water. it majors on communications, including reviews of VHFs, on board communications and other useful equipment.

New BKA line-up for 2012 After a gruelling selection process, 22 young sailors have been selected to join the British Keelboat Academy, the RYA and UKSA’s joint keelboat racing initiative. Activities tested sailing abilities and personal skills including teamwork and performance under pressure. John Derbyshire, RYA Racing Manager, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity …fast-tracking development towards racing at the highest level.’

per cent without loss in performance or competitiveness. ‘The Open rules enabled some amazing and fantastic changes to occur, but today to win, it is not enough to be a talented skipper, as you also need an exceptional technical team,’ the class said.

Norman ambition Normandy Sailing Week is hoping to attract more than 150 entries for 2012. Already the biggest racing event on the French side of the Channel, the event moved to Le Havre, in 2010, where it has the luxury of a deep water port and first rate facilities. Fleets will include IRC, one design and sportsboats categories. British crews have the chance to race offshore the weekend before racing starts, in the 50th anniversary of the RORC Cowes-Deauville race, and there’s free berthing at le Havre for Normandy Sailing Entries from June 2-17. Similarly, any competitors arriving by direct the LD Lines ferry from Portsmouth will get a 50 per cent reduction on the fare. www. normandy-week.com


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Bob Fisher

The Tornado is ideal for 2016… but ISAF thinks otherwise

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ith ISAF seeking proposals for the Women’s Skiff and a Mixed Multihull, while refusing to join in the debate for the former, I have to declare an interest in the latter dating back to the heady summer days of the late 1960s when the wind always blew at 15-20 knots and the sun shone out of dappled blue skies. This was the heyday of the Beatles and the Stones, and where I lived, in Brightlingsea, a centre of catamaran development. The Sail Craft yard was next door and there was a constant stream of boats coming out of Reg White’s sheds. Rod Macalpine-Downie lived a stone’s throw up the road and C-class development was continuous. Reg, somewhat remarkably, was a good listener and one who always had his ear was John Fisk, at the time the Chairman of the IYRU Multihull Committee. It was through John and the C-class that Reg met Rodney March. It was to be a life-changer for both of them. In 1967, the IYRU planned to hold trials to select a boat in each of the A and B-class. The ‘local’ designer, MacalpineDownie, was busy with bigger boats, but the ‘South Coast’ part-time designer, March, had an idea for a fast 20-footer. That’s how things used to start back then. I was on a summer’s sabbatical from my job at the BBC and sailing almost every day – Reg, due to the workload, had handed ‘Lady Helmsman’ to Peter Schneidau and myself for the defence of the Little America’s Cup and much time was spent in that project, but not enough to stop me from being involved in the B-class project. Two identical platforms were built – the hulls moulded from two skins of 1/8 inch gaboon two-ply, a method with which Sail Craft was familiar, having built

catamarans of many sizes this way. They were to have two very different rigs. The one that Reg and I, then scaling in at 78kg, were to sail had a high aspect sloop rig, while the other, for the designer and Terry Pearce, had a wing-mast una-rig like that of March’s C-class, ‘Thunder II’. All that was needed was a name for the class and that fell to me. Just what inspired the choice of Tornado is lost in the mists of time, but it almost certainly came to me after a session in the Evening Star. It should be noted however that Reg continued to use strong winds to name his catamaran classes; the Hurricane among them. Reg and I were happy with our lot until we met the other Tornado. Its rig was more efficient than ours and beat us in both races on the second day of the trials at Sheppey (she missed the first as Rodney and Terry were still finishing her). On the third day, however, disaster struck and the wing mast folded ending her challenge. In the nine races that were held, the Tornado

People are generally bigger than when the majority of the ISAF Council were active sailors finished first on seven occasions and consequently headed the selectors’ list. The process was completed at the November meeting of the IYRU and the Tornado became an international class. However, ISAF has proved that it is no friend of the Tornado by effectively eliminating it from the selection procedure for the 2016 Olympics. It demands that the boat cannot be longer than 5.898m as it must fit inside a 20ft container; a transport method not used by sailors. Most prefer to use 40ft containers for multiple transport together with RIBs and their spars. ISAF also requires a two-piece mast and that is a fundamental mistake as it will be extremely expensive to manufacture with similar bend characteristics, to say nothing of providing a water-tight capability, so essential in a capsize. Once more ISAF is playing to the smaller-sized community with a 120-140kg weight limit. If the male is average size – 80kg – it will leave a very petite female member of the crew. People are generally bigger than when the majority of the ISAF Council were active sailors and the weight limit for the mixed multihull should reflect that change. There is still time – just – to change these requirements and provide a guaranteed performance multihull for the Olympic Games. If Paul Elvstrom, with his daughter Trine, considered it a challenge in 1984, it almost certainly is today.

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Andy Rice

Forthcoming winter events raise the handicap debate

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s the winter approaches, for me it’s time to focus again on the SailJuice Global Warmup. This, the third edition of the series, will encompass five handicap events - kicking off with the Draycote Dash on November 19-20, followed by the Grafham Grand Prix, Bloody Mary, Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy and John Merricks Tiger Trophy. We’ll be using the same scoring system as last year, devised by Simon Lovesey of SailRacer, which does a good job of balancing the scores between different-sized fleets. This caused some confusion early on during last year’s series but as the series progressed the objections seemed to die down. To my mind, it makes the best of creating a fair scoring system across a range of events, which differ in size and style. One of the things I’d always hoped would come out of this series was a fairer set of PY handicaps that give everyone a chance of success regardless of the class they’re racing. This took a great step forwards earlier this year at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show. Chaired by Andrew Craig of Queen Mary SC, a group of experts from clubs based at large inland waters gathered to thrash out a list of handicap numbers that reflected their combined race results data, and included an element of informed opinion based on anecdotal observations from the race course. This group has now taken on its own identity, the Great Lakes group, and I hope it continues to analyse race results for many years to come. Under the stewardship of Bas Edmonds, over the past two years we’ve seen big movements in the official handicap numbers published by the RYA. These work well in many instances, but fall woefully short in other areas and one of the frustrations of the system is that it

does not consider the effect of large handicap events. I can understand the reasoning - the RYA system is trying to appeal to a broad church of club racing, so draws its data from the club returns, not from the grand prix events. But this year’s Bloody Mary was won by the International 14 of Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane by a massive margin. They may be good, but are they several minutes better than world-class sailors in other classes? Against the majority of 14 sailors, Roger and Ben are in a class of their own. My understanding is that the RYA number aims to reflect the mean performance of any given class sailed by the average sailor. The Great Lakes group has decided to handicap to the highest potential performance of the boat. If Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane show a consistent ability to sail a modern, cutting-edge International 14 to a number of 760, that’s the number the 14 will be set to. For this reason, it’s the International 14 and other development classes that are likely to see the biggest

The standard RYA numbers work well in many instances, and then fall woefully short in other areas. change to the numbers. Andrew Craig says: ‘We’ve used the data from last year’s winter championships, which do substantiate a significant move for these development classes. But then we combined that with the way their published handicaps have changed. We used this rate of change to project their likely improvement over the current RYA PY numbers and found that what we were seeing on the water and the projection actually produced very similar numbers. This gave us a lot of confidence for changing the handicaps by a margin which may seem rather harsh, but in fact has been long overdue.’ The idea is not to stop the Gilberts from winning, but to create a more level playing field where they can still win, just not by the margins we have seen in recent years. Andrew Craig used my own results in the Musto Skiff in last year’s SailJuice series to illustrate the point. In some of the events I finished just a few places behind the leading Musto Skiff sailed by Andrew Peake, the eventual series winner. Yet in the nationals, I am a midfleet finisher where Andrew is contending for the title. When the results data from some of last year’s events was crunched through the Great Lakes numbers, Andrew Peake’s position stayed pretty much the same, but there were more finishers of different classes coming between Andrew and me, shoving me further down the results. Though it pains me to admit it, that’s how it should be!

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Opinion

Andi Robertson Why two successful J/109 sailors have moved to the J/111

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he partnership of David and Kirsty Althorp is formidable. Their successes since 2008 in their J/109 ‘J-Dream’ include wins at almost every regatta they entered except for Cowes Week. They were European and national champions, won Cork Week, the Vice-Admiral’s Cup and the Winter Series twice – class and overall. They are a pretty hard-driving couple, with the redoubtable Kirsty wasting no time after a prolonged battle with cancer. She has been clear for four years and is looking forward to the next ‘J-Dream’ chapter. ‘It’s a new challenge for us. That’s what it is all about,’ she confirms, underlining why a move to the J/111 was a ‘no-brainer’ for them. ‘It’s a one-design class which is growing in popularity. When you look at the other manufacturers, there is nothing else offering the same support as the J-Boats brand.’ As close friends of the J-Boats UK team, David and Kirsty insisted on test sailing the boat themselves. ‘Most of all it was a huge amount of fun. We took it out without Paul Heys [J-Boats’ UK dealer] on board and came back grinning from ear to ear.’ Why no Paul? ‘We have been out with Paul many times before, of course, and you do it his way or not at all,’ she grins. ‘So we took it out with our own crew, really just to see if we could get around without having a professional kick us around the race course. There was a lot of chat about how the J/111 was not good under IRC and that those that have done well have only done so with pro’s on board. So we went and raced against the First 45 – we traded a couple of tacks on the

first beat, beat them to the windward mark, held them on the reach and blew them away downwind. We ended up beating them by 15 minutes on the water. Our lads did that, and we were able to say we were not pro’d up.’ Their test race was the perfect, enduring tonic: ‘I then had a really rubbish week at work. Every time I felt bad I went outside, thought about what a great weekend it had been and thought: “we just want to do this.” We have been thinking about it a long time: we had talked to J-Boats’ Jeff Johnstone at first when he originally designed it.’ ‘It is a fantastic fleet and it is still growing. People are a bit concerned that the J/111 is a replacement for the J/109 but I think it is a totally different market. It would scare half the 109 fleet. But it is something different. And it feels just like when we moved from the J/105 to the J/109 – we had done all we felt we could. ‘I learned last year sailing the Corby in the Commodores’ Cup that there is a big difference sailing

Against the First 45, we beat them to the windward mark, held them on the reach and blew them away downwind. IRC and one-design. In one-design you get in front and stay in the front. It doesn’t matter if it is the right way or the wrong way, as long as you stay between the rest of the fleet and the next mark. We were pretty good at getting to the front and just staying there to be honest. I think it will be a total eye-opener in terms of gaining or losing on each leg.’ ‘We are looking forward to the challenge of IRC. A lot of people have said that ‘J-Dream’ does not have an offshore record, but maybe by the end of 2012 ‘J-Dream’ will have an offshore record, we will wait and see. But first we learn – get on that learning curve again getting in as much sailing as we possibly can in all different conditions. We have retained the fastest mast man in the 109 fleet and I am looking forward to having something which is three quarters of a ton lighter, and is pretty much the same length with a big kite that we can go downwind and go “woooohooo”.’ The growth of the one-design fleet looks very promising: ‘We think five or six at Cowes, then 10-12 at the Europeans, say four in Holland and three or four in France. I am sure the big grins when we come off the water will sell more boats. We will put up with the IRC racing for the first year or so and I am sure the one-design fleet will grow. If you get 20 J/111s out in a couple of years’ time that will be fantastic.’

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Opinion

Jeremy Evans Multihulls bring excitement to the racecourse…

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he third round of the America’s Cup World Series takes place at San Diego from November 12-20, faced with the challenge of rivaling the superb second round off Plymouth Hoe in September. Was this the best regatta of all time? From the spectators’ point of view, the answer has to be ‘Yes’. Not only for the lucky thousands who witnessed this most thrilling display of professional sailboat racing in such a perfect natural amphitheatre, but also for the many more around the world who tuned in to the great live coverage of every race. It used to be a fact that televised sailboat racing tended to be incomprehensible and boring, which is still true for the vast majority of regattas, not least the Olympics with its surfeit of plodding vintage and veteran classes. Apart from superior speed, catamarans look great with flying hulls and potential dramatic capsizes. This was clear at a Champions event in Travemunde several years ago, where Tornados and 49ers entertained spectators within 100m of the shore. For sure 49ers are awesome high-performance boats, but the Tornados looked more spectacular. This leads to the obvious conclusion that the 2016 Olympic cat should be fully powered for light winds and overpowered in moderate to strong winds, with the ability to tack or gybe in a few seconds and a tendency to pitch-pole when crews can’t handle the conditions. Briefly put: big sails, short hulls and very light sailing weight. Mitch Booth did a great job as commentator during the Plymouth AC event. This marks an interesting career move and poses the question: ‘Whatever happened to the Hobie Pro Team?’ Mitch was the mainstay of Hobiecat Europe’s formidable team of racers assembled on the inspiration and enthusiasm of John Dinsdale who ran

Hobiecat at Hyeres for more than two decades. John cut his teeth sailing and racing the Hobie 14 from the time it was launched by Hobie Alter in 1968. He liked the boat so much that he started importing Hobies into Germany, which led to management and ownership of the Hobiecat factory in France. With the launch of the Hobie Tiger in the mid-1990s, John took a big commercial gamble backing the new Formula 18. The Tiger won seven F18 worlds and countless other events, providing the foundation that allowed Formula 18 to become the world’s favourite high-performance cat class. As well as racing, Mitch Booth worked on R&D with fellow Australian Gavin Colby, an extremely talented amateur racer who won the 2002 Hobie 16 World Championship ahead of Mitch Booth and finished runner-up on a Tiger in the F18 worlds. The team expanded to include Darren Bundock, Glenn Ashby, Mischa Heemskerk and J. C. Mourniac, but after 15 years in production, the Tiger was steadily overhauled

The 2016 Olympic cat should be overpowered in moderate to strong winds with a tendency to pitch-pole... by newer designs led by the Nacra Infusion. Hobiecat Europe responded by developing the Hobie Wildcat, but failed to win the 2009 F18 world championship. The following year a Wildcat did win, but by that stage, John Dinsdale had sold out and retired from Hobiecat Europe and the new owners probably wondered what was the point in continuing to fund a Hobie Pro Team.

The Olympic cat

ISAF sprang a few surprises with their specification for a new Olympic cat, which must fit inside a 20-foot container with a two-part mast and maximum width of 2.59m for legal trailing. The FRP hulls must be unsinkable when holed and the boat is expected to race in winds from 5-25 knots when ‘higher winds will reward the skill and experience of sailors’ within a 120-140kg weight range. This leaves an apparent fight between the established F16 Viper, brand-new F16 Nacra and classic Hobie Tiger. Possible outsiders include a Viper Extreme with more power for Olympic sailors, plus a second Nacra project that could be an Infusion one-design. A main point of contention is the requirement for a twopart mast, which will surely be heavier, more complex and a lot more expensive than standard single sections used by all serious cat-racing classes with the exception of the Extreme 40!

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Green Comm brought the total of ‘flippers’ to three. She was caught as she bore away and tripped over her bow before falling sideways

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ALIVE Bob Fisher records the dramatic spectacle as the AC World Series hits Plymouth, and we assess the programme and teams for 2012. December 2011

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he America’s Cup World Series certainly has the ‘Wow!’ factor. The first two regattas have also shown that practice is all-important, and that race practice is doubly beneficial. When the going got tough, it was the experienced teams that came out on top – staying out of trouble proving as important as boat speed. What began to show in Plymouth was that the ‘new’ teams are catching up fast and that the ‘big’ teams – Oracle, Artemis and Emirates Team New Zealand – while strong and experienced do not always have things going their way. Racing improves the techniques of the teams’ individuals; it hones their reaction speeds and in the AC-45s this is of primary importance. It was clear, as the week progressed, that the teams with the most to gain were closing the gap that existed in Cascais.

Essential practice The first weekend was devoted to practice racing and with the wind in the south-west, the race committee was forced to reduce the leg length to 0.6 miles. ‘We are having to make a compromise between top-class yacht racing and a dog and pony show,’ laughed one of the race committee. Dean Barker and the Kiwi team started where they left off in Cascais, nailing the first start and pulling away

THE SERIES the america’s cup World Series is a regular circuit of regattas, bringing cup racing to top venues around the world. Raced in AC45 cutting-edge multihulls, powered by towering wingsails, the boats are mini versions of the giant mulithulls due to be used for the next America’s Cup in 2013. The AC World Series aims to raise the profile of the Cup and assist teams with preparation for the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series and the America’s Cup Final. Calendar The schedule is only partially confirmed, with racing running through 2012 and early 2013, before the challenger series starts in June 2013. America’s Cup World Series San Diego, USA - November 12-20, 2011 Naples, ITA April 7-18, 2012 Venice, ITA - May 12-20, 2012 Newport, Rhode Island, USA - June 23 - July 1, 2012 America’s Cup Challenger Series and final Louis Vuitton Cup (Challenger Series): July 4 – September 1, 2013 America’s Cup Match (Finals): September, 7-22, 2013

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to win with relative ease to finish clear of Jimmy Spithill’s crew in Oracle 4, with Artemis third. In the next race, Spithill was a runaway winner from Artemis and New Zealand. Barker displayed true technique at the start of the third race, placing New Zealand at the leeward end of the line for the short reach to the first gate. It took the Kiwis to an early lead, which they were not to surrender. The day’s sailing concluded with a series of 500m speed trials and there’s a lot of luck that determines the result of these. It all depends on how strongly the wind blows during the 40-odd seconds that each boat hurtles down the course at around 24 knots. Russell Coutts with his veteran crew in Oracle 5 posted the best time, entering the course at top speed and holding a gust throughout the distance to complete the run in 39.69 seconds to be the fastest of the day at 45.35kph (24.49 knots).

Spectacular gusts Next day the wind was up to 22-25 knots with a top gust of 27.5. Some of the teams managed to race the whole way round, but three succumbed to the stronger gusts – it was everything the organisers have been wanting. Terry Hutchinson’s Artemis team made the early running in the first race, but a technical breakdown caused the withdrawal of the Swedish team. Artemis had been third around the first mark but went ahead after being alone in setting a spinnaker on the short downwind leg. It was when she tacked with the new leeward runner still set-up that the damage to the wing occurred. That left Dean Barker with Team New Zealand and Jimmy Spithill’s Oracle Racing 4 battling at the front of the fleet. Spithill eased away from his rival as big black gusts blew across Plymouth Sound, catching some of the opposition unawares. Bertrand Pacé’s Team Aleph was the first to fall. It happened when she bore away for the downwind leg, dug in the leeward bow and began to twist as she oh-so-slowly fell sideways. Team Korea was next, and much more spectacularly. Chris Draper and his crew had seemingly successfully negotiated the turn to go downwind when they were caught by a stronger gust as the boat accelerated and dug its bows beneath the surface. The sterns rose and a shout from aft called ‘Cut the jib!’ But the call went unanswered and Korea went over.

The rules for this competition are different from those of ISAF in that they allow outside assistance in the event of a capsize. Draper was full of praise for his shore crew: ‘Thanks to them,’ he said, ‘we were righted and able to finish the course.’ With the race almost over, Green Comm brought the total of ‘flippers’ to three. She was caught classically with too little way on as she bore away and tripped over her bow before falling sideways. That left just five boats to contest the speed trials. The opening run by Team New Zealand of 37.99 seconds looked good; particularly when Jimmy Spithill threatened to make it four capsizes in the middle of his run. As time was running out, Oracle 5 hit the start at pace and carried a gust down the course to record a time 51 hundredths of a second faster than the Kiwis for a speed of 25.92 knots (or 48.00kph).

Onto the match racing On Wednesday the first of the three ‘seeding’ races for the match racing saw considerable activity despite the light breeze that never topped 10 knots. The lead changed frequently


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left Team Korea’s capsize was one of the most spectacular of the event. below ETNZ wins the first race, having led the fleet away from the start.

Photo: tom Gruitt/Y&Y*

during the 40-minute race due to big variations in wind pressure. Loick Peyron’s Energy Team battled at the front with Jimmy Spithill in Oracle 4 and by the fourth mark were ahead after splitting sides of the course. Then Terry Hutchinson and Artemis came into the mix and a battle royal emerged at the front of the fleet. Finally it was Artemis from Energy Team and Oracle 4 third ahead of Team New Zealand. The next two races were shorter and in slightly stronger breeze, at just 20 minutes each, which put considerable importance on the start. The Kiwis nailed it and led Energy Team at the first mark, with Team Korea fighting for third with New Zealand. On the beat Team Korea went offshore and gained considerably to lead around the next mark and finish ahead of the Kiwis, with Oracle 5 third. The final race was a tough one for Dean Barker and New Zealand. They were inches early at the start, along with Bertrand Pacé and Aleph, and returned to the back of the pack. Loick Peyron led the charge with China Team and Team Korea in hot pursuit

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Immaculate timing The first of Thursday’s three 40-minute races saw Artemis lead from a perfectly timed start. After the downwind leg, New Zealand went for the left-hand gate and moved temporarily into the lead, but Artemis claimed the inside overlap at the weather mark and gained on the second run. The Kiwis maintained the pressure to the end and finished just three seconds behind, with Loick Peyron’s Energy Team third. The next two races were just 20 minutes each. The first was a ‘Big Boys’ race with Artemis leading New Zealand and Jimmy Spithill in Oracle Racing 4 spearheading the fleet. The final race saw a resurgence by Russell Coutts, who bolted from the start and took the right-hand side on the second leg to establish a lead that was never challenged. Unsurprisingly Artemis was second ahead of China Team. It gave the Swedish team a bye

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downwind as Artemis also came into the reckoning. Artemis rounded the leeward gate a length ahead of Energy Team, but on the beat New Zealand made huge gains to round the top mark second behind Artemis. Terry Hutchinson took Artemis to her second win of the day, while a second for Team New Zealand gave her second overall in the seeding. Korea’s third also placed her in the same overall position as did Energy Team’s fourth. The two Oracle boats had their worst day since racing in AC45s began, with Coutts and Spithill finishing fifth and sixth.

into the semi-finals, while Emirates Team New Zealand would meet Oracle 5 (Coutts) in the other.

Spinnaker woes The match between Green Comm and Aleph was in a westerly 12-knot breeze. Aleph started at pace, winning the sprint to the first mark. Green Comm closed on the first windward leg but Aleph held sway for most of the race. At the penultimate mark Aleph had a problem setting her gennaker and Green Comm took full advantage to pass and take the winning flag. China incurred a pre-start penalty in her match with Korea, leaving the advantage to Chris Draper who kept a loose cover on his opponent to win by 14 seconds. The next race caused no surprise; it was a procession with

Jimmy Spithill in Oracle 4 beating Green Comm by 1:09. Oracle 4 was back on the course for the next race – against Korea. By then the wind was up to 19 knots. The prestart was spirited and Oracle 4 crossed the start line with pace to round the first mark with a narrow lead. She held this to the third mark and downwind the boats were neck and neck, going to different sides of the leeward gate. Korea went ahead on the final beat and Oracle 4 almost capsized on rounding the weather mark as Team Korea sped away to a 1:06 victory. Korea then met Loick Peyron’s Energy Team, which had finished fifth in the seeding races and after a close battle all the way round emerged as victors by six seconds.

above Getting the reaching starts right proved to be a deciding factor in the outcome of each race.

Semi-finals The first of these was a best-of-three match between Emirates Team New Zealand and Russell Coutts’ Oracle 5. In the first, Coutts didn’t make life easy for his team by going outside the boundary in the pre-start and incurring a second penalty before crossing the line with a ‘love tap’, as Dean Barker described it when the two boats came together. New Zealand led for two laps, but Oracle 5 hit a good righthand shift on the third beat and went ahead to win. The next two races went to the Kiwis – the first after the best tacking duel that has been seen with these boats. First up on Friday was the semi-final between Terry Hutchinson’s topseeded Artemis Racing and the surprise winner from the lower orders, Team Korea. Artemis led out of the start and held off Korea until a lay-line error at

left The AC45 is considerably smaller than the AC72 which will be used for the America’s Cup itself - the figure on the far left gives an idea of how huge the actual Cup machines will be.

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above The Hoe at Plymouth provided a perfect auditorium for spectators to watch the thrills and spills. RIGHt James Spithill leading ETNZ in a tight battle.

the windward gate, when Team Korea went ahead to win. Then Artemis was penalised for entering the starting box too early, but a bad gennaker set by Korea allowed the Swedish team to lead at the leeward gate. Draper opted to tack seawards, picked up a left hand shift to lead at the weather gate. Hutchinson closed downwind, but it was not enough and Korea took the match 2-0. The best-of-three final match between Team Korea and Emirates Team New Zealand headed the penultimate day of the regatta. The wind was considerably more variable in the rain than it had been earlier, hovering under 16 knots and dropping at one point to just five knots. In the first match Dean Barker started to leeward and beat Draper to the first mark and led all the way round to win. The second match involved some sophisticated pre-start manoeuvres, with Barker keeping Draper the wrong side of the committee boat. It was

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pretty to watch, but not for Korea who trailed the Kiwis all the way round. Team Zew Zealand became the Match Racing Champion of Plymouth.

Out with a blast! The match racing was not the conclusion of the event – another day of fleet racing followed: ‘Today the forecast is for wind from between 290 and 320 degrees,’ said Iain Murray with an impish grin on his face as he added, ‘at 19-22 knots, with gusts of

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30.’ It was close to the top limit for racing AC-45s. ‘It’s all about survival,’ predicted Jimmy Spithill, while Loick Peyron said: ‘It will be a hard day.’ Just before the start of the winnertakes-all fleet championship race, a wind shift brought a reversion to the normal course, but that didn’t stop the fun and games. It was hell on the water for the majority. Peyron was first to flip, forced to capsize to avoid a stalled and reversing Team Korea. Then Vasiliji Zbogar aboard

Aleph

China Team

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Sweden

France

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Defender

Challenger of Record

Challenger

Challenger

Golden Gate YC

Royal Swedish Yacht Club

Aleph Yacht Club

Mei Fan Yacht Club

CEO: Russell Coutts (NZL)

Skipper: Terry Hutchinson (USA)

Skipper: Bertrand Pacé (FRA)

Skipper: Charlie Ogletree (USA)

Team includes: James Spithill (AUS),

Team includes: Santiago Lange, Iain

Team includes: Alain Gautier (FRA),

Team includes: Derek Clark (AUS),

Darren Bundock (AUS), Simon

Percy (GBR), Kevin Hall (USA), Curtis

Mikael Mergui (FRA), Nicolas Heintz

Andreas Hagara (AUT), Ma Jain

Daubney (NZL), Shannon Falcone,

Blewett (CAN), Phil Jameson (NZL),

(FRA), Francois Verdier (FRA), Fred

(CHN), Cheng Ying Git (CHN), Will

Murray Jones (NZL), Dirk de Ridder

Craig Monk (NZL), Sean Clarkson

Lemaistre (FRA), Arnaud Psarofaghis

Howden (GBR), Graeme Spence

(NED), John Kostecki (USA).

(NZL), Rodney Arden (NZL).

(SUI), Thomas Lebreton (FRA).

(AUS), Sylvian Barielle (USA).

When Oracle Racing won the America’s Cup in 2010, owner Larry Ellison succeeded in his goal of bringing the America’s Cup ‘home’ to the United States. Led by four-times winner Russell Coutts as CEO and skipper James Spithill – the youngest Cup winner – Oracle has assembled a formidable team to defend the trophy in San Francisco.

Artemis Racing is the Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup. In addition to the America’s Cup World Series, the team competes in the Extreme Sailing Series, and the RC44 Championship Tour. Artemis Racing represents the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS), Sweden’s largest and oldest sailing club. An international sailing team includes gold medallist Iain Percy.

Bertrand Pacé is a veteran of six America’s Cup campaigns. He is also one of the top helms on the World Match Racing Tour and leads the French-dominated sailing team. Technical director, Vendée Globe winner Alain Gautier, is no stranger to powerful multihulls, having been an ORMA 60 skipper for more than 10 years, it’s a potentially formidable partnership.

China Team will be powered by mainly Chinese sailors. This is the second challenge for China, led again by chairman Wang Chaoyong. Thierry Barot, CEO of China Team and a 25 year America’s Cup veteran, is leading the teams under the guidance of Olympic coach Derek Clark, skipper Charlie Ogletree, and helmsman Andreas Hagara.

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overtook Coutts, but Spithill made no mistakes and finished 18 seconds ahead. Team New Zealand’s second place keeps her on top of the season’s championship table by a single point from Oracle 4.

The line-up going forward

Green Comm was caught port and starboard by Artemis in the pre-start and there was a ‘mounting’ with Green Comm’s port rudder over the bow of Artemis. Green Comm was forced to retire when Zbogar was injured in the incident. China Team flipped on the first leg when fourth. The two Oracle boats and New Zealand led the charge to the first mark. Coutts led around from New Zealand and Spithill. Behind them came Team Korea and Aleph. The

Team NZ New Zealand Challenger Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

Kiwis went to the front by going to the seaward gate. Upwind the three leaders swapped places frequently. At the weather gate Coutts led by 20 seconds from Spithill. Spithill, going to the left gate, gained over the others as they reached downwind, peaking in excess of 30 knots, and led by three seconds from Coutts at the leeward gate with the Kiwis a further six seconds behind. Spithill stretched the lead upwind. On the third beat New Zealand

Energy Team,

To date, there are seven challengers going forward for the 2013 America’s Cup, making a total of eight competitors including the Defender, Golden Gate YC. The challengers represent six countries, with the USA facing attempts from Sweden, France, New Zealand, China, Korea, and Spain to take away the trophy. It seems likely that this will be the final line-up, although 14 yacht clubs originally submitted Notices of Challenge. One was declined by GGYC for reasons not yet disclosed, and six have withdrawn or been excused from competition. Mascalzone Latino, resigned in midMay. Venezia Challenge, was ‘excused from further participation’ in July and Team Australia appeared to have missed some financial obligations, three more remain un-named. The window for entries closed at the end of March this year, but the Protocol permits late entries at the discretion of GGYC. While some entries may not make it to the final Cup startline, it looks likely that a late entry will come in the form of Luna Rossa - the team controlled by Prada’s chief executive Patrizio Bertelli. One thing’s for sure - we won’t know the final line-up until 2013.

Green Comm

France

Spain

Challenger

Challenger

Yacht Club de France

Real Club Nautico de Valencia

Team includes: Adam Beashel (NZL),

CEO: Bruno Peyron (FRA)

Skipper: Vasilij Žbogar (ESP)

Chris McAsey (NZL), Dean Barker

Team includes: Loick Peyron (FRA),

Team includes: Ed Wright (GBR),

(NZL), Chris Ward (NZL), Glen Ashby

Pete Greenhalgh (GBR), Christophe

Anthony Nossiter (AUS), Pete

(AUS), James Dagg (NZL), Jeremy

Andre (FRA), Devan le Bihan (FRA),

Cummings (GBR), Alex Muscat (ESP),

Lomas (NZL), Ray Davies, Rob Waddell

White Tiger Korea Challenger Sail Korea Yacht Club Team includes: Chris Draper (GBR) Troy Trindall (NZL), Chris Brittle (GBR), Matt Cornwell (GBR), Mark Bulkeley (GBR), Brett Bakewell-White (NZL), Tom Kiff (NZL), Ross Lefrank (AUS), Dan

Jean-Sébastien Ponce (FRA), Yann

Fernando Leon (ESP), Simon Hiscocks

(NZL) Winston Mcfarlane (NZL).

Guichard (FRA)

(GBR), Zach Railey (USA)

Brooks (NZL).

Team New Zealand, twice winner of the America’s Cup, has taken one of the world’s top monohull teams into the new world of multihulls. The well-funded Kiwi team can be expected to be among the top challengers. Led by managing director Grant Dalton and skipper Dean Barker, they will once again carry the hopes of their small island nation.

Barely a month after the official announcement that the 34th America’s Cup would be sailed in wing-sailed multihulls, the Peyron brothers – both legends in offshore multihull racing – announced they wanted to ‘unite the French knowhow’ in a challenge to win the prestigious trophy. A largely French line-up also includes Britain’s Pete Greenhalgh.

Green Comm Racing aims to be part of the America’s Cup for the next 10 years. The team sees the America’s Cup as an opportunity to rally some of the best minds in the world to design and manufacture the ultimate renewable energy machine, a winning America’s Cup boat. A largely Spanish and British line-up on the sailing team so far.

Team Korea aims to bring the technological resources of Korea to the Cup. Founded by Kim DongYoung, an accomplished sailor and the organiser of one of the biggest prize money sailing events in the world, The Korea Match Cup. Young has realistic ambitions for this first effort and has pulled in British and New Zealand talent to help get things started.

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Ben’s best race A ll of us have a favourite race – it might not be one we necessarily finished first in, but a race where we sailed out of our skins, a race where we found a different gear. Sometimes it’s one we never knew we were capable of, other times it’s the result of moving our skills onto a new level. The superstars of our sport are no different – they carry with them some real nuggets of gold. Performances that they keep with them their whole life, performances that enable them to move on to the next stage of their career. Performances they can remember and relive to help pull themselves through the tougher times - a constant reminder of what they are capable of and the success that’s there to be rediscovered, even when results aren’t going their way. To kick off our new series we thought there was no one better than Ben Ainslie. After all he’s perhaps the best sailor the world has ever seen, but he has also had his share of challenges in the Finn class after returning following periods of Match Racing and America’s Cup competition.

on the eve of his selection for the 2012 olympics, Gael Pawson talked to Ben Ainslie about his best ever race and what he learnt from the experience

Earlier this year he had to settle for second place behind one of the young up and coming Finn sailors in Miami, but he found his feet, was selected for the Pre-Olympics and made his mark there, taking gold with an impressive 31-point margin.

That race Ben knows a thing or two about being at the top of your game and needing to regain form after an absence. He also knows a thing or two about winning: the race he picked was pivotal one in his career – the last race in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games when he was racing the Laser against another of the world’s legendary sailors, Brazil’s Robert Scheidt. This race was one that stands out for anyone fortunate enough to witness it, whether in person or on a television screen, and was all the more poignant because a teenage Ben had been beaten by Scheidt using similar match racing

tactics in Savannah at the Atlanta Games four years earlier. ‘It was obviously the deciding race, a huge race with a lot of pressure and I decided to try to push Robert to the back of the fleet and force him to use his discard,’ explains Ben. This would secure gold for Ben – tough gamesmanship but all part of the sport of sailing. It was no good just sailing his own race, Ben had tried that in Savannah and lost out. The gold medal wasn’t going to elude him a second time. ‘That obviously meant engaging in some prestart manoeuvres, trying to slow Robert up and make his life as hard as possible, to try to get control of him, to take his wind to slow him and hold him back within the fleet,’ continues Ben. ‘That was something which I guess we trained for a little bit, although not very much – it’s something in fleet racing that you don’t really train for so much. So it was a bit difficult.’

The pre-start Ben’s first attempt started well, but then disaster struck: ‘Unfortunately the race was postponed about 30 seconds before the start. The problem with that was it gave Robert, some warning – obviously he then realised what my

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game-plan was, so he was much more prepared for it by the time we restarted the race 30 minutes later.’ And so it began all over again, ‘The countdown went, the five minute gun, and so I decided to engage with Robert,’ recalls Ben. ‘His tactic really was just to sail round and round the committee boat to try and stop me getting control of him and so we did that for about two minutes I think until we had about one minute 30 to go before the start,’ Ben obviously remembers it like it was yesterday. ‘Then Robert made a dash for the middle of line with me chasing after him in hot pursuit. About 20 seconds before the start Robert went into a gap to line up and there was room for me to come into leeward so I could luff Robert up head to wind. I really parked him up so when the gun went and we bore away back down to close-hauled, he was really in a bad situation, slow and no speed. We ended up having contact – which was his foul – and he ended up having to take a 720 penalty.’

It’s not over until… below Robert eventually got ahead of Ben, but fouled him in the process and still wasn’t able to finish high enough up the fleet to secure gold.

Although he couldn’t have hoped for a better start, Ben was very aware there was a lot of racing to go. ‘That was obviously fantastic as far as the start was concerned. However, in these situations – and it’s really something I’ve learnt since – with a sailor the

calibre of Robert Scheidt, you just can’t afford to leave it with him having a bad start, because most probably he’s going to catch up through the fleet. So I had to stop and wait for him.’ For those watching, an amazing tacking duel ensued. ‘All up that first beat I was sitting on his wind tackfor-tack. I think we did something like 54 tacks up that first upwind leg with Robert trying to break free and me matching him! ‘It was incredibly intense because of what was at stake, the pressure. Both of us were fighting incredibly hard to either keep in control or regain control. It’s funny how you do remember a lot of what happened. I remember coming out of one tack – the Laser is obviously a pretty dynamic boat and you tack pretty quickly – I remember coming out of one tack and just catching the toe strap with my big toe and holding on rather than falling out of the boat!’ Ben laughs about it now but at the time that was so nearly game over, ‘I remember thinking to myself how close it was to disaster,’ he says, ‘but luckily I held on and kept control pretty much throughout the race.’

The final lap

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On the final lap the wind went particularly fluky and Robert eventually broke free of Ben’s clutches. ‘I remember him picking up

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a different breeze from the other side of Sydney Harbour and planing into the windward mark while the rest of the fleet in the lead were in a big hole of wind… Certainly that moment I was very anxious because I thought I’d done enough to hold him back, and all of a sudden he’d found this private band of pressure and he was rapidly catching back up to the fleet – to where he needed to get to win the gold. ‘I remember going down the final run to the finish counting the number of boats, I think Robert needed to overtake one more boat to get into the result he needed and he never quite managed to do it, so that was certainly a huge relief, but still there was inevitably going to be a protest. So it ended up being a very high pressure extremely anxious race and also 3-4 hours following that with the protest and everything that goes with that.’

Lifetime lessons So what does Ben carry with him from that race, which is a continuing influence on his sailing? ‘Certainly realising that if you are going to stop someone in those sort of tactical situations you’ve actually got to do a very good job. You’ve got to not only win the start, but you’ve then got to hold them back, not just for the first leg or the second leg, but for the whole race. Sailors who are that good just need a sniff of an opportunity to catch


and you would be quite within your rights… not to give up, but wonder if there was any way out of it at all. ‘In most instances there is and experience proves that it doesn’t matter how bad the situation, there is always something you can draw from it, there’s always some opportunity. You’ve always just got to keep pushing 100 per cent to do the best you can and normally in the long run throughout an event or a series it makes a difference.’

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up with the rest of the fleet – that was definitely something that I learnt. ‘I guess I proved to myself that I could handle big pressure situations, which is something that has helped me a lot and gave me a lot of confidence going forward. ‘I guess there were a few tactical situations in there, mark-rounding situations, which are probably a little bit different now because the rules have changed from what they were back then in 2000, but still in terms of whilst you are in that position trying to hold someone back. Also thinking ahead about the next tactical move and how you can best position yourself to make sure you inflict as much pain on the other boat as possible… ‘It sounds a bit nasty really doesn’t it!’ Ben laughs, but it’s an important part of what makes a top athlete great – having that edge, that determination, that cold-blooded desire to win and the focus to make it happen – very different from the ‘nice guy’ on shore. When playing the game every rule has to be used to advantage.

Any room for improvement? Was there anything Ben feels he could have done better? ‘Yes for sure. Robert fouled me to get ahead in the end and maybe I should have tried harder to resist that, even if he did foul me, to ultimately stay in front and in control. At the time I felt that I’d done enough,

but in reality, with what happened and my experience since, I probably needed to do more, to be safer. That’s something I’ve taken forward with me. So I think it’s a case of no matter how confident you are in your situation in a race you can never afford to be complacent. Even in a standard race where you’re going well and you’re not trying to take someone

Ben has to be Britain’s greatest hope of a gold medal in the Olympics next year, and his most recent display was at the pre-Olympic test event. How did he feel that went? ‘Great yes I was obviously delighted with the result. An important selection regatta and an important learning process I think for next summer and the Olympics. To have the opportunity to race on those courses in a similar-sized fleet against similar competition… yes a very important week on a number of fronts and very happy with the overall result.’ Was there a key race in that event? ‘I think yes, the last fleet race where I managed to give my main opposition a penalty in the prestart. We were both late for the start, but that was really my game-plan, to to try to get him outside his discard to give myself

You’ve got to not only win the start, you’ve then got to hold them back... out but you’re having a good race and everything’s going well and you start relaxing, that, in my experience generally tends to be the time when something goes wrong. So never be complacent and always try to work harder to improve your position.’

Drawing on experience Have those memories helped Ben? Especially in recent times, when he’s returned from long breaks in the Finn, his steed for the next Olympics, and found himself not always at the front… ‘Yes definitely you do draw on your experience. I think sailing definitely rewards experience and there are times when you are in terrible situations

as much of a points buffer as possible going into the medal race. ‘I was able to do that in the start and managed to sail through and win the race as well, which pretty much wrapped up the event. So that was a good race, I was happy with the way I sailed through the fleet.’ It was enough to impress the selectors as well and cement Ben’s position on the team, which was announced a few weeks later. So Ben Ainslie goes for his fifth Olympic medal, and his fourth Olympic gold, in home waters in Weymouth next July. We’re looking forward to another impressive display by one of the best sailors the world has ever seen.

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photo: Ian Roman/audI medcup*

The crew are all a bit shaken‌ the power and potential of these highly loaded boats is fully apparent.

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TOUGH AT THE TOP Neal Pawson races the TP52 ‘Ran’ with tactician Gavin Brady and owner driver Niklas Zennström

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Tough at the top

photo: neal pawson

right Brady surveys the tight fleet to leeward

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required reaction speed for penalties awarded by the circuit’s on-the-water umpires with Kiwi trimmer Jon Grunderson, Tim Powell and Steve Hayles all adding to the debate. Lots of fittings are pared down on the boat to keep the centre of gravity as low as possible: the frames from the 20:20 displays have been removed and fittings have been customised. Apart from the instruments on the mast there is just Steve Hayles’ computer.

Breeze on The breeze seems consistently up so a sail transfer is called – J1.5 for J3 – after a little chat between the Brits. Brady stands back from this keeping his own council. Weather inputs are still coming through and Hayles relays these though he reckons there is still more to come. Five minutes later a big gust hits us and another transfer is called for – the A2 spinnaker being traded for an A4. Tim, Hayles and Brady discuss the strategy for the start. Brady is vociferous: ‘It’s a long line, there will be plenty of time to come in late and find space. Not late, but “late”,’ he quickly quantifies! Spinnaker trimmer Andy Hemmings is looking up the track at the wind. It is still not clear whether the left or right is favoured with the breeze funneling either side of Point Rouge making pressure visible on both sides of the track. Brady checks it out too, before quietly repeating his strategy to Niklas as the Swede takes the helm. ‘The big thing is to get in phase with the shifts,’ sums up Brady. ‘One minute thirty to the start,’ calls Hayles as we sweep down the line. Both pings are good he confirms as we fly pass the pin. We spin round and head back towards the committee boat and he starts calling out time from the line.

photo: Ian Roman/audI medcup*

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he ‘Ran’ team is a familiar sight in the Solent and races with the Royal Southern YC on its transom alongside the KSSS of owner and Skype founder Niklas Zennström’s native Sweden. A step down in size from the team’s 72ft mini-maxi of the same name that was launched last year, the results were a little slow in coming after entering the TP52 class in Cascais. But by the second MedCup regatta in Marseilles the team was stringing together consistent finishes in the top half of the fleet. With a crew of Brits filling half the spots on board, this is almost a second home team albeit one that flies the Swedish flag. Experienced TP52 campaigners including navigator Steve Hayles and main trimmer Tim Powell, as well as top-level tactician Gavin Brady, helped bring them rapidly up to speed in this highly competitive circuit. I joined them on a blustery day, filling in the guest spot normally occupied by Niklas’s wife Catherine as she took a rare day off. The wind was up and down and the sun dropped in and out behind clouds as there were mutterings of an upcoming mistral. Niklas, one of two amateur helmsmen currently on the circuit, had posted a promising second just before I climbed aboard that had them sitting in second place on the leader board for the Marseilles MedCup Trophy. Niklas’ take on their performance relative to the fleet was of slow upwind and fast down. As we wait for the pin to be re-laid tactician Gavin Brady takes the opportunity to talk Niklas through a couple of the situations that they found themselves in during the previous race. There is an open discussion on the

Hemmings keeps a close eye on the compass: ‘Right shift at the moment.’ ‘Copy that,’ Brady acknowledges standing at the shoulder guiding Niklas. ‘Don’t want to get much further away from the line than this,’ says Brady and calls a tack over below ‘Quantum’. We drop down a bit trying to burn time but keep speed. Brady calls a double tack to keep space to leeward on ‘Container’. We tack through, get up to speed and then tack back, tight below ‘Quantum’ again but with endless space below to accelerate into. Niklas puts the bow down as the last seconds are counted down and we hit the line at full chat. Hayles calls the relative speed and heading to ‘Quantum’ from his position on the rail alongside Brady behind Niklas and Tim who are snuggled up together. Niklas sits upright while Tim is arched forward working the mainsail.

Off the line We foot fast and 2011 GBR flag carriers at the MedCup, ‘Gladiator’ are doing us a favour by slowly rolling


over the top of ‘Quantum’ to weather. ‘Quantum’ splits and the rest of the fleet start taking transoms to get right, except ‘Audi All4One’ who sailed a blinder out of the start and clear well in front of us. ‘Any chance of heading right Gavin?’ asks Tim. ‘No chance yet,’ comes the reply. We are pinned in by ‘Gladiator’. There are mutterings of ‘come on Maniac’, referring to Chris Main tactician on ‘Gladiator’. ‘Gladiator’ finally tacks and we go with them, leaving only ‘Container’ on the left side of the course. We hook into a big left-hander and duck ‘Audi All4One’s’ transom as they come back across. The breeze is still up and down. Brady has his head up a little bit above the rest of the crew as they hike folded from the waist, giving him the ability to scan the horizon. He is continually fed information from Hayles on one side and Hemmings on the other. We seem to have height on ‘Container’. We have good speed too and manage to squeeze up to her line and ping her off. Brady calls a tack right on top of ‘Quantum’ as all the fleet converge, tacking in front, on top

and below one another. Ducks by porttackers are left to the last minute as teams try to avoid being slam-dunked. Bowsprits scythe sweeping arcs in the air with the boats all charging along at over nine knots in 20+ knots of wind. We call ‘Container’ for water to tack for ‘Bribon’ on starboard, then ‘Quantum’ comes to us. There is a moment of calm as we set up for the layline having slipped back in the melée, with only ‘Audi Azzura’ and ‘Gladiator’ behind as ‘Synergy’ approaches on port, sniffing the two boat-length gap between us and ‘Bribon’. Brady is on his feet and screaming: ‘There is no way, there is no room!’ ‘Synergy’ spins in front, and settles on the new tack. There is a pause before Brady calls Niklas to luff up. It all seems a bit false and late but Brady is waving and screaming towards the on-the-water umpires. There is some confusion in getting the red flag out and it takes Brady’s repeated instructions to get it to happen. Then it is hampered as the tape around the flag refuses to budge. When it finally flies it results in a green

flag from the umpires due to the delay in displaying the protest flag. We will never know what the result might have been… Brady berates the crew in their slackness and boat captain Chris Hoskins is making puddles of blood having barked his shins in his attempt to clear the offending tape.

above Tacking – ‘Ran’ appears to have good speed upwind

Frantic action By this time we are approaching the spreader mark and there is a frantic scramble to get the kite up. No sooner is it up then a big gust strikes. Niklas pumps the helm and the boat flies. Unfortunately so does the rest of the fleet and we merely hold our position. As the gust goes through Brady looks to gybe, we spin round onto port but pretty soon it becomes apparent it’s not the way to go. ‘Audi Azzura’, who gybe-set at the mark behind us, looks dead out to the left. We gybe back and as we close on the layline, Hayles assesses the approaches being taken by the rest. ‘The red boat is slightly hot in…’ meaning they are below the layline – so we gybe before their line, just above ‘Synergy’.

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right Accelerating in a gust downwind.

Action on board is frantic as we approach the gate. There is a delay in the headsail hoist - the knock-on effect is the drop is slightly late and the headsail slow to be sheeted. This is followed by a downspeed tack to clear our air. Once settled, however, we seem to have good speed; with ‘Bribon’ and ‘Quantum’ just to windward. In the shifty, puffy conditions it helps if it is easy to change the gears quickly. Niklas has his eyes forward on the telltales and the water ahead. Tim monitors the speed and wind angle on the mast with the occasional look below to check for boats. Brady calls a tack: ‘Three, two, one, hold! Go back!’ The crew return to the rail. ‘Quantum’ had just tacked moments earlier and we would have tacked into dirt. Niklas responds well and is quickly back into the groove. We hold until ‘Synergy’ goes. A gust hits at the same time and the heel is such that the wide cockpit and narrow

photo: Ian Roman/audI medcup*

Tough at the top

A step too close It’s all nip and tuck – as the bulk of the fleet approaches the windward mark it all gets tight on the port-tack layline. Brady makes a late call to tack in front of ‘Gladiator’. Time stands still as the inevitable consequence approaches in the form of ‘Gladiator’s’ bow. She rides up the back of us, the tip of the bowsprit gouging along the

She rides up the back of us… the bobstay cutting through the transom and deck like a cheese wire

photo: neal pawson

below Working through the night to repair the boat after a the incident on the race course

side deck act as a scoop picking up the water as the helm goes down. ‘Synergy’ tacks to cover us again – defending fifth place. This is what happens in a fleet as tight as this and every place counts. In the gusts the 3Di carbon mainsail even fully flattened starts to flog. The A4 spinnaker is called for and the sewer man Willie Beavis dives into the bowels of the boat to ready the sail. ‘Synergy’ ducks ‘Bribon’, bringing them down onto us and when we tack to clear they cover us again.

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cockpit side almost to the traveller, as the bobstay cuts through the transom and deck like a cheese wire before snapping; the bent bowsprit whips upwards as it is released. The protest flag goes out, a lot quicker this time and the response is not what we want to see, although a red flag is to be expected and no-one complains when it is raised. Immediately we start our turns. Brady instructs Niklas to tack round and then gybe round behind ‘Gladiator’ and we continue towards the mark. The owner seems unfazed that his new boat has been wounded. Boat captain Chris Hoskins quickly surveys the damage: the slice is neatly between the backstays and the sidedeck, not a catastrophic place. Brady turns his focus back to staying ahead of ‘Audi Azzura’ as ‘Gladiator’ retires, unable to hoist their spinnaker. We get ready to hoist between the windward and the spreader marks with ‘Audi Azzura’ on our hip. As we hoist, the umpires come up again showing us

a black flag disqualifying us from the race. It takes a few moments to sink in and for us to head up before dropping the kite. ‘It’s one you can’t dispute,’ Brady says wryly, although it seems overly harsh particularly when the two amateur helms in the fleet are involved. The crew are all a bit shaken and quiet, still taking it all in. The power and potential of these highly loaded carbon race boats is fully apparent.

Keeping a distance Chris Hoskins returns his focus to the slice in the deck before asking Hemmings if he knows which boat builders are local and picks up the phone. He is already onto sorting the fix, sending photos of the damage to make the boatbuilders aware of the full extent of the repair. Niklas is subdued, wringing his hands a bit. Brady keeps his distance, taking the time to come to terms with it himself first, preferring to quietly talk to other members of the afterguard. Questions are to the point, asking Chris what he wants to do, if a repair can be attempted with the boat in the water. Chris asks that the boat be dry packed and hosed out inside explaining that he will tent off the back quarter and attempt the repair at the dock. Dropping the main in the entrance to Vieux Port, Brady picks his moment for a few words with Niklas. Brady is humble but Niklas is happy that it was a racing incident. Niklas asks his boat captain what the prospects are and Chris says that he will try and get it fixed for the next day’s coastal race. He is true to his word, with them working through into the night. The repair is successful and new non-skid is put down just before leaving the dock the next morning. ‘It was a good justification for all the stuff in the container,’ Chris said with a tired smile.


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below On the way to winning this year’s Scottish Series onboard the J/97 ‘Jackaroo’.

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Scottish hat-trick H amish Mackay is just back from a leisurely family holiday on Scotland’s west coast, with his wife and young daughter aboard their modest Westerly cruiser, when we meet. It’s a welcome return to the famous cruising grounds where he had his first sailing experiences - in nappies, aboard his family’s cruising boats. To those who think they know him - as a hard driven and self confident accomplished racer - the image of Mackay enjoying a lonely anchorage in the drizzle on a clunky cruising boat doesn’t really spring to mind – but that is to undervalue his passion for all aspects of the sport… and Scotland. This year he became only the second skipper to win the Scottish Series three times, equalling Jonathan Anderson’s record. When Glasgow businessman Anderson won last in 1992, Mackay was among the galaxy of Scottish talent on board, sailing as a trimmer. It is his Scottish Series record – which of course includes many class wins in different fleets – for which Mackay is best known. With a core team of sailing friends he has known since

Andi Robertson caught up with Hamish Mackay, the man who has won the Brewin Dolphin scottish series three times.

dinghy days, Mackay has sailed dozens of owners’ or agents’ boats to success.

Where it all began The passion was initially kindled by his Mirror sailing. At that time, like tens of thousands of his contemporaries, if he was not sailing the high point of any fortnight was the publication of Y&Y, which was read and re-read for the next 13 days. That passion led him through the Scottish and national squads to Olympic trials, to latterly devoting 12 years of service to RYA Scotland, including three years each as vice chairman and chairman. The family holidays were interspersed with some light racing and cruising on the Forth, where he has always lived in the shadows of the Forth bridges at South Queensferry. At 10 or 11 years old he got his first Mirror and sailed it on the sheltered loch at Linlithgow and on the river.

‘As a young boy I was obsessive. When I got my own boat we were on the loch at Linlithgow or at Port Edgar in the late ’70s. The first regattas I can remember doing were Scottish Schools, racing at places like Strathclyde Park and Linlithgow. I don’t remember being that good or doing anything special, but we weren’t terrible and usually middle of the fleet or better.’ He graduated to the regional squad in the Mirror before moving on to the international pathway in the 420 in which he was soon sailing with the Scottish Squad. ‘1983 was our first year in the 420 doing domestic Scottish regattas and in 1984 that led to our first international experience, at Kiel Week. We had a triple trailer behind a Sherpa van with Alan Neville and slept on our bags. ‘At the time there were a lot of us at the same level, Quentin Kirk, the Medds, Ian and Hamish Calder, and Kevin Sproul were a little bit older and we really looked up to them, but racing overseas was a great opportunity. I was helming then with Bruce McLaren and Vaila Chisholm as crews. There were some flashes of brilliance, I like to think now, but generally we were okay. We did a few

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and with Stuart Robertson on ‘By The Way’ as a trimmer. However, it was the Dragon class where Mackay made his mark as a crew in the 1990s, first with Edinburgh dentist Rob Brown and then with double Olympic gold medallist Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen, with whom he sailed for six years, winning all the top honours in the class. ‘He is quite simply an incredible person and sailor with a feel for the sport that you just can’t learn,’ Mackay says of Hoj-Jensen. ‘He has a great eye for what is right and wrong and is a tremendous competitor. It is interesting to consider what else he might have achieved if he was not running Petticrows full time.’ Mackay also raced Etchells, winning the UK Nationals in 1996 along with Mark Covell on the Clyde, and in the late 1990s he campaigned a Soling towards qualifying for the 2000 Olympics.

Tarbert’s call above Racing on the Bavaria Match 42 ‘Sidney’ in the 2005 Scottish Series.

UK Youth Nationals, Calshot and Rutland I remember well, and were mid-fleet.’

below right Crewing a 470 with Stephen ‘Sparky’ Parks in 1990.

A lesson in stepping up the intensity to reach the next level was served when he changed to crewing in the 470, first with Stewart Robertson, who he first sailed with at Hyeres in 1986. ‘I certainly remember having the dream of going to the Olympics, watching the likes of Cathy Foster in 1984 and Nigel Buckley, and others. They were your heroes as a kid, and you had them on your wall.’ Then he teamed up with a young Stephen Park. ‘Sparky’, of course, is now the celebrated Olympic Manager for Skandia Team GBR, but he and Mackay – of similar character, age, background and passion were friends through the Mirror and 420. ‘We seemed to fit together and we sailed together for three years leading up to the 1991 Olympic trials,’ recalls Mackay, who cites the legendary Jim Saltonstall as a key influence on his formative racing and training years. ‘We were doing all the right things and learned a lot and we gave it our best efforts but after we did not make it, it was like there was a death in family. It was really, really hard to get over. And that taught me that so much of it is about the journey. We are all different and we just can not all be Ben

Moving up a level

Ainslie. That is what I have tried to get across to the many different sailors you come into contact with through the RYA. It is a great experience and you need to give it everything on the journey, but not everyone can get there. ‘For me it was a massive disappointment. But I went off and did some sailing with a great guy, Robin Boardman, in the 470 and the Fireball. It was a great experience, he was older and it was fun.’

On to keelboats Mackay took to keelboat racing more seriously in the early 1990s, when contemporaries from the Forth sought his talents for a variety of campaigns. In the late 1980s his great friend from Mirror days, Mike Hall, had one of the Thomas production Hunter Half Tonners, ‘Stagefright’. At the time an enclave of Three-Quarter Tonners were also active on the Clyde and he sailed with Geoff Semple on ‘Showdown’

For a sailor of his calibre the magnetism of Tarbert’s Scottish Series was impossible to resist: ‘The Scottish Series was always an event you were aware of. I did it in 1992 with Jonathan Anderson when we won on the Sigma 38, sailed on ‘Ten’ an X-99 with George Purves and Jake Kerr and then took a break until George put together an Elan 362 ‘Be Traist’ which we won our class for Alan Wilson and we have gone every year since then. ‘We won the top trophy overall in ‘Silver Darling’, it was a heavy cruiserracer when they were trying to do a mixed cruiser-racer fleet and I think some people had to stay on board. It was a surprise to win, as it always is, but we did it again the next year with the Elan 333 with Andy Mitchell. ‘We have done it every year since in some size shape or form. We did two Elan 362s, the Elan 333, rented a Ker one year, did it with John Corson on the Bavaria Match 38, had the Match 42 with Lance Stevens, and won our

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above Competing in the 2006 Commodores’ Cup.

class there. We did a J/80 and J/92S and then on an X-35 ‘Exaltation’ when we were working up to the Commodores’ Cup. The whole thing was a bit of a disaster because that boat is recognised as quick in the light and not in the breeze, and that year saw 18-22 knots of easterly every day. We did not cover ourselves in glory! The last couple of years it has been with Richard Fyldes on the Corby 37.’ Mackay is clear that the principal

we do, you might want to select a stronger class with more visibility.’

The Commodores’ Cup Mackay has sailed in Scottish colours at two Rolex Commodores’ Cups: in 2008 he put together and ran the Northern team with David Macfarlane’s X-35 and in 2006 stepped in to sail John Corson’s Bavaria Match 35 ‘Salamander’. He has also been a key agitator and

‘The Commodores’ Cup should be shaped to suit the economy… to make it possible for people to compete.’ reason to go is to win the top award. But with the Scottish Series Trophy winner chosen by a jury representing the sponsors and the host club, it is never clear until the winner’s name is read out: ���I go there with the objective to get my name on the list. I go there looking to put in the best possible performance and then let someone else decide if that is good enough. You go there looking to win the class and then I see whether that is enough. That is why we go.’ While there are owners who dislike Mackay’s approach, stepping on for a regatta or campaign only, he and his crew have a great record, but they cannot legislate to win the overall award: ‘Within reason we try to control where we want to be in the classes… within reason. If you are taking a boat, which is essentially what

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architect behind the scenes, driven by the desire to see a credible Scottish performance. Does he think the Commodores’ Cup is now out of reach to Scotland? ‘I don’t think it is out of reach. It should be an aspirational event for a handful of people who are based in Scotland. These people still exist. For sure.’ So what are the problems in getting a Scottish team together? ‘I don’t think there are enough owners with the right appetite. The number of owners in Scotland is perhaps the same, it is a fairly elite, select group of people, but those who do exist just now don’t appear to want to aspire to that. ‘I can see why people don’t want to do it and it is wrong of me to try and force them into doing it – it is their money and their holidays. I am surprised more people don’t want to

get involved. It requires someone to manage their expectations. Also, when was the last time we had someone come forward with the wherewithal to do it, saying I really want to do this event? But they are out there.’ And is there anything intrinsically wrong with the event that Scotland or any other home nations country could not do well? ‘I don’t think we as a country spend enough time sailing offshore and the offshore is huge part of the event. The event should be shaped to suit the economy we live in just now. It can still be a very, very good offshore event, but I think they need to drag the upper band down and make it possible for people to compete. It does not matter if people compete in J/109s. They could make it one-design if they chose. It does not have to be cast in stone forever.’

A love of sailing Mackay was on the RYA Scotland dinghy committee in 1989 and moved through the committees, High Performance Committee, and Coaching Panel, and moved on to Council for 11 years, stepping down after his three years in the Chair. ‘I think we have got a rather robust well-governed organisation to move forward with in the society in which we now operate. We have secured and continue to secure funding from SportsScotland for a non-Commonwealth games sport and we continue to support athletes that get to the highest level. ‘I have enjoyed the volunteering I’ve done – it’s nice to put something back into the sport. I think RYA as an organisation has spread itself well across the different elements of our sport, but the performance side is still where my preference lies.’ Indeed that may be the case, he continues: ‘Sailing may be what I used to get up in the morning for, and that has reduced and this year – I have only done two events. It is just a case of shaping the year to what you want to do. My daughter is six. I am not going to live my dreams through her, for sure. I will avoid that as long as I possibly can. She is interested, came out in the Mirror with me for the first time, that was great fun – more fun for me than for her – a great day’s sailing even if it only lasted a year. But there I was the other day saying to Sparky, “you and I will be at the Mirror worlds before we know it”. But I don’t mind, I really don’t.’


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The team game

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ollowing an unprecedented double win by Britain’s Open and Youth teams at the ISAF Team Racing World Championship, UK team racing is riding high. And it’s not just on the international stage where team racing is making an impact – new initiatives are now encouraging the concept among clubs and centres as a way of increasing participation. The first ever ISAF team racing world championship was held at West Kirby SC in 1995 – which was also the last time that a British team racing team won gold. So it seems fitting that the two winning teams at this year’s event both represent West Kirby. The club has been at the heart of team racing since it introduced the concept at the very first Wilson Trophy, in 1949.

Skill and passion This year’s team racing worlds took place in the picturesque harbour of Schull, Ireland, where 20 teams contested open and youth titles – sailing parallel series of round robins, quarters, semis and finals. GBR Youth 1 (West Kirby SC Youth Team) was the first to walk away with the championship win. In a breathtaking display of skill and passion,

Georgie Corlett looks at britain’s fantastic performance on the world stage and how team racing continues to flourish… the team of Cameron Douglas/Sarah Lombard, Ben Robinson/Charlie Fitzgerald and Sophie Shepherd/Freddy Williams seized victory on the finish line of the fifth race in a tense 3-2 final against the home team of Schull Community College. It was a gratifying win for the youngsters, who between them have a mixture of fleet and team-racing accolades. In particular, two team members, Cameron Douglas and Sophie Shepherd, were part of the youth team, which achieved bronze for GBR at the last team racing worlds in Australia, 2009. ‘It was amazing to get the gold this time round!’ says Sophie. ‘The pressure was on until the very last minute. We couldn’t have done it without all the support we have had from the club, our parents, and the other British teams.’

Long-standing rivals With GBR 1 (West Kirby Hawks), GBR 2 (Wessex Exempt) and GBR 3 (British Universities Sailing

Association, BUSA) all qualifying for the quarter-finals in the open championship, the senior teams were on track to prove that GBR ruled! In the end it was long-standing rivals GBR 1 and USA 1, who forged their way to the final. Racing a best-of-five series, GBR 1 made their intentions clear from the first race, securing a perfect 1,2,3 score across the finish. For the team of Dom Johnson/Debs Steele, Ben Field/Tom Foster, and Andy Cornah/Hamish Walker, four years of racing together as ‘the Hawks’ was about to pay off as they set their sights on the win that they had been denied at their two past world championships. In race two, USA 1 retaliated with a 1,2 win, but it was a showcase of GBR 1’s tactical mastery in race three that ensured the Brits took control with a 1,2 win. As the fourth race got underway, it was all over before it started for USA 1, as an OCS for one boat allowed GBR to consolidate their winning 1,2,3 combination and with it the world championship. Speaking on behalf of his team, Andy Cornah said, ‘We’re delighted! It’s a great feeling, as this is something we have wanted to achieve for a very long time. From the start of this championship, the racing against the USA and GBR teams was close, in

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particular our matches against USA 1. But throughout the event, as a team, we felt we had complete control, and we believe that’s what made the difference. We came into this event with maturity and experience, and to be able to draw on that certainly helped. Since we took part in the 2007 and 2009 worlds, we have won both the British Open Championship for the Wilson Trophy and twice been runners-up at the US Team Racing Championship for the Hinman Trophy. Knowing we had cracked the final stages of these big international events in the past really helped our worlds campaign this time round. We were in control from the start – and we knew it!’

Development squad These winning performances by British sailors have put GBR firmly

UNIVERSITY SCENE There’s a vibrant and long-standing university team racing circuit - it’s no accident that university students and recent alumni are the two pools from which team racing has drawn many participants. Many of the UK’s best sailors, including double Olympic medallist Ian Walker, and Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams, have benefited hugely from boat handling and tactical skills learnt through team racing while students. The university circuit is the UK’s largest team racing circuit, with 90 teams from around 45 universities competing in five area qualifiers, followed by an overall championship. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Southampton University has one of the most active and successful programmes on the circuit. However, they don’t race on the sea, but at a small reservoir – Spinnaker SC. This underlines the fact that a large expanse of water is not needed, providing the boats are manoeuvrable and equally matched. Warwick – arguably the university that’s furthest from the coast in the UK – sails at Draycote Water, one of the country’s largest reservoirs. This active university club regularly qualifies for the championship. If applying to university, it’s worth investigating how vibrant the sailing club is at the institutions you’re considering. BUSA is the governing body for university sailing in the UK. It’s supported by the RYA and has British Universities and College Sport recognition.

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back at the pinnacle of international team racing and will undoubtedly help to inspire team racers back in the UK. Despite still suffering from a reputation as a niche discipline, team racing is clearly beginning to benefit from the infrastructure that has been implemented in recent years. ‘UK team racing is certainly healthier at the moment than it has been in the last couple of years,’ comments Andy Cornah, who has been involved in top-level team racing for the last 12 years. ‘There’s been an increase in the

introduced to youngsters through the youth racing programme.

Reaching out to new groups It’s not only at the top end that team racing is receiving attention: the sport may also be a perfect solution to increasing adult engagement in sailing, which is currently a key consideration for both the RYA and Sport England, the sport’s main grant-provider. Because it uses organisation-owned boats, team racing naturally opens up a number of possibilities. And, thanks

Many of the UK’s best sailors have benefited from… skills learnt through team racing as students. number of competitive alumni and club teams, which is great as the sport is clearly inspiring people.’ In 2005, the RYA introduced its team racing development squad programme, a series of weekend training and selection camps targeting university students and recent alumni. There are also a handful of clubbased team racing hot spots around the UK, such as West Kirby SC, the Royal Thames YC and Spinnaker SC, which have historically implemented and developed their own team racing programmes. And as a result of the annual RYA Eric Twiname Team Racing Championships, team racing as a discipline is now also being

to the new generation of ‘bullet-proof’ roto-moulded boats being bought by clubs and centres for training, there is now a perfect opportunity to use these boats to widen participation across many levels of sailing. Jamie Marston, chairman of the RYA’s team racing working group whose remit is to increase participation, says; ‘With short, sharp, fast and closequartered racing, team racing is visually very exciting for sailors and spectators. Many UK clubs are based on restricted waters but as team races tend to be no more than 10 minutes long, the course area required is minimal so clubs can host extremely competitive racing. It’s a great way of getting more people out

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on the water more often, and thanks to some new ideas, starting a team racing programme is about to become a lot easier than ever before.’

Adaptations for clubs A pilot scheme already running in the London region has seen a simplified version of team racing being introduced to boost racing activities offered by sailing clubs. Clubs can sign up to receive specially tailored training sessions introducing the fundamentals of team racing, umpiring and race management. The programme also provides guidance for clubs on adapting the concept of team racing to suit their own requirements. Moving away from the traditional three-boat, starboard-hand S-course parameters, clubs are encouraged to experiment with the more simple two-boat format, sailing basic square courses and using whichever boats they have available – RS Fevas, Lasers, Bosuns and Topper Topaz have so far been used – providing they are all of the same class and relatively equal in performance. Ultimately, the idea is that openminded clubs will adopt team racing to in order to provide an alternative and accessible option for racing to club members. This is particularly attractive to clubs where there is little class racing or a poor standard of handicap racing, as well as to clubs looking to attract active members who don’t necessarily own their own boat yet. By offering members a new and exciting format for close, exciting competition

above RIGHT Overall victors, GBR 1 defeated IRL 3 in all three round robin races

MORE INFO • RYA Team Racing pages: www.rya.org.uk/racing/teamracing • UK Team Racing Association: www.teamracing.org • British Universities Sailing Association: www.busa.co.uk • 2011 ISAF Team Racing World Championship: www.schull2011.com

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that can be fitted around other racing programmes, the scheme aims to increase overall participation levels among sailing club members. The RYA’s sailing development officer for London, Steve Mitchell, is responsible for devising and implementing the scheme in the region. ‘The focus is on giving clubs the impetus to organise and develop team racing programmes for themselves,’ he says. ‘This creates a new opportunity for club members to come together and gives a fresh angle on competition for members. The response to the concept so far has been extremely positive, and we have already had some success; for example, at Greenwich and Erith YCs.’

Inter-club competition Taking things one step further, the scheme is also using simplified-format team racing as a way of facilitating local inter-club competition. This winter, some 12 clubs and centres in the London region are expected to participate in the first inter-club teamracing series. Steve explains: ‘With boats provided by the host club, sailors only have to worry about transporting themselves to the event. In an area like London this is easy to do, and it’s far more appealing for individuals to simply turn up and step straight on the water than to have to worry about the logistics of transporting their boat.’ The good news for clubs all across the UK is that this scheme will not just be limited to London. The RYA team racing working group is planning a nationwide Inter-Club Team Racing Championship for 2012, which will most likely be made up of five or six regional qualifying events leading to

a final weekend-long championship. Designed to appeal to club sailors, this series brings new opportunities to sailors across the country that may not have had access to team racing before.

Bridging the gap A further scheme on Steve’s agenda involves working with sailing clubs located near to universities that have funding for sailing but no facilities. This scheme would enable clubs to gain exposure to a huge pool of potential new members who are young, active and who have (either now or in future) a good level of disposable income. Particularly in London (where the scheme will initially be piloted), many students are dedicated to staying in the area once they’ve graduated. So establishing a commitment from them to sailing with a local club that offers regular and attractive racing opportunities brings clear long-term benefits to both sides. However, despite the obvious advantages for clubs willing to get involved with this scheme, Steve recognises that the fit won’t necessarily be seamless in all cases. Few memberrun clubs are able to offer resources and staff seven days a week on a ‘pay and play’ basis, so he believes commercial sailing centres are better suited to pioneer this particular programme. With racing that is fun, fast, intense, exciting, spectator-friendly, sponsor-friendly and most of all, easily accessible, team racing offers a sensible and attractive pathway into racing. Thanks to our top teams leading the way on the world stage, there’s no shortage of inspiration for broadening the basis for team racing in the UK.


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MIND THE GAP Finding and defending a gap on the line is the key to starting a race well. John Emmett shows the best moves for holding still.

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One of the most important aspects of getting a good start is having a space to leeward

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t’s widely accepted that one of getting a good start is having a space to leeward. Make the gap too big (big enough for another boat to fit in comfortably) and someone will probably come along and take it. Make the gap too small and you will struggle to get up to speed off the line. Obviously the closer you are to the favoured end the less room there tends to be.

1: Drifting to leeward The key to getting a good start at the crowded end of the line is to line up early, get your gap and protect it. To make sure your gap does not get too big you can raise your centreboard and slip sideways without going forward.

2: Defending the gap When you have your gap you need to defend

it. This means if a boat passes to leeward looking as if it may take your gap, you need to ‘close the door’ by bearing away without moving forward. When it has passed you can now head up.

3: Moving to windward If the gap to leeward is too small then you need to move to windward. Back the sail so as to push the boat to windward. Note you must not allow the bow of the boat to pass head to wind or you are tacking. So use the steering to keep the bow from going round. You can use this technique to make a small movement to windward.

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not move forward across the line. Back the sail (the same as when you want to move to windward but this time using the steering to help the boat turn). As soon as you have completed your tack repeat the exercise. This will help you move ‘up’ the line. Remember you are not the right of way boat until your bow is down on a starboard close-hauled course (your tack is complete). Do not allow the sail to fill to prevent moving forward.

5: Sailing backwards If for whatever reason you lose your gap you need to get out early and find another one. Sail directly backwards and look for the closest available gap. Remember the sooner you look for a gap the more likely you are to find one. Now get out, find a buoy and practice minding the gap!

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Weather

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Strong winds and gales

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e’re all familiar with the concept that intense low pressure systems create lots of wind, but they are not the only source of gales. Tides, micro-effects and a high and a low in close proximity can also create very strong winds without any rain or temperature drop at all. In any case, it’s worth being aware of where the strongest winds are found in a low pressure system. As well as increasing the closer you are to the centre of the low, the strongest winds – and especially gusts – will be found at the cold front, and occasionally in showers that follow in the unstable air behind the front. This is particularly true if cold front is very active and the isobars show a marked wind veer as it passes. Take, for example, the 1979 Fastnet and 1998 Sydney Hobart races in which a number of boats and lives were lost, where as well as the strong winds, the big wind shift resulted in a very confused sea. Less obvious, perhaps, is the effect of a high and low pressure in close proximity. The summer Meltemi in the Aegean, for example, is the result of high pressure over the Balkans and a low centred in the east Mediterranean in the vicinity of Cyprus. In the central Aegean, especially the Cyclades islands, the wind can reach 40 knots, and blow relentlessly for a week or more. Apart from the wind strength, the weather is otherwise exactly what you’d expect with high pressure dominating – clear skies, bright sun and scorching temperatures.

Gale force winds don’t always arrive with lashing rain and a drop in temperature. Rupert Holmes looks at how to tell when the wind might be stronger than expected. Similar effects can be observed with the Mistral in the Gulf du Lyon and, albeit less frequently, around the coasts of northern Europe. This often catches sailors off guard – summery weather can make sailors complacent; not something that often happens when winds of similar strength are accompanied by driving rain and cooler temperatures.

Micro effects Effects on a much smaller scale can also create surprisingly strong winds over a small area. One well-known example is at Vassiliki in Greece. Although the Ionian is usually associated with light airs in summer, the local hills funnel the afternoon breeze down the bay, making it a perfect watersports venue. Similarly, wind is accelerated around headlands and in narrow channels. On the south coast of the UK, a full Beaufort force more than the surrounding area may be encountered at major headlands such as Start Point, Portland Bill, St Alban’s Head and in the Needles Channel will funnel.

Tidal influences If the tide is running towards the wind, the wind speed we experience on a boat will be increased by the rate of the stream and

vice-versa. This can make a considerable difference, especially with spring tides. When crossing the English Channel for instance, a 20-knot (Force 5) westerly wind would be increased to 23 knots (Force 6) with a westgoing stream, but reduced to 17 knots with the east-going tide. If a spring ebb tide coincides with a sea breeze (which swings to the south-west in the afternoon), a glassy calm morning in the Needles Channel can turn into an effective Force 5-6 by mid-afternoon, combined with a wind-against-tide sea state that can be challenging for small boats. Similarly the sea breeze and a fast spring ebb tide can combine to turn the sand bar at the entrance to harbours such as Chichester and Salcombe into a danger zone, even on what initially may appear to be the most benign of summer days.

NOVEMBER WEATHER Although days are rapidly shortening in November, temperatures in northern hemisphere temperate zones tend to remain relatively mild compared to the winter months, and sea temperatures are still warm. In the UK, for instance, this helps to keep average maximum daytime air temperatures above 10 degrees Celsius for a huge swathe of the coast from Norfolk, down to the south coast, and up to north Wales. In terms of weather records, it’s statistically a good month for rain: on November 11, 1929, 211mm of rain fell on Lluest Wen Reservoir in Mid Glamorgan, Wales. However the UK record for any 24hour period is held by an English location: a whopping 316mm fell at Seathwaite, Cumbria on November 19, 2009.

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Ý Southerly 420 Using its evergreen Rob Humphreys-designed hull, the Northshore Design Team has developed a centre cockpit version of the 420. It has a generous aft owner’s cabin, twin heads, and views while seated in the saloon through generous portlights in the topsides. With a central wheel, all controls are close to hand and, the headsail is self tacking and there is the option of an asymmetric off the wind that tacks down to a short stainless bowsprit. www.northshore.co.uk LOA Beam Draught Displacement Sail area

12.86m 4.03m 0.84/2.67m 11,500kg upwind 73.0sqm downwind 112.0sqm

Ü Eagle 44 This daysailor from J Class designers Dykstra and Partners has all the hallmarks of their classic superyachts, but in a compact package. With a long overhanging bow and counter stern, the Eagle 44 is proportionately beamier to cope with the effects of scale. This allows a central cocoon of luxury. The halyards come to a single central winch at the aft end of the low profile coachroof. The companionway is offset to port and leads to an enclosed heads and double berth for the occasional afternoon nap or night aboard. There is a single wheel aft, with ‘u’-shaped seat around it ensuring a comfortable helming position, with sheet winches easily to hand. An electric captive winch hidden below deck controls the mainsheet. www.leonardoyachts.com LOA Beam Draught Displacement Sail area

Ý Soto 33 Another design from the prolific office of Soto Acebal. The 33 has a fresh look, with an axe-style bow, volume pushed forward and a straight run aft. Combined with a straight sheerline and flush deck it looks sleek and fast. The long open cockpit is lined with winches for twin backstays, mainsheet and primaries that also cover halyard duties. The offset main hatch neatly slides sideways rather than fore and aft. Ahead of this are transverse headsail track for the non-overlapping jib and a round forehatch for spinnaker retrieval. The foils are

simple but refined with a ‘T’ bulb keel and high aspect spade rudder that is removable from the deck. A high aspect square topped mainsail is supplemented by a huge masthead asymmetric tacked to a long retractable carbon pole. soto33od.blogspot.com LOA Beam Draught Displacement Sail area

10.17m 3.12m 2.15m 2250kg upwind 69.0sqm downwind 168.4sqm

13.33m 2.76m 1.35 or 2.00m 5075kg upwind 72.0sqm

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Yacht test

Soto 40

This high-octane one-design is attracting lots of attention. Neal Pawson sails one of the most significant new yachts to be launched in the past decade.

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he Soto 40 was born in South America, arising from the desire of a group of owners to compete in a high performance one-design embracing the latest grand prix features. The class has grown in leaps and bounds in the southern hemisphere and entered Europe this year when selected to replace the GP42 as the support act for the TP52 circuit. We jumped onboard ‘Iberdrola’, the first boat in Europe, and sailed for a test out of the old America’s Cup basin in Valencia.

Concept and layout (9/10) ★★★★★★★★★ From the deck it looks like a normal modern race boat, but when you see the boat bowon, the aggressive narrow nature of the hull is apparent, with its hiking wings projecting outboard. Volume-wise the hull is not extreme – it’s focused to the centre of the boat. There are small chines halfway up the topsides running 2.5m forward from the transom but these don’t really have any effect on performance – they are clear of the water both upwind and downwind, only coming close when reaching.

SPECIFICATIONS Designer Builder LOA Beam Draft Displacement Crew weight Sail area

Javier Soto Acebal M Boats 12.30m 3.75m 2.60m 4,200kg 770kg upwind 104.3sqm downwind 237.2sqm Guide price £?

The wings start half way along the foredeck, gradually growing until they project around 250mm out from the hull. As well as generating greater righting moment from crew weight, they allow internal mouldings to be easily dropped into the hull for sub bonding, while providing a generous return flange for bonding the deck. The result is a neatly finished hull inside and out, without internal tabbing. The E glass foam cored hull is epoxy infused and an SP Smartpac is used, with the fibre laser-cut to ensure uniformity and allowing the yard to build three boats a month. The King Marine carbon spars are constructed at either the South American or Spanish facility, depending on where delivery is specified. Weights and centres of gravity are closely checked, with the fin and bulb weighed and the mast then independently corrected with weight outside the section. With the carbon bowsprit removed, the boat fits on a 40ft flat rack for road transport. The keel sits neatly into a moulded recess in the hull to allow easy removal. It bolts through steel plates inside the moulded internal keel frame, which incorporates a single point lift for launching by crane. The steel fin has a straight taper to the bulb with a laminar flow section and is CNC machined, giving a repeatable high quality section although there has been a struggle to get a consistent rounded leading edge, with some parts on the test boat’s keel sharper than others. The carbon rudder is a deep high aspect blade about a metre forward of the transom. On the test boat the blade fitted nice and tight to the hull, but was let down by a bottom bearing that left big voids around the top of the rudder that are sure to cause turbulence, increasing hull drag and reducing the effectiveness of the blade.

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4 1 A clean deck layout makes for easy spinnaker hoists and drops. 2 The tall rig with square-top mainsail gets the narrow hull slicing quickly upwind. 3 The main halyard leads from to the mast foot to a primary winch via a snatch block for hoisting. 4 Engine is centralised and easily accessed. 5 The kicker is led aft to be close at hand downwind.

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left From the deck this looks like a conventional boat, but here we can see the striking shape of the hull complete with hiking wings. foot and bum cleats. As we pick up speed, the tactician just leans on the backstay winch to give sufficient forestay tension for the nice 10-14 knot breeze, with the stiff section mast transferring the tension to the jib without affecting the mainsail much. Alongside the dock you are aware that the wings can cause issues when mooring and prevent easy rafting up, but, as with all keelboats, righting moment is king. Hiking from the wings is comfortable enough, although it is easy to tuck your legs under the wings, which could be seen to be losing valuable righting moment. front of the helm on the wheel version and behind on the tiller-steered boat, with winch positions moved accordingly. Both helm and main trimmer have generous aluminium foot bars, and the long carbon tiller is stiff, giving a direct feel. As well as the mainsheet, the trimmer has a 6:1 traveller, cunningham and outhaul immediately to hand. The vang exits by the rudderstock, so it’s easily reached and the twin masthead backstays enable the main to have a large square top. The 3:1 tails are crossed at the transom to ensure a straight pull and eliminate any problems with the mast being twisted under load.

Below deck (8/10) ★★★★★★★★

bit of an overkill on reflection. The non-overlapping headsails have transverse sheet tracks each side of the mast allowing a sheeting angle as close as 5 1/2 degrees, with twist controlled by a vertically floating lead block. Both of these have generous purchases hidden under the deck and switch sides, allowing the jib trimmer to control fine tune from the windward side. A dinghy-style hatch under the primary winch allows spinnaker sheet tails to be stowed clear of the cockpit. To control costs there are restrictions on the number of sails allowed in each season, with

Under sail (8/10) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★★ ★ Speed drops quickly with heel – there seems to be a narrow sweet spot so the helm and main trimmer have to work together to keep at a fast angle, but this is easy with them sitting shoulder to shoulder. At 18-20 degrees of heel there’s about two degrees of helm angle. With the crew hiking there’s a clear view forward, even for short people, making it easy to scan instruments, headsail luff and the water ahead. The narrow hull slices nicely though the water tracking well, while the long tiller

She spins easily through a tack and there is space to flip the tiller extension over and clear the boom as you walk up

Inside is neat and cleanly finished, borrowing a lot from the systems developed in the TP52. Seats – I’d hesitate to call them bunks – are carbon capped to add to the longitudinal stiffness of the boat. These end halfway down the cockpit, with the rest of the structure made up of twin longitudinal stiffeners and multiple frames with cutouts to reduce weight. The shroud bulkhead is carbon reinforced and there are neat clean mouldings for the main and forehatch, the latter sharing outboard drains to the deck edge with the twin switchable bilge pumps. Black floorboards contrast nicely with the white finished moulded keel frame structure.

an allowance made for those who compete in a greater number of races. Seven new sails are allowed at the beginning of the season, a main, one jib, two genoas and three spinnakers. After 10 class races you are allowed one extra sail, after 30 another and after 50 yet another sail, thus you aren’t penalised with worn sails for doing more races!

Rig (8/10) ★★★★★★★★

On the water (8/10) ★★★★★★★★

The twin-spreader carbon spars are fitted with PBO discontinuous rigging, while the mast has twin jacking points to facilitate quick changes of rig settings. There are twin spinnaker halyards, and a single jib halyard wth the option of a fraction spinnaker halyard that can double as a change halyard for the headsails. The spinnaker tack line is also led through a clutch on the starboard side of the companionway. These are serviced by winches either side of the hatch – a

With a 2:1 purchase on the halyard, hoisting the main is no problem although it’s a bit shy of the masthead when set. The headsail is equally quick, with someone tailing from the rail, and it’s easily trimmed, with the profile adjusted with the tools at the trimmer’s fingertips. The mainsail trimmer’s position is comfortable and secure with a generous foot brace. The German mainsheet system has the sheet hidden below deck, keeping it clear of

helps dampen your movements. There is a reasonable weight on the helm: with the big head on the mainsail the mainsheet can affect the helm considerably, but the boat holds a groove well. There’s a slight vibration noticeable, possibly due to the turbulence off the lower bearing. Upwind we track at 7.3 knots at 30 degrees to the true wind. She spins easily through a tack and there is space to flip the tiller extension over and clear the boom as you walk up with the rest of the crew. The 105 per cent headsail is really easy to tack. This enables all the crew to get to the windward side to build speed before the trimmer dives down to squeeze the last turn or so. There’s no room round the front of the mast, but with a clear cockpit, no trip hazards and no coachroof it all goes smoothly without bruises. Bearing away we hoist the masthead asymmetric spinnaker from the forehatch after sneaking the tack. The hatch opens cleanly

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ABOVe The tiller steering option gives a comfortable helm position, which is in front of the main trimmer on the tiller-steered boat. clear of the headsail, making the gear easy to attach. The hoist is clean and fast and the ‘A’ sail immediately brings the boatspeed up to double figures - 12 knots in 14 knots of true wind. The boat remains responsive on the helm although there is a slight vibration. As you head up, the rudder maintains grip and the boat powers up, it’s not tender, benefiting from the 50 per cent ballast ratio. Gybing is all about timing, particularly without a coffee grinder to muscle your way through. Although considered, it was felt that the extra cost and complexity of a grinder was best avoided, and due to the one design nature everyone is at an equal disadvantage. The class allows cross winching spinnaker sheets to enable all crew to be to weather when reaching

with the ‘A’ sail and there’s a neat rubbing strip to keep the sheet above the deck at the turning block. The drop is easiest to windward – with a clean foredeck and one person below, it comes down easily at the end of the retrieval line.

Verdict (8/10) ★★★★★★★★ For many of us, accustomed to racing cruising boats whose stove has never been used, the efficiency of sailing a purpose built race boat is quickly appreciated. The Soto 40 is a fun and responsive boat to race, with its large cockpit, relatively narrow hull and big asymmetric spinnakers making it more of a scaled-up J/80 than a scaled-down TP52. It has clearly benefited from a designer in tune

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Ker 40 IRC optimised 40ft race boat with big topsides flare, rather than wings, to maximise crew righting moment that has also drawn from developments on the Grand Prix TP52 circuit. LOA Beam Draught Displacement

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with developments from the TP circuit and the systems seem to work smoothly with controls falling easily to hand. Personally I feel the class will come to regret the lack of a coffee grinder, particularly at events with wind and waves. The ready-built circuit in the MedCup, with up to 10 boats racing in the five-regatta circuit, and wider one design possibilities ahead, are clear attractions. The performance of the standard boat under IRC is yet to be seen, but this has never been the focus of the class. There is the potential bonus for purchasers of being able to do a South American season in the northern hemisphere winter before shipping north, where owners include five times Olympic medallist and America’s Cup and Volvo racer Torben Grael.

ANSWER BACK

Farr 40 Already an established international one design class with strict owner driver control. Symmetrical spinnakers and large single wheel date the design. LOA Beam Draught Displacement Sail Area

12.41m 4.04m 2.60m 4,945kg Upwind 102.8sq m

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Skiff test

Farr 3.7

Singlehanded trapezing in 20-30 knots is not for the faint-hearted but there’s no better way to get the measure of a new skiff, as Peter Barton found out

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he tail of Hurricane Katia was set to swipe the UK and I was excited to be testing Daryl Wilkinson’s Kiwi import, the Farr 3.7. ‘I am up for it if you are,’ I boldly replied to Daryl when he checked in. ‘It can’t blow that hard at Burghfield, can it?’ The show must go on and the Y&Y test team were committed and stood firm. As I awoke to the trees swaying and branches creaking I did have a moment of apprehension. As it turned out, sailing the Farr 3.7 at Burghfield in up to 32 knots was a pleasure… it was getting there though the debris on the motorway that was the hard part! The beauty of the concept is its simplicity: one person, no spinnaker, a small lightweight hull and carbon spars that can be fixed if they do ever break. Having trapeze wires to avoid any uncivilized excessive hiking made the physical challenge so much more manageable and enjoyable for me. Daryl’s motivation to import a new class into the UK was that he wanted an exciting singlehander that he could have fun in on small lakes. Larger trapeze boats can be too big for the smaller lakes and the fluky winds

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can make trapezing very tricky. After some research and favouring the way things are done down under, Daryl discovered the Farr 3.7 in New Zealand. Designed by Bruce Farr in 1971 the 3.7 is a singlehanded trapeze version of his successful 12 and 18-foot skiffs, with hard-chine, rounded sections, full bow, a straight run and a generous beam but without the racks that have become the norm on more recent UK designs. Hulls are predominantly made of plywood and are light and one-design. The minimum weight of 50kg and reasonable design tolerances allow enough margin for home building to be both successful and competitive, which also serves to ensure the longevity of boats. Several of the oldest boats remain competitive today. The addition of carbon spars and updated sail designs with modern cloths have helped keep the boat current, aiding both performance and the ease of sailing. The mast is one area that allows for some individualism. Various mast configurations are found at the front of the fleet from rotating diamond rigs, fixed spreaders and even Tasar-style over-rotating wing masts. Daryl’s mast rotated, but had neither spreaders nor diamonds which no doubt aided my depowering and the rig’s gust responsiveness in the breezy conditions.

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Rigging and launching (8/10) ★★★★★★★★ Rigging is quick and simple. Attaching the trapeze adjuster to the trolley handle forms a simple 2:1 boat breaker and enables the forestay to be attached with the necessary rig tension. In true skiff fashion there is no main halyard, only a light release string. This saves on both tip weight and compression. So you simiply strap the boat to the trolley with a fitted throw-over strap and tip her over – using a pad to protect the gunwale from the ground – then insert the mainsail into the mast track from the top downwards. A string loop at the top of the sail clips into a spinnaker-pole end fitting at the mast tip. This clip is attached to a light string inside the mast that can be tugged either at the top of the mast or at deck level. So the sail to be dropped without the need to tip over again thereby aiding easy recovery, which is crucial in a singlehanded boat.

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1 Full cunningham and kicker tension helped flatten the sail and open the leech to deal with the gusts. 2 Hiking down a broad reach she was responsive and not too wobbly.

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Launching was easy enough by virtue of the hull being both light and small. It was easy to handle even with the wind piping into the high 20s. Without racks to get in the way it was easy to drop the daggerboard into its case and the cassette rudder into its cassette whilst standing in waist-deep water. Bungees provided enough friction to hold them at half-way. Drifting away from the shore she sat

reach you can either choose to hike with the toe straps or use the trapeze and wire as high as is necessary if little leverage is required. Both have their merits in different circumstances, but high trapezing is certainly more fun! As I heated her up a fraction and dropped on the wire for more leverage and a faster course she came alive like a playful puppy dog full of energy. There was a rogue

standing in a foot loop on the gunwale of this very small planing hull, I might as well have been foot-steering well-mannered on a medium reach with the kicker fully off while I got organised. Rudder down and pinned, centreboard down, kicker on, bear away, sheet in, toe straps located, here we go!

Sailing the boat (8/10) ★★★★★★★★ The initial blast down Burghfield in hiking mode was fully up to my expectations. A bit of broad-reach hiking and planing was followed by some straight running and feeling the balance through the mainsheet and rudder. She was certainly responsive and not too wobbly. With a bit of pro-activity I was in control of my lively little steed. Then I went for the trapeze. On a broad

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APF windsurfer skyving work on the lake and it occurred to me that this had to be sailing’s nearest equivalent of short-board windsurfing. There I was, standing in a foot loop on the gunwale right at the back of this very small planing hull, which I might as well have been foot-steering. The bow was fully popped up and almost looked close enough to reach forward and touch. The only difference was that I was holding a mainsheet rather than a wishbone. In the conditions on the day the transition from broad reach to close reach was always going to be a fruity move. A decisive turn whilst keeping my weight committed was successful, all be it with some momentary leeward heel during the roundup. Step

forward, kicker and cunningham on hard, down on the wire and ready for upwind. Like you would expect with any perky shortwaterline boat upwind, speed is of the essence rather than pointing. Only once you have her humming flat out and properly in the groove can you contemplate greedily edging her into the wind. At 76kg I felt I had ample leverage to plane to windward with the wind in the mid-20s, and only occasionally would I have to dump some mainsheet. The kicker and cunny do wonders to fully-battened sails with flexible top masts in terms of flattening the entry and opening the top leech.

Manoeuvres (7/10) ★★★★★★★ In fully breezy conditions boats are harder to tack with full kicker on. The centre of effort is a long way back and the leech catches the wind on the new tack. This can trip you up or hold you head to wind. When I did get stuck head to wind with no jib to blow the bow off, a fairly painful reversing move was required. Many high-performance boats like the kicker to be eased to make tacking easier and when it is fully breezy the Farr 3.7 fits this category. So, kicker off and then decisive steering whilst you still have speed. A little heel to windward as you enter the tack will also enable the drag of the rig to help the turn. When exiting a breezy gybe, extra technique was required to compensate for the lack of racks in terms of the ‘S’ steer – maintaining a downwind course until you are ready to heat her up again. Daryl’s rudder is a straight section and incredibly light on the feel. This was great at speed but almost too light when moving


appearing across my lips, as the bow nosed down closer and closer to the lake’s surface. I wondered whether any part of Burghfield would be deep enough for a full transomover-bow wipe out and hoped Daryl’s carbon skills would be sufficient for the necessary repairs. The boat accelerated to match the speed of a passing Fiesta on the adjacent M4, but the moment passed quickly and I need not have worried – the bow is a forgiving shape and once accelerated she popped up nicely.

Capsize and recovery (7/10) ★★★★★★★

slowly. A feature of the 3.7’s design is the raking daggerboard where, similar to a RS700, the top of the daggerboard box is oversize fore-and-aft. This enables you to adjust the rake of the board and maintain the effort balance in different conditions and mast rakes. Interestingly, I note that Bruce Farr’s original 1971 design was for both a raked rudder and daggerboard. One failed technique of mine on the day was bearing away in a gusts while simultaneously hiking and being hooked on – trying to get the best of both worlds if you like. As it was I didn’t get the best of either and being hooked on while in the boat meant I couldn’t get my weight back. I could only watch helplessly, with a twinge of regret

Committed to providing readers with a thorough test I popped in a (second) capsize just before returning to the slipway and dismounted to assess the height of the daggerboard above the water level. It was quite high, due to the light hull and buoyancy in the wide side decks. With one arm over the board it did come down a little to be easier to climb on. As with any skiff-style boat where the rig is large relative to the lightness of the hull you can expect the hull to blow downwind of the rig on windy days and tips from the Kiwis confirm this. The ‘Eskimo roll’ technique successfully combats this little challenge. Both of these issues are well within the required fitness and agility levels required to sail the boat so should not provide an issue to potential Farr 3.7 sailors, but they are worth consideration.

In summary (8/10) ★★★★★★★★ I think Daryl is right when he suggests a weight range of 50-75kg in the UK. I am at the top end of this and coped fine in the breeze that was generally 15-30 knots. For open-water conditions a heavier sailor would be fine. For lake sailing, in our UK conditions, a 50kg sailor would manage most of the

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time and thus the Farr 3.7 would make a great fun trainer boat for young trapeze helmsmen (and women). A big advantage here relating to both training and fun is that this is a singlehander. There is no crew to dampen your movements so the singlehanded helmsman has to move that much more quickly and accurately which can only serve to improve his or her speed, agility and technique. A smart progressive development by the class in recent years was to embrace the possibility of individual owners wanting to build new boats to include bowsprits and spinnakers, without alienating them from the existing class. The necessary alterations in design were managed within the (uni-sail) class rules by allowing those boats to weigh in lighter with extra distributed correctors in place of their removable bowsprit and spinnaker. This allows them to race on equal terms in uni-sail mode without increasing their weight in spinnaker mode. Interested? Personally I would love to go to a Farr 3.7 open meeting, whatever the wind strength. There are three options for interested potential owners: • Build one yourself. Plans and autoCAD files are available. Import the components as necessary. • Have a UK builder build you one. • Import one from New Zealand. While this adds to the cost it is not prohibitively expensive. For more information see the NZ class website at www.3-7class.org.nz or follow Daryl’s progress on his blog at www.ukfarr37.blogspot.com

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ANSWER BACK From John Elliott 3.7 class association, New Zealand

Contender The Contender is bigger and heavier boat requiring more helm weight than the Farr 3.7. The low boom is less well suited to shifty lakes. LOA 4.87m Beam 1.5m Sail Area 10.8sq m

RS600 Whilst very rewarding to sail the 600 is a hard task master with its larger fully battened rig and rounded hull, appealing to a heavier weight range. LOA 4.47m Beam 1.93-2.13m Sail Area 12.14sq m

Well-sailed, and well-written. At 65, I lack the agility I used to have, but am still racing my 3.7 on our local lake because I would so miss the trapezereaching sensation you describe – the small, light hull feeling not much different to a sailboard. We have a limited number of boats for sale at present here in the antipodes!

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The women’s TP1 Sirocco jacket has a fixed hood, lightweight mesh lining and is fully waterproof. Size: 1 -5 Colours: Ice Blue, Optical White, Dark Navy RRP: £100 www.henrilloyd.com

Ý Boat whisperer

Improve performance round the cans with this double disc Tactics DVD from Rooster. RRP: £24.95 www.roostersailing.com

Þ Foot comfort

Insoles designed to help up your game on the slopes this winter. RRP: £45.95 www.superfeet.com

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Þ Primus vacuum bottles Available in six different colours, these small flasks are very handy. RRP: £15 www.primus.se


new products Û Happy feet

Ü Warm hoody

Chatham’s Cruz II sailing boot is 100% waterproof, with premium smooth leathers for maximum winter snugness. RRP: £135 www.chatham-marine.co.uk

British Skandia Team branded GBR hoody from Musto: a warm and stylish pressie for any sailing obsessed gentleman. Size: S–XXL Colours: Navy, Grey Marl RRP: £65 www.musto.com

Ý Great ratchet Þ Sounds of the Sea

A double CD of music inspired by the sea and dedicated to RNLI supporters. A proportion of proceeds goes to the RNLI. RRP: £9.99 www.rnli.org.uk

Start the year with a new mainsheet ratchet block… there’s nothing nicer than your first sail with a new one, this 57mm Carbo Ratchet from Harken is ideal for most sizes of dinghy and sports boat, reducing the hold in the hand by a factor of up to 10:1.  RRP £55.21 www.harken.co.uk

Ü Stormproof phone case A waterproof – and snow proof – solution from Aquapac to avoid yet another drowned phone. RRP: £16 www.aquapac.net

Ü Handy rucksacks

The 24/7 series from Osprey is a sixstrong range of versatile daypacks. RRP: £35 - £55 www.ospreypacks.com

Þ Peace of mind

For the adventurous sailor in your life: the SafeLink R10 SRS is a personal AIS (Automatic Identification System) device which can send an alert message, GPS position and identity code directly to AIS receivers. RRP: £294 www.oceansafety.com

Ü Recycled socks

Technical socks you can feel good about. Teko SIN3RGI socks are made from post-consumer waste and natural Merino wool. RRP: from £14.95 www.tekosocks.co.uk

Û Woolly hat

A good hat makes a big difference to your warmth – these matching hat and gloves make gorgeous stocking fillers. RRP: £17.15 each www.whitestuff.com

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This ingenious 1.2 litre fully collapsible kettle is the ideal gift for the cook who struggles for galley space. Colours: Blue, Red, Green RRP: £29.99 www.wackypracticals.com

 Waterproof camera

This fully waterproof, stylish HD camera from Contour is perfect for the budding film-maker. RRP: £199.99 www.ultrasporteu.com

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High quality, long lasting wire fid by P&B. Ideal for splicing continuous control lines and takes far more rope sizes than the usual designs. RRP: £9.95 www.pinbax.com

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A perfect present for the sailor in your life, these boat cufflinks from Lusso-London are silver and gold plated with a chain and bar fastening. RRP: £135.00 www.lusso-london.com

 Regatta watch

Gill’s Regatta Master Watch II is the perfect gift to give competitive sailors that allimportant advantage. Water resistant to 50m, includes countdown timer and digital compass. RRP: £110 www.gilluk.com

 An Absorbing Interest Bob Fisher’s two-volume special edition history of the America’s Cup is perfect for anyone who’s sailing obsessed. ISBN: 9780470516126 RRP: £250 www.southatlanticpublishing.com

 Yacht sculpture

Azure Dragon’s range of sculptures and trophies goes from abstract to classics, sailboards to square riggers, 50cm up to 1m or even bigger. RRP from £175 www.azuredragon.co.uk

 Miniature VHF

The IC-M23 Radio from Icom is the smallest ever VHF. An LED light flashes if it’s dropped in the water. RRP: £192.00 www.oceansafety.com

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Buyer’s guide: blocks

The right block

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evelopment of blocks continues apace. Ideas that originated in the America’s Cup field are filtering down into ever smaller boats, as are improved materials developed originally for the automotive and aerospace industries. The result is the potential for significant savings of both weight and size, but also a choice that sometimes appears bewildering. For many years the mainstays of most manufacturers’ ranges were blocks made from a heavy-duty plastic, with structural stainless steel side bars which transferred loads, usually via a shackle and metal swivel, to a metal eye bolted to the boat. Advances in computing power have enabled designers to accurately model the key load paths on blocks, ensuring that there is ample strength where needed, while allowing material to be sculpted away in areas of low loads to save weight. Combined with the increased availability of engineering plastics, this has meant that in many cases the stainless steel structural parts have been eliminated. Modern blocks are smaller and lighter than those of five or 10 years ago, which makes them ideal for today’s thin hi-tech lines.

Deck hardware is going through a period of rapid evolution: Rupert Holmes looks at recent developments. These advances in rope technology have also given us lines that can be as strong as steel. It’s no surprise then that rope attachment – often using Dyneema – has become the method of choice, providing a further weight saving. ‘The increasing adoption of soft

• Rinse salt and grit way with fresh water as often as possible • Inspect for wear, corrosion or other damage every season • Never exceed the block’s maximum working load • Monitor all running rigging for chafe frequently

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TAKING CARE OF BLOCKS

attachment, has probably been the big change in block construction and technology over the past five years,’ says Harken’s Stan Cockerham, ‘together with increased use of composites. Our T2 block, for instance, was the first performance block with no metal content,’ he adds. These benefits can be seen in Harken’s Carbo Air blocks which are 30 per cent lighter, yet have a 60 per cent greater maximum working load, than the equivalent models in the company’s Classic range.

Bearing types Blocks are available with plain bearings (in which the pulley simply rotates around the central spindle) or with ball or roller bearings that are usually of a self-lubricating engineering plastic such as Torlon or Delrin. For any given physical size of block, plain bearings can generally carry the highest loads. This comes at the expense of increased friction at lower loads, but of course considerably less than a roller or ball bearing block that’s operating outside its design parameters. Roller bearings can carry higher loads than ball bearings, again with a friction penalty at low loads, although ball bearings that run in a grooved race – increasing contact between the bearings and the race – can also take high loads with low friction. Some blocks for larger boats combine roller bearings with ball bearings to keep the block running freely when subjected to side loadings. However, the assumption that lowest friction should be the prime factor for all blocks is a common misconception according to Cockerham: ‘The bearing system should suit the usage, load and dynamics,’ he says. The runners


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The manufacturer’s maximum working load of a block should never be exceeded and it’s important not to confuse this figure with the breaking load, which is usually several multiples higher, but allows no safety factor. It’s worth remembering that loads on deck gear have increased dramatically over the past couple of decades. In the days when all race boats – whether dinghy or offshore flyer – had Dacron sails, the cloth would stretch a little in every

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Anticipating forces

Loads on deck gear have increased dramatically over the past couple of decades. tempted to buy blocks with too small a sheave size: ‘Larger sheave blocks are more efficient than smaller ones. If you can spare a few grams then consider using a size up from the size of your traditional styled block – it will make your sailing easier and tuning more responsive. Have a look around and you’ll see some of the world’s top sailors are (quietly) on to this.’

gust. Similarly halyards and sheets would also stretch and thereby absorb some of the additional load. However, on a boat with carbon sails and hightech running rigging, all the power of a gust is transmitted directly to the deck fittings, resulting in considerably higher peak loads. ‘Users need to be aware of possible shock and pulse loads when sailing

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of a yacht, which only move a few inches under maximum load, require a different solution to spinnaker sheets, where friction must be kept to a minimum at high line speeds. If minimal friction is a requirement, Christian Brewer of Barton Marine points to the introduction of the largest diameter ball race in ball bearing blocks as one of the most important recent developments. Derek Johns, senior product development engineer at Ronstan, says many racers are

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Buyer’s guide: blocks

deactivation when the line is not under load. With some models the deactivation load can be adjusted to a setting that works best for your boat and crew. They are excellent for asymmetric sheets on dinghies and sportsboats, allowing effortless control when the wind increases, but switching off automatically for easy gybes and drops. Similarly mainsheet trimmers benefit from not having to flick the ratchet on and off around the course.

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Specifying the right blocks

ABOVE An example of more traditonal and modern designs Ronstan’s Orbit Block with soft attachment is lighter and has better articulation than its traditional cousin with stainless steel fittings.

in heavy winds and seas,’ says Johns. ‘In the past, it was possible to use a block, check that the stainless steel shackle isn’t deformed and know that it is safe to use. With modern blocks and attachments, it is not possible to detect a potential failure as there is no deformation before failure. This means that the specifier must be more knowledgeable than ever in specifying the right block for the right application.’ In addition, the greater the angle through which the block turns, the larger the force that the rope puts on the block: a 90 degree deflection, for instance, places a load on the block of 1.4 times the load in the line. At 180 degrees this increases to twice the load, although if the deflection is less than 60 degrees, the load on the block is less than that on the line (see table 1).

RIGHT Strength rather than low friction is the primary concern for running backstay blocks.

Ratchets

There’s a huge number of blocks available. As it’s impossible for most chandlers to stock more than a small part of each range, this is one instance in which homework is required. The manufacturers have knowledgeable technical sales staff to back up their comprehensive websites. In addition to specifying blocks that are too small for the job, either because of increased friction, or a working load that will not cope with peak demands, our experts identified a number of other common mistakes that are made when buying blocks. Brewer cautions that the most common misconception people make when selecting blocks for race boats is that size equals strength: ‘You should always seek advice on load capabilities and explain beforehand what you will be using the block for. You will not lose a race by fitting a correct specification block. It may be 50g heavier than an incorrect block but it won’t explode and lose you the race.’ Adams reinforces this: ‘It is critical that the right blocks are used for the right applications and

are not under or over specified.’ Finally, any block must be attached to the boat so it can articulate freely. ‘At least as many blocks are broken by lack of articulation or unsuitable attachment as are broken by overload,’ says Cockerham.

The future What are the next developments we’re likely to see in this field? Brewer expects to see increased use of high load eyes, in place of traditional blocks. ‘They are much lighter and stronger than blocks and considerably cheaper. Modern Dyneema ropes slip easily through the contoured, hard anodised internal surface, which is perfect for cascade kicker systems, backstays, barber haulers and control line guides.’ Johns echoes this: ‘The replacement of more blocks with fairleads and rings for deflecting sheets and control lines will be an interesting development. Much research is underway on materials and surface finishes to make them as slippery as possible,’ he says. He also expects to see more use of carbon fibre and titanium in block cheek and component production, as well as soft attachments replacing stainless steel for cruising blocks as costs come down. Adams says that Allen Brothers frequently works with sailors to develop new products and ideas: ‘It is quite likely that the next “big thing” in the industry will come from them,’ she says. ‘Also there is always the possibility of new materials in construction, or new methods of manufacturing.’

These have long been used to reduce the loading in sheets, with the biggest innovation being automatic

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The load on a block is a combination the load in the line, multiplied by a factor that rises as the angle through which the block turns increases. Note that when the deflection exceeds 60 degrees, the load on the block is greater than that on the line.


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he A 2020 dynamic block from Allen may look similar to some other small blocks on the market, but on closer inspection you will notice the finer details of its design. The patented high strength, stainless steel strip work of the line friendly ultra-strap, the sof t contours of the sheaves and cheeks moulded from advanced engineering polymers, the patented inner core dynamic bearing track mechanism with its twin rows of stainless steel ball bearings and the meticulously designed stainless steel jacket holding it all together make it the strongest and best small block available. Allen’s production team source the highest grade materials for its components and their skilled work force follow tight controls to achieve consistent quality throughout.

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Antigua Sailing Week was originally a local regatta which has subsequently a local regatta which has subsequently evolved into an International event. evolved into an International event. Thousands flock to the small island Thousands flock to the small island in the West Indies to enjoy the party in the West Indies to enjoy the party atmosphere and the non-stop social atmosphere and the non-stop social scene. The boats are packed with scene. The boats are packed with Olympic and round the world Olympic and round the world sailors so it’s a chance to compete sailors so it’s a chance to compete against the cream of the crop. against the cream of the crop.

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Island life The racing season in the Caribbean spans January to May, when the superyachts and cruisers head back after avoiding the worst of the hurricane season. Sailing is consistently a pleasure in the Caribbean: reliable winds, beautiful scenery, amazing sun and seriously good entertainment. The local tipple is of course rum, the under-the-counter varieties being the locals’ choice – try if you dare. The local staple lunch-food is a filling and tasty cross between a burrito and a Cornish pasty, called a ‘roti’. Our top tip, unless you’re lucky enough to be able to fly out for more than one regatta, is to think carefully about what kind of week you want before picking which regatta – and which island – to go to. When talking about the Caribbean many people make the mistake of assuming that the islands are all pretty much the same – turquoise waters,

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ucked away in the maze of wooden decking that is the Antigua Yacht Club Marina is the Skullduggery Café. Chilled out and brightly painted, you’re lured in with the smell of fresh coffee and the sight of high-speed internet (or as high speed as anything gets in the Caribbean). Looking at the menu you notice an innocuous sounding drink called an ‘Expresso Martini’. Consider this your warning: they’re so good you can’t just have one, yet any more than two and your fate will be set on an irreversible course that can only end in Abra’s nightclub, via the Mad Mongoose and perhaps Shirley Heights if it’s the right day of the week. The next thing you know you have an alarm clock screaming at you that its time to go racing, together with a hangover which is the size of the former USSR! Welcome to the Caribbean racing circuit…

sandy beaches, lots of sun. While there are many shared characteristics, this misses the subtleties of the islands that make them so wonderful. Even if you intend to spend most of your week on the water or in the bar it’s worth having a think about which island your regatta is based from.

Getting a ride The first regatta I took part in the season I was there taught me all I needed to know about getting a ride on a race yacht in the Caribbean. Sat in Grenada’s infamous Tiki bar, sadly now no-more after Hurricane Ivan, I was contemplating which cocktail to order next. Also sat around the bar were a few friends and fellow cruisers, and one very drunk and rather rich Irishman. ‘Who wants to go sailing tomorrow?!’ he half slurred and half shouted across the bar. Apparently he had just decided

to enter his 50ft Farr into the Grenada Sailing Festival, with his new found semi-sober friends as crew. The next day I was tailing genoa sheets and helping out on the foredeck as part of a never-sailed-together-before crew over turquoise waters and in perfect winds. As we finished up for the day I smugly cracked open a chilled beer on the pontoon, not believing my luck. The key lesson is this: when short of a ride in the Caribbean, order another cocktail – a tactic which, for me, worked reliably throughout the season. For those less willing to take the chance, there are plenty of options

WHAT’S ON WHERE our quick reference guide to the main events in 2012: What Grenada Sailing Festival RORC Caribbean 600 (offshore) Tobago Carnival Regatta St Maarten Heineken Regatta International Rolex Regatta BVI Spring Regatta Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta Antigua Sailing Week

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worth being there simply to watch – especially as the new build J Class yachts keep upping the fleet. Antigua is the yachting hub of the Caribbean – facilities here are the best you’ll find out of all the regattas, although the BVIs are also righ tup there. The yachty sector of the island is spilt between English harbour – which hosts the historic Nelson’s Dockyard – and Falmouth harbour – base to most of the superyachts. Between the two (which are in close walking distance) there are ample bars, restaurants, clubs, shops as well as yacht repair and maintenance services and facilities.

to book a place on a racing yacht or charter a boat. Check out Sunsail (www.sunsail.com), OnDeck (www. ondeck.co.uk) and Skylark Charters (www.skye51.com) for racing packages across the Caribbean.

a run-down of the regattas The Grenada Sailing Festival is the first of the major Caribbean regattas and a noticeably more chilled out affair than its more glamorous northern cousins St Maarten and Antigua. Racing is made all the more impressive for spectators

to stay on and explore the island’s amazing beaches. The regatta also includes the ‘workboats grand finale’: a competitive spectacle of local boats and those from other islands. As the season progresses so the sailing (and drinking) becomes more serious. The St Maarten Heineken Regatta at the beginning of March marks of the start of the serious sailing, with the more dedicated competitors following the circuit up to the US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands for the Rolex and Spring

As the season progresses so the sailing (and drinking) becomes more serious. by the presence of the colourful local workboat fleet. In some ways it was my favourite regatta, though I will admit my general love of ‘the spice island’ of the Caribbean, famous for its trade of nutmeg and other spices, might have some bearing on things. Late in February is the start of the RORC Caribbean 600, an offshore race which starts out from Antigua – check out www.caribbean600.rorc.org for charter opportunities. The Tobago Carnival Regatta is timed to be just before the island carnival – making for a perfect two week holiday if you have the time

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Regatta – one of the oldest regattas in the Caribbean at over 40 years old. The St Maarten Heineken regatta is no spring chicken itself at over 30 years old, and is considered by many to be one of the best regattas on the circuit. With the fleet stopping in a different location around the halfDutch half-French island every night, the sailing is as varied as the après sail. It’s all back to Antigua for the last, but by no means least, event of the season, held shortly after the incredible spectacle that is Antigua Classics Week. Although getting a ride at Antigua Classics is tricky, it is well

Cruising and chartering Aside from the race circuit, the Caribbean is also a fantastic place to explore as a cruiser. There is a plethora of companies offering charter options including, bareboat, flotilla and skippered, as well as a choice of monohull or catamaran. Islands that are off limits to land-based holidaymakers are yours for the taking: notable among these are the amazing Tobago Cays, which are only accessible by boat. Though navigation between the coral reefs can be tricky, the turquoise lagoons and pristine beaches definitely make it well worthwhile. Other stand out islands for cruisers and charterers include Bequia and Mayreau.

a week not enough? One option you may not have thought of is spending more than a week or two in the Caribbean. For those with job flexibility or if you’re planning a career break, how about spending a month over March following some of the big regattas or even doing a season out there? Work is often available delivering race yachts to the next location, doing day work on superyachts as a deckhand or steward/ ess, or if you plan it in advance and have the skills you could work as an ex-pat for a related business. If you fancy making a more long-term career shift you could consider pursuing a job on-board a yacht as permanent crew. Whether you go for a week or six months, the Caribbean has some amazing sailing – and après-sailing – to offer. All the regattas are fantastic fun, benefit from reliable winds and have enviable turnouts. Definitely a great way to beat those winter blues. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you about those Expresso Martinis…


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Off the beaten track: Belize

Rob Melotti explores a lesser known corner of the Caribbean.

Offshore, amongst the cayes, life is free of insects, but unbelievably large butterflies do find their way aboard, as do sea snakes, apparently – charter boats are warned off the most snakefriendly anchorages. Iguanas and crabs burrow in the sand while herons fish and dolphins play and at night there are hardly any lights to be seen.

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f you’re looking for somewhere to sail off the beaten track in the Caribbean, Belize is a great option. Navigation is not easy – there are hundreds of low-lying sandy islands (cayes), few marks or buoys, no lights and few large-scale charts – but from January until April the wind blows from the north-east constantly and you can enjoy over 100 miles of flat water inside the world’s second longest barrier reef. The mainland is well worth a visit if you have the time; the mosquitos can be awful (depending on the season) but there are Mayan ruins and jungle animals to be seen in abundance: boa constrictors, crocodiles, howler monkeys, the keel-bill toucan (Belize’s national bird) and the very rare black jaguar.

Belize City late at night due to security concerns, recommending an overnight layover in Miami. It’s certainly cheaper to get all the way to Belize in one go but make sure you have a hotel booked with transportation from the airport, or, if your charter company is located in the city, make sure they meet you. For any charter bases outside Belize City, the usual mode of transport is a six or eight-seater propeller plane – flying taxis. Take-off and landing certainly take some getting used to, but the view of the barrier reef and the jungle is unparalleled. Charter boats from Belize City are plentiful with dozens of populated and popular destination ports to choose from. You could easily spend two weeks dining (and partying) on a different caye every night. From Placencia, in the south, the cayes are mostly uninhabited. For serious diving, snorkelling and whale watching, hire a skipper to go outside the barrier reef. The people are very friendly. English is the national language, although creole, Spanish and half a dozen Mayan dialects will be heard. Gourmet dining was nowhere to be seen but the local beer was great. For my money, always go for a catamaran – especially in the south where you won’t be tied to anything but your anchor or a mooring buoy for the entire charter… you need the space and the speed also helps to cover the ground, plus the shallow draught should keep you out of trouble. The only medical preparation needed is a course of anti-malarial tablets.

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racing classes 2011-12

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achts and Yachting has kept track of the latest trends in sailing for 64 years now, and our annual Racing Classes Review is a must-read. From the data, you can compare boat types, sail areas and handicaps as well as championship attendances and a host of other useful facts and figures. The guide kicks off this issue with monohull and multihull dinghies. Nowhere else will you find such a comprehensive and up-to-date snapshot of dinghy racing as it stands today. In our January edition we’ll run a complete keelboat listing, which is followed by a comprehensive yacht listing in our February issue. Add the three together and you have all you need to know. Optimum crew weight is indicated as well as each class’s vital statistics with pictures and contact details for the class association. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, but we are reliant on class secretaries, many of whom are unpaid volunteers, for their help in this. Throughout the year we’ll be covering all these classes, keeping track of championships as they

happen… whether you’re thinking of changing class, or just want to keep up to date, we’re here to help.

IN... The RS Classes had a bumper year, seeing the biggest gain was the RS200, up a massive 78 boats. The Laser standard, Radial and 4.7 were all up – together they amount to 297 nationals entries. A number of classes returned to the 50+ club this year including the Contender, Laser, Laser 4.7, Mirror, Fireball, 29er, International Moth and RS800. The National 18 had a massive 37-boat jump to make it into the 50+ club for the first time. Six classes had over 100 boats, compared with four last year.

OUT... The biggest losses were by the Wayfarer (down 63 boats), Optimist (down 42) and the Musto Skiff (down 33). Also suffering losses, putting them out of the 50+ club, were the Laser 2000 (down 30 to 47), Blaze (down 15 to 39), and 420 (down nine to 48). Both the Topper and Optimist were down this year, but other youth classes saw gains.

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DingHies 12FT SkIFF

18FT SkIFF

The ultimate three-man, winged, triple-trapeze flying machine DESIGNER: Iain Murray (older hulls are also Julian Bethwaite) from 1972 CONSTRUCTION: Carbon, (Nomex/foam) BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 10.3m inc sprit & rack; BEAM: 4.27m HULL WEIGHT: 75kg; CREW WEIGHT: 230-260kg SAIL AREAS: Unrestricted PN NUMBER: 675 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £5-12,000; GOOD: £12-20,000 NEW: £40,000 approx. CURRENT BUILDER: Ovington (UK & Europe), Van Munster (Australia) NEW BOATS IN 2011: 0

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CLASS SEC: Ben Clothier enquiries@uk18footer.org, 079 0155 1538 WEBSITE: www.uk18footer.org 2011 NATIONALS: Sandbanks, Poole; ENTRIES: 8 NATIONAL AND EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS: Jamie Mears, Tristan Hutt, Stewart Mears WORLD CHAMPIONS: Mark Foy Trophy: John Winning, David Gibson, Andrew Hay. JJ Giltinan: Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, Scott Babbage 2012 NATIONALS: August (p) 2012 EUROPEANS: Lake Garda, Italy, June 3-9 2012 WORLDS: JJ Giltinan: Sydney, February 17-26; Mark Foy: Auckland, December 30-January 6 DID YOU KNOW? The hull is one design with controlled building via moulds for both hull and foils. The rigs have seen developments in recent years as the only limitation is mast height. Growth in the UK fleet this year has resulted in the number of active boats racing returning to double digits in the UK. International regattas see fleets sizes of 20 to 30 boats.

29ER

Single trapeze double-hander for small teams and youth sailors DESIGNER: Julian Bethwaite in 1997 CONSTRUCTION: GRP/Foam sandwich BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.45m; BEAM: 1.77m WEIGHT: HULL 74kg fitted; CREW 105-145kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 12*; JIB: 3; SPI: 16 PN NUMBER: 924 PRICE: BASIC: £3,500; GOOD: £5,750; NEW: £7,500 CLASS SEC: Martha Berry membership@29ersailing.org.uk, 07818 035462 WEBSITE: www.29er.org.uk NEW BOATS IN 2011: UK 20; worldwide 118 2011 NATIONALS: Royal Torbay YC; ENTRIES: 57 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Phil Walker & John Mather EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Carlos Robles & Florien Trittel (SPA) WORLD CHAMPION: Tavella Belen & Greggi Franco 2012 NATIONALS: Restronguet SC, August 18-24 2012 EUROPEANS: Sopot, Poland, July 14-20 2012 WORLDS: Travemunde, Germany, July 22-28 DID YOU KNOW? Fully integrated into the RYA Volvo Youth programme, and suitable for lighter adults too. Fantastic resurgence of interest with membership numbers doubled in 12 months, the second biggest national championships ever, Grand Prix series events with over 40 boats, and open training oversubscribed. Demand for second hand boats very high. photo: DaviD harDiNg/SailiNg SceNeS

Two person twin trapeze skiff development class DESIGNER: Various, from 1916 CONSTRUCTION: Unrestricted, typically carbon/ foam sandwich BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 3.7m; BEAM: 1.8m WEIGHT: HULL 45kg; CREW 140-180kg SAIL AREA: Unrestricted PN NUMBER: 879 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £5,000; GOOD: £8,000 NEW: circa £12,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Bloodaxe Boats CLASS SEC: Alan Atterbury, information@12footskiff.com, 01932 888864 WEBSITE: www.12footskiff.com 2011 NATIONALS: Torbay NATIONAL CHAMPION: Bob Clements & Alan Atterbury WORLD CHAMPION: Nick Press & Brad Yabsley 2012 NATIONALS: Torbay, August 24-27 2012 WORLDS: Auckland, New Zealand, December 30, 2011 - January 6, 2012 DID YOU KNOW? The 52nd 12ft Skiff Interdominion Championships has just been announced, and will run with the Mark Foy 18ft Skiff Championships, in Auckland, December 30-January 6 2012.

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Twin trapeze doublehanded skiff – a 29er on steroids! DESIGNER: Julian Bethwaite in 2008 CONSTRUCTION: Composite foam sandwich BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.45m; BEAM: 1.77m HULL WEIGHT: 70kg; CREW WEIGHT: 135kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 12; JIB: 3; SPI: 19 PN NUMBER: 830 PRICE: BASIC: £2,500; GOOD: £5,000; NEW: £9,500 CURRENT BUILDER: Ovington Boats NEW BOATS IN 2011: 2 WEBSITE: www.29erxx.com EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Jeanine Olrik & Frederikke Graversen (DEN) WORLD CHAMPION: Paris Henken & Hans Henken 2012 NATIONALS: Restronguet, August (p) 2012 EUROPEANS: Sopot, Poland, July (p) 2012 WORLDS: Riva del Garda, Italy, July (p) DID YOU KNOW? In May 2011 the 29erXX became an ISAF recognised class. There are now fleets competing in most major sailing nations, and the XX has already been adopted by a number of national Olympic development programmes.

405

Two-person youth training monohull with single trapeze and asymmetric spinnaker DESIGNER: Chris Benedict in 1992 CONSTRUCTION: Fibreglass; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.05m; BEAM: 1.38m WEIGHT: HULL 74kg; CREW 100-130kg


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High performance doublehander with single trapeze and spinnaker DESIGNER: John Westell in 1954 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 5.05m; BEAM: 2m WEIGHT: HULL 127.4kg; CREW 160-190kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 12.3; JIB: 4.94; SPI: 27 PN NUMBER: 902 PRICE: BASIC: £2,500; GOOD: £4,500; NEW: £16,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Ovington (Rondar licence) CLASS SEC: Roger Deane, Roger.Deane@aviva.com 07712 762315 WEBSITE: www.sail505.org NEW BOATS IN 2011: 15 UK, 50 worldwide 2011 NATIONALS: Rock, Cornwall; ENTRIES: 40 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Ian Pinnell 2012 NATIONALS: Abersoch (p) 2012 WORLDS: La Rochelle, France

SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 5.22; JIB: 2.43; SPI: 8.55. PN NUMBER: 1089 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £500; GOOD: £900; NEW: TBA CURRENT BUILDER: Hobie Europe, UK agent Pinnell & Bax CLASS SECRETARY: Not Appointed WEBSITE: www.405.org.uk NEW BOATS IN 2011: None 2011 NATIONALS: Not Competed 2012 NATIONALS: TBA DID YOU KNOW? Started 1993 as RYA junior double handed pathway class for up to 16-year-olds.

420

Two-person single-trapeze planing dinghy with conventional kite DESIGNER: Christian Maury in 1960 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.2m; BEAM: 1.63m WEIGHT: HULL 80kg; CREW 110-145kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10.25; JIB: 2.8; SPI: 9 PN NUMBER: 1087 PRICE: BASIC: £3,000; GOOD: £5,500; NEW: £8,750+ CURRENT BUILDER: Blueblue, Nautivela, Ziegelmayer, MacKay NEW BOATS IN 2011: 35 CLASS SEC: Cherie Dodd, 01425 629510, 07515 378549, cheriedodd@btopenworld.com WEBSITE: www.420sailing.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Pwllheli; ENTRIES: 48 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Michael Wood & Hermione Stanley EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS: Junior Europeans Guillaume Pirouelle/Valentin Sipan (FRA), European Men’s Alexander & George Kavas, Ladies

Cristina Celli & Silvia Morini (ITA) WORLD CHAMPION: Ladies Annabel Vose & Megan Brickwood (GBR) 2012 NATIONALS: Royal Torbay YC, August 18-25 2012 EUROPEANS: Lake Garda, Italy, August 9-17 2012 WORLDS: Segelakademie des OeSV Bundesleistungszentrum Se, July 27 – August 5 DID YOU KNOW? Olympic medallists Nick Rogers, Ian Percy and Pippa Wilson all raced a 420. They are raced at clubs across England, Scotland and Wales, and sailed in over 60 nations. New sailors welcomed and supported throughout the fleet.

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Doublehanded single trapeze Olympic class for both men and women DESIGNER: André Cornu in 1963 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.7m; BEAM: 1.68m WEIGHT: HULL 120kg; CREW 110-145kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9.12; JIB: 3.58; SPI: 14.3 PN NUMBER: 973 PRICE: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £5,000; NEW: £12,000 CLASS SEC: Neil Marsden, neilmarsden@aol.com, 07985343735 NEW BOATS IN 2011: 8 2011 NATIONALS: Weymouth Sail for Gold regatta ENTRIES: 12 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Nick Rogers & Chris Grubb EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic (CRO); Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos (ESP) WORLD CHAMPION: Mathew Belcher & Malcolm Page plus Open European 2012 NATIONALS: TBC 2012 EUROPEANS: Largs, June 2012 2012 WORLDS: Perth, Australia

49ER

Twin-trapeze high performance Olympic skiff DESIGNER: Julian Bethwaite in 1995 LOA: 4.99m; BEAM: 2.9m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 22.3; SPI: 38 WEIGHT: HULL 94kg fully fitted; CREW 148-160kg CONSTRUCTION: Epoxy GRP/foam sandwich CLASS SEC: Tristan Hutt, th205@kentforlife.net CLASS WEBSITE: www.49er.org.uk CURRENT BUILDER: Ovington Boats LATEST SAIL NUMBER: 1,282 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £4,000; GOOD £10,000; NEW: £17,700 2011 NATIONALS: Royal Torbay YC; ENTRIES: 18 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Simon Marks & Nick Murray EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Dylan Fletcher & Alain Sign 2012 NATIONALS: tba 2012 EUROPEANS: Lake Garda. September 9-15 2012 WORLDS: Zadar, Croatia. May 5-13 DID YOU KNOW? The new carbon rig has been a great success, used rigs are now filtering down to weekend warriors. FURTHER INFORMATION: The 49ers will be racing at the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth – keep an eye on your television!

59ER

Two-man hiking skiff DESIGNER: Frank Bethwaite in 2000 LATEST PN: 905 (class supplied) LOA: 4.7m; BEAM: 2m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9.5; JIB: 4.5; SPI: 20.5 WEIGHT: HULL 75kg; CREW 145-180kg CONSTRUCTION: Epoxy GRP/foam sandwich CURRENT BUILDER: No longer in production, but spares available from Ovington Boats.

3000

Two-man one-design with asymmetric spinnaker and trapeze. Previously Laser 3000, or V3000. DESIGNER: Bethwaite/Clarke in 1996 CONSTRUCTION: Woven GRP/epoxy/foam BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.4m; BEAM: 1.46m WEIGHT: HULL 54kg min; CREW 100-150kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.6; JIB: 3.3; SPI: 13.5

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National Solo

Isn’t it time you experienced the appeal?

Class Association For more information about the National Solo Class Association please contact Martin Allen Tel 01233 646471 Email: info@solosailing.org.uk

• 100+ new boats built in 2011 • A Class with a large friendly following and still growing. • The Solo provides close competitive racing and has superb area travellers series. • Thriving second-hand market

Major Championship Dates for 2012 Noble Marine Solo Winter Championships 4th February - Grafham Water SC Spring Championships 31st March - Oxford SC Nigel Pusinelli Trophy 21 - 22nd April - Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy National Championships 22 - 27th July - Mounts Bay SC Inland Championships 8 - 9th September - Rutland SC End of Season Championships 27th October - Draycote Water SC

Plus many other events and open meetings throughout the year. Photo: John Murrell


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PN NUMBER: 1032 PRICES: BASIC: £1,100; GOOD: £2,000; NEW: £5,995 CURRENT BUILDER: Vander Craft CLASS SEC: Tony Hunt, tonyhunt@waitrose.com 01634 727217 WEBSITE: www.3000class.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Grafham Water SC; ENTRIES: 9 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Joe Pester & Paul Murphy DID YOU KNOW? The class-recommended PY for the Vander Craft 3000s is 1007

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ALbACORE

Two-person hiking dinghy DESIGNER: Uffa Fox in 1954 CONSTRUCTION: Wood/GRP BOARD TYPE: Centreboard LOA: 4.58m; BEAM: 1.57m WEIGHT: HULL 109kg; CREW 150-180kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.35; JIB: 3.3; SPI: None PN NUMBER: 1064 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £2-4,000 NEW: £8,500 CURRENT BUILDER: Ovington, CS Boats, P&B NEW BOATS IN 2011: 12 CLASS SEC: Judy Armstrong judy.armstrong@ntlworld.com, 01642 274787 WEBSITE: www.albacore.org.uk/alb/ 2011 NATIONALS: Llandudno, Wales; ENTRIES: 34 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Tom Gillard & Andrew Elliot WORLD CHAMPION: Barney Harris & David Byrin 2012 NATIONALS: Royal Torbay YC, July 21-23 2012 EUROPEANS: TBA NEXT WORLDS: SCYC Abersoch, August 3-9, 2013 DID YOU KNOW? A great first boat for those who are just learning to sail and a very competitive racer for more advanced sailors. Boats available in wood or GRP at a range of prices with plenty of help and advice.

CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Swivel plate LOA: 4.995m; BEAM: 1.8m WEIGHT: HULL 81kg; CREW 130/190kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10.9; JIB: 4.2; SPI: 10.9 PN NUMBER: 930 PRICES: BASIC: £5,500; GOOD: £7,500; NEW: £8,750 CURRENT BUILDER: White Formula NEW BOATS IN 2011: 8 CLASS SEC: Jo Wicken, jwicken@btinternet.com 07810774500 WEBSITE: www.altoboats.com 2011 NATIONALS: Brightlingsea SC NATIONAL CHAMPION: Tim Kift & Jo Wicken 2012 NATIONALS: To be decided DID YOU KNOW? The extensive two year testing program now complete has shown the boat more than meets its design parameters, making it a fast, well mannered racing dinghy of exceptional value. There are now AltOs sailing at 10 clubs from Kent to the Orkneys and Tayside and from the Bristol Channel to East Anglia.

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ALTO

The two-person running asymmetric with trapeze DESIGNER: Mike Arnold in 2007

2011 NATIONALS: Porthpean; ENTRIES: 28 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Mike Bees & Martin Worth EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Tim Harrison & Johnny Ratcliffe (GBR) WORLD CHAMPION: Guy Bancroft & David Grace (2010, AUS) 2012 NATIONALS: Berr SC 2012 EUROPEANS: Centre Nautique du Plerin, France 2012 WORLDS: Perth Dinghy Club, Australia DID YOU KNOW? The class is vibrant and celebrated its 25th year in 2011. It is still the fastest hiking dinghy. Seavolution took over building the B14 in 2011. Along with hull builder Synthesize Group, they have a full order book into 2012. The deck layout has undergone a few minor tweaks to enhance the sailing experience.

11ft one design singlehander with superb light wind performance DESIGNER: Sidney Cherverton in 1932 CONSTRUCTION: Various; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 3.55m; BEAM: 1.2m WEIGHT: HULL: 45kg; CREW: 44-89kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8 PN NUMBER: 1168 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £300-450 GOOD: £850-£1,500; NEW: £3,000-£4,250 CURRENT BUILDER: Severn Sailboats, John Claridge Composites, Godfrey Clark and BMBA-White Formula NEW BOATS IN 2011: 2 CLASS SEC: Graham Pope, 01905 458366, 07866 610366, popelandmarine@yahoo.com WEBSITE: www.britishmoth.com 2011 NATIONALS: Northampton SC; ENTRIES: 31 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Robbie Claridge 2012 NATIONALS: Northampton SC DID YOU KNOW? 2012 is the 80th Anniversary Year of this enigmatic, lively dinghy that has been the first dinghy for many. FURTHER INFORMATION: 2010/2011 has seen new boats from Claridge Composites (Mervyn Cook/ John Clardge lines) and Severn Sailboats (Phil Morrison lines), with Claridge boats winning the nationals and three of the top six placings.

Two-man with racks and asymmetric DESIGNER: Julian Bethwaite in 1984 CONSTRUCTION: Epoxy; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.5m; BEAM: 3.04m WEIGHT: HULL 62kg; CREW 125-168kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 12; JIB: 5.2; SPI: 29.2 PN NUMBER: 874 PRICE: BASIC: £2,500; GOOD: £5,000; NEW: £13,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Seavolution Ltd NEW BOATS IN 2011: 4+ CLASS SEC: Trish Dixon, 01227 771017, 07971568352 trish@b14skiff.demon.co.uk, WEBSITE: www.b14,org

Singlehander with wings DESIGNER: Ian Howlett in 1996 CONSTRUCTION: GRP/Epoxy BOARD TYPE: Centreboard LOA: 4.2m; BEAM: 1.5m WEIGHT: HULL 72kg; CREW 70-95kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10 PN NUMBER: 1046 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £2,000 GOOD: £3,500-£5,000; NEW: £8,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Cirrus Raceboats CLASS SEC: Paul Taylor, 01256 882086 NEW BOATS IN 2011: 15 WEBSITE: www.blaze-sailing.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Felpham SC; ENTRIES: 44 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Rob Jones 2012 NATIONALS: Brightlingsea SC DID YOU KNOW? Sailed at over 80 clubs in the UK.

buzz

One design doublehander with single trapeze and asymmetric spinnaker DESIGNER: Ian Howlett in 1993 CONSTRUCTION: GRP BOARD TYPE: Centreboard or dagger options LOA: 4.2m; BEAM: 1.92m WEIGHT: HULL 80kg; CREW 110-150kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.85; JIB: 4; SPI: 17.4 PN NUMBER: 1003 PRICE: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £2,000; NEW: £6,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Wet & Windy

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CLASS SECRETARY: Stuart Bailey, 07976 760844 bailey.stu@btinternet.com WEBSITE: www.bu22.co.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Paignton SC; ENTRIES: 7 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Ian & Bridget Staples 2012 NATIONALS: TBA 2012 EUROPEANS: Lake Como, Italy DID YOU KNOW? There are many Buzzes in Italy, making the Europeans a great event to enter, book your holiday now for the start of August and join the Buzz fleet abroad as well as at home.

bYTE

Singlehanded hiking dinghy DESIGNER: Ian Bruce in 1990 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 3.65m; BEAM: 1.3m WEIGHT: HULL 45kg; CREW 54-65kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 5.6 (CII 6.8) PN NUMBER: 1165 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £650-750 GOOD: CII £1,000-£2,500; NEW: CII £4,238 CURRENT BUILDER: Ovington CLASS SECRETARY: MaggieFutcher, 020 8743 5310, 078 8502 7023, maggiefutcher@aol.com WEBSITE: www.byteclass.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Warsash SC, October 29-30; EUROPEAN & WORLD CHAMPION: Not sailed as Byte chosen for Olympic Youth Worlds 2012 NATIONALS: Mumbles (provisional) 2012 EUROPEANS AND WORLDS: TBA DID YOU KNOW? Byte CII is the only dinghy with a carbon fibre mast that is without stays. It is in two pieces, hence the CII designation.

CADET

The only double-handed three-sail racing dinghy designed specifically for juniors DESIGNER: Jack Holt in 1947 CONSTRUCTION: Wood or GRP BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 3.22m; BEAM: 1.27m

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WEIGHT: HULL 54kg; CREW 85-105kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 3.9; JIB: 1.26; SPI: 4.25 PN NUMBER: 1432 PRICES: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £2,500; NEW: £5,000 CURRENT BUILDER: See class website CLASS SEC: Chris Green, 07825 879727 cadetclass.admin@googlemail.com NEW BOATS IN 2011: 3 WEBSITE: www.cadetclass.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Stone SC; ENTRIES: 80 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Ben Hazeldine & George Bridge WORLD CHAMPION: Maciej Kaminski & Szymon Ostrowski (POL) 2012 NATIONALS: Royal Torbay YC, August 12-17 2012 EUROPEANS: Carnac YC, France, July 21-26 2012 WORLDS: Sandy Bay SC, Hobart, Australia, December 27, 2012 – January 4, 2013 DID YOU KNOW? The Cadet is an RYA Junior Supported Class which offers serious racing and fun for sailors up to age 17. The Cadet was designed by Jack Holt to ensure it could only be sailed by juniors, ensuring sailors race against their peer group. The class has an attractive international programme in 2012.

ChERub

Lightweight development two hander weighing under 70kg all up DESIGNER: Various since 1950 CONSTRUCTION: Carbon/glass/epoxy BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 3.7m; BEAM: 1.8m WEIGHT: HULL 50kg; CREW: 110-150kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 15.5*; JIB: *; SPI: 21 TRAPEZE: 1 or 2 PN NUMBER: 930 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £800+; GOOD: Up to £6,500 NEW: £8,000-£12,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Bloodaxe, Aardvark NEW BOATS IN 2011: 2 CLASS SECRETARY: Phil Kirk, 077 0930 9876 sarahandphil2@tiscali.co.uk WEBSITE: www.uk-cherub.org 2011 NATIONALS: Lee-on-the-Solent; ENTRIES: 18 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Graham Bridle & Eddie Bridle (father and son) 2012 NATIONALS: Pwllheli, commencing August 20 DID YOU KNOW? The modern Cherub is a competitive carbon racing machine providing more grins per kilo than any other double hander. The UK class celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011 and the newest model, the E6, won the Prix d’elegance at the Volvo RYA Dinghy Show.

photo: Steve Bell/fotoBoat

racing classes: dinghies

cometclass@rya-online.net WEBSITE: www.cometsailing.org.uk NEW BOATS IN 2011: 5 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA; ENTRIES: 41 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Chris Robinson 2012 NATIONALS: Bewl Valley SC, August 25-27 DID YOU KNOW? 22 open meetings plus two championship events in 2011. 30th anniversary of the Comet class and the 25th anniversary of the Class Association celebration dinner was held with the Comet Combined Classes.

CLASSIC & VINTAGE

Racing Dinghy Association DESIGNER: Various CONSTRUCTION: Any CLASS SECRETARY: Chris Barlow, chris@cvrda.org WEBSITE: www.cvrda.org 2011 NATIONALS: Whitefriars SC; ENTRIES: 33 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Rupert Whelan, Minisail 2012 NATIONALS: Bough Beech, August 24-27 DID YOU KNOW? The CVRDA was formed to allow close but relaxed racing for owners of old dinghies, and as a support network. Our website has a wealth of knowledge about classic dinghy sailing and restoration. FURTHER INFORMATION: We encourage, race and support ‘lost’ classes – boats designed and built before 1985 and with no current class association.

COMET

Singlehanded one design hiking dinghy DESIGNER: Andrew Simmons in 1981 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 3.45m; BEAM: 1.37m WEIGHT: HULL 50kg; CREW: 50-100kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 6.5 PN NUMBER: 1177 PRICES: BASIC: £800; GOOD: £1,300; NEW: £3,550 CURRENT BUILDER: Andrew Simmons CLASS SECRETARY: Norah Jaggers, 01297 20858

COMET TRIO

Two to four person cruiser-racer with spinnaker DESIGNER: Phil Morrison in 1995 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.6m; BEAM: 1.83m WEIGHT: HULL 145kg; CREW 127-191kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9.28; JIB: 3.25; SPI: 9.28 PN NUMBER: 1085 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £3,000; GOOD: £4,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Comet Dinghies CLASS SECRETARY: Guy Farrant, 01395 265550 guy@comettrio.org.uk WEBSITE: www.comettrio.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA; ENTRIES: 22 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Andrew & Caroline McAusland DID YOU KNOW? Latest sail number is 495. If you want a more modern alternative to the Wayfarer the Comet Trio is great and has room for four.


2011 NATIONALS: Royal Torbay YC; ENTRIES: 20 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Tim Pettit and Tony Callcutt 2012 NATIONALS: Royal Torbay YC, June 23-24. DID YOU KNOW? The Devon Yawl evolved from the all wood Salcombe Yawl, which in turn had evolved from local inshore fishing boats over a 200-year period. FURTHER INFORMATION: Competitive racing with major fleets on the Yealm, Exe and at Chichester.

COMET VERSA

One or two-man cruiser-racer with optional spinnaker DESIGNER: Andrew Simmons in 2002 LATEST PN: 1165 (class supplied) LOA: 3.96m; BEAM: 1.65m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 6.78; JIB: 2.32; SPI: 6.97 WEIGHT: HULL 95kg; CREW 76-159kg CONSTRUCTION: GRP CURRENT BUILDER: Comet Dinghies PRICE: BASIC: £2,500, GOOD: £4,500, NEW: £6,000 WEBSITE: www.cometcombinedclasses.co.uk CLASS SECRETARY: j.sturgeon@hotmail.com DID YOU KNOW? The Versa can be raced singlehanded with the jib, but must be crewed if the optional asymmetric is used.

COMET zERO

One or two-man cruiser-racer with optional spinnaker DESIGNER: Andrew Simmons in 1999 LATEST PN: 1250 (class supplied) LOA: 3.45m; BEAM: 1.42m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 4.65; JIB: 1.77; SPI: 4.65 WEIGHT: HULL 70kg; CREW 51-127kg CONSTRUCTION: GRP CURRENT BUILDER: Comet Dinghies WEBSITE: www.cometcombinedclasses.co.uk DID YOU KNOW? The Zero is also available with a shorter mast and slightly smaller sail area, or with just a single sail.

CONTENDER

Singlehander with trapeze DESIGNER: Bob Miller in 1967 CONSTRUCTION: Wood/GRP BOARD TYPE: Centreboard LOA: 4.87m; BEAM: 1.5m WEIGHT: HULL 83kg; CREW: 65-95kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10.8 PN NUMBER: 993 PRICE: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £4,000, NEW: £12,500 CURRENT BUILDER: Bonezzi, C-Serve, DB Marine, Joachim Harpprecht, Karsten Kraus CLASS SECRETARY: Ben Holden ben@holdendesignservices.co.uk WEBSITE: www.sailcontender.org.uk NEW BOATS IN 2011: 14 2011 NATIONALS: Weymouth; ENTRIES: 95 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Ben McGrane WORLD CHAMPION: Bjarke B Johnsen 2012 NATIONALS: Torbay, September 2012 EUROPEANS: Sweden, July 28-August 3 2012 WORLDS: Florida, April 22-28 DID YOU KNOW? There were 144 boats in Weymouth for the worlds in 2011. The International Contender was designed as a potential Olympic successor to the Finn. Currently voting on rule change to allow epoxy.

DEVON YAwL

Classic two-masted performance family day sailing and racing boat for all weathers and ages DESIGNER: Glassfibre version of the all-wood Salcombe Yawl from 1968 LATEST PN: 1205 (class supplied) LOA: 5.575m; HULL LENGTH: 4.88m; BEAM: 1.91m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.4; JIB: 5.8; MIZZEN: 1.4 WEIGHT: HULL: 431.3kg CONSTRUCTION: GRP CURRENT BUILDER: John Lack, Christchurch WEBSITE: www.devonyawl.org CLASS SEC: Roger Lean, dyasecretary@live.co.uk

NEW UK BOATS IN 2011: 10 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £600–1,500 GOOD: £1,975–2,500; NEW: £7,500 2011 NATIONALS: Looe SC; ENTRIES: 58 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey 2012 NATIONALS: Tenby SC, August 11-17 DID YOU KNOW? There’s a new epoxy Enterprise Mark 3 by Rondar Boats. It’s the same weight and has the same outer shape, but an improved interior and flotation. FURTHER INFORMATION: Due to the new epoxy Rondar Enterprise, which has been passed by ISAF, the class rules have been updated. They are available on-line and in the autumn edition of the association diary.

D-ONE

Singlehanded hiking skiff with racks and asymmetric spinnaker DESIGNER: Phil Morrison in 2009 CONSTRUCTION: Carbon fibre and foam BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.23m; BEAM: 2.31m WEIGHT: HULL 75kg; CREW: 55-115kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 24.6; SPI: 13.2 PN NUMBER: 971 CURRENT BUILDER: Devoti Sailing CLASS SECRETARY: Tim Garvin, 077 1755 6817 timg@gouldinternational.co.uk WEBSITE: www.d-onesailing.org NEW BOATS IN 2011: 12 2011 NATIONALS: Queen Mary SC, October 29/30 WORLD CHAMPION: Tom Slingsby

EuROPE

Singlehanded hiking dinghy DESIGNER: Alois Roland in 1960 CONSTRUCTION: GRP/Composite BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 3.35m; BEAM: 1.38m WEIGHT: HULL 45kg; CREW: 55-75kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 7 PN NUMBER: 1143 PRICES: BASIC: £500; GOOD: £2,500; NEW: £7,300 CURRENT BUILDER: Winner, Finessa CLASS SECRETARY: Angela Wallis, 01480 860 531 europe.class.secretary@googlemail.com, WEBSITE: www.europeclass.org.uk NEW BOATS IN 2011: 0 2011 NATIONALS: Largo Bay SC; ENTRIES: 18 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Chris Gill WORLD CHAMPIONS: Women: Silvia Zennaro; Men: Tobias Hemdorff DID YOU KNOW? Since Olympic de-selection, the class in the UK now appeals to a wide range of both men and women of all ages.

ENTERPRISE

Two-man one-design DESIGNER: Jack Holt in 1955 CONSTRUCTION: FRP/epoxy/wood BOARD TYPE: Pivoted centreboard LOA: 4.04m; BEAM: 1.6m WEIGHT: HULL 94kg; CREW: 125-150kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10.7; JIB: tba PN NUMBER: 1116 CURRENT BUILDERS: James Jarvey and Rondar CLASS SEC: Bob Southworth, 02380456977, 07771935201, bob@sailenterprise.org.uk WEBSITE: www.sailenterprise.org.uk LATEST SAIL NUMBER: 23,249

FINN

Olympic class singlehanded dinghy since 1952 DESIGNER: Richard Sarby in 1949

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racing classes: dinghies

CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.5m; BEAM: 1.5m WEIGHT: HULL 120kg; CREW: 80-110kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10 PN NUMBER: 1062 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £3,500-6,000; GOOD: £6-8,000; NEW: £15,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Devoti Pata Hitech CLASS SECRETARY: Rory Barnes, 01202 420872, 07711 724515, roryb@barnesingram.co.uk WEBSITE: www.finuk.org.uk NEW BOATS IN 2011: 10 2011 NATIONALS: Christchurch; ENTRIES: 42 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Allen Burrell EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Giles Scott (GBR) WORLD CHAMPION: Ed Wright (GBR) 2012 NATIONALS: Falmouth 2012 EUROPEANS: Scarlino, Italy 2012 WORLDS: Falmouth, UK DID YOU KNOW? In 2012 Falmouth will host the UK Nationals and Gold Cup within the Falmouth Finn Festival from May 4-18. This event is followed by the Finn World Masters in Pwllheli, May 24-30.

FIREbALL

Doublehander with single trapeze and symmetric spinnaker DESIGNER: Peter Milne in 1962 CONSTRUCTION: Epoxy/Kevlar Foam Sandwich BOARD TYPE: Centreboard LOA: 4.93m; BEAM: 1.37m WEIGHT: HULL 79.4kg; CREW 120-170kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 11.43; SPI: 13.01 PN NUMBER: 982 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £1,200; GOOD: £3,000+ NEW: £10,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Winder, Duvoisin, AFM, XSP, Dinghysport, Weathermark CLASS SECRETARY: Bob Southworth, 023 80 456977 membership@fireballsailing.org.uk WEBSITE: www.fireballsailing.org.uk NEW BOATS IN 2011: 20 2011 NATIONALS: Pentewan Sands SC; ENTRIES: 56 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Chips Howarth & Richard Anderton EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Not Sailed this year WORLD CHAMPION: Matt Burge & Richard Wagstaff (GBR) 2012 NATIONALS: Penzance, August 11-17 2012 EUROPEANS: Bracciano, Italy, July 21-27 2012 WORLDS: Mandurah, Western Australia, January 2-7 DID YOU KNOW? Designed in 1962 by Peter Milne as a performance boat for the masses. Minor rules

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changes are proposed to allow extra windows in the main and jib. During 2012 the Fireball will be celebrating 50 years. Look out for celebratory events throughout the year.

079 7679 7625, andy_bury@sky.com, WEBSITE: www.gp14.co.uk NEW BOATS IN 2011: 18 2011 NATIONALS: SCYC, Abersoch; ENTRIES: 52 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Stuart Bithell & Christian Birrell WORLD CHAMPION: Ian Dobson & Andy Tunnicliffe 2012 WORLDS: Looe, Cornwall

FLYING DuTChMAN

Two man hiking dinghy with no spinnaker. DESIGNER: Uffa Fox in 1946 CONSTRUCTION: GRP/wood BOARD TYPE: Alloy centreplate LOA: 3.65m; BEAM: 1.4m WEIGHT: HULL 74kg; CREW 110-145kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.36; JIB: 2.52 PN NUMBER: 1165 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £100; GOOD: £1,000 NEW: around £5,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Rondar Raceboats CLASS SECRETARY: Alex Davy, 078 0370 4639 alexcrdavey@btopenworld.com, WEBSITE: www.fireflysailing.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Felixstowe Ferry; ENTRIES: 53 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Ben & Jenny Vines 2012 NATIONALS: Pwllheli DID YOU KNOW? Progressive one-design philosophy allows equal racing. Ex-Olympic singlehander, recently produced 4,000th hull. Strong fleets at Restronguet, Chipstead, West Oxford, Spinnaker, West Kirby and other clubs.

Double hander with single trapeze and spinnaker DESIGNER: U Van Essen in 1952 CONSTRUCTION: GRP/Kevlar/carbon BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 6.06m; BEAM: 1.78m WEIGHT: HULL 130kg; CREW 130-180kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10.2; JIB: 8.4; SPI: 21 PN NUMBER: 880 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC £750+; GOOD: £10-£20,000 NEW: £30,000 CURRENT BUILDER: L. Mader & Bogumil Yachtservice, both in Germany CLASS SECRETARY: Tony Lyall, tonylyall@msn.com, 01707 321633, 07885 205027 WEBSITE: www.sailfd.org NEW BOATS IN 2011: 0 2011 NATIONALS: Lee-on-the-Solent; ENTRIES: 9 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Toby Barsley-Dale & Gareth Russell WORLD CHAMPION: Szabolcs Majthenyi & Andras Domokos (HUN) 2012 NATIONALS: Parkstone, June 2-4 (p) 2012 EUROPEANS: Altea, Spain, March 30-April 6 2012 WORLDS: Santa Cruz, USA, September 25-30 DID YOU KNOW? In 2011 there were 130 boats from 22 countries at our worlds at Malcesine, Lake Garda. 2012 is the 60th anniversary of the class.

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FIREFLY

Singlehander DESIGNER: Koos de Ridder in 1988 LATEST PN: 1101 (class supplied) LOA: 3.55m; BEAM: 1.3m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 7 WEIGHT: HULL 55kg; CREW 48kg+ CONSTRUCTION: GRP CURRENT BUILDER: Roel Wester BV Netherlands CLASS SECRETARY: Charli Hadden, 07855 030 470 charli.hadden@dsl.pipex.com DID YOU KNOW? Flash is a conversion from the Splash with a longer boom and a 7sq m sail

Doublehanded hiking dinghy with spinnaker DESIGNER: Jack Holt in 1949 CONSTRUCTION: Wood/GRP/Epoxy BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.27m; BEAM: 1.54m WEIGHT: HULL 133kg; CREW 120-150kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 12.85*; JIB: *; SPI: 8.4 PN NUMBER: 1127 PRICES: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £4,000, NEW: £8,995 CURRENT BUILDER: Boon Boats, Duffin Marine, Winder Boats CLASS SECRETARY: Andy Bury, 01204 596682,

GRADuATE

Doublehanded hiking dinghy DESIGNER: Dick Wyche in 1952 CONSTRUCTION: GRP/wood/composite/FRP BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 3.82m; BEAM: 1.43m WEIGHT: HULL 84kg; CREW 100-152kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 6.53; JIB: 2.83 PN NUMBER: 1162 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £200-£1,000 GOOD: £1-2,000; NEW: £6,500 CURRENT BUILDER: Rooster Sailing, The Boat Yard at Beer CLASS SECRETARY: David Talboys, 01691 828135, secretary@graduatedinghy.com WEBSITE: www.graduatedinghy.com NEW BOATS IN 2011: 4 2011 NATIONALS: Stewartby SC; ENTRIES: 20 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Steve Cockerill & Harry Kennedy 2012 NATIONALS: Chipstead SC, June 2-4 DID YOU KNOW? The latest moulded boats use epoxy foam sandwich and vacuum bagging to give stiffness and durability. The wood and composite versions also use epoxy. 2012 is the 60th anniversary of the Graduate dinghy. New bigger sail introduced in 2007 for more fun. Nearly 3,000 Graduates throughout the UK.

GuLL

Two-man hiking dinghy with spinnaker DESIGNER: Ian Proctor in 1956 LATEST PN: 1363


LOA: 3.35m; BEAM: 1.6m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 4.9; JIB: 1.6; SPI: 5.57 WEIGHT: HULL 72.6kg; CREW 102kg CONSTRUCTION: GRP CURRENT BUILDER: Hartley Laminates

hERON

Hiking single/doublehander DESIGNER: Jack Holt in 1950 CONSTRUCTION: Wood frame ply stitch and glue, GRP/FRP composite (GRP-wood deck etc) BOARD TYPE: Swivelling plate LOA: 3.43m; BEAM: 1.37m WEIGHT: HULL 63.7kg; CREW 120-140kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 4.78; JIB: 1.72; SPI: 6.36 PN NUMBER: 1346/1363 PRICE: BASIC: £500; GOOD: £1,500; NEW: £4,000 WEBSITE: www.heron-dinghy.org.uk

hORNET

Doublehander with single trapeze and spinnaker DESIGNER: Jack Holt in 1952 CONSTRUCTION: GRP BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.875m; BEAM: 1.4m WEIGHT: HULL 126kg; CREW 125-150kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 15.42; JIB: 4.3; SPI: 12.3 PN NUMBER: 973 PRICE: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £2,500; NEW: n/a WEBSITE: www.hornet.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Netley; ENTRIES: 19 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Dave Edge & Martin Arnsion 2012 NATIONALS: tba DID YOU KNOW? 60th Anniversary in 2012

INTERNATIONAL 14

Twin-trapeze development class DESIGNER: Various, from 1913 CONSTRUCTION: Various; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.27m; BEAM: 1.83m WEIGHT: HULL 74.25kg; CREW 150-180kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 12.5; JIB: 6; SPI: Unlimited PN NUMBER: 840 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £2,500; GOOD: £6,000 NEW: £20,000 approx CURRENT BUILDER: Ovington, Boatyard at Beer WEBSITE: www.gbr.international14.org DID YOU KNOW? The Century Cup is hotly contested each year, where combined age of helm and crew must exceed 100. FURTHER INFORMATION: In 2011 the worlds returned to the UK for the first time in 11 years.

INTERNATIONAL CANOE

Single hander with sliding seat and asymmetric option DESIGNER: Various up to 1972; Peter Nethercot 1972-plus; DC rule Various 2006-plus. CONSTRUCTION: Uncontrolled, mainly carbon fibre BOARD TYPE: Dagger or centreboard LOA: 5.2m; BEAM: 0.75 to 1.1m WEIGHT: HULL 50kg min all up; CREW: 60-100kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: AC up to 8.5; DC rule up to 10.6; JIB: Jib + main + 2/3rota; SPI: (AC) unlimited PN NUMBER: IC 905; AC 870 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £1,500; GOOD: £5,000 NEW: Around £10,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Bloodaxe Boats, Razorback Boats, various kits available CLASS SECRETARY: Andrew Biden, 020 8286 9274 andy@visuals.co.uk WEBSITE: www.intcanoe.org.uk NEW BOATS IN 2011: 4 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA; ENTRIES: 24 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: (IC) Simon Allen; (AC) Robin Wood EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Not held in worlds years WORLD CHAMPIONS: (IC) Chris Maas; (AC) Dave Timson 2012 NATIONALS & EUROPEANS: TBA NEXT WORLDS: 2014 Richmond, California DID YOU KNOW? The world’s fastest singlehanded monohull sailing dinghy. The class prides itself on being gentlemanly with winning designs freely exchanged between countries after championships. At this year’s worlds, Willie Clark

(USA) sailing a home build ply hull finished fourth. This has opened up the new boat market with simple design and build options for cost efficient entry in to the class.

PRICE: BASIC: £900; GOOD: £2,000; NEW: £7,500 CURRENT BUILDER: None CLASS SEC: Bruce Bowler, bruce@bowlers.me.uk WEBSITE: www.isoracing.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Paignton SC; ENTRIES: 5 NATIONAL CHAMPION: John Gill & Juliet Daniels EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Dave Poupard & Rachael Hughes 2012 NATIONALS: Paignton (p) 2012 EUROPEANS: Lake Como (p) DID YOU KNOW? The best bang for your buck anywhere!

INTERNATIONAL MOTh

Singlehanded, radical development class DESIGNER: Various, including Len Morris in 1928 CONSTRUCTION: Carbon BOARD TYPE: Conventional dagger or hydrofoil LOA: 3.35m; BEAM: 2.25m WEIGHT: HULL 8kg (28kg all up); CREW 60-90kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8 PN NUMBER: 690 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £4-6,000; GOOD: £6-10,000 NEW: £10-12,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Mach2; Aardvark Technologies; Maguire Boats CLASS SEC: Graham Simmonds, 07944 850771, imca@blueteq.com WEBSITE: www.internationalmoth.co.uk NEW BOATS IN 2011: 30 2011 NATIONALS: Stokes Bay SC; ENTRIES: 56 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Jason Belben EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Chris Rashley WORLD CHAMPION: Nathan Outeridge (AUS) 2012 NATIONALS: Restronguet SC 2012 EUROPEANS: None this year 2012 WORLDS: Campione, Lake Garda DID YOU KNOW? New builder this year is Maguire Boats making a Kevin Ellway designed boat with super skinny foils.

JAVELIN

Doublehander with single trapeze and spinnaker DESIGNER: Peter Milne in 1968 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 5.36m; BEAM: 1.68m WEIGHT: HULL 118kg; CREW 145kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9.1; JIB: 5.2; SPI: 19.2 PN NUMBER: 926 PRICE: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £2,500; NEW: £10,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Jeff Green (Wroxham) CLASS SEC: John Meacham, john@javelinuk.com, 01603 259996 WEBSITE: www.javelinuk.com NEW BOATS IN 2011: 3 2011 NATIONALS: Southwold, Suffolk; ENTRIES: 11 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Mike Pickles & Richard Fisher EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Jens & Jan Shlitterhard 2012 NATIONALS: tbc, probably Herne Bay or Filey 2012 EUROPEANS: Hourtin, Western France DID YOU KNOW? Both the nationals and the Europeans have been won in boats more than 10 years old in recent times. Now known as the GT40 of dinghies.

ISO

Double hander with single trapeze and asymmetric spinnaker DESIGNER: John Caig/Ian Howlett in 1992 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.74m; BEAM: 1.75m WEIGHT: HULL 95kg; CREW 130-170kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10; JIB: 5; SPI: 21 PN NUMBER: 926

kESTREL

Two person hiking dinghy with conventional spinnaker DESIGNER: Ian Proctor in 1955

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The phantom is the ideal class for sailors over 85kgs, with over 40 boats being built per annum and national attendance moving into the 80’s. The Phantom Class Association is the friendliest, most sociable single-handed class on and off the water, it runs area series events in the North, Midlands, East and South West. Ovington boats have now taken over the producction of the hulls for Vandercraft. Designer: Paul Wright / Brian Taylor in 1971 Latest PN: 1043 LOA: 4.42.; Beam: 1.64 Sail Area (Sq M); Main: 9.75 Weight: Hull 61 Kg; Crew 85 - 110kg Construction: Epoxy or Wood Builder: Vandercraft (epoxy by Ovington) Fitted out boats from: P&B, Speed Sails, Boon Boats and JJ Boats

Patterns available for home build in wood Latest Sail Number 1400 New boats in 2011: 36 Price guide (ready to sail/on the water): £7,500 Basic Second-Hand (GRP): From £2,500 Good Second-Hand (Epoxy): From £4,500 New: £6,500


CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.81m; BEAM: 1.7m WEIGHT: HULL 120kg; CREW 146kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 14.1; JIB: 9.3; SPI: 4.8 PN NUMBER: 1040 PRICE: BASIC: £500; GOOD: £1,500; NEW: £6,995 CURRENT BUILDER: Hartley Boats CLASS SEC: Naomi Miller, secretary@kestrel.org.uk WEBSITE: www.kestrel.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Netley SC; ENTRIES: 19 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Dusty Miller & John Ellingham 2012 NATIONALS: Ullswater YC

LASER

Olympic singlehanded hiking dinghy DESIGNER: Bruce Kirby in 1971 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.23m; BEAM: 1.37m WEIGHT: HULL 59kg; CREW 65-85kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 7.06 PN NUMBER: 1080 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £2,500; GOOD: £4,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Laser Performance Europe CLASS SEC: Dorothy Beadsworth, 01299 832970 db.ukla@virgin.net WEBSITE: www.laser.org.uk NEW BOATS IN 2011: 3,039 (worldwide) 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA; ENTRIES: 81 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Jack Wetherell EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) WORLD CHAMPION: Not yet taken place 2012 NATIONALS: SCYC, Abersoch 2012 EUROPEANS: Hourtin, France, June 30-July 7 2012 WORLDS: Boltenhagen, Germany, May 4-10 DID YOU KNOW? Huge circuits throughout the UK and internationally.

LASER 4.7

Singlehanded hiking dinghy with Laser hull but smaller rig measuring 4.7 square metres DESIGNER: Bruce Kirby in 1971 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.23m; WEIGHT: HULL 59kg; CREW 45-65kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 4.7 PN NUMBER: 1175 CURRENT BUILDER: Laser Performance Europe CLASS SEC: Dorothy Beadsworth, 01299 832970 db.ukla@virgin.net WEBSITE: www.laser.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA; ENTRIES: 71 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Matt Whitfield EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS: Boy: Sebastian Schneiter (SUI); Girl: Maxine Jonker (NED) WORLD CHAMPION: Boy: Francisco Gaonzalez Sanmarco (ESP); Girl: Cecila Sorbi (ITA) 2012 NATIONALS: SCYC, Abersoch 2012 EUROPEANS: Austria, August 12-20 2012 WORLDS: Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 31-April 7, 2012 DID YOU KNOW? This is a great boat for those too light for the standard Laser and Radial rigs, offering natural progression from junior classes.

LARk

Two-person hiking dinghy with spinnaker DESIGNER: Mike Jackson in 1967 CONSTRUCTION: GRP/FRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.07m; BEAM: 1.65m WEIGHT: HULL 95kg; CREW 121-152kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9.75 (inc jib); SPI: 7.4 PN NUMBER: 1073 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £1,000 GOOD: £3,500-£4,500; NEW: £7,500 CURRENT BUILDER: Ovington NEW BOATS IN 2011: 7 CLASS SECRETARY: Alison Dart, 078 7018 5008, membership@larkclass.org, WEBSITE: www.larkclass.org 2011 NATIONALS: SCYC, Abersoch; ENTRIES: 43 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Alan Krailing & Tim Linsell 2012 NATIONALS: Royal Plymouth Corinthian YC, June 2-8 DID YOU KNOW? The new class builder is Ovington Boats, the boats are now built with epoxy and we have a new modern deck layout. The 2012 nationals will be held in Plymouth over the Queen’s jubilee – only three days needed off work for a full weeks champs and a very British nationals! We have lots of spare boats, so get in touch if you are interested in coming along.

LASER 2

Doublehander with single trapeze and spinnaker DESIGNER: Frank Bethwaite in 1979 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.39m; BEAM: 1.42m WEIGHT: HULL 80kg; CREW 90-150kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.64; JIB: 2.88; SPI: 10.2 PN NUMBER: 1035 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £500; GOOD: £1,000 CURRENT BUILDER: N/A WEBSITE: www.laser2sailing.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Filey; ENTRIES: 4 WORLD CHAMPION: Lisa Buddemeier & Matthias Düwel 2012 NATIONALS: TBA 2012 EUROPEANS: Netherlands (TBA) DID YOU KNOW? ISAF recognised international one design. A new mast design is on the way.

LASER 2000

Two person multi-purpose hiking asymmetric cruiser-racer DESIGNER: Phil Morrison in 1998 CONSTRUCTION: GRP BOARD TYPE: Swivelling Centreboard LOA: 4.44m; BEAM: 1.77m WEIGHT: HULL 140kg; CREW 120-180kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.66; JIB: 3.04; SPI: 10.12 PN NUMBER: 1090 PRICE: BASIC: £2,500; GOOD: £5,000; NEW: £8,148 CURRENT BUILDER: Laser Performance Europe CLASS SEC: Andy Baldwin, 01234 823260 sec@laser2000.org.uk WEBSITE: www.laser2000.org.uk NEW BOATS IN 2011: 46 2011 NATIONALS: SCYC, Abersoch; ENTRIES: 44 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Graham Sexton & Kristina Harborne 2012 NATIONALS: East Lothian YC, North Berwick, August 5-10 DID YOU KNOW? 2011 saw more than 80 boats competing in the Laser 2000 Millennium Series and 21 boats enjoying sailing on the Scottish lochs in the Caledonian Ring Series. A new European venue, Möhnesee in Germany, features in the Laser 2000 Euro Cup.

LASER 4000

Single-trapeze, two-man, weight-equalised asymmetric dinghy DESIGNER: Phil Morrison in 1995 CONSTRUCTION: Foam sandwich BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.64m; BEAM: 1.8m WEIGHT: HULL 107kg; CREW 120-180kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10.8; JIB: 3.9; SPI: 17.1 PN NUMBER: 911 PRICE: BASIC: £800; GOOD: £1, 800; NEW: n/a CLASS SECRETARY: Martin Boyde chairman@laser4000.org.uk WEBSITE: Laser4000.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Parkstone YC; ENTRIES: 15 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Kevin Barnard & Emma Warner EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Kevin Barnard & Emma Warner 2012 NATIONALS: Paignton SC, August 25-27 2012 EUROPEANS: Riva Del Garda, June 20-23 DID YOU KNOW? Strong UK circuit and good Euro events. The class is still strong around the UK and second hand prices are really low. The Europeans in June 2012 promises to be quite an event, with healthy attendances from across Europe and the venue being the legendary Riva del Garda.

LASER 5000

Twin trapeze doublehanded skiff with crew weight equalisation DESIGNER: Phil Morrison in 1992 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 5m; BEAM: 2.5m WEIGHT: HULL 109kg; CREW 127-170kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 15.3; JIB: 5.8; SPI: 30 PN NUMBER: 846 PRICE: BASIC: £1,350; GOOD: £2,000; NEW: n/a WEBSITE: http://laser5000.org 2011 NATIONALS: Filey SC; ENTRIES: 8 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Alastair Kinsman & Paddy Adler

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LASER PICO

LASER bAhIA

Ideal for family use with option to motor or row as well as sail. DESIGNER: Jo Richards in 2006 LATEST PN: 1095 LOA: 4.6m; BEAM: 1.8m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: Dacron 9.59; Mylar 9.82; JIB: 3.44; SPI: 14.29 WEIGHT: HULL 130kg CONSTRUCTION: Polyethelene foam sandwich

Single/double handed hiking dinghy DESIGNER: Jo Richards in 1995 CONSTRUCTION: Techcrothene 109 (polyethylene foam sandwich) BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 3.50m; BEAM: 1.43m WEIGHT: HULL 60kg; CREW 60-80Kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 5.1/SPORT: 6.44; JIB: 1.09 PN NUMBER: 1263 PRICE GUIDE: NEW: £2,502 CURRENT BUILDER: LaserPerformance Europe CLASS CONTACT: info@laserperformance.com 01327 841600 NEW BOATS IN 2011: 550

Singlehanded hiking dinghy DESIGNER: Reg White and Yves Loday in 1997 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: dagger LOA: 4.3m; BEAM: 2m WEIGHT: HULL 63.5kg; CREW 75-100kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9.3/8.4 PN NUMBER: 1020 PRICE: BASIC: £850; GOOD: £1,600; NEW: n/a CLASS SECRETARY: Simon Bates, 079 6499 9372 bates2679@aol.com WEBSITE: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ lasereps/ 2011 NATIONALS: Burton SC; ENTRIES: 6 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Simon Bates 2012 NATIONALS: Burton SC (p) DID YOU KNOW? EPS stands for Equalised Performance Sailing. The aerowings are unique. Fast and great fun to sail – you won’t get more fun or performance for less money. Usual three meetings planned for 2012, with the nationals at Burton and opens at Llangorse and Whitefriars.

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Women’s singlehanded Olympic class and RYA recognised youth class. DESIGNER: Bruce Kirby in 1971 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.23m WEIGHT: HULL 59kg; CREW up to 75kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 5.7 PN NUMBER: 1104

LASER VAGO

Single or doublehanded trapeze asymmetric DESIGNER: Jo Richards in 2005 CONSTRUCTION: Rotomoulded BOARD TYPE: Centreboard LOA: 4.2m WEIGHT: HULL 86kg; CREW 80-150kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8 (XD Rigged 9.32); JIB: 2.66; SPI: 11.38 (XD Rigged 13) PN NUMBER: 1066 PRICE: BASIC: £3,000; GOOD: £4,000; NEW: £5,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Laser Performance Europe WEBSITE: www.vagoxd.com 2011 NATIONALS: Coastal: Pevensey / Inland: Rutland; ENTRIES: 12 /16 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Coastal: Martin & Richard Kean DID YOU KNOW? The Vago is the only asymmetric dinghy with a PY for single and double handed racing. Rear kite hoist and self tacking jib mods now have class association approval.

LASER STRATOS

Versatile cruiser-racer DESIGNER: Phil Morrison in 1999 LATEST PN: 1084 LOA: 4.94m; BEAM: 2m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 7.34; JIB: 3.42; SPI: 12.54 WEIGHT: HULL 190kg; CREW 120kg+ CONSTRUCTION: GRP FURTHER INFORMATION: Also available as the Laser Stratos Keel, with a ballasted lifting keel.

LASER RADIAL LASER EPS

CURRENT BUILDER: Laser Performance Europe CLASS SEC: Dorothy Beadsworth, 01299 832970 db.ukla@virgin.net WEBSITE: www.laser.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA; ENTRIES: 145 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Jon Emmett EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS: Women: Lijia Xu (CHN); Men: Marci Rudawski (POL) WORLD CHAMPIONS: Men Marci Rudawski (POL); Women: not held yet 2012 NATIONALS: SCYC, Abersoch 2012 EUROPEANS: Hourtin, France, June 30-July 7 2012 WORLDS: Women: Holtenhaga, Germany; Men: Manly, Australia, July 11-17

LEADER

14ft versatile hiking family cruising/racing dinghy CREW: 2 DESIGNER: Gordon Pollard in 1960 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.27m; BEAM: 1.69m WEIGHT: HULL 111kg; CREW 125-150kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 6; JIB: 2.79; SPI: 9.29 PN NUMBER: 1115 PRICE: BASIC: £500; GOOD: £2,000; NEW: £5,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Leader Class Association CLASS SECRETARY: Paul Dickinson, ptd5@le.ac.uk, 01664 501920 WEBSITE: www.leaderdinghy.org.uk

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2012 NATIONALS: Dale, Pembrokeshire, September 2012 EUROPEANS: Plymouth, UK, July 23-29 DID YOU KNOW? The original production one design twin trapeze asymmetric skiff. Challenging, adrenalin fuelled, high performance. Active national traveller circuit offering exciting and competitive one design racing. Europeans in Plymouth for 2012.


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NEW BOATS IN 2011: A few 2011 NATIONALS: Melton Mowbray; ENTRIES: 10 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Chris & Jane Wharmby DID YOU KNOW? The best 14ft general purpose dinghy ever built, perhaps.

WEBSITE: www.lbfa.org.uk DID YOU KNOW? Every year, a large number of our fleet compete at the Menai Straits regattas.

(singlehanded), Henry Marsh & Freddie Collings (double handed) 2012 NATIONALS: Keyhaven, June 9-10 DID YOU KNOW? Boat number 500 was launched in 2011. FURTHER INFORMATION: Class rules and constitution have both just been updated.

LIGhTNING 368

One-design single handed hiking dinghy DESIGNER: Mark Giles in 1977 CONSTRUCTION: GRP BOARD TYPE: GRP centerboard LOA: 3.68m; BEAM: 1.38m WEIGHT: HULL 49.9kg; CREW 50kg+ SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 7.06 PN NUMBER: 1152 PRICE: BASIC: £650; GOOD: £1,600; NEW: £4,950 CURRENT BUILDER: John Claridge CLASS SECRETARY: Caroline Key, 01993 837957, 07976 252463, caroline.key@adrianhollier.co.uk WEBSITE: www.lightning368.org NEW BOATS IN 2011: 10 2011 NATIONALS: Northampton SC; ENTRIES: 17 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Louis Saunders 2012 NATIONALS: Northampton SC, August (p) DID YOU KNOW? Around 340 have been built. Key features are a large self-draining cockpit, proper centreboard and a full halyard track for the sail. The friendliest class afloat, you won’t find a better place to try class racing. Very active Class Association, website updated weekly, plus the quarterly newsletter, Flash and Flashbytes e-mail news-briefs. See website for loads more info.

LYMINGTON PRAM

Traditional pram dinghy with a choice of gunter or bermudan rigs DESIGNER: Dan Bran/John Claridge/Pete Sanders from 1912 onwards LATEST PN: 1162 (class supplied) LOA: 4.28m; BEAM: 1.83m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.8; JIB: 2.78; SPI: 9.02 WEIGHT: HULL 150kg; CREW 150kg CONSTRUCTION: GRP/wood CURRENT BUILDER: John Claridge DID YOU KNOW? Despite looking old fashioned the Lymington Pram sails exceptionally well and is great for pottering or racing.

MAGNO

Rotomoulded multi function dinghy with optional trapeze DESIGNER: Ian Howlett in 2003 CONSTRUCTION: Polyethelene LOA: 3.94m; BEAM: 1.56m WEIGHT: HULL 85kg; CREW 76kg+ SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.12; JIB: 2.14; SPI: 8.72 LATEST PN: 1200 (class supplied) CURRENT BUILDER: Topper International CLASS SEC: c/o Jon Manners, Topper International, 01233 629186, jon.manners@toppersailboats.com CURRENT BUILDER: Topper International LATEST SAIL NUMBER: 8,363 NEW UK BOATS IN 2011: 158 PRICE: BASIC: £3,500; GOOD: £4,995, NEW: £5,495 DID YOU KNOW? A fun all rounder that can be cruised or raced with or without trapeze

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One-design three-person dayboat with spinnaker DESIGNER: Harry Dennis in 1952 LATEST PN: 1125 LOA: 5.9m; BEAM: 2.2m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 11.5; JIB: 4.1; SPI: 15 WEIGHT: HULL 320kg; CREW 190-250kg CONSTRUCTION: (Originally cold moulded ply) GRP

CONSTRUCTION: Wood/foam/plastic BOARD TYPE: Centreboard LOA: 4.27m; BEAM: 2.2m WEIGHT: HULL 98kg; CREW 140-170kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 7.16; JIB: 2.8; SPI: 10 PN NUMBER: 1006 PRICE: BASIC: £5,000; GOOD: £8,000; NEW: £13,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Winder, Turner, Smart, Driver NEW BOATS IN 2011: 17 CLASS SEC: Amanda Tosh, amadatosh@live.co.uk, 01869 349 962, 079 3281 8510 WEBSITE: www.merlinrocket.co.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Hayling Island SC; ENTRIES: 59 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Andy Davies & Tom Pygall 2012 NATIONALS: Lyme Regis SC, August 25-31 DID YOU KNOW? The Merlin Rocket celebrated its 65th national championships this year, attracting England’s top sailors. Consistent development has meant a strong class that remains at the cutting edge of dinghy racing.

Traditional dinghy for one or two crew CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centreboard LOA: 3.5m; BEAM: 1.8m WEIGHT: HULL 100kg; CREW 60-120kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 5.8; JIB: 1.0; SPI: 4.9 PRICE: BASIC: £3,500; GOOD: £5,000; NEW: £6,500 CURRENT BUILDER: John Claridge CLASS SEC: Jennie Lennox, lennox@uwclub.net WEBSITE: www.lymingtonriverscow.org NEW BOATS IN 2011: 12 2011 NATIONALS: Lymington; ENTRIES: 25 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Robbie Claridge

MINISAIL

Classic singlehanded surfboard style dinghy DESIGNER: Ian Proctor in 1959 CONSTRUCTION: Mostly in GRP, but a few wooden examples around. BOARD TYPE: Usually a daggerboard, but the Sprint version has a swivelling board LOA: 4m; BEAM: 1.2m HULL WEIGHT: 43kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 7.5 PN NUMBER: 1220 (class supplied as guide) PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £200; GOOD: £400; NEW: N/A CURRENT BUILDER: None CLASS SECRETARY: Rupert Whelan, 01793 771583 rupert.whelan@btinternet.com WEBSITE: www.minisail.org.uk 2012 NATIONALS: Bough Beech, August 25-27 (p) DID YOU KNOW? Ian Proctor designed the Minisail after seeing sailing surfboards in the USA in the late 1950s. The Minisail Class Association is reforming – we are trying to find owners and boats, so pease get in touch if you sail a Minisail.

MERLIN ROCkET

Doublehanded hiking dinghy with clinker-style hull and spinnaker DESIGNER: Various since 1946

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MIRACLE

Versatile one design double hander hiking dinghy for cruising and racing with spinnaker DESIGNER: Jack Holt in 1973 CONSTRUCTION: Wood/GRP BOARD TYPE: Pivoting centreboard LOA: 3.89m; BEAM: 1.59m WEIGHT: HULL 59kg; CREW 160kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10.3; JIB: 2.1; SPI: 3.48 PN NUMBER: 1185 PRICE: BASIC: £475; GOOD: £1,000; NEW: £5,600 CURRENT BUILDER: Butler Boats. Self build plans also available NEW BOATS IN 2011: 10 CLASS SECRETARY: John Tippett, 01788 572 129, tippett.john@tiscali.co.uk WEBSITE: www.miracledinghy.org 2011 NATIONALS: Plymouth; ENTRIES: 34 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Sam Mettam & Geoff Phillips 2012 NATIONALS: Ullswater YC, August 12-17

MIRROR

Versatile hiking class with spinnaker DESIGNER: Jack Holt in 1963 CONSTRUCTION: Wood/GRP BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 3.32m; BEAM: 1.4m WEIGHT: HULL 45.5kg; CREW 80-100kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 4.6; JIB: 1.9; SPI: 4.4 PN NUMBER: 1386 PRICE: BASIC: £500; GOOD: £2,000; NEW: £5,300 CURRENT BUILDER: Duffin, Trident, Winder NEW BOATS IN 2011: 50 CLASS SEC: Peter Robinson, 01943 864819, 074 1135 9800, lulhamrobinson@yahoo.co.uk WEBSITE: ukmirrorsailing.com 2011 NATIONALS: Restronguet SC; ENTRIES: 77 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Rory Mackenzie & Harvey Martin EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Ross Kearney & Max Odell WORLD CHAMPION: Ross Kearney & Max Odell 2012 NATIONALS: Itchenor 2012 EUROPEANS: Poole NEXT WORLDS: Ireland, 2013 DID YOU KNOW? Extremely versatile dinghy sailed single or double handed for racing or cruising by all age groups, from tots to grandparents. The Mirror is a classic design with a strong UK racing circuit. Excellent boat to start sailing. Its popularity continues across the world with the chair of the IMCA enjoying an impromptu sail recently in a Mirror in Shanghai.

01332 882620 WEBSITE: www.national12.org 2011 NATIONALS: Brightlingsea SC; ENTRIES: 53 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Tom Stewart & Rachael Williamson 2012 NATIONALS: Hayling Island SC, June 2-5 DID YOU KNOW? It was the 75th anniversary of the formation of the class in 2011.

MuSTO SkIFF

Singlehanded trapeze boat with asymmetric spinnaker and wings DESIGNER: Joachim Harpprecht in 1999 CONSTRUCTION: Carbon glass epoxy BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.55m; BEAM: 2.3m WEIGHT: HULL 44kg; CREW 65-95kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 11.8; SPI: 15.5 PN NUMBER: 860 PRICE: BASIC: £5,000; GOOD: £7,500, NEW: £9,650 CURRENT BUILDER: Ovington Boats NEW BOATS IN 2011: 19 CLASS SEC: Paul Manning, paul@mustoskiff.com, 01621 785983, 07843 269353 WEBSITE: www.mustoskiff.com 2011 NATIONALS: Mounts Bay SC; ENTRIES: 41 NATIONAL CHAMPION: James McIntosh EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Dylan Tidd (SLO) WORLD CHAMPION: Daniel Henderson (GBR) 2012 NATIONALS: Stone SC, May 5-7 2012 WORLDS: WPNSA, June 26-30 DID YOU KNOW? The EuroCup series annually attracts 100+ competitors from over 10 nations competing at venues throughout Europe. 2012 will see the class’s first world championships to be held in Great Britain.

WEIGHT: HULL 113kg; CREW 135-200kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN & JIB: 16.35; SPI: Unlimited TRAPEZES: 0-2 PN NUMBER: 870-1070 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £2, 500; GOOD: £4,500 NEW: £13,000 approx. CURRENT BUILDER: Various NEW BOATS IN 2011: 0 CLASS SECRETARY: Mike Griffin, 01692 402202 harri@maxibruce.wanadoo.co.uk WEBSITE: www.norfolkpunt.org 2011 NATIONALS: Norfolk Punt Club; ENTRIES: 19 NATIONAL CHAMPION: James & Paul Jarvey 2012 NATIONALS: Norfolk Punt Club, August 18-19

NATIONAL 18

Three person class with single trapeze DESIGNER: 1938 ‘Ace’ design by Uffa Fox; Ian Proctor (GRP version) in 1968 CONSTRUCTION: GRP/Wood; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 5.49m; BEAM: 2.36m WEIGHT: HULL 200kg; CREW 250kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 15.32; JIB: 6; SPI: 17.5 PN NUMBER: 955 PRICE: BASIC: £2,000; GOOD: £6,000; NEW: £15,000 CURRENT BUILDER: O’Sullivan Marine, Tralee, Ireland NEW BOATS IN 2011: 0 CLASS SECRETARY: Michael Kneale, 01624 836909 national18@manx.net WEBSITE: www.national18.com 2011 NATIONALS: Crosshaven, Cork; ENTRIES: 51 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Colin Chapman, Morgan O’Sullivan & Martin Almond 2012 NATIONALS: Royal Findhorn YC, July 29-August 3 DID YOU KNOW? Racing, cruising and classic boats available. All encouraged to attend the annual class championship and join the fun. Carbon spars now more widely adopted make the boat much easier to rig.

Ok

One-design hiking singlehander DESIGNER: Knud Olsen in 1957 CONSTRUCTION: wood/GRP/epoxy BOARD TYPE: Swivelling centre board LOA: 4m; BEAM: 1.2m WEIGHT: HULL 72kg; CREW 75-90kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9.45 PN NUMBER: 1109 PRICE: BASIC: £500; GOOD: £2,500; NEW: £7,500 CURRENT BUILDER: Idol Composites; Synergy Marine NEW BOATS IN 2011: 8 CLASS SEC: Andy Turner, 01328 730905 andy-turner@dsl.pipex.com, WEBSITE: www.okdinghy.co.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Largs, Scotland; ENTRIES: 45 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Nick Craig (GBR) WORLD CHAMPION: Nick Craig 2012 NATIONALS: Brightlingsea 2012 WORLDS: Denmark

NATIONAL 12

12ft hiking doublehanded development class DESIGNER: Various since 1936 CONSTRUCTION: Carbon/GRP/Wood BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 3.66m; BEAM: 2m WEIGHT: 78kg (including mast); CREW 120kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.1; JIB: 2.3 PN NUMBER: 1089 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £3,000 NEW: £7,000-9,000. CURRENT BUILDER: Pinnell & Bax, Rondar Boats NEW BOATS IN 2011: 3 CLASS SEC: Mrs J Bloor, ntoa@ndirect.co.uk

NORFOLk PuNT

Two person Broads development class with up to two trapezes DESIGNER: Various since 1926 CONSTRUCTION: Various; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 6.756m; BEAM: 1.829m

O’PEN bIC

Single hander for juniors and teenagers DESIGNED IN: 2006 CONSTRUCTION: Thermo-formed polyethelene BOARD TYPE: Daggerboard

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LOA: 2.75m; BEAM: 1.14m WEIGHT: HULL 45kg; CREW: 35-65kg, max 90kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 4.5 OR 3.8 PN NUMBER: 1454 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: Under £700 GOOD: £800-£1,300; NEW: £1,899 CURRENT BUILDER: BIC Sport CLASS CONTACT: Steve Harvey, 01332 813 150, 07969 445 491, steve@ultrasporteu.com. Ultra Sport Europe, Carnival Way, Castle Donington, Derbyshire, DE74 2HP, WEBSITE: http://class.openbic.com/ WORLD CHAMPIONS: Under 12: Geronimo Nores (USA); Under 15: Brice Iriex (FRA); Open: Hugo Stubler (FRA). 2012 NATIONALS: tbc 2012 WORLDS: World O’pen Cup, Miami YC, Florida, USA, November 1-3 DID YOU KNOW? The O’pen BIC has been used for support races at some of the Louis Vuitton Series regattas around the world.

OPTIMIST

Hiking singlehander for under-16s DESIGNER: Clark Mills in 1947 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 2.3m; BEAM: 1.13m WEIGHT: HULL 35kg; CREW 35-55kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 3.59 PN NUMBER: 1646 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £500; GOOD: £1,750 NEW: From £1,750 CURRENT BUILDER: Winner, Far East, Nautivella, Monsoon, Blue-Blue, Nautivella, McConaghy, ZiegelMayer NEW BOATS IN 2011: 85 CLASS SECRETARY: Fiona Rainback, 077 5393 1360, iocauk@btinternet.com WEBSITE: www.optimistsailing.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Pwllheli SC; ENTRIES: 457 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Arran Holman EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Luis Cabrera (ESP) WORLD CHAMPION: Noppakao Poonpat (THA) 2012 NATIONALS: Pwllheli SC, August 11-17 2012 EUROPEANS: Lignano, Italy, July NEXT WORLDS: Napier, NZ, December 2011 DID YOU KNOW? 2011 was the 50th Anniversary National Championship – see past national champions at the RYA Dinghy Show. Also, the class is not all about racing, there are training flotillas around the country and even at the national championships there are starter groups and coached fleets.

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OSPREY

Fast two or three-man symmetric racing boat with trapeze DESIGNER: Ian Proctor in 1953 CONSTRUCTION: GRP/composite, FRP/wood BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 5.35m; BEAM: 1.75m WEIGHT: HULL 134kg; CREW 130-210kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9.3; JIB: 4.65; SPI: 17.19 TRAPEZE: 1 (trial of 2 with 3 crew) PN NUMBER: 940 PRICE: BASIC: £900; GOOD: £6,000; NEW: £10,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Hartley Laminates NEW BOATS IN 2011: 9 CLASS SEC: Janet Shenton, 01634 363312 janet.shenton@tmbc.gov.uk, WEBSITE: www.ospreysailing.org 2011 NATIONALS: Lee-on-the-Solent; ENTRIES: 33 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Matt Burge & Tim Needham 2012 NATIONALS: Parkstone YC DID YOU KNOW? The class attracts a wide demographic – at this year’s nationals there were eight females sailing, five under-16. The class is still growing with new fleets starting on the south coast. This year the class is trialling with three crew sailing with two trapezes (two with two not allowed) to encourage fathers/mothers sailing with sons/daughters.

PhANTOM

High performance hiking singlehander DESIGNER: Paul Wright/Brian Taylor in 1971 CONSTRUCTION: Epoxy or wood BOARD TYPE: Swivelling centreplate LOA: 4.42m; BEAM: 1.64m WEIGHT: HULL 61kg; CREW 85-110kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9.75 PN NUMBER: 1035 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £2,000; GOOD: £4,500 NEW: From £8,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Ovington, plus fit outs by Vandercraft, JJ Boats, P&B, Boon CLASS SECRETARY: John Wayling WEBSITE: http://www.phantomclass.org.uk/site/ 2011 NATIONALS: Lyme Regis; ENTRIES: 79 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Andy Couch 2012 NATIONALS: Sunderland 2012 EUROPEANS: TBA DID YOU KNOW? This high performance one design has a deep ‘V’ bow and a flat run aft to plane easily. Competitive weight range from 80-100kg.

RS100

Singlehanded asymmetric hiking skiff DESIGNER: Paul Handley in 2009 CONSTRUCTION: Epoxy foam sandwich FRP BOARD TYPE: Swivelling Centreboard LOA: 4.3m; BEAM: 1.83m WEIGHT: HULL 52kg; CREW 70-100kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10.2 (or 8.4); SPI: 12.5 PN NUMBER: 990 PRICE: BASIC: £6,600; GOOD: £7,000; NEW: £7,850 CURRENT BUILDER: LDC CLASS SECRETARY: Debbie Darling, 07792 108678 debbie@rs-association.com, WEBSITE: www.rs-association.com 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA; ENTRIES: 47 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: Neal Freeman (8.4), Paul Childs (10.2) 2012 NATIONALS: Paignton SC, June 2-5 2012 EUROPEANS: Travemunder Woche, July 23-27 2012 WORLDS: Como, Italy, September 6-9 (p) DID YOU KNOW? The RS100 is a downwind rocket ship, first seen on the water in 2009. Available with a choice of rig sizes (10.2, 8.4 and now 7.4m2), enabling the boat to be sailed competitively by a wide range of sailor weights. This is proving to be a very effective leveller across a wide range of conditions.

REDwING

PACER

Two-man one-design with spinnaker DESIGNER: Jack Holt in 1965 LATEST PN: 1193 LOA: 3.81m; BEAM: 1.46m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9.75; JIB: 3.15; SPI: 7.43 WEIGHT: HULL 59kg; CREW 127kg CONSTRUCTION: GRP/Wood DID YOU KNOW? Very light, easily launched by one person, excellent for learning, competitive and looks great.

Traditional two-man racing dinghy with trapeze DESIGNER: Uffa Fox in 1939 LATEST PN: 1092 (class supplied) LOA: 4.27m; BEAM: 1.52m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9.25 WEIGHT: HULL 125kg; CREW 165kg CONSTRUCTION: Wood, clinker CURRENT BUILDER: Stephen Beresford, Cockermouth, Cumbria WEBSITE: www.nationalredwing.co.uk CLASS SEC: Bill Dowell, redwing228@hotmail.com, 01834 845224 2011 NATIONALS: LOOE SC, 14 entries NATIONAL CHAMPION: Tim Jackman and Dave Darlington 2012 NATIONALS: tba

RS200

Doublehanded hiking dinghy with asymmetric DESIGNER: Phil Morrison in 1995 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4m; BEAM: 1.83m WEIGHT: HULL 78kg; CREW 115-145kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 11.52 (inc jib); SPI: 8.29 PN NUMBER: 1057 PRICE: BASIC: £2,200; GOOD: £6,500; NEW: £7,400 CLASS SECRETARY: Heather Chipperfield, heatherc@rs-association.com, 01590 610273 WEBSITE: www.rs-association.com NEW BOATS IN 2011: 44 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA; ENTRIES: 158


NATIONAL CHAMPION: James Peters & Alan Roberts 2012 NATIONALS: Exe SC, August 19-23 2012 EUROPEANS: Garda, Italy, July 23-27 DID YOU KNOW? An excellent hiking boat for light weight teams. Pretty fast in a blow and a good boat for youth teams.

PRICE: BASIC: £2,000; GOOD: £7,000; NEW: £9,995 CLASS SECRETARY: Heather Chipperfield, heatherc@rs-association.com, 01590 610273 WEBSITE: www.rs-association.com NEW BOATS IN 2011: 18 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA; ENTRIES: 84 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Nick Craig & Fiona Clark 2012 NATIONALS: Royal Torbay YC, September 8-12 2012 EUROPEANS: Lake Garda, Italy, July 23-27 DID YOU KNOW? Bowsprit can be canted to windward, allowing the RS400 to sail very fast at virtually any downwind angle.

RS300

Singlehander hiking dinghy DESIGNER: Clive Everest/RS in 1997 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.25m; BEAM: 2m WEIGHT: HULL 58kg; CREW 67-95kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9.25 or 10 PN NUMBER: 1000 PRICE: BASIC: £2,200; GOOD: £4,000; NEW: £7,995 CLASS SECRETARY: Debbie Darling, 07792 108678 debbie@rs-association.com, WEBSITE: www.rs-association.com NEW BOATS IN 2011: 4 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA; ENTRIES: 34 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Steve Bolland 2012 NATIONALS: Pwllheli SC, September 8-11 DID YOU KNOW? This adrenaline-pumping, one-person racing dinghy uses two sail sizes to ensure that the power to weight ratio and handling characteristics are similar for both large and small sailors. 2011 was a record year with 35 boats at the nationals and 44 entries for the traveller series. Contact your fleet rep for a trial sail to see what all the fuss is about. A carbon boom is currently in development, it is hoped this will be available in early 2012.

RS600

Singlehander with racks and trapeze DESIGNER: Clive Everest/Nick Peters in 1993 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centreboard LOA: 4.47m; BEAM: 1.93-2.13m WEIGHT: HULL 52kg; CREW 66-95kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 12.14 PN NUMBER: 920 PRICE: BASIC: £1,500; GOOD: £2,500; NEW: £7,995 CURRENT BUILDER: RS Sailing CLASS SECRETARY: Jason Rickards, 078 6830 3845 rickards21@yahoo.co.uk; WEBSITE: www.rs-association.com 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA; ENTRIES: 23 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Anthony York 2012 NATIONALS: Pwllheli SC, September DID YOU KNOW? Simple weight equalisations and a reefable rig make it a very adaptable boat for all sizes. Class soon to vote on a allowing a pumping rule for the run at class events.

CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.8m; BEAM: 2.3m WEIGHT: HULL 62kg; CREW 127-160kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 16.5*; JIB: *; SPI: 21 PN NUMBER: 822 PRICE: BASIC: £3,000; GOOD: £8,000; NEW: £10,850 CLASS SECRETARY: Heather Chipperfield, heatherc@rs-association.com, 01590 610273 WEBSITE: www.rs-association.com 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA; ENTRIES: 59 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Stevie Wilson & Alain Sign 2012 NATIONALS: Hayling Island, September 6-9 2012 EUROPEANS: Garda, Italy, July 16-20

RS500

Single trapeze doublehanded asymmetric DESIGNER: Phil Morrison in 2006 CONSTRUCTION: Glassfibre composite sandwich BOARD TYPE: Pivoting centreboard LOA: 4.34m; BEAM: 1.58m WEIGHT: HULL 77kg; CREW 115-150kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9.5; JIB: 3.6; SPI: 14 PN NUMBER: 972 PRICE: BASIC: £3,250; GOOD: £5,500; NEW: £6,550 CURRENT BUILDER: RS Sailing NEW BOATS IN 2011: 50 CLASS SECRETARY: Heather Chipperfield, heatherc@rs-association.com, 01590 610273 WEBSITE: www.rs-association.com; International: http://irsca.rssailing.net/rs500 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA (joint with worlds); ENTRIES: 32 (54) NATIONAL CHAMPION: Alex Taylor & Bryan Mobbs WORLD CHAMPION: Alex Taylor & Bryan Mobbs 2012 NATIONALS: Netley, August 30-September 2 2012 EUROPEANS: Four event Eurocup circuit 2012 WORLDS: Riva del Garda, July 23-27 DID YOU KNOW? The RS500 has a fast growing international flavour. The fantastic 2011 worlds ended with five nations in the top 10. Lots of mixed and all girl teams sail RS500s, including Dutch Olympic Laser Radial stars Marit and Claire. 2012 will see an exciting four event European Grand Prix circuit. Meanwhile several RS500 club racing fleets are appearing around the UK.

RS FEVA

RS700

Singlehander with racks, trapeze and asymmetric DESIGNER: Nick Peters/Alex Newton in 2000 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.68m; BEAM: 1.92-2.33m WEIGHT: HULL 56kg; CREW 66-100kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 12.8; SPI: 16 PN NUMBER: 857 PRICE: BASIC: £2,500; GOOD: £5,500; NEW: £8,995 CLASS SECRETARY: Heather Chipperfield, heatherc@rs-association.com, 01590 610273 WEBSITE: www.rs-association.com NEW BOATS IN 2011: 4 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA; ENTRIES: 38 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Jerry Wales 2012 NATIONALS: Hayling Island, September 6-9 2012 EUROPEANS: Garda, Italy, July 16-20

Doublehanded hiking asymmetric junior class DESIGNER: Paul Handley/RS in 2002 CONSTRUCTION: Polyethylene; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 3.64m; BEAM: 1.42m WEIGHT: HULL 63kg; CREW 80-115kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 5.5-6.5; JIB: 2.1; SPI: 7 PN NUMBER: 1200 PRICE: BASIC: £1,800; GOOD: £3,800; NEW: £3,850 CLASS SECRETARY: Debbie Darling, 07792 108678 debbie@rs-association.com WEBSITE: www.rsfeva.org NEW BOATS IN 2011: 565 2011 NATIONALS: SCYC, Abersoch; ENTRIES: 102 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Owen Bowerman & Charlie Darling EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Ollie Cooper & Callum Ellis WORLD CHAMPION: Matthew Whitfield & Scott Wallis 2012 NATIONALS: Royal Torbay YC, June 2-3 2012 WORLDS: Hayling Island SC, July. DID YOU KNOW? Simple to rig and easy to sail yet gives great performance with its asymmetric spinnaker. The Feva is the fastest selling two person dinghy in the world. The 2012 worlds at Hayling Island SC have entries limited to 200 boats. The Feva has nine winter squads training all over the country between November and March, with over 80 boats participating.

RS400

Two person asymmetric hiking dinghy DESIGNER: Phil Morrison in 1993 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.52m; BEAM: 2m WEIGHT: HULL 85kg; CREW 135-165kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 14.76 (inc jib); SPI: 13.94 PN NUMBER: 950

RS800

Doublehanded twin trapeze skiff with asymmetric DESIGNER: Phil Morrison in 1999

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Junior singlehander DESIGNER: Paul Handley in 2005 CONSTRUCTION: Rotomoulded BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 2.86m; BEAM: 1.23m HULL WEIGHT: 35kg CREW WEIGHT: Up to 40kg (Sport) or 60kg (Pro) SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: Sport 3.7, Pro 4.8 PN NUMBER: 1459 PRICE: BASIC: £900; GOOD: £1,200; NEW: £1,800 CURRENT BUILDER: RS Sailing NEW BOATS IN 2011: 356 CLASS SECRETARY: Lucy Jameson, 07833 565475 secretary@rstera.org.uk WEBSITE: www.rstera.org 2011 NATIONALS: Hayling Island SC; ENTRIES: 86 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: Sport: Elliott Wells, Pro: James Hutton-Penman WORLD CHAMPIONS: Sport: Elliott Wells, Pro: Will Taylor 2012 NATIONALS: Burnham SC, June 30-July 1 2012 WORLDS: Iseo, Italy August 4-10 DID YOU KNOW? The RS Tera has taken the world by storm and earned ISAF status within two years of launch. It has two modes – the Sport for juniors from 30kg, and the Pro for juniors and small adults from 40kg. In 2011 the RS Tera entered the Y&Y nationals entry league table top 10. The class association runs winter training for various abilities, the largest UK fleet is approaching 100 at HISC and class key sponsors are Zhik, insurance4dinghies and Proskins.

RS VAREO

One or two man hiking cruiser/racer with optional asymmetric spinnaker DESIGNER: Phil Morrison in 2001 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre WEIGHT: HULL 68kg; CREW: 70-100kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8-8.8; SPI: 10 PN NUMBER: 1038 PRICE: BASIC: £2,000; GOOD: £4,100; NEW: £5,250 CLASS SECRETARY: Debbie Darling, 07792 108678 debbie@rs-association.com WEBSITE: www.rs-association.com NEW BOATS IN 2011: 12 2011 NATIONALS: WPNSA; ENTRIES: 29 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Andrew Wilson 2012 NATIONALS: Netley, August 30-September 2

SCORPION

RS VISION

Asymmetric family boat/racer DESIGNER: Phil Morrison in 2003 LATEST PN: 1079 LOA: 4.6m; BEAM: 1.75m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9; JIB: 3.2; SPI: 12.6 WEIGHT: HULL 125kg; CREW 140-200kg CONSTRUCTION: PE3 Polyethylene

Two person hiking dinghy with symmetric kite DESIGNER: Taprell Dorling in 1960 CONSTRUCTION: Wood/foam sandwich BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.27m; BEAM: 1.45m WEIGHT: HULL 81kg; CREW 121-159kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 6.7; JIB: 3.25; SPI: 11.14 PN NUMBER: 1053 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £3-4,000 NEW: £9-11,000 CURRENT BUILDER: James Jarvey/Alastair Duffin/ Paintcraft, Kevin Gosling, Chris Clapp, Pinnell & Bax NEW BOATS IN 2011: 4 CLASS SECRETARY: Sarah Canadine, 01962 862169 secretary@sailscorpion.co.uk WEBSITE: www.sailscorpion.co.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Tenby; ENTRIES: 63 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Tom Jeffcoate & Andy Davis 2012 NATIONALS: Paignton, August 18-24 DID YOU KNOW? A modern classic, lightweight with terrific performance. National champions Tom Jeffcoate and Mark Hogan were third in the 2011 ‘Champion of Champions’ Endeavour Trophy, with Dave Wade and Andy Davis, also Scorpion sailors, in the top 12. Several new boats are built of foam with wood laminate decks. Even owners can’t tell the difference from all wood!

SALCOMbE YAwL

Classic wooden doublehander DESIGNER: Various since 1921, including Morrison and Howlett CONSTRUCTION: Wood BOARD TYPE: Swivelling plate LOA: 4.87m; BEAM: 1.9m HULL WEIGHT: 381kg including centreboard CREW WEIGHT: 159kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 11.15; JIB: 4.18 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £12,000; GOOD: £28,000 NEW: £35,000+ CURRENT BUILDER: Mike Atfield, Kevin Driver NEW BOATS IN 2011: 1 - sail number Y189 CLASS SECRETARY: Allyson Lofts, 01548 842097 allysonlofts@googlemail.com WEBSITE: www.syoa.co.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Salcombe; ENTRIES: 52 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Spud Rowsell & Kevin Driver 2012 NATIONALS: Salcombe Regatta Week DID YOU KNOW? Salcombe Yawl racing is one of the tourist attractions of Salcombe. In 2011 Salcombe Yawls took part in the traditional boat rally in the Golfe du Morbihan.

CLASS SECRETARY: Cate Whiteside, 01582 563676, 07766 558230, secretary@sailsignet.org.uk WEBSITE: www.sailsignet.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Ullswater YC; ENTRIES: 15 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Paul Nicholson & Craig Adams 2012 NATIONALS: Restronguet SC, August 12-17 (p) DID YOU KNOW? ST2 is still regularly entered in open meetings and nationals.

SNIPE

Two-person hiking one-design DESIGNER: William Crosby in 1931 LATEST PN: 1117 (class supplied) LOA: 4.72m; BEAM: 1.52m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 11.89; JIB: 3.6 WEIGHT: HULL 125kg; CREW 135kg CONSTRUCTION: GRP CURRENT BUILDER: DB Marine (ITA), Jibetech (USA), AXBoat (ESP), Skipper (SWE) and others LATEST SAIL NUMBER: 31,150 WEBSITE: www.snipe.org.uk and www.snipe.org CLASS SEC: Sue Roberts, sue.roberts@snipe.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Stone SC; ENTRIES: 15 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Andy Davis and Tom Pygall DID YOU KNOW? Several Olympic sailors have Snipes as their main boat and there is great international competition on our doorstep.

SIGNET

Two-person hiking cruiser-racer with spinnaker DESIGNER: Ian Proctor in 1961 CONSTRUCTION: Wood; BOARD TYPE: Centre WEIGHT: HULL 73kg; CREW: 90-130kg+ SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 5.8; JIB: 2.3; SPI: 8.3 PN NUMBER: 1265 PRICE: BASIC: £300; GOOD: £600; NEW: £3,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Fyne Boats NEW BOATS IN 2011: 1

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RS TERA

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STREAkER

SOLO

Hiking singlehander with fully-battened mainsail DESIGNER: Jack Holt in 1956 CONSTRUCTION: Various; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 3.78m; BEAM: 1.55m WEIGHT: HULL 70kg; CREW 65-100kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.36 PN NUMBER: 1153 PRICE: BASIC: £1,500; GOOD: £3,500; NEW: £7,500 CURRENT BUILDER: Winder Boats, Speed, Boon Boats, Gosling, Dinghy Craft, JP Boats, SP Boats, Bergner Boats, plus others NEW BOATS IN 2011: 103 CLASS SECRETARY: Martin Allen, 01233 646471 info@solosailing.org.uk, WEBSITE: www.solossailing.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: SCYC, Abersoch; ENTRIES: 95 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Matt Howard 2012 NATIONALS: Mounts Bay SC, July 22-27 DID YOU KNOW? The class is having its first open meeting in Belgium this year with further interest in other European countries. The Solo class continues to show its strength with over 100 new boats in 2011 being built despite the tough economic climate. The class has an extremely active open meeting circuit with a choice of venue every week through the main season.

secretary@solutionclass.org WEBSITE: www.solutionclass.org 2011 NATIONALS: Lee on Solent; ENTRIES: 12 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Kevin Clark 2012 NATIONALS: Gunfleet SC, August (p) DID YOU KNOW? From experience, Solution sailors regard the boat as the best hiking dinghy with ‘street cred’ for the solo sailor.

SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 5.5 WEIGHT: HULL 55kg; CREW 48kg+ CONSTRUCTION: GRP 2011 NATIONALS: Hollowell SC; ENTRIES: 10 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Arran Holman 2012 NATIONALS: Christchurch SC, June 7-8 CLASS SECRETARY: Charli Hadden, 07855 030 470, charli.hadden@dsl.pipex.com

SPICE

ST MAwES ONE DESIGN

Double hander with twin trapeze and asymmetric DESIGNER: John Caig/Ian Howlett in 1996 CONSTRUCTION: Foam sandwich BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.2m WEIGHT: HULL 85kg; CREW 120-160kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN 15.93; JIB: tba; SPI: 21.68 PN NUMBER: 930 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £750; GOOD: £1,500 CLASS SECRETARY: Stuart Bailey, 07976 760844, 07976 760844, bailey.stu@btinternet.com, WEBSITE: www.spice-sailing.co.uk 2012 NATIONALS: TBA, suggestions welcome DID YOU KNOW? The Spice is the best kept secret in the world of twin trapeze dinghy sailing, 10/10 for grin factor.

SOLuTION

Hiking single hander DESIGNER: Kevin Clark & Andrew Elliott in 2006 CONSTRUCTION: Foam sandwich epoxy BOARD TYPE: Swivelling plate LOA: 3.92m; BEAM: 1.75m WEIGHT: HULL 57kg; CREW 65-85kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.5 PN NUMBER: 1074 PRICE: BASIC: £2,900; GOOD: £4,200; NEW: £5,350 CURRENT BUILDER: Ovington Boats NEW BOATS IN 2011: 5 CLASS SECRETARY: Kathryn Hayfield, 07879 476965

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SPLASh

Singlehander DESIGNER: Koos de Ridder in 1988 LATEST PN: 1184 LOA: 3.55m; BEAM: 1.3m

Bermudan rigged two person dayboat DESIGNER: Frankie Peters in 1923 CONSTRUCTION: Carvel - pine/larch on oak BOARD TYPE: 13mm steel centre plate LOA: 4.88m; BEAM: 2m WEIGHT: HULL 300kg; CREW 150-175kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 12.33; JIB: 4.08 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £2,500; GOOD: £4,000 NEW: £20,000 WEBSITE: www.stmawesod.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Falmouth; ENTRIES: 5 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Dave & Tamsin Ryeng 2012 NATIONALS: Falmouth DID YOU KNOW? The two most successful boats this season are both over 60 years old. The class has just approved the unrestricted use of epoxy resin, opening up the potential to spline and coat the hulls which should help with maintenance costs over time and also help preserve the class.

Una rigged hiking singlehander DESIGNER: Jack Holt in 1975 LATEST PN: 1162 LOA: 3.88m; BEAM: 1.37m WEIGHT: HULL 48kg; CREW 60-90kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 6.5 CONSTRUCTION: Wood epoxy/Composite/FRP CURRENT BUILDER: Butler Boats, Rooster Sailing, Class Association Plans and DIY kits: Ron Beasley. NEW BOATS IN 2011: 36 in UK LATEST SAIL NUMBER: 1781 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £600; GOOD: £2,500; KIT BUILT WOOD: £3,400; NEW: (FRP) £5,100 CLASS SECRETARY: Veronica Falat; 01502 573570 vfalat@hotmail.co.uk WEBSITE: www.streaker-class.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Pennine SC; ENTRIES: 46 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Steve Cockerill 2012 NATIONALS: Grafham Water SC, June 16-17 DID YOU KNOW? The Streaker is a lightweight singlehander with an impressive turn of speed, currently enjoying a meteoric rise in popularity. Easy to handle on and off the water. The Streaker theme is flexibility, with FRP, wooden and composite hulls. You can even build one yourself, from a kit or from plans. A smaller ‘Wave Sail’ has been developed for lightweight and younger sailors, or for those wanting a more relaxed sailing experience.

SuPERNOVA

Singlehanded, fully battened main with raking rig DESIGNER: Mark Giles in 1995 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.3m; BEAM: 1.5m WEIGHT: HULL 62.5kg; CREW 70kg+ SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8; TRAPEZE: No PN NUMBER: 1063 PRICE: BASIC: £1,500; GOOD: £3,000; NEW: £5,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Hartley Boats Limited NEW BOATS IN 2011: 15 CLASS SECRETARY: John Walpole, 079 7618 1806 secretary@supernova.org WEBSITE: www.supernovadinghy.org 2011 NATIONALS: Saundersfoot; ENTRIES: 34 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Cliff Milliner 2012 NATIONALS: Llandudno July 13-16 (p) DID YOU KNOW? 2010 saw the introduction of the Supernova MkII, with an open transom, extra strengthening/stiffening and adjustable forestay. During 2011 new fleets of Supernovas have appeared at Coombs, Carsington and


Scammonden Dam sailing clubs and popularity is also increasing in Scotland.

jon.manners@toppersailboats.com DID YOU KNOW? An ideal starter boat that can be sailed by two juniors with main and jib. The Taz can also be sailed by a child and an adult.

TASAR

TAz

Beginners’ rotomoulded dinghy with two rigs DESIGNER: Rob White/Ian Howlett in 2002 CONSTRUCTION: Rotomoulded LOA: 2.95m; BEAM: 1.2m WEIGHT: HULL 45kg; CREW 63kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 3.98; JIB: 1.1 PN NUMBER: 1325 (class supplied) PRICE: BASIC: £850; GOOD: £975; NEW: £1,525 CURRENT BUILDER: Topper International NEW UK BOATS IN 2011: 459 LATEST SAIL NUMBER: 9,061 CONTACT: c/o Jon Manners 01233 629186,

30ft three-man river dinghy with 45ft carbon rig DESIGNER: Various from 1897 LOA: 8.4m; BEAM: 1.85m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 32.5; JIB: tba; SPI: 37.2 (allowed on open water only) WEIGHT: HULL 340kg; CREW 120kg+ CONSTRUCTION: Wood/GRP CONTACT: via info@thamessailingclub.co.uk LATEST SAIL NUMBER: 24 2011 NATIONALS: Upper Thames SC, 12 entries 2012 NATIONALS: Upper Thames SC, Bourne End DID YOU KNOW? First built at end of the 19th century for river sailing. Skimming dish principle with low freeboard and large sail area.

TIDEwAY

Classic clinker two person cruising dinghy DESIGNER: LH Walker in 1954 CONSTRUCTION: Wood/GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 3.67m; BEAM: 1.5m WEIGHT: HULL 120kg; CREW 90-130kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 5.5; JIB: 1.7 PN NUMBER: 1447 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £1,750; GOOD: £3,000 (wood), £4,000 (GRP); NEW: from £7,500 CURRENT BUILDER: Tideway Dinghies Ltd, Goodwood Boat Company NEW BOATS IN 2011: 6 CLASS SECRETARY: EM Davies, 01558 822634 emd.davies299@btinternet.com, WEBSITE: www.tidewaydinghy.org 2011 NATIONALS: Llangorse SC; ENTRIES: 11 NATIONAL CHAMPION: David Phillips & Richard Phillips

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Doublehanded hiking dinghy DESIGNER: Frank Bethwaite in 1975 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.52m; BEAM: 1.75m WEIGHT: HULL 68kg; CREW 130-150kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.36, JIB: 3.07 PN NUMBER: 1023 PRICE: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £2,500; NEW: £9,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Xtreme Sailing, Indonesia NEW BOATS IN 2011: 5 CLASS SEC: Lionel Rigby, lionel.rigby@tasar.org.uk WEBSITE: www.tasar.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Whitstable; ENTRIES: 35 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Jeremy & Suzanne Hawkins WORLD CHAMPION: Paul & Bronwyn Ridgway (AUS) 2012 NATIONALS: Porthpean, August 30-Sep 2 NEXT WORLDS: Cascade Locks, USA, August 2013 DID YOU KNOW? Fast, exciting, lightweight sailing dinghy mainly sailed by mixed sex crews. Designer Frank Bethwaite still takes an active interest in development of the class after 33 years. The class recently held its world championships in the UK, with the best results ever from the UK fleet.

ThAMES A RATER

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Family cruiser-racer DESIGNER: Ian Howlett in 2004 CONSTRUCTION: Rotomoulded trilam LOA: 4.64m; BEAM: 1.98m WEIGHT: HULL 140kg; CREW: 120kg+ SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 11.5; JIB: 3.5; SPI: 12.75 PN NUMBER: 1075 PRICE: BASIC: £4,500; GOOD: £5,250; NEW: £6,495 CURRENT BUILDER: Topper International CLASS SECRETARY: c/o Jon Manners, 01233 629186 Jon.manners@toppersailboats.com CURRENT BUILDER: Topper International NEW UK BOATS IN 2011: 458 LATEST SAIL NUMBER: 8,971 PRICE: BASIC: £4,500; GOOD: £5,250; NEW: £6,495 DID YOU KNOW? A family club racer CE rated to

carry up to seven adults, but can be sailed by a parent and child as well.

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Rotomoulded two-man boat with asymmetric DESIGNER: Ian Howlett and Rob White in 2006 CONSTRUCTION: Rotomoulded LOA: 3.76m; BEAM: 1.6m WEIGHT: HULL 70kg; CREW: 76-152kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 6.85; JIB: 2.21; SPI: 8.41 PN NUMBER: 1185 (class supplied) CLASS SECRETARY: c/o Jon Manners, 01233 629186, Jon.manners@toppersailboats.com CURRENT BUILDER: Topper International NEW UK BOATS IN 2011: 235 LATEST SAIL NUMBER: 9,136 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £3,000; GOOD: £3,500 NEW: from £4,725 DID YOU KNOW? A racer with spinnaker and trapeze that can be raced by adults or juniors, or can be sailed single handed. FURTHER INFORMATION: New Larger X rig available as an option for heavier crews.

TOPPER

Singlehanded junior hiking dinghy DESIGNER: Ian Proctor in 1976 CONSTRUCTION: Polypropelene BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 3.4m; BEAM: 1.2m WEIGHT: HULL 43kg; CREW 40-65kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 5.2 PN NUMBER: 1295 PRICE: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £1,750; NEW: £2,500 CURRENT BUILDER: Topper International NEW BOATS IN 2011: 200 CLASS SECRETARY: Susan Wellerd, 01342 311873, 07740 645129, secretary@gbrtopper.co.uk WEBSITE: www.gbrtopper.co.uk 2011 NATIONALS: East Lothian YC; ENTRIES: 324 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Giles Kuzyk WORLD CHAMPION: Matt Venables

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n. pl. albacore or al - ba - cores A large marine fish dinghy of warm seas (we hope!), that is a major source of canned tuna sailing enjoyment! The Albacore is a great first boat for those who are just learning to sail and a very competitive racer for more advanced sailors. Adjustable sail controls allow a crew to depower in high winds - enabling both light and heavy crews to race head to head. A very versatile boat, it is often sailed by husband/wife or parent/child combinations.

Albacore Class Events 2012 14 Apr

Maidenhead Training Day Maidenhead SC

15 Apr

Maidenhead Open

05 & 6 May

Southern Championships South Cerney SC

Maidenhead SC

09 & 10 Jun Inlands - Scaling Dam

Scaling Dam SC

23 Jun

Winsford Flash SC

Winsford Flash Open

> Twoâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;person dinghy, 4.5m long

21 to 23 Jul National Championships Royal Torbay YC

> Wood or GRP, new or second hand

04 & 5 Aug

> Friendly fleets/racing across the UK

29 & 30 Sep Northern Championships Llandudno SC

Swanage Regatta

Swanage SC

Looking ahead to 2013

> PY = 1064 3 to 9 Aug

International Championships

South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club

Keep in touch via our web site

www.albacore.org.uk For more details speak to Mike 01928 788604 John 01628 635105


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2012 NATIONALS: Pwllheli SC 2012 WORLDS: Workum, The Netherlands DID YOU KNOW? The Topper is robust, car toppable and easy to rig. The Topper 4.2 uses the same hull and rig, with a smaller sail for the lighter sailor.

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DID YOU KNOW? A great club racer that can be used by beginners as well as experienced sailors. FURTHER INFORMATION: Chosen for the Endeavour Trophy for the sixth year.

TOPPER 4.2

Topper hull and rig, smaller sail for lighter sailors DESIGNER: Ian Proctor in 1976 CONSTRUCTION: Polypropylene BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 3.4m; BEAM: 1.2m WEIGHT: HULL 43kg; CREW 35-50kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 4.2 PN NUMBER: 1350 PRICE: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £1,750; NEW: £2,500 CURRENT BUILDER: Topper International CLASS SECRETARY: Susan Wellerd, 01342 311873, 07740 645129, secretary@gbrtopper.co.uk WEBSITE: www.gbrtopper.co.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Cardiff Bay YC; ENTRIES: 43 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Ellie Cumpsty DID YOU KNOW? The Topper 4.2 is now a recognised class under the RYA Youth Racing Programme.

VORTEx

Trapezing singlehander with asymmetric spinnaker option DESIGNER: Jo Richards in 2000 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.2m; BEAM: 1.53m WEIGHT: HULL 65kg; CREW 65-90kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10.3; SPI: 15 PN NUMBER: 937 PRICE: BASIC: £1,400; GOOD: £1,800; NEW: TBA WEBSITE: www.sailvortex.org 2011 NATIONALS: Yorkshire Dales SC; ENTRIES: 18 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Phil Whitehead 2012 NATIONALS: Yorkshire Dales SC (p) DID YOU KNOW? Nationals winning boat is now 12 years old. A builder is lined up to produce new moulds and there are trials with a rudder T-foil.

TOPPER xENON

Two-man rotomoulded dinghy with asymmetric spinnaker DESIGNER: Ian Howlett in 2005 CONSTRUCTION: Rotomoulded LOA: 4.5m; BEAM: 2m WEIGHT: HULL 118kg; CREW 101-140kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 12; JIB: 3.5; SPI: 12.75 PN NUMBER: 1075 (class supplied) CURRENT BUILDER: Topper International NEW UK BOATS IN 2011: 105 LATEST SAIL NUMBER: 9,080 CLASS SECRETARY: c/o Jon Manners, 01233 629186, Jon.manners@toppersailboats.com PRICE: BASIC: £4500; GOOD: £5500; NEW: £6,695

WEIGHT: HULL 136kg; CREW 125-150kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10.7; JIB: 3.8; SPI: 9.94 PN NUMBER: 1140 PRICE: BASIC: £2,000; GOOD: £3,000; NEW: £7,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Hartley Boats CLASS SEC: Jean Whitaker, jw@evansdodd.co.uk WEBSITE: www.wanderer.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Parkstone YC; ENTRIES: 15 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Tim Barr & Adam Wickenden 2012 NATIONALS: Whitstable YC DID YOU KNOW? 2011 was the 30th anniversary year of the class. Best general purpose three sail doublehanded dinghy that you can easily pull up a slipway, with a very friendly class association.

New performance dinghy for inland waters DESIGNER: Phil Morrison PN NUMBER: approx 950 LOA: 4.88m; BEAM: 1.70m WEIGHT: HULL 75kg; CREW 140-180 SAIL AREA (SQ M): Main and Jib: 15.8; Spi 13.0 PRICE: NEW: £11,995 CURRENT BUILDER: Ovington Boats WEBSITE: x1riverboat.co.uk CLASS CONTACT: 07966 155 750 or via website FURTHER INFORMATION: Carbon mast and boom for light weight and modern gust response qualities. Three-sail plan with high aspect laminate mainsail and dacron/laminate jib. Symmetric twin patch spinnaker, with aluminium pole and chute system for simplicity.

wANDERER

Doublehanded hiking cruiser-racer with spinnaker DESIGNER: Ian Proctor in 1981 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.3m; BEAM: 1.8m

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Doublehanded hiking cruiser-racer with spinnaker DESIGNER: Ian Proctor in 1957 CONSTRUCTION: GRP/wood; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.82m; BEAM: 1.86m WEIGHT: HULL 168.7kg; CREW 130-180kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.83; JIB: 2.79; GENOA: 4.27; SPI: 13.5 PN NUMBER: 1101 PRICE: BASIC: £1,500; GOOD: £4,500; NEW: £8,995 CURRENT BUILDER: Hartley Boats Ltd NEW BOATS IN 2011: 86 CLASS SECRETARY: Sarah Burgess, 01206 545896 secretary@wayfarer.org.uk, WEBSITE: www.wayfarer.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Dun Laoghaire; ENTRIES: 28 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Dave Wade & John Meadowcroft EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Richard & Mark Hartley 2012 NATIONALS: Medway YC, July 20-22 DID YOU KNOW? The Wayfarer is a versatile all-round dinghy – exciting and competitive for racing, sturdy and reliable for training, spacious and safe for cruising. The class enjoys a very active cruising, training and racing calendar throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as a wider international Wayfarer class association.

Classic doublehanded cruiser-racer DESIGNER: G. O’Brien Kennedy in 1949 CONSTRUCTION: Clinker or carvel wood, or GRP BOARD TYPE: Swivelling steel plate LOA: 4.2m; BEAM: 1.75m HULL WEIGHT: 204kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN & JIB: 12.26 PN NUMBER: 1200 PRICE: BASIC: £500; GOOD: £2,500; NEW: £11,000 CLASS SECRETARY: Cass Macpherson, 01243 575652 Cass@belfrycottage.net WEBSITE: www.ywdb.co.uk NEW BOATS IN 2011: 4 2011 NATIONALS: Castle Cove SC; ENTRIES: 27 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Colin & Chrissy Blewitt 2012 NATIONALS: Fishguard YC, August 18-24 DID YOU KNOW? The prototype YWDB was a dinghy called ‘Fuss’ built for a Parkstone YC member in 1939. Major fleets at Poole YC, Bosham SC and Gravesend SC.

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Multihulls A CLASS

Singlehanded catamaran with trapeze CONSTRUCTION: Mainly carbon BOARD TYPE: Straight/curved daggers LOA: 5.5m; BEAM: 2.3m WEIGHT: HULL 75kg; CREW 75kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 13.935 PN NUMBER: 690 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £3-5,000; GOOD: £7-12,000; NEW: £15,000+ CURRENT BUILDER: ARC, Bimare, Wingfox, Schuerer NEW BOATS IN 2011: 0 CLASS SECRETARY: Colin Bannister, 077 7417 1481 colin@bannister.me.uk WEBSITE: www.aclasscatamaran.co.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Rutland SC; ENTRIES: 12 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Chris Field EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Bob Baier WORLD CHAMPION: Glenn Ashby 2012 NATIONALS: Mumbles 2012 WORLDS: Aarhus, Denmark DID YOU KNOW? Fastest singlehanded racing catamaran.

CATAPuLT

Singlehanded cat with inflatable hulls and trapeze DESIGNER: Jon Montgomery in 1980 CONSTRUCTION: Hypalon inflatable/aluminium frame BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 5m; BEAM: 2.25m WEIGHT: HULL 90kg; CREW 70kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10 PN NUMBER: 880 PRICE: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £1,800; NEW: N/A CLASS SECRETARY: Nigel Harrison, 01142681205, 077 3020 0311, nigel@performconsult.co.uk, WEBSITE: www.catapultcats.com 2011 NATIONALS: RYSC Bridlington; ENTRIES: 8 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Gareth Ede, Filey SC 2012 NATIONALS: TBA FURTHER INFORMATION: Hyde Sails are now approved for class racing.

ChALLENGER

Trimaran singlehander designed for sailors with disabilities DESIGNER: Rod McAlpine Downie in 1980 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 4.75m; BEAM: 3.5m WEIGHT: HULL 146kg; CREW 80kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 7.5 PN NUMBER: 1177 PRICE: BASIC: £1,000; GOOD: £3,000; NEW: £6,000 CURRENT BUILDER: White Formula NEW BOATS IN 2011: 3 CLASS SECRETARY: Pauline Hilleard, 01778 341087 hilleard@hotmail.com, WEBSITE: www.challenger-sailing.moonfruit.com 2011 NATIONALS: Rutland; ENTRIES: 21 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Val Millward 2012 NATIONALS: Scotland (p) DID YOU KNOW? Val Millward won the Grafham Grand Prix in 2006 and Ladies Tiger Trophy in 2011. The Challenger is known as a ‘Laser with stabilisers’ and with a PN rating of 1174, races competitively with Lasers in mixed handicap fleets. The class is also open to, and raced by, able-bodied sailors.

DART 16

One-design doublehander with single and double trapeze options DESIGNER: Yves Loday in 1997 LATEST PN: 872; SCHRS: 1.263

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LOA: 4.8m; BEAM: 2.3m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10.4 (Standard; 11 X); JIB: 2.7; SPI: 11.53 X Version WEIGHT: HULL 48kg CONSTRUCTION: Rotomoulded three layer super linear polyethylene CURRENT BUILDER: Laser Performance DID YOU KNOW? Durable, user-friendly and fast. The Dart 16 offers versatility and performance to the widest range of sailors.

DART 18

Two person catamaran with single trapeze DESIGNER: Rodney March in 1976 CONSTRUCTION: GRP BOARD TYPE: Built in skegs LOA: 5.48m; BEAM: 2.29m WEIGHT: HULL 40kg; CREW 114-158kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 12.92; JIB: 3.16; SPI: 17.4 PN NUMBER: 798 PRICE: BASIC: £1,500; GOOD: £4,500; NEW: £9,250 CLASS SECRETARY: Sally Atkinson, 0845 4738149 sally@dart18.com, WEBSITE: www.dart18.com 2011 NATIONALS: IOSSC; ENTRIES: 78 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Alan & Fiona Kernick WORLD CHAMPION: Alan & Fiona Kernick 2012 NATIONALS: Bridlington, July 26 2012 WORLDS: Punta Ala, Italy, September 1 DID YOU KNOW? The Dart 18 has a strong worldwide following.

FORMuLA 16

Gennaker-rigged, with asymmetric and twin trapeze, for single or doublehanding DESIGNER: Various since 2002 LATEST PN: 698; SCHRS: 1.008 LOA: 5m; BEAM: 2.5m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 15; JIB: 3.7; SPI: 17.5 WEIGHT: HULL 107kg; CREW: two-up 130-160kg; one-up 70-90kg CONSTRUCTION: Open CURRENT BUILDER: Several worldwide, including Stealth Marine (UK)

FORMuLA 18

Group of three-sail cats including Hobie Tiger and Wildcat, Nacra Infusion, AHPC C2, Shockwave, Edge CREW: 2; TRAPEZE: 2 CONSTRUCTION: Foam sandwich BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 5.5m; BEAM: 2.6m WEIGHT: 180kg (total boat); CREW 150kg


SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 17; JIB: 3.8/4.1; SPI: 19/21 PN NUMBER: 691 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £5,000; GOOD: £10,000 NEW: £18,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Hobie, Nacra, Cirrus, White Formula, Windrush NEW BOATS IN 2011: 5 CLASS SEC: Jon Sweet, william@sunnucks.co.uk, Duncan Haynes, duncan.haynes@lineone.net, 07764 184 488 WEBSITE: www.f18.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Yaverland; ENTRIES: 32 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Rob Wilson & Marcus Lynch EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Scheduled Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, December 2011 WORLD CHAMPION: Darren Bundock & Jeroen van Tiroen 2012 NATIONALS: Minnis Bay SC, August 2012 2012 WORLDS: San Diego, USA, summer 2012 DID YOU KNOW? One of the world’s most competitive catamarans, with up to 160 boats at its worlds, with many ex Olympic Tornado stars. 2012 regattas are planned all over Europe, especially France (Carnac), Holland (Texel), Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Spain.

LOA: 3.91m; BEAM: 2.2 m WEIGHT: HULL 104kg; CREW 100kg SAIL AREA: MAIN: 9.5; JIB: 2.2; SPI: 9.5 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £2,000; GOOD: £3,500 CURRENT BUILDER: Hobie Europe FURTHER INFORMATION: Junior Cat Development programme running in South/SE England

DESIGNER: Hobie Europe in 2001 SCHRS: 1.036 LOA: 5.25m; BEAM: 2.55m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 16; JIB: 3.98; SPI: 17.42 WEIGHT: HULL 125kg; CREW 85kg CONSTRUCTION: GRP

hObIE TwIxxY hObIE 16

Twin-trapeze cat with spinnaker option DESIGNER: Hobie Alter in 1971 LATEST PN: 802; SCHRS: 1.146 LOA: 5.25m; BEAM: 2.43m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 13.77; JIB: 2.42; SPI: 21 WEIGHT: HULL 145kg; CREW 133kg CONSTRUCTION: GRP

Rotomoulded two-man cat with asymmetric spinnaker and twin trapeze DESIGNER: Hobie Cat Europe in 2004 LOA: 4.38m; BEAM: 2.3m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10.26; JIB: 2.26; SPI: 11.5 WEIGHT: HULL 136kg CONSTRUCTION: Rotomoulded FURTHER INFORMATION: Ideal for lightweight crews.

LOA: 5.9m; BEAM: 2.43m SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 17.5; JIB: 4.563; SPI: 21 PN NUMBER: 687 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £1, 500; GOOD: £3-4,500; NEW: On application CURRENT BUILDER: A W Sailboats CLASS SECRETARY: Maxine Oliver, 07985 970 690, secretary59@hurricane59.com WEBSITE: www.hurricane59.com 2011 NATIONALS: Yaverland, IoW; ENTRIES: 27 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Richie Hanmore 2012 NATIONALS: Brightlingsea (p) DID YOU KNOW? Tough, strong hulls with perfect strength to weight ratios. The Hurricane puts high performance cat sailing within the reach of all sailors: you get more bang for your buck with a Hurricane. New developments in the last two years mean the Hurricane retains its classic elegance but is now easier to sail for all ages, men and women, competitively and for fun.

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Singlehander with trapeze and spinnaker

Doublehanded twin trapeze cat with spinnaker DESIGNER: Reg and Rob White in 1989 CONSTRUCTION: Foam sandwich/carbon

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Two person twin trapeze catamaran DESIGNER: Hobie Europe in 1999 CONSTRUCTION: GRP

One-design singlehander with trapeze and spinnaker DESIGNER: Yves Loday & Reg White in 2001 CONSTRUCTION: Kevlar foam sandwich BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 4.8m; BEAM: 2.4m WEIGHT: HULL 102kg ready to sail; CREW: 65-85kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 13; SPI: 13.7 PN NUMBER: 735; SCHRS: 1.061 PRICE: BASIC: £6,000; GOOD: £7,000; NEW: £10,600 CURRENT BUILDER: Loday White NEW BOATS IN 2011: 14 CLASS SECRETARY: Graham Tomlin, info@shadowsailing.org.uk WEBSITE: www.shadowsailing.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Minnis Bay; ENTRIES: 14 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Robin Leather 2012 NATIONALS: 2012 RegFest at Brightlingsea (p) DID YOU KNOW? The bigger spinnaker on the Shadow X makes it faster and easier to sail downwind, especially at low angles.

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www.finnuk.org.uk 2012 Events: World Masters Regatta Finn Gold Cup Olympic Regatta UK Nationals

50 boats built this year

Contact: Rory Barnes on 07711 724515 or email: roryb@barnesingram.co.uk 31/10/09 14:55:08

TOP CLASS PERFORMANCE WORLDWIDE INTERNATIONAL�FLYING�FIFTEEN

Photo: ©David Harding, www.sailingscenes.co.uk

For a Test Sail in a Flying Fifteen contact : secretary@flying15.org.uk publicity@flying15.org.uk www.flying15.org.uk • Blog at www.flyingfifteen.org


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SPRINT 15 SPORT

Singlehander with trapeze PN NUMBER: 886 WEBSITE: www.sprint15.com 2011 NATIONALS: North Devon YC; ENTRIES: 35 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Paul Grattage 2012 NATIONALS: North Devon YC, May 12-14

ShEARwATER

Twin trapeze with spinnaker DESIGNER: Roland & Francis Prout in 1956 CONSTRUCTION: GRP/wood BOARD TYPE: Centreboard or daggerboard LOA: 5.09m; BEAM: 2.28m WEIGHT: HULL 120kg; CREW 114-177kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 15.5*; JIB: *; SPI: 17.6 PN NUMBER: 839 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £800; GOOD: £2,500 CURRENT BUILDER: AW Sailboats CLASS SECRETARY: Roger Crooks, rogerandjoy@talktalk.net WEBSITE: www.shearwater-asc.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Yaverland, IoW; ENTRIES: 17 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Shaun Allen & Claire Robertson DID YOU KNOW? Class has 90 per cent mixed crews and the latest boat has carbon epoxy infused hulls.

SPITFIRE

Twin trapeze with spinnaker DESIGNER: Reg White & Yves Loday in 2000 CONSTRUCTION: Vacuum Coremat sandwich BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 5m; BEAM: 2.52m WEIGHT: HULL 139kg; CREW 120-150kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 15.5; JIB: 4.5; SPI: 18 PN NUMBER: 712 PRICE: BASIC: £4,000; GOOD: £6,000, NEW: £10,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Loday White Ltd NEW BOATS IN 2011: 6 CLASS SECRETARY: Gary Smith, gary.thetower@btinternet.com WEBSITE: www.spitfiresailing.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Minnis Bay SC; ENTRIES: 15 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Rupert White & Nikki Boniface 2012 NATIONALS: Brightlingsea RegFest, September DID YOU KNOW? The Spitfire is the RYA approved

PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £3,995; GOOD: £4,595 NEW: from £5,595 DID YOU KNOW? A cat that can start as a simple beginner boat and later upgraded to a twin trapeze spinnaker cat. FURTHER INFORMATION: The 16 CX has taken off worldwide with fleets in Europe, the Middle East and the southern hemisphere.

youth cat class and sailed by all ages from 15-65 and over. Fairing of front beam/hull area is now allowed. Retro fit part to be produced. Larger 19 sq m kite now UK class legal.

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SPRINT 15

Singlehander DESIGNER: Rodney March in 1978 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; BOARD TYPE: Skegs LOA: 4.5m; BEAM: 2.13m WEIGHT: 104kg (sailing weight); CREW: 50-90kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10.19; JIB: 2.7 (optional for sailing two up) PN NUMBER: 917 PRICE: BASIC: £1,000, GOOD: £2,500, NEW: £7,844 CURRENT BUILDER: Windsport import, NEW BOATS IN 2011: 2 CLASS SECRETARY: Keith Bartlett, 01243 778087 membership@sprint15.com, WEBSITE: www.sprint15.com 2011 NATIONALS: Pwllheli; ENTRIES: 58 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Kevin Dutch 2012 NATIONALS: Brightlingsea DID YOU KNOW? The Sprint 15 is the most popular singlehanded catamaran in the UK. The class association is very active and organises a full programme of events throughout the summer and winter. A very friendly class. The Sprint 15 Sport is a more challenging format with a trapeze and jib, and separate national championship.

Rotomoulded multi function catamaran with trapeze for juniors DESIGNER: Rob White and Yves Loday CONSTRUCTION: Polyethylene LOA: 3.65m; BEAM: 1.78m WEIGHT: HULL 85kg; CREW 45kg+ SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 7.80; JIB: 1.20; SPI: 7.00 CURRENT BUILDER: Topper International NUMBER OF NEW UK BOATS IN 2011: 116 LATEST SAIL NUMBER: 8,567 CLASS SEC: c/o Jon Manners, Topper International, 01233 629186, jon.manners@toppersailboats.com PRICE: BASIC: £3,500; GOOD £3,950; NEW: £4,495 DID YOU KNOW? A fun cat that can be sailed by beginners with main and jib or raced by two juniors with asymmetric spinnaker and trapeze.

TORNADO

Two-person twin-trapeze former Olympic class DESIGNER: Rodney March in 1967 CONSTRUCTION: GRP/foam sandwich BOARD TYPE: Centre LOA: 6.15m; BEAM: 3.05m WEIGHT: HULL 175kg; CREW: 135-170kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 18.22; JIB: 5.38; SPI: 25.87 PN NUMBER: 643 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £5,000; GOOD: £12,000 NEW: £20,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Marstrom, Exploder, Windrush NEW BOATS IN 2011: 0 CLASS SECRETARY: Andrew Dowley, 07793 953564 info@tornado-class.org WEBSITE: www.tornado-class.org 2011 NATIONALS: Stone SC; ENTRIES: 13 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Grant Piggot & Robby Jon Garka EUROPEAN AND WORLD CHAMPIONS: Iordanis Paschalidis & Konstantinos Trigonis DID YOU KNOW? Did you know you can now buy a full set of Ullman sails for £2,500. The Tornado class is starting a Speed Sailing Series with events so far held at Travemunde, Kiel Woche and PSP Southampton Boat Show.

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Beginners cat with optional twin trapeze or spinnaker DESIGNER: Yves Loday and Rob White in 2006 CONSTRUCTION: Trilam polyethelene LOA: 4.72m; BEAM: 2.25m WEIGHT: HULL 140kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: C Version 11.18; CX 11.58; JIB: C Version 2.17; CX 2.67; SPI: CX 11.18 PN NUMBER: 840 (class supplied) CURRENT BUILDER: Topper International CLASS SEC: c/o Jon Manners, Topper International, 01233 629186, jon.manners@toppersailboats.com CURRENT BUILDER: Topper International NEW UK BOATS IN 2011: 214 LATEST SAIL NUMBER: 8,837

uNICORN

Single handed ‘A’ class cat with trapeze DESIGNER: John Mazzotti in 1967 CONSTRUCTION: GRP/wood; BOARD TYPE: Dagger LOA: 5.49m; BEAM: 2.3m WEIGHT: HULL 60kg; CREW 70-90kg

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PRICE GUIDE: GOOD: £7-8,500 (rarely available); NEW: TBA 2011 NATIONALS: Inaugural class rally held at Calshot, Oct 2011. ENTRIES: 8 WORLD CHAMPION: Chris Kitchen at St Francis YC, San Francisco 2012 NATIONALS: To be decided DID YOU KNOW: The Weta has been clocked at 19 knots and will not capsize in a gybe. FURTHER INFORMATION: Now a recognised RYA class. The boat is insensitive to crew weight and can be raced effectively in moderate winds by one or two adults.

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SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 13 PN NUMBER: 775 PRICE: BASIC: £500; GOOD: £1,500; NEW: £8,000 CURRENT BUILDER: G Piper NEW BOATS IN 2011: 1 CLASS SECRETARY: David Taylor, 01442 865470 margaret@kilfillan.wanadoo.co.uk, WEBSITE: www.unicorn-cats.org.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Stone SC, Essex; ENTRIES: 7 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Gary Piper 2012 NATIONALS: Stone SC, Essex, August 6-10 DID YOU KNOW? New needlespar masts are now available again.

MICRO MAGIC

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Innovative, easily demountable trimaran for single-handed racing or recreational sailing with up to four people. DESIGNER: Roger/Chris Kitchen and others in 2003 CONSTRUCTION: Fibreglass/foam with carbon beams and mast LOA: 4.4m; BEAM: 3.5m (1.7m for trailing) WEIGHT: HULL 96kg; SAILING WEIGHT: 125kg SAIL AREA: MAIN: 8.3, JIB: 3.2; SCREACHER: 8.0 PN NUMBER: 965 (class recommended) CLASS SECRETARY: George Morris, gmorris@toucansurf.com LATEST SAIL NUMBER: 700+ CURRENT BUILDER: LAND & OCEAN NEW UK BOATS IN 2011: 5

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Compact but very competitive RC design LOA: 0.53m; BEAM: 0.18m SAIL AREA (SQ M): 0.155 (main and jib) HULL WEIGHT: 0.98kg (0.86kg for Mark 2) WEBSITE: www.magicmicro.org CLASS CONTACT: David Staniforth davestani@blueyonder.co.uk 2011 NATIONALS: Aylesbury; ENTRIES: 18 NATIONAL CHAMPION: John Tushingham

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High performance development class LOA: 1.29m; DRAUGHT: 0.7m SAIL AREA (SQ M): 0.516 (main and jib) 2011 NATIONALS: Guildford; ENTRIES: 24 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Peter Stollery

RC LASER

INTERNATIONAL ONE METRE Popular scaled-down Metre class LOA: 1.0m max; DRAUGHT: 1.7m max WEIGHT: 4kg max CLASS WEBSITE: www.iomclass.org

Official RC version of the world famous Laser DESIGNER: Bruce Kirby in 2000 CONSTRUCTION: One piece polyethylene moulding BOARD TYPE: Keel LOA: 105.4cm; BEAM: 33.33cm HULL WEIGHT: Avg 4kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 0.612 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £300; GOOD: £350; NEW: £400 CLASS SECRETARY: john.parkukrcla@ntlworld.com WEBSITE: www.rclaser.org.uk NEW BOATS IN 2011: 30 2011 NATIONALS: West Lancs YC; ENTRIES: 27 NATIONAL CHAMPION: Dave Fowler EUROPEAN TRAvELLERS CHAMPION: Dave Fowler 2012 NATIONALS: Castle Semple, Scotland. Sept (p) DID YOU KNOW? When you race these boats, it’s skill that wins, not how big your chequebook is. Rules have been updated allowing the new ‘D’ storm sail which was used at this year’s nationals in 50mph winds. A few other alterations have been made to keep the boats to the same spec.


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Clubs & Classes An Indian summer provided amazing conditions for many inland and end of season championships more used to blustery autumn conditions. Paula Irish reports laser 2000 i inlanDs

cherub i nationals dominated by Paul Croote and Maff Kiddle, with three bullets in their Ellway 5 ‘Antidote to Panel Games’. Day two brought light and shifty winds and weed. The race officer held two races before the wind died. Graham and Eddie Bridle won the first race while Andy and Jill Peters won the second. Phil and Sarah Kirk finished second in both. Day three provided more breeze, helping Paul and Maff to win race one ahead of Dean Ralph and Simon Jones

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A healthy turnout of Cherubs flocked to Lee-on-the-Solent SC for the class’s 60th anniversary national championship. The fleet included a diverse range of cherubs, including all six boats exhibited at the RYA Dinghy Show. Y&Y ‘Iconic Dinghy Number 5’ – ‘Flat Stanley’ – was also present and one of six previous championship winning boats at this event. Several teams were capable of winning so all eyes were on the leaders for day one. Three races were sailed in blustery and choppy conditions and

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in their Ellway 6. The breeze increased rapidly during the second race making for some exciting conditions with crews firmly at the back of the racks. Graham and Eddie Bridle managed the strong winds to win ahead of Paul and Maff. Other notable performances were given by: John Hamilton and Digby Still (both aged 17) in their Elway 5; ‘Born Slippy’ sailed by Andrew Whapshott and Stu Moore (both 16); and the all-girl crew of Jo Coomber and Beth Barnes (both 14) in ‘Flat Stanley’. Old hands Dave Roe and Wendy Fox were also showing that ‘The Pasta Frenzy’ is still fast. With five races left and an efficient race team it was still possible for three boats to lift the trophy. The day started with 8 knots which built to 12-14 knots and provided excellent conditions for a close finale. Phil and Sarah started well in race one but capsized on the hoist. Andy and Jill capitalised and led Graham and Eddie at the finish. These two teams dominated the top spots for the remaining four races, which was enough for the father and son team of Graham and Eddie Bridle to win the nationals results: 1st ‘Riot Van’ Graham & Eddie

Rob and Gemma Burridge taking the first win. These three continued to contest the other two races for the day with only Chris and Jessica McDonald breaking into the top two in the second race with Rob and Gemma taking race two and Graham Sexton and Kristina Harborne taking race three. Day two saw a Force 3–4 southerly with gusty conditions, which helped to challenge the tactical sailors in the fleet as positions chopped and changed. Race four was won by Graham and Kristina closely followed

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Bough Beech SC gave a warm welcome to the Laser 2000 fleet for their inland championship. The fleet was greeted by mist and very still conditions, leading to a delayed start of 2pm, when the respectable turnout of 29 boats was finally blessed with a light southerly. With the fleet making a clean start and in light shifty conditions, helmsmen Graham Sexton, Rob Burridge and Dave Adams – the Three Musketeers – set the standard for the weekend. The lead changed throughout the race, finishing with

by Rob and Gemma and Chris Coulcher and Mel White from Bough Beech, who broke into the top three. The following race was again led by the Three Musketeers. With places changing in the pursuing fleet, Rob won on a close finish. In the last race, which Graham and Kristina had to win to take the title, they completely dominated and were duly crowned inland champions, adding this to their national title earlier this summer. results: 1st Graham Sexton & Kristina Harborne; 2nd Rob & Gemma Burridge; 3rd Dave Adams & Wendy Cox; 4th Chris & Gill Jordan; 5th Helen & Andrew Phillips.

Bridle; 2nd ‘Usagi Jumbio’ Andy & Jeraldine Peters; 3rd ‘Antidote to Panel Games’ Paul Croote & Mathew Kiddle; 4th ‘Elenor’ Dean Ralph & Simon Jones; 5th ‘E-Numbers’ Phil & Sarah Kirk.

inlands A baking weekend beckoned a healthy

entry of 12 Cherubs to battle it out for the inland title. After a long wait a 5-8 knot breeze appeared for race one. The testing conditions kept the racing close with the lead being shared by four different boats. In the end the Ellway 5 designs took line honours crewed by local talent Andy and Jill Peters, with


The Kestrel nationals saw a healthy turnout and The Hartleys showed they had lost none of their boatspeed in race one, although arriving with just two out of the required three sails was a bit optimistic. But they were OCS, handing first place to Dusty Miller and John Ellingham. Paul and James Jarvey took second and Liam Pike and Ali Luxford third, setting up a battle that would run until the last race. Race two, Dusty and John chased Richard and Mark all the way but were helpless to catch them. In the battle Liam and Alistair managed to hold on to third ahead of Paul and James. Race three saw Dusty and John set the pattern for the remainder of the event, with the Hartleys now departed. The two led from the windward mark through to the finish. Malcolm and Dannielle Worsley had their best result of the week in second followed by Paul and James. Race four, the usual suspects fought it out, and race five, in a Force 4, Dusty and John took the win ahead of Paul and James, Malcolm and Danielle and Liam and Alistair. Race six saw the pin end favoured; Dusty and John and

Phil Kirk and Nick Pratt close behind. Race two, John Hamilton and Maff Kiddle in ‘Antidephobia’ were early leaders ahead of current national champions Graham and Eddie Bridle in ‘Riot Van’. However, Peters and Kirk showed great consistency in the tricky conditions to take first and second

Liam and Alistair got it spot on to lead, with Henry and Paul battling it out to take third and fourth. By the final breezy race Dusty and John already had the trophy secured. Paul and James and Liam and Alistair started the day tied for second. Again the pin end was the place to be. Paul got the start timed to perfection and rounded the windward mark first, followed by Henry and Chris with Liam third. Dusty then proceeded to pick off the front three to take his sixth win followed home by Paul, Henry and Liam. results: 1st Dusty Miller & John Ellingham; 2nd Paul & James Jarvey; 3rd Liam Pike & Alistair Luxford; 4th Malcolm & Dannielle Worsley; 5th Henry Richards & Chris Richards; 6th Steven Worf & Lin Worf; 7th Ian Hunter & Trevor MacDonald; 8th Nick & Jo Whiteley; 9th Jeremy & Ian Drummond; 10th Rod & Jenny Brown-Lee.

Inlands The wind built in the first race of the class’s inland championship, which saw Henry and Chris Richards capsize,

respectively, pushing Hamilton and Bridle down to third and fourth. For race three, the crews again waited for wind. Eventually a steady and building breeze arrived and newcomers Paul and Peter Jenkins led the first lap. They eventually took a swim during the second hoist allowing ‘E-Numbers’ and ‘Riot Van’ through. Both eventually got overtaken by the local Peters crew showing blistering speed once again. Race four, the fleet started well apart from the Peters who port ‘ducked’ the fleet after a late wind shift. This time ‘E-numbers’ led from ‘Riot Van’ and ‘Usagi’. Andy and Jill Peters in ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ were crowned inland champions for the second year running. Phil and Nick in ‘E-Numbers’ finished second ahead of Graham and Eddie Bridle in ‘Riot Van’. It was pleasing to see three new teams. Paul and 12-year-old Peter Jenkins showed excellent consistency in a fourth overall. The crews of ‘Atum Bom’ and the ‘Banshee ambulance’ were also getting used to

leaving Dave Hearsum and Gareth Fay to take the win, with Matthew House and Peter Richardson second and Paul Jarvey and Lou Hart third. Race two, first and second places were as race one, while Henry and Chris stayed upright to take third followed by Paul and Lou. Then in race three, Dave and Gareth claimed another first while second, third and fourth went to Henry and Chris, Paul and Lou and Matthew and Peter respectively. Day two brought a lighter breeze and Paul and Lou led before finally succumbing to Dave and Gareth at the gybe mark. Henry and Chris took third. Race five, again Paul and Lou were at the front; this time Dave and Gareth took them on the reach and went on to win. Matthew and Peter then gained on the beat and caught Paul and Lou on starboard, resulting in the latter doing turns and dropping back to third. By race six, Dave and Gareth had wrapped up the event, and Paul and Lou took the final win. results: 1st Dave Hearsum & Gareth Fay; 2nd Paul Jarvey & Lou Hart ; 3rd Matthew House & Peter Richardson; 4th Henry & Chris Richards; 5th John Weedon & Gordon Flemons.

their new boats quickly. This was the final event in the Cherub 2011 Travellers Trophy, won by Graham and Eddie Bridle. The class has had an excellent response since exhibiting six Cherubs at the RYA Dinghy Show, attracting new members, with new boats being built. An exciting time for the Cherub fleet and 2012 looks set to be a cracker! results: 1st Andrew & Jeraldine Peters; 2nd Phil Kirk & Nick Pratt; 3rd Graham & Eddie Bridle; 4th John Hamilton & Matt Kindle; 5th Paul & Peter Jenkins.

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Tasar i worlDs

Fifty-six teams travelled to the Royal Torbay YC to compete in the Tasar World Championship, with containers arriving from Australia and Japan, and charter boats for competitors from Ireland, Canada and USA, along with the European competitors. With 12 races scheduled over six days, the first three days saw three races a day. The first day was sailed in what felt like the windiest conditions of the week. The second day saw lighter winds with a shifting breeze, then the breeze returned for the third day. By the end of the third day, a pattern was starting to show. Locals Malcolm and Fiona Davies were unstoppable in the lighter breeze, but got blown away when the wind was in. Australians Rob and Nicole Douglass were very fast in the stronger winds but were struggling in the lighter wind. Fellow Australians Paul and Bronwyn Ridgway were sailing fast in all conditions. Craig Mcphee and Gill Berry were also pushing hard. At the layday there was a three way push for the championship between the three Australian boats. Further down the fleet all areas were very close with minimal point differences. A two-race penultimate day in light winds made things a little clearer. Again the Davies were the top team in the conditions. The Ridgways sailed the Douglass’s down the fleet in the second race to give them a light edge before the final day’s deciding race. The final race was in a shifting breeze. The Ridgways came home victorious to be the first Victorian boat and the first winner of the UK National Championships to be crowned world champions. Other world champions crowned were Junior:Angus Galloway, Lady: Bronwyn Ridgway, Master: Malcolm & Fiona Davies, Grandmaster: Paul & Bronwyn Ridgway Supergrandmaster: Tijn Udo & Jan Slotemaker. Results: 1st Paul & Bronwyn Ridgway (AUS); 2nd Robert & Nicole Douglass (AUS); 3rd Malcolm & Fiona Davies (GBR); 4th Craig Mcphee & Gillian Berry (AUS); 5th Hiroaki Sato & Yasuaki Muragishi (JPN); 6th Richard Longbottom & Darryl Bentley (AUS); 7th Thilo Giese & Sandra Towers (CAN); 8th Pete Ellis & Charlotte Birbeck (GBR); 9th Michael Quirk & Jeffrey Robinson (AUS); 10th Nathan Batchelor & James Clark (GBR).

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As class racing goes, this event had it all! Great weather, good breezes and drama, literally right up until the very last throw of the dice. Seventeen boats arrived at Northampton SC and race one kicked off with around 12 knots of breeze – perfect for the Lightnings – and sunshine. A close race saw many big place changes. In the end, race one went to defending champion Louis Saunders, with Paul White and Simon Hopkins all making their intentions clear. The 368 fleet again revelled in the conditions for race two with solid upwind legs, big planing reaches and close, fair racing. Paul came in as runner-up to John Claridge, with Louis squeezed out down to seventh. Race three was probably the most tactical as Hugh Spencer used all his experience to show that the ‘old-timers’ can still upstage the whippersnappers! Hugh took victory from Louis by a matter of feet. Overnight John Claridge led but any of the top five were still in contention for the overall win. After a great social the ‘P’ flag made a welcome entry at the start of day two. The wind filled in and things were getting tense as all the main protagonists came to the fore. It wasn’t long in race four before Louis and John were heading the pack, with the wily Hugh finishing third. So, the outcome was going to be decided on the final race. A compact group saw John getting the better of everyone, with Louis squeezed down into the pack. Louis grabbed his boat by the scruff of the neck in fantastic ‘win or swim’ style, and scorched the course to go into the final beat of the final lap, locked in a luffing battle with John. With White and Whelan all set to pounce in the background, neither could afford to put a foot wrong and it was Saunders that crossed the line first – his second win of the day - retaining his national title. results: 1st Louis Saunders ; 2nd John

All 52 boats made it to the first start of the practice day at Royal Cork YC, the largest number of National 18s ever to compete for one startline. Colin Barry in ‘Happy Days’ won the first practice race and Colin Chapman won the second, a duel that would continue until the last and deciding race of the championship. Race one, in a light northerly, Colin Barry took first blood with Colin Chapman in a surprising 10th. Antony Ellis (2010 champion) was a close second, and when he went on to win the second race from Chapman and Barry back in fifth, gained the

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A high quality fleet gathered at Manor Park SC in Staffordshire for the Noble Marine Lightning 368 inlands. A light but gusty breeze wouldn’t test the helms too much, but some big shifts would make for rapid tactical decisions. Race one saw a big shift just after the start, which caught out some and saw Manor Park’s Bryan Westley, in a 30-year-old borrowed boat, head the field to the mark, while another local, young Lewis Blackburn, acquitted himself well amid the experience of the travelling contingent. Once round, though, the usual suspects started to make their presence known. Lymington’s Robbie Claridge developed a lead that wouldn’t be relinquished, ahead of national champion Louis Saunders. The afternoon was turning very warm and the wind was edging just a little lower. Race two, again Robbie headed the field. In typical Lightning style, though, the fleet remained fairly compact with private battles all down the field. Mark Godden, Mike Ince and Jane Heath were having a great time squabbling for seventh, eighth and ninth respectively. A shortened course saw Robbie take his second win from Louis. Race three, the wind was dropping further and, again, a shortened course signal was made. Robbie secured his hatrick of wins in a dominant display, where he actually led every lap of every race on the day. Louis sailed beautifully but couldn’t reel in the junior Claridge as he’d done to Robbie’s dad earlier in the year at the nationals. The best battle was for third as Simon and Caroline match raced one another. Simon won out to grab fifth in the race, with Caroline sixth. So Simon filled the final podium place on discard.

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overnight lead. Tom Crosbie took a consistent third in both races. On day two, Chapman was first out of the blocks, Barry not far behind in second, while Ellis and Crosbie had a sixth and a seventh. Race four saw a big upset for Chapman with an eighth, and Barry getting another second from Crosbie this time in first. Ellis had a seventh and Barry was now leading overnight ahead of Crosbie and Ellis. Day three saw no wind with racing abandoned. The next day, race five, held in 10 or 15 knots went to Chapman; race six to Ellis and race seven again to Chapman. Overall it was

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Claridge; 3rd Paul White ; 4th Hugh Spencer; 5th Simon Hopkins; 6th Adam Styles; 7th Rupert Whelan ; 8th Caroline Key; 9th Matt Hopkins; 10th Simon Styles.

now a two-horse race and Barry had a two-point advantage over Chapman. Day five saw a long postponement and Barry was within 10 minutes of being the new champion, but the breeze started to build very slowly. Due to the discards Barry needed himself and Chapman both to be fifth or worse, or if they both ended up in the top five he needed to beat Chapman by two or more. But unfortunately Barry spent the majority of the race recovering from a bad start to finish fifth. Chapman finished third in what was now a very light breeze, to take the title. It was a truly amazing week for the National 18 foot class with all sorts of

fireball i irish nationals Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella, representing Cushendall SC, Royal St George YC and UCD SC, became the Irish National Fireball champions after another commanding performance. Their talent wasn’t directed at getting small numbers on their score card but rather at making sure that having gone into the overall lead, they didn’t lose it. It was a close battle throughout with Simon McGrotty and Ruairi Grimes of Skerries SC, with both teams counting an impressive and consistent array of top-five results. Each took two wins apiece but ultimately McCartin and Kinsella won out. In the final race McCartin/Kinsella and McGrotty/Grimes were notable by their absence from the front. The former decided they were going to be ultraconservative and sail their opposition down the fleet to make doubly sure of their win – a bit like Nadal serving an

ace on championship point – just to put a final ‘classy’ nail in the coffin. results: 1st Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella 17pts; 2nd Simon McGrotty & Ruairi Grimes 21pts; 3rd Noel Butler & Stephen Oram 22pts; 4th Conor Clancy & Francis Rowan 37pts; 5th Diana Kissane & Finbarr Bradley 38pts.

irish season The domestic regatta season of the Irish Fireball Class closed in Dunmore East as it had opened in Carlingford in May, with a single day of racing. The 18-boat fleet saw four good races in excellent conditions: the winners had just a single-point margin over second place, with the latter having a similar one-point margin over third. Race wins were shared by Kenny Rumball and Teddy Byrne, and Noel Butler and Stephen Oram, but Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella, the

national champions, were snapping at everyone’s heels with a 3,2,2,2 series of results to finish third overall. As the weather deteriorated for day two, racing was abandoned and a single discard came into play, enabling Rumball/Byrne to take the title by a single point over Butler/Oram. Thus the five regattas of the year have each been won by a different combination. Dunmore East concluded the season-long Travellers’ Trophy, which saw Noel Butler and Stephen Oram double their margin over Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella to two points at the top. Kenny Rumball and Seamus Moore/Teddy Byrne finished third overall, followed by Clancy/ Rowan, Boyle/Flahive, Smyth/O’Reilly/ Bradley, Bracken/O’Hara, Miller/ Donnelly, McGrotty/Grimes and Colin/ Casey. Mary Chambers and Brenda McGuire won the silver fleet, ahead of Ben Malone and Matthew Bennion, and Cariosa Power and Marie Barry.


The National 18 inlands at Tamesis Club, Teddington, were won by Ian Burnett and Anne Bayne in ‘Zephyr’. The racing included welcome visitors from Chichester Harbour and the River Blackwater. The fleet included both Penultimates and the 50kg lighter Ultimates in a three-race ‘no discard’ series. Because of the speed disparity between boats, the Maddison Cup is for first-on-the-water and the National 18 Cup is for first-on-handicap, based

b14 i inlanDs On both mornings Queen Mary Reservoir was flat calm but on both days a fair sailing breeze appeared early afternoon, giving two races each day. On the first day Simon and Nikki Hadley scored the best with a second and a first giving them the edge over Tim Harrison and Jonny Ratcliffe. On the second day Simon and Nikki still meant business, reaching the first mark first followed by Tim and Jonny, who went on to find more pressure

ok i inlanDs In winning the 2011 OK Dinghy Inland Championship at Northampton SC, Nick Craig has become the first person ever to hold the World, UK National and Inland titles. The fleet of 27 boats were greeted by a mirror-like Pitsford Reservoir and soaring temperatures, and only five out of the scheduled six races could be sailed. Racing started in 8-10 knots. In race one, Craig started well and led round the first mark. He extended for a big win with Ed Bradburn finally claiming second from defending champion Terry Curtis. . In race two, Tony Woods opened up a sizable lead with Craig some way back. However, Craig nibbled away, to eventually catch up on the second beat along with Alex Scoles. Scoles took the lead down the run, but Craig worked himself into an overlap at the downwind

seconds ahead of ‘Ocatillo’. The Handicap Cup result was determined by an RYA/IYRU tie-break, with ‘Zephyr’ edging it over ‘Sea Fire’. All told, this was probably the closest inland championship for some years.

on the opposite side of the course, catapulting them into a lead which Simon and Nikki could not recover. Their second place put them on equal points with Tim and Jonny, leaving race four as a decider. To add to the drama, the breeze picked up to almost 15 knots, allowing both helmsmen and crews to finally stretch their legs on the B14’s powerful wings. Tim and Jonny came off the line well as did David Hayes and Daniel Hare. These two had a tight battle with several place changes, while Simon and Nikki were buried in ninth place. The battle

at the front was eventually won by Tim and Jonny, winning their third race of the weekend and the inland title. Simon and Nikki, who made a great effort to pull themselves back to third in that last race, were the runners-up. Everyone had a great weekend, thanks to some extraordinary Indian summer conditions and unexplainable sea breezes. results: 1st Tim Harrison & Jonny Ratcliffe; 2nd Simon & Nikki Hadley; 3rd David Hayes & Dan Hare; 4th Steve Hollingsworth & Chris Murphy; 5th Mark Barnes & Andrew Thompson.

mark to take a second race win. Race three started in 3-4 knots with a long port-tack leg out of the start to the dam end of the reservoir. This opened the only crack in Craig’s armour as he struggled to keep height with the fleet. Andy Turner rounded the top mark overlapped with Robert Deaves, who took the lead and extended to win. On day two, race four started in 2-3 knots and was the patchiest of the weekend. Eventually Alex Scoles had had enough of tacking and took a long port tack to the shore, and popped out with a nice lead, while those on the left were hung out to dry. Once again Craig worked away at Scoles’ lead to pass him on the final downwind and take a third race win, which gave him the title with a race to spare. Unexpectedly the wind picked up to a solid 15-16 knots in the sunshine for a perfect final race. Again Scoles led until the final stages when Craig took

control to win again. So Craig took the inland championship for the first time since 2002 to add to the national and world titles won in Largs earlier this year. In typical fashion he had turned up with a new Aardspars mast and proceeded to try and rig it in his own dysfunctional way: he ended up sailing with no kicker for most of the weekend, no halyard and the mast foot was held on by nothing more than duct tape. However, the mast performed well. He certainly seemed to have the edge in terms of speed and height in most conditions. Turner to Veteran’s trophy, while Richard Burton took the youth prize. After an exceptional weekend in tropical conditions, Craig summed it up at the prizegiving when he said: ‘Who needs to go to Garda when you have Northampton SC.’ results: 1st Nick Craig; 2nd Alex Scoles; 3rd Robert Deaves; 4th Terry Curtis; 5th Julian Bumham.

rya i north west traveller Leigh and Lowton SC hosted the final event of the RYA North West Senior Traveller Trophy. This mid-week handicap event for the over-50s attracted 39 boats from the four participating clubs. The day started with light rain and little wind but steadily improved, with sunshine and 10 knots by the last race. Overall results gave the meeting to Dave Woodhead followed by Mike Broatch and John Cronshaw, giving the Solo sailors a clean sweep. With the conclusion of the racing it was possible to work out the overall series prize winners using the best three results from the four events sailed. Elton and Delph, the two clubs that had done the most travelling, dominated the overall results. This ground-breaking new series has been deemed a great success

and is now being rolled out by the RYA as a case-study for increasing adult participation in sailing. From an original trial involving three clubs, Bolton, Elton and Delph, and with Leigh & Lowton added at a later date, there are now plans afoot to expand the series in 2012 to involve more events and more clubs in the north-west. This is a format which makes great use of idle sailing clubs mid-week and which could easily be copied by other regions. results: 1st Dave Woodhead, Solo (Elton); 2nd John Cronshaw, Solo (Delph); 3rd David Helme, Phantom (Delph); 4th Carol & Jon Haines, Scorpion (Elton); 5th Gary Catterall, Solo (Delph); 6th Mike Segar, Phantom (Elton); 7th Dave & Kate Eccles, Laser 2000 (Leigh & Lowton); 8th Anne Stephenson, Topper (Elton); 9th David Hill, Laser (Delph); 10th Louis Moulden, Solo (Delph).

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on a long established handicapping system, which handicaps boat and helmsperson. The racing took place in light wind, fairly constantly from the south. In the first two races, ‘Ultimate Zephyr’ sailed by Ian Burnett and Anne Bayne, managed (against recent form) to open out significant leads to finish first. Within the fleet, visitor ‘Sea Fire’ (CH7), sailed by David Edmund-Jones and Andrew Young, was putting in a good performance in the Penultimates. In the third race, ‘Rhapsody’ sailed by Jeremy and Max Vines took an early lead with ‘Zephyr’ and ‘Antedote’, sailed by Jessica Berney, Kaan Yargici and Kim Waterfield, snapping at her heels to the end. ‘Rhapsody’ prevailed as all three boats crossed the line in close order. Further back, ‘Sea Fire’ and two other Penultimates, ‘Trojan’ sailed and ‘Ocatillo’, were having their own tight battle, with ‘Sea Fire’ just two

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records being broken (including the takings at the bar). Thanks go to RCYC and sponsors North Sails, Planning Inc and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. results: 1st Colin Chapman; 2nd Colin Barry; 3rd Antony Ellis; 4th Nick Walsh; 5th Tom Crosbie; 6th Stuart Urquhart; 7th David O’Connell; 8th Bryan Hasset; 9th Mark O’Donovan; 10th Peter O’Donovan.

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At Margate, it was Martin Lewis with his son Daniel (Draycote) who came to the fore and won. Pennine saw a return to the wind and rain for the inland championship and the chance to see what it was like with an on-the-water judge. It was an interesting exercise and left us all more informed on the rules. Sam and Geoff took the win. August was the nationals at Plymouth, a six-day event hosted by Mayflower, sailing in the Sound. There was excellent nip and tuck racing throughout: Sam Donaldson and David Rowland (Delph) won the bronze fleet, Hannah and Nic Smith (Thornbury) – the silver, and the overall winners were Sam Mettam and Geoff Phillips in the gold fleet. Next to Thornton Steward, where Wayne and Liz proved they can prevail in light winds as well as heavy. And finally in October to Bala to more foul weather. Sunday’s forecast was so bad three races were run on Saturday, rather than the usual two. This suited Jon Aldhous and Mark Atherton, who went on to win the meeting – Jon’s first. It was a quite excellent end to the season.

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The early birds cracked off the covers in April to attend Broadwater and Welton, both new venues. Ally Jones and son, Harry (Draycote) assessed the conditions best to win at Broadwater, while Wayne Atherton and Liz Kemp (Delph) were on top at Welton. Delph saw howling winds and rain that felt like hail and again it was Wayne and Liz who took top spot. Those attending Girton had an unforgettable Sunday as it was blowing a gale again, and after Saturday’s racing two boats had a first and a second. In the resulting spectacular ‘sail off’ Sam Mettam and Geoff Phillips (RNSC) had a capsize on the startline which left them to play catch-up but in the end it was Phil and Helen Bailey (Hunts) who took the honours. They were on roll and a few weeks later won at Burton. Killington and Wigan are linked one-day events (most being two days) and it was Ally and Harry fighting it out with Wayne and Liz; the former taking Killington, and the latter Wigan. July saw the fleet at North Lincolnshire and Humberside. Wayne and Liz were in fine fettle and took this event.

laser 5000 i season review The resurgence continues! Once again, the Laser 5000 Association has had a very successful season. The stalwarts of the class that have made the effort to travel around the country, from Poole to Loch Lomond and from Filey to Grafham, to compete in this awe-inspiring boat; no small feat in the current financial climate and a strong indication of the boat’s dedicated following. The season started with the usual training, held this year at Grafham Water, and it was great to see some new faces and some not so new. One of the new class association members, Ben Julian, surprised us all

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by announcing that he now owned GBR 5000, the original production Laser 5000 that had been lying around at Performance Sailboats for many years and was in a terrible condition. He spent the year getting together all the bits and pieces to get her on the water again at the Loch Lomond open in September. A great effort! The first open of the season was at Poole YC in some testing conditions that saw the fleet trying to get off the leeward shore in Force 5 conditions. Mark Reynall, the local boy, was showing the fleet a clean pair of heels throughout until a capsize resulted in a helmsmanshaped hole in his mainsail. Tom Hill and

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gp14 i inlanDs The final round of the GP14 Grand Prix circuit sponsored by Speed Sails, took place at Blithfield Reservoir in Staffordshire, with 41 crews chasing the Grand Prix prizes of entry into the World Championship in Looe 2012. All qualifiers in the series also qualified for entry into a prize draw for a new suit of Speed Aeroweb sails. The forecast was nothing too strong, yet plenty of pressure. Race one was won by Mike Senior and Chris White, with Carl Jeffs and Steve Parker second ahead of Richard Instone and Jim Toothill. Race two saw a black flag start, and Senior’s wire halyard snapped, allowing Carl Jeffs to get clean away. Jeffs/parker sped

into an unassailable lead, followed this time by Richard Instone and Jim Toothill using their local knowledge. Andy Tunnicliffe, current world champion crew, with Chris Robinson, battled past Instone to take second. In race three Instone/Toothill continued their success to take the win. Senior/White were slowly catching but had to settle for second ahead of Justin Jones and Chris Anderson. In day two’s increased wind, the first race saw Tunnicliffe/Robinson taking the bullet, Senior/White second and Dave Young and Seonaid Fleming driving with a P&B rig, pushing them hard. Race five, a Force 3, gusting 4/5 meant it was back to brains, as well as brawn. Pete Mitchell crewed by Emily

crew Alec also performed brilliantly in some very windy conditions. The next key event was the class national championship at Filey SC in north Yorkshire and despite day one being abandoned due to the extreme winds, day two turned into a fantastic day. Current European champions, Alister and Paddy, managed to blaze the way to the horizon, with Thomas and Alistair F second. Thanks go to sponsors Northampton Sailboats. Nine boats made the trip to Loch Lomond Dinghy Weekend in September; it must have been the chance to win a bottle of malt whisky supplied by sponsors Glengoyne Distillery. In a complete contrast to the rest of the season, the conditions

were light and shifty, making for some highly tactical racing. Once again Mark and Susie Reynell showed their skill and patience and won by a country mile. However, GBR 5000 did give them some cause for concern in the final race of the meeting. Meanwhile, the off-water activity has been intense. The class was at the RYA Dinghy Show in March with the help of Northampton Sailboats, and is taking part in the RYA’s ‘Activate your Fleet’ initiative. Things are on the up for the class, so if you know anybody with a 5000 that isn’t sailing it, want to dust off your old 5000 covers, or would like a trial sail, please get in touch via the website: www.laser5000.org

Cole-Evans with their North 3DL sails were the hare for the fleet to catch for some distance into the race. Instone was the greyhound taking Mitchell, then showing the rest of the fleet his transom as he pulled away. Tunnicliffe took second, clawing past the North pair as the breeze began to build. Fourth was Pete Jacques and Pete Tait. So with one race to go, it was anyone’s. Jeffs, Senior, Tunnicliffe, Instone; each of them already carrying a discard, so the last race was going to count for them all, whether good or bad. The final race saw a finish so tight for Senior and Jeffs that the race officer simply blew one sound as both crossed the line together. The results showed it was the Speed


third place was experienced father and son team Neil and Jonathan Charnock, with 16-year-old George Caten and David Brooks in their first year as a partnership in second, while Nigel Manning and Julie Hughes had stormed into the lead. Day two saw greatly improved

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hobie i Channel islanDs Championships It turned out to be a waiting game for the crews in this year’s Brewin Dolphin Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championship at St Aubins Bay, Jersey. A glassy sea and no wind greeted the 22 boats, but within the hour a light south-easterly wind started to ripple the water, and the racing was under way.

Good focus and concentration were required to keep the boats moving in the light wind. Fortunately it held its direction throughout the day to provide the crews with close and competitive racing. Organised by the Royal Channel Islands YC, the event was split into three main classes: the Hobie F18s consisting of Hobie Tigers and Wildcats competed in Class 1, Class 2 was the Hobie 16s and Class 3 the Junior Hobie Dragoons. With six races scheduled over the light airs weekend and five to count overall, the event offered a spread of winners in all classes. The prizegiving was held at the Royal Channel Islands YC, including thanks to sponsors Brewin Dolphin. results: Hobie 16 ‘A’ Fleet: 1st Gordon Burgis & Jamie Sunter; 2nd Stuart & Gina Mc Cue; 3rd Aaron Le Cornu & Paul Haley; 4th Helen Holmes &

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driven Duffin of Mike Senior and Chris White who took the last race, and with it the championship. The Goacher pair of Richard Instone and Jim Toothill had second overall. Third, also sailing Goachers, were Andy Tunnicliffe with Chris Robinson. Elite sails driven Carl Jeffs and Steve Parker were fourth overall. The Silver fleet was taken by Will Croxford and Ed Bradburn. Leading Bronze by the end were Chris Winders and Julian Forde. results: 1st Mike Senior & Chris White (South Staffs) 11pts; 2nd Richard Instone & Jim Toothill (Chase/ Blithfield) 12pts; 3rd Andy Tunnicliffe & Chris Robinson (Royal Windermere) 15pts; 4th Carl Jeffs & Steve Parker (Trimpley) 16pts; 5th Dave Young & Seonaid Fleming (South Staffs) 25pts.

putting his marker down as the man to beat, followed by George Caten then Neil Charnock, with over half the fleet timed out at the end. Manning then took a second win, leading G Caten then Zoe Ager-Lowden. Overnight, in

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The Dart 16 Nationals at Thames Estuary YC saw 12 boats entered, including returning champion Frank Riddle with new crew Jerry Robinson hoping to defend his title. In slow winds, Nigel Manning won race one,

weather with many hoping to improve on their positions. Tim McNally with crew Roy Nunn obliged with a win in race three, beating Manning and Ager-Lowden. In race four, swirling winds saw only a handful of boats managing to make it round the first mark without being caught up in the mess, and McNally held the lead and secured the win, in front of Charnock and Andy Robertson, while overnight leader Manning finished in eighth. Race five saw the strongest winds and McNally took another win, followed over the line by Charnock then Robertson. Nearly all of the fleet were caught out by the winds, with Joshua Rae and reigning champion Riddle capsizing, and Ager-Lowden and David Caten forced to retire due to equipment failure. But the most impressive capsize of the day was saved until the last race, when G Caten, whose form had dipped, pitch-poled on the first lap, finishing 10th to cap off a disappointing second day for him. Holding off a late fight back from Manning, McNally finished the weekend with a win. results: 1st Tim McNally & Roy Nunn; 2nd Nigel Manning & Julie Hughes; 3rd Neil & Jonathan Charnock; 4th George Caten & David Brooks; Joint 5th Frank Riddle & Jerry Robinson and Andy & Melanie Robertson.

Andy Horner; 5th Yvonne Winspear & Jo Moss; 6th Grant Neal & Karen La Rose. Hobie 16 ‘B’ Fleet: 1st Peter & Mike Graham; 2nd Jonty Gales & Charles Brien; 3rd Rachel Morris & Sam Flambard. Hobie F18: 1st Darren Stower & Joe Mc Ivor; 2nd Adrian Jesson & Steve Troy; 3rd Mick Doleman & Bruce

Steadman. Junior Hobie Dragoons: 1st Lucy Chapman & Emma Graham; 2nd Andrew Graham & Tom Carey; 3rd Ben Newstead & Brodie Flambard. Hobie 16 Youth Prize: Jonty Gales & Charles Brien. Hobie 16 Womens Prize: Yvonne Winspear & Jo Moss. Hobie 16 Masters Stuart & Gina Mc Cue.

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YOUTH i DerBYshIre serIes Joshua had to win the last event to secure the championship. Burton SC was the venue for the final event in the series, and saw tricky conditions of shifting, blustery winds. The sailors who pushed Joshua right up to the last event were Matt and Emma Metcalfe-Smith, aged 16 and 18 respectively, who are members of Ogston SC and sail an Albacore. They become the Senior age group series champions. In third place overall and second senior sailor is Callum Lambourn, aged 16, of Swarkestone SC, sailing a Laser 4.7.

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Joshua Haynes from Matlock, aged just 13 and sailing an Optimist, took the overall Derbyshire Youth Sailing Series title in competition with youth sailors up to the age of 18 from across the county. Last year Joshua, a member of Trent Valley SC, was squeezed into second place when he was on equal points with the winners, but lost out on the results tie-breaking rule. The competition was close again this year, but this time in Joshua’s favour, as the second placed boat was again on equal points and the tie-breaking rule came into play once more.

Joshua also wins the Ben Ainslie Trophy for the second time as the Intermediate age group series champion. This year the Junior age series champion, winning the Ellen MacArthur Trophy, is Thomas Woodings, aged 11, of Carsington SC, who sails a Topper 4.2. Chairman of Derbyshire Youth Sailing, Mike Haynes, commented: ‘It is fantastic that the competition is so hotly contested and has been providing really close results for several years. All credit goes to the top sailors who demonstrate the high level of skills they have reached and so clearly enjoy racing.’

JUNIOR i North West traveller Mediterranean conditions visited the Lancashire moors for the final open of the RYA North West Junior Traveller Series, at Bolton SC. This was the culmination of the popular 10 meeting series sponsored by 1st Mark Chandlery with starts for Youth, Junior and Optimist fleets. The series attracted 111 boats to enter one or more events with some stalwarts managing to travel to all 10 meetings, ranging from Bassenthwaite in north Cumbria to Nantwich in south Cheshire. Force 2 to 4 winds and high temperatures provided some of the best sailing conditions experienced all year for the Bolton meeting. The

youth class was dominated on the day by Reece Tomlinson of Fidlers Ferry SC sailing a Laser, while in the junior fleet the Topper of Zac Gibbons (Redesmere SC) was on winning form. In the overall series in the youth class Reece Tomlinson became the first sailor from Fidlers Ferry to win a major trophy. His victory at Bolton on the final day gave him a single point lead over John Wingeat from Leigh and Lowton SC with Andrew Price and Buffy Dean, both also from Leigh, third and fourth respectively. All the youth prize winners were sailing Lasers. The biggest of the three fleets in the series was the junior fleet with over 70

boats. The eventual winner, showing great consistency over a variety of conditions, was Sam Clarke of Winsford Flash SC sailing a Laser Radial, ahead of the Topper of Zac Gibbons from Redesmere SC. Laser Radials occupied the next three places, Alan Dodd (Fidlers Ferry), Oliver Davenport (Redesmere) and Jonny Hoy (Nantwich). In sixth place came the first two-man boat and first under-14 sailors, Ben and Gabe Hill in their Mirror (West Lancs YC). The small but perfectly formed Optimist fleet had been a three-horse race all season. The eventual winner was Bobby Hewitt (Leigh & Lowton) with Matthew Leckie (Leigh & Lowton) and Lucy Knights ( Elton) in second and third places.

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OpTIMIsT i eND of seasoN Over 290 young sailors battled it out at the Volvo Gill Optimist End of Season Championship – the last major event on the Optimist calendar and a chance for IOCA UK Worlds team members to compete against some top competition before they head off to Napier, New Zealand, at the end of December. Rutland SC offered challenging sailing conditions. Day one saw around 10 knots and a distinct chill. By race five on the afternoon of day two the predicted heavier forecast came in with around 16 knots, gusting 22-25 knots. Recently selected 2012 Olympic sailor Hannah Mills, herself a former Oppie sailor, made a special appearance to support the young sailors, and said: ‘I am so impressed with all the fantastic, talented sailing across both the fleets. Some of these young sailors are the future Olympians of British sailing and it’s great to know we will be in safe hands.’ After six races and consistent sailing, having kick started the competition with two race wins, Scotland’s Jamie Calder, aged 13, of Loch Tummel/RFYC, was crowned champion. Fellow IOCA (UK) World members Milo Gill Taylor (11, Spinnaker/ RLYC) finished close behind and top Girl Sarah Norbury (14, South Staffs SC) came in third. Once again Welsh sailor Huw Edwards (12, Port Dinorwic SC) and Lymington SC’s Mimi El-Khazindar

(14) showcased some great sailing. The Regatta fleet had the shiftier course but Henry Beardsall (10, Warsash) rarely dropped below a first or second place finish and Corinthian Otter’s Ben Hutton-Penman also had an impressive two race wins. Douglas Calder (11, Burghfield) and Rebecca Coles (11, Annadale SC) finished third and fourth overall. IOCA UK Chairman, Simon Rogers said: ‘It’s been a brilliant weekend to end a great season. It’s been a mixed championship with very difficult sailing conditions – we’ve had everything from no wind to 25 knots! I think the Regatta fleet had the more difficult course but the sailing was absolutely fantastic. There are a number of new sailors coming through that are enjoying sailing in the fleet which is great’.

Champions event The world’s best young sailors met each other for some premiere Optimist sailing with 11 national champions facing off in a 40-strong fleet representing 17 countries, including 22 Bermudian sailors, at Hamilton in Bermuda. Taking home the Junior Gold Cup was American Wade Waddell, 14, of Miami, Florida, who led the regatta over all four days. In second place and top girl was Astrid Still, aged 15, of Finland, ahead of Poland’s Martyna Mik in third overall. GBR’s Matt Whitfield finished ninth overall.

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The RYA Youth National Match Racing Championship saw James French and his young crew of Robert Southwell and Bradley McNaughlin triumph at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy as they claimed both the U25 and U20 titles. The 19-year-old French, of Gurnard YC, who competed this year with two of the youngest crew members, both 16, won the 2010 U20 Match Racing title last year and has gone one step better this year as he added the U25 title

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to the trophy cabinet. With 21 races completed in the round robin on day one, there was only a single semi-final flight the next day due to very light shifty winds, in which French beat Kate Macgregor and her crew. Due to only one semi-final being raced, the RYA invited the top four teams from the event to the RYA Match Racing Finals at Queen Mary SC on November 18-20. Joining James French will be Tom Phipps, Mark Lees and Kate Macgregor.


YOUTH i ZoNe ChaMPs More than 800 young sailors competed across nine venues for the RYA Volvo Zone and Home Country Championships. The championships traditionally mark the end of the junior racing season and enable sailors to compete for selection into the RYA Volvo Zone and Home Country squads as well as for championship honours. Competitors ranged from current RYA National Junior and Zone Squad sailors to new club level racers experiencing their first ever big regatta. Racing was across the nine RYA-supported junior dinghy and windsurfing classes: the Mirror, Optimist, Topper, RS Feva, Cadet, and four windsurfing classes. All nine events were sponsored by Volvo Car UK, with visits from Skandia Team GBR and Team Volvo for Life sailors, including match racing world champion and 2012 Olympian Lucy Macgregor, who dropped in on the action at the South Zone event. Lucy said: ‘If sailors didn’t get the result they were looking for, or missed out on selection for the RYA Zone squad like they would have hoped, it is important not to give up and to keep on trying ... the main thing is to just enjoy your sailing.’

& George Richards. Optimist: 1st Tom Smith; 2nd Ben Settle; 3rd Aidan Rigby. Topper: 1st Joe Henderson; 2nd Sophie Otter; 3rd Ben Jennings.

The wind increased to a Force 4 on day two for an exciting final day of racing, with some massive gusts downwind. Results: Cadet: 1st Sam Yale & Harry Chatterton; 2nd Alex Page & Richard Townley; 3rd Ed Harris & Faye Chatterton; 1st Girls Scarlett Anderson & Ella Phelps. Optimist: 1st Alistair Grant; 2nd Arthur Brown; 3rd & 1st Girl Collette Bacon. Topper: 1st Joseph Mullan; 2nd Richard Bettles; 3rd George Hunter; 4th & 1st Girl Georgia Grice.

south zone The South Zone Championship hosted by Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy boasted the largest entry of the nine zones with over 260 sailors taking part. The first day saw up to 10 knots while a breezier day two saw gusts of 15-18 knots and a number of mast breakages and early retirements, before the wind eased to allow some tense racing. Results: Topper: 1st Ross McFarlane (Castle Cove); 2nd Niall Houston (Mengeham); 3rd Geoffrey Sherwood (HISC). Optimist: 1st: Milo Gill Taylor

A blustery day kicked off the championship, with the breeze funnelling over the hills and in the small valleys to give a shifting and gusty breeze and large differences in pressure across the race course. A lighter day two also then saw the breeze building as battle resumed, with another three tightly fought races. Results: Mirror: 1st William Hide & Emma Clayton; 2nd Chloe Macauley & Isobel Leroux; 3rd Rachel Grayson

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(Spinnaker); 2nd Vita Heathcote (Royal Lymington); 3rd Joseph Burns (Spinnaker). Mirror: 1st Joanna Kalderon & Ottilie Sprut (Itchenor); 2nd Rosie Watkins & Helena Watkins (Poole); 3rd Isabel Davis & Millie Moss (Itchenor). Cadet: 1st Esme Jones & Eliza Jones (Royal Torbay); 2nd Kirsten Glen & Rosie Gorringe (Parkstone); 3rd Aliya Jannaty & Aqil Jannaty (South Cerney). Laser 4.7: 1st Matt Whitfield (Penarth); 2nd Alistair Goodwin (Haversham); 3rd Hannah Muskett (Royal Lymington). Feva: 1st Elliot Wells & Jake Todd (HISC); 2nd Jamie Smith & David Brend (HISC); 3rd James & Jess Eales (Royal Lymington).

south-west zone A mixed weekend saw constant rain on day one followed by sunshine and 10 knots of breeze on day two. Both the Optimist and Topper fleets

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demonstrated some great racing, and all had a spring in their step following a visit from 2012 Olympian and Team Volvo for Life sailor Kate Macgregor. Results: Optimist: 1st Benno Marstaller (Restronguet); 2nd Alex Platt (Restronguet); 3rd Jamie Harris (Bristol Corinthians). Topper: 1st Ed Higson (Frampton); 2nd Emma Phillips (Starcross); 3rd Luke Robertson.

West zone A full array of racing skills contributed to a very tight and hard-fought regatta. With all six races completed across the weekend, and 10-15 knots of breeze gradually building throughout day two, there were some stand-out performances in all fleets – including Hayden Griffiths who dominated in the Topper class. Results: Optimist: 1st Bobby Hewitt (Leigh & Lowton); 2nd Rory Bush (Shustoke); 3rd: Drew Wright (South Staffs). Topper: 1st Hayden Griffiths (Leigh & Lowton); 2nd James Chasty (Redesmere); 3rd Zac Gibbons (Redesmere). Feva: 1st Aran Holman & Crispin Beanumont (Hollowell); 2nd Will Robinson & Joe Hills (Rutland); 3rd Hannah & Izzi Bristow (Leigh & Lowton).

south-east Zone It was champagne sailing conditions all weekend at Bewl Valley SC. With

six races and some shifty and gusty conditions – plus a few capsizes across all the classes – it was a test for everyone. Results: Optimist: 1st Ross Thompson (FPSC/RLym YC); 2nd Alex Smallwood (Wraysbury Lake); 3rd Emma Baker (Weirwood). Topper: 1st Felix Crother (Queen Mary); 2nd Hammish Streeter (HISC/Bewl Valley); 3rd Harriet Ward (Queen Mary). Feva: 1st Jenny Smallwood & Jamie Webb (Wraysbury Lake); 2nd James Hutton Penman & Thomas Jayasekara (Corinthian Otters); 3rd Samuel Grade & Katie Prescott (Lymington Town/HISC).

scotland zone It was a weekend of contrasts, with glorious sunshine and light wind on day one, followed by strong winds on day two which saw only one race per class taking the total to four races over the weekend. It was a regatta requiring tenacity and determination. Results: Optimist: 1st Jamie Calder (Loch Tummel/Royal Forth); 2nd Hamish Taylor (Clyde Cruising Club); 3rd Fiona Mackay (Toward). Topper: 1st Aaron Murray (Loch Earn); 2nd Lewis Marr (Largs); 3rd Ryan Macintyre (Lochaber). RS Feva: 1st Sophie Thomson & Zoe Dupuy (Solway); 2nd Katie Munro & Beth Hurst (RFYC & FMBC); 3rd Struan Donaldson.

NssA i sINGlehaNDeD teaM raCING Wilson Swiss League. The weather was tropical with an ideal Force 2/3 on day one, and a steady Force 2 on day two. By early afternoon on Sunday an incredible 112 races had been completed, with four teams qualifying for the semi-finals. These were South Tyneside A team against South Tyneside B team, which went to a hotly contested three race off, resulting in South Tyneside A going through to the final. The second semi-final was between Cambridge A

and Derbyshire B, which again went to a three race off, resulting in Cambridge A going through to the final. The three final races saw very close team racing, leaving South Tyneside A as the overall winners, taking away the HMY Britannia Gig’s Yoke. Cambridge A were the highest placed under-16 team and were awarded The Angus Westley Trophy, together with being runners up in the championship. Lancashire A team were awarded the Lancashire Plate.

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This year’s National School Sailing Association Single Handed Team Racing Championship was held at Upton Warren Outdoor Education Centre, Bromsgrove for the second year running, and organised by Worcestershire School Sailing and Canoeing Association. Twentysix teams of under 19-year-olds, representing 13 counties from across the country, joined the six Worcestershire teams, to sail in Toppers, under the format of the

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J/24 i europeaNs 34 points, three ahead of ‘Il Riccio’, with the latter taking the European Championship trophy. With the exception of their discard of a 20th in the fifth race, ‘Reloaded’ was consistently in the top four in most races and had one bullet, while ‘Il Riccio’ had two bullets and only a ninth to discard. That they had some 28 points to spare over the third-placed ‘Serco’ emphasised their dominance over the series. The German champion ‘Rotoman’ (Kai Mares) was only a point behind in fourth place and won the final race while Stuart Jardine, the oldest helm in the championship, had the distinction of winning three races, including the

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Over 200 sailors from nine countries competed in a 42-boat fleet at the BMW J/24 European Championship at Howth near Dublin. Day one was lost to high winds, while day two, a single race in fresh winds witnessed a win for defending champions (and current British champions) ‘Serco’ (Bob Turner, Castle Cove) with Nathan Batchelor on the helm, ahead of ‘Madeleine’ (McCarthy/Phelps, Parkestone). Day three saw five races and a demanding day on the water. Consistency put two boats clear in the ideal conditions – the sole American entry, ‘Reloaded’ (Mark Penfold, Rochester YC) with Mike Ingham on helm, and leading UK contender ‘Il Riccio’ (Ian Southworth/ Chris McLaughlin, RCYC Cowes), were very much in command going into the final day. With one discard in force, ‘Reloaded’ held a two-point margin over ‘Il Riccio’, with ‘Serco’ 21 points adrift in the bronze medal position. In ideal conditions – moderate to fresh south-easterly winds and sunshine – the regatta concluded with four back-to-back races to complete the full 10-race programme. Finishing top of the table was ‘Reloaded’ with

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tp52 i worlDs costa smeralDa With a second and first on the final day of racing at the Audi TP52 World Championship off the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Ed Baird and the crew of ‘Quantum Racing’ lifted their third world TP52 world title from four challenges. They added to worlds wins in 2008 in Lanzarote and defended the title they won last year in Valencia. Emerging with a four-point margin over Germany’s ‘Container’, the American flagged ‘Quantum’ team complete

the same ‘double’ as they did in 2008, winning both the Audi MedCup Circuit title as well as the World Championship. With tactician Adrian Stead (GBR) combining with new navigator Francesco Mongelli (ITA), ‘Quantum Racing’ were consistent across the very different wind conditions, from the light sub-10 knots of the first three days to a useful fourth in the strong early morning Mistral on day four, to their final flourish in a moderate 7-11 knots. In paying tribute to

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etchells i europeaNs GBR’s Shaun Frolich and his crew of David Bedford and Duncan Truswell sailing ‘Exabyte’ are the 2011 European champions. Over the three-day regatta in Holland at the port of Hoorn, Shaun and his crew were determined to fight for a podium position, so much so that a strict diet and exercise regime over six weeks not only enabled them to lose in excess of 20kg collectively, but also made them fitter for the challenging seven-race series in winds ranging from 14 to 30 knots but rarely below 20 knots. Their new fitness levels also helped on ‘Exabyte’ when David Bedford had to be hoisted to the hounds of the mast to release a jammed halyard in between races. However, the team was pushed all the way by Alex Lacy on ‘Conjurer’ (NED) and after five races and two days they were tied on 11 points each. The first race on the final day could not have started worse for ‘Exabyte’. Over the line at the start, then fouling another boat while trying to restart meant they also had to complete a 360. But ‘Exabyte’ along with David Frank’s ‘Palaver’ (GBR) who also

first two races of the final day. The Southworth/McLaughlin crew topped the fleet in the penultimate race with the final race won by ‘Rotoman’. Needing to beat their US rivals by several places in the last race to take first overall, ‘Il Riccio’ could only manage an eighth to ‘Reloaded’s’ fifth. The leading Irish crew was ‘Hard on Port’ (Flor O’Driscoll, HYC) in 10th overall. Results: 1st ‘Reloaded’ Mark Penfold (USA); 2nd ‘Il Riccio’ Southworth/ McLaughlin, (GBR); 3rd ‘Serco’ Bob Turner (GBR); 4th ‘Rotoman’ Kai Mares (GER); 5th ‘Stouche’ Stuart Jardine (GBR); 6th ‘Hungriger Wolf’ Johann Huhn (GER); 7th ‘La Superba’ Ignazio Bonanno (ITA); 8th ‘Max Bahr’ Stefan Karsunke (GER); 9th ‘Madeleine’ McCarthy/Phelps (GBR); 10th ‘Hard on Port’ Flor O’Driscoll (IRL).

started late, both went left away from the fleet and picked up an isolated left-hander bringing both boats back to the front half of the fleet by the top mark. At the end of the downwind leg ‘Exabyte’ was in third behind Steven Quinn sailing IRE1148 with Lacy’s ‘Conjurer’ leading, but the magic was with ‘Exabyte’, as when reaching the port layline ‘Lacy’ tacked for the top mark, only to become headed and for the next three boats to sail around him. All ‘Exabyte’ had to do now was win the race to become champion, but Steven Quinn stood in the way. Sailing almost bow to bow downwind there were tense moments as Frolich tried forcing Quinn into a mistake, but on the line it transpired Quinn was OCS and ‘Exabyte’ was the champion.

Nationals The Etchells nationals were held over two weekends at Cowes Corinthian YC. High winds curtailed racing on the first weekend, with three races. The second weekend then saw a further five races. Races four and five were in westerly

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winds of 18-22 knots on a flood tide. Race six saw a building breeze of 25 knots, with the wind-against-tide Solent chop increasing and a shortened and shiftier track. Sunday then saw two races in westerlies of about 12 knots, and light winds as low as eight knots. Rob Elliot’s ‘Esprit’ sailed a consistent series over the two weekends and won the regatta, followed by ‘Ragtime’ (Rob Goddard, James Downer, and Koen van Mierlo) second, and Ian Law’s ‘Pale Tide’ taking third spot. The nationals were a good reminder that the older boats still perform well as Bill Hardesty, who has twice won the worlds (Chicago 2008 and San Diego 2011) in an older boat, put it: ‘The beauty of the Etchells is that you can make the old boats go as fast as the new boats and that is what keeps the fleet strong.’ Bill is looking to keep his title at next year’s Worlds in Sydney in February. ‘Ragtime’ won the Corinthian trophy as the first non-professional crew, and ‘Shamal’ won the trophy for being the first boat home with female crew sailing with three girls in the series.

When the 300 places for the Rolex Fastnet Race were filled within 10 days of the entries opening, it became obvious that 2011 would be a notable year for offshore racing with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). With 300 miles of offshore racing required from each boat before the start of the Fastnet, the early season races were well subscribed. The Somerset Memorial Trophy for the Yacht of the Year for 2011 has been awarded to Niklas Zennström’s JV 72 ‘Rán’. Niklas and his crew won IRC Overall in the Rolex Fastnet Race in consecutive years, the first time this has been achieved since ‘Carina II’ in 1955 and 1957.. The Dennis P Miller Trophy for the

performance of a British Yacht Overseas goes to ‘British Soldier’, skippered by Lt Col Nick Bate, with a season which included the RORC Caribbean 600, Annapolis-Newport Race, Transatlantic Race and Rolex Fastnet Race. The yacht had a different crew for each race, including an injured soldier/amputee. In the IRC Classes the best five offshore races decide the RORC Season’s Points Championship. As in 2010, Piet Vroon’s Ker 46 ‘Tonnerre de Breskens 3’ swept the board in IRC Overall, finishing 62.5 points ahead of Niall Dowling’s J/111 ‘Arabella’. The overall results in IRC saw Niall Dowling’s J/111, ‘Arabella’ win the Alan Paul Trophy for consistent high performance. IRC Zero went to Derek

melges 32 i worlDs William Douglass on ‘Goombay Smash’ was crowned Melges 32 World Champion at the Real Club Nautico de Palma, with tactician Chris Larson and crew members Marco Constant, Andy Escourt, Stu Pollard, Mark Towill, Chris Welch and Alan Nakanishi. The wind didn’t arrive on the final day for the 29-strong fleet, leaving the results after day four to stand as final, with Douglass and his team taking the title, second was John Kilroy on ‘Samba Pa Ti’ who lost by a single point.

Results: 1st ‘Goombay Smash’ William Douglass/Chris Larson; 2nd ‘Samba Pa Ti’ John Kilroy/Vasco Vascotto; 3rd ‘Fantastica’ Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti; 4th ‘Yasha Samurai’ Yukihiro Ishida/Hamish Pepper; 5th ‘Torpyone’ Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin; 6th ‘Mascalzone Latino’ Vincenzo Onorato/ Francesco Bruni; 7th ‘ARGO’ Jason Carroll/ Cameron Appleton; 8th ‘Red’ Joe Woods/ Paul Goodison; 9th ‘Brontolo HH’ Filippo Pacinotti/Danielle Cassinari; 10th ‘Full Throttle’ John Porter/Jonathan McKee.


Frenchman Noel Racine’s JPK 10.10 ‘Foggy Dew’ with four race wins. The next four were all two-handed boats, with Peter Olden and Nigel Pipe’s A35 ‘Solan Goose of Hamble’ second and Nikki Curwen and Alex Adams, sailing the J/105 ‘Voador’ in third. IRC Four was won by Jean Yves Chateau’s Nicholson 33 ‘Iromiguy’, with Matthias Kracht’s JPK 9.60 ‘Ultreia!’ and Ian Braham’s MG 346 ‘Engima’ in second and third. ‘Ultreia!’ won the Two-Handed Class ahead of Nicolas de la Fourniere and Martin Imbert’s X34 ‘Exile/Mirabaud’ in second with ‘Solan Goose’ coming in third. The Assuage Trophy for the yacht with the best results from the Cherbourg Race plus three others was won by RORC Commodore Andrew McIrvine with his First 40 ‘La Réponse’.

k6 i NatioNals The K6 fleet was hosted by the Royal Cornwall YC in Falmouth for a four-day championship of windward-leeward courses and a one-off ‘Round the harbour’ race. The first day out in Falmouth Bay gave the fleet of 23 K6s a lively day with a blustery breeze. True to form the first race was a battle of the three favourites with Dave Hitchcock and Ian Nicholson coming out on top followed by Ian Robson, Sandy Johnson and Simon Tonks, and Neil Fulcher and Lawrence Crispen. The second race turned on its head a few times as the strong wind caused a few dramatic moments. Dave and Ian held on to the lead but were followed into the finish closely by the team of Dave Hall, Gary Fare and Beate Pohlar. With a gale blowing on the second day racing was cancelled, so four races were sailed on day three. The bright and breezy day with the north-west wind off the shore proved challenging. Dave and Ian took three of the day’s races with Ian, Simon and Sandy the other. Neil and Lawrence should have taken the third race but miscounted the number of laps. Dave, Beate and

squib i iNlaNDs The Mediterranean atmosphere at Rutland SC gave superb light-wind conditions, though initially there was a delay for three hours for a breeze to fill in. At the second attempt, and with the only black-flagged boat all weekend, race one started with the right paying off in the veering 8-knot breeze. The Grogans led Gerard Dyson and Tony Saltonstall on the first lap but then chose the wrong side upwind, allowing Dyson to pull out a 200-yard

Gary also managed to give away a oneminute lead after finding the only light wind patch on the final downwind leg. At the end of the day and with only two races scheduled for the final day, David and Ian had done enough to take the title for the second year running. The final day was a showdown for second to fourth with only one point separating the key contenders. The two races were in the estuary since there was a foam up in the bay. Ian’s team won the first race followed by Neil and Lawrence. Dave’s team then won the last race and when all was counted there was still only point between them. Ian, Sandy and Simon came out on top giving them second place. A great championship with some spectacular sailing.

Results: 1st David Hitchcock & Ian Nicholson ; 2nd Ian Robson, Sandy Johnson, Simon Tonks; 3rd David Hall, Beate Pohler, Gary Phare; 4th Neil Fulcher & Lawrence Crispin; 5th Jonathan Calascione, Myles Mence, Pyers Tucker; 6th Neil Davison, Andrew Yonge, James Davidson; 7th Nick &, George Jones, Mike Butler; 8th Peter Kirkby, Richard Barker.

winning lead from the Fenwicks and Brian Holland/Graham Clow. The windward-leeward second race was nip and tuck throughout. The Hogans just managed to hold off Dyson downwind to win by half a length. The final race of the day proved demanding on the brains of the crews and the race officer. For the first time, the left seemed to pay in the lightening breeze – many suffered taking the right side as before! The Grogans pulled out a big lead which

started to be whittled down, but they just held on to win from Martin Harrison and Ben Gibson. The overnight leaders were the Hogans, but Dyson and Saltonstall were back on form next day. They immediately took the lead in race four, and held it to win from the Fenwicks. As the wind rose to 10 knots Malcolm Hutchings and Andy Ramsey led the fifth and last race, though unfortunately they kept to the rhumb line downwind whereas tactically it paid to go right into the stronger breeze by which Dyson overtook, and kept cover on the Hogans. By now the Rileys had cleared their rudder of weed and sped through to win. Gerard Dyson and Tony Saltonstall were worthy champions, ahead of the Hogans. Penny Fenwick won the ladies’ Ruby prize, and Royal Corinthian of Burnham won the Club prize. Results: 1st ‘Alchemy’ Gerard Dyson & Tony Saltonstall’ (Royal Yorkshire) 6pts; 2nd ‘Ricoshea’ Chris Hogan & Mark Hogan (SCYC) 16pts; 3rd ‘Ghost Rider’ Mike Fenwick & Penny Fenwick (Weymouth) 16pts; 4th ‘Lady Penelope’ Malcolm Hutchings & Andy Ramsey (RCYC & BS) 26pts; 5th ‘Brimstone’ Bryan Riley & Jenny Riley (Waveney & Oulton Broad) 27pts.

inlands and 2012 The inland championship was the last event of the season. David Hitchcock and Ian Nicholson took that title as well. After a very successful season with record turnouts the class looks forward to an exciting 2012. The fleet returns to Torquay for the nationals and will travel to the Netherlands for its Eurocup.

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Saunders and the CM 60 ‘Venomous’, securing victory from ‘Bob’, Rob Gray and Sam Laidlaw’s Farr 52. ‘Bob’ also wins the Peter Harrison Youth Trophy, having had at least 45 per cent of crew under the age of 25. IRC One was led from the start by Piet Vroon’s Ker 46 ‘Tonnerre de Breskens 3’ from Jonathan Goring’s Ker 40 ‘Keronimo’, and Mike Greville’s Ker 39 ‘Erivale III’. Freddie Neville-Jones, sailing on ‘Erivale’, was awarded the Duncan Munro Kerr Youth Challenge Trophy for the under-25 sailing the greatest number of offshore miles in the season. In IRC Two Neil Kipling’s J/122 ‘Joopster’ came in first, with Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 ‘Scarlet Oyster’ second ahead of Peter Rutter’s Grand Soleil 43 ‘Quokka 8’. IRC Three was won for the second year in a row by

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team owner Doug De Vos, inspirational project manager for ‘Quantum Racing’ Ed Reynolds commented: ‘Each of these world titles has been about a quintessential team performance, with two different teams of different characteristics and styles with no major, standout star names in either but unified in the level of results, and that is really down to Doug De Vos for putting the resources to give us good solid teams.’ Tactician Stead, who called the shots successfully last season in Valencia, said: ‘It is a great way to

finish the season. We had a tense Audi MedCup, we have been really pleased with the way that we have sailed here against boats which have been in their conditions in the form of ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Paramount Park’. Everyone has been pushing pretty hard.’ Udo Schuetz’ ‘Container’ with skipper-helm Markus Wieser (GER) and his crew, augmented at this regatta by Kiwi mainsheet trimmer Don Cowie, came out on the final day with their strongest finishes of the late season. Their 2,1,2 over the last three races of the season secured them second place overall, while Tony Langley’s British crew on ‘Gladiator’, surprise early leaders of the world championship, held on to third place overall. Results: 1st ‘Quantum Racing’ (USA) 17pts; 2nd ‘Container’ (GER) 21pts; 3rd ‘Gladiator’ (GBR) 24pts; 4th ‘Paramount Park Murcia’ (ESP) 24pts; 5th ‘Audi Azzurra Sailing Team’ (IT) 33pts; 6th ‘RÁN’ (SWE) 38pts; 7th ‘Audi ALL4ONE’ (GER/FRA) 40pts.

Jonathan Money won the 87th Anniversary Sunbeam Championship after two years out of the class. He had to work hard against stiff competition to helm V18 ‘Polly’ to success and take the Mylor Yacht Harbour Jubilee Championship Trophy. The six races were held in Falmouth Bay under the burgee of the RCYC, with a range of wind from moderate to strong, with more than enough at times in the gusts for the boats dating back to 1924. The last race saw a move

to the Carrick Roads to try and shelter but this was abandoned to the relief of the tired competitors as a 30-knot squall came through. The event saw 13 competitors battle it out with three races per day. Competition was close, and in the final race less than two minutes separated the finishers. There are now 26 of these traditional boats in in Falmouth. Results: 1st ‘Polly’ Jonathan Money; 2nd ‘Painted Lady’ Stuart Sawyer; 3rd ‘Saucy Sally’ John Lowry

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Winter Sailing Shorter daylight hours and fewer championships mean there’s more time for getting fit or swotting up on rules and tactics, while the sailing challenges presented by the weather can help develop mental toughness, resilience and confidence. Another seasonal bonus is that many winter events have a big emphasis on fun and socials, and often involve handicap or pursuit racing, so the pressure is off. It’s a great time to try new techniques, or sail in different boats or with new people.

Winter warmers Some of the biggest pursuit and handicap events of the year take place in winter, including the following: • Draycote Dash – handicap dinghy racing series plus pursuit race, Draycote Water SC in Warwickshire, Saturday and Sunday, November 19-20. www.draycotewater.co.uk • Grafham Grand Prix - 31st edition,

rutlandsc.co.uk • Hoo Freezer – Practice race Saturday, Hoo Freezer Cup on Sunday, Hoo Ness YC, Hoo, Kent, March 10-11. www.hooness.org.uk • Shustoke Gauntlet - two pursuit races, Shustoke SC, Nr Coleshill, Birmingham, Sunday, February 12. www.shustokesailingclub.co.uk • Frensham Frenzy – two race pursuit, Frensham Pond SC, near Farnham, Surrey, Sunday, March 11. www.sailfrensham.org.uk • Exmoor Beastie - three hour handicap pursuit race, Wimbleball SC, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, Sunday 18 March. www.wimbleballsc.org.uk • Hamble Warming Pan - 50th anniversary, fleet racing for invited classes, Hamble River SC, Hamble, Southampton, March 10-11. www.hambleriversc.org.uk Bringing together five of the biggest winter handicap racing events again

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With a positive attitude and the right sailing kit, winter can provide a window of opportunity to raise your sailing game both on and off the water. Paula Irish reports

There are some great days in winter, so sailing in the off season doesn’t have to be cold, wet and uncomfortable. to competitively-priced winter membership packages. Leigh & Lowton SC, Greater Manchester, claim the biggest dinghy winter series, with its 10-race Revett open series offering two races a day on Sundays from November 13 to December 11, then its Tipsy Icicle open series offering 20 races, two per day,

…if you can face winter sailing, the rewards can be yours in summer too! two races, Grafham Water SC, Perry, Cambridgeshire, Monday, January 2. www.grafham.org • Haversham Winter Open – Haversham SC, near Milton Keynes, three races two to count, Monday, January 2. www.havershamsc.co.uk • Bloody Mary – Pursuit race, Queen Mary SC, London, Saturday, January 7. www.queenmary.org.uk • Starcross Steamer – Pursuit race at Starcross YC, Exe Estuary, Devon, on Sunday, January 15. www.starcrossyc.org.uk • Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy – Four fleets, two races, Northampton SC, Saturday, January 28. www.northamptonsailingclub.org • John Merricks Tiger Trophy – Handicap races plus pursuit, Rutland SC, Edith Weston, Rutland, Saturday and Sunday, February 4-5. www.

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this year will be Y&Y’s Andy Rice, with the third edition of the SailJuice Global Warm-Up. This year’s series starts with the Draycote Dash and continues with the Grafham Grand Prix, Bloody Mary, Steve Nicholson Trophy and John Merricks Tiger Trophy. Countless clubs also have hugely popular Christmas and New Year races, offering a perfect way to work off the excesses of the season, before making the most of the mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. Many are open events, so even if your own club doesn’t have a festive racing occasion, there will be one worth visiting not too far away.

Seasonal series Many clubs run winter racing series to which visitors are welcome, either as guests of the club, or linked

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on Sundays from January 8 to March 11. www.llsc.org.uk Likewise Yorkshire Dales SC has its Frostbite Series on Sundays from October 30 to December 18, followed by an Icicle Series from January 8 to February 26. www.yorkshiredales.sc Chichester YC also offers two series: the Frozen Toe series takes place over four Sundays from October 30 to December 11, with two races scheduled on each day; and the 10-race Snowflake Series takes has one or two races a day, from January 8 until March 25. www.cyc.co.uk The Blithfield Barrel Winter Handicap Series in Staffordshire, takes place on four Sundays: November 13, December 11, January 15 and February 19. www.blithfield.org.uk Datchet Winter Warm-Up is on Sundays in February, at, Queen Mother

Reservoir in Berkshire. www.dwsc.co.uk Lancing SC Winter Series, on the south coast between Worthing and Brighton, is open to all monohulls with a PY number, with two back to back handicap races using average lap times (16 total) every Sunday from November 6 to the last race on Bank Holiday Tuesday December 27. http:// lancingsc.org.uk/, for enquiries email memsec@lancingsc.org.uk Wilsonian Open Winter Series is a 13 race series on Sundays from November 6 to December 18, on the River Medway in Kent. www.wilsoniansc.org.uk There are of course also plenty of other winter series around, as can be seen from a quick look at the calendar on www.yachtsandyachting.com – whatever boat you sail, wherever you are in the country, there should be something for you.

Class action For most racing classes, winter is the least busy time of the year, but for one class it is the season of choice. Open events for the singlehanded mini keelboat Illusion class at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight run from October to April, with plenty of silverware to collect and racing on 38 days, equating to 108 races, plus match racing and team racing weekends. Last year there were 44 in the fleet, with many weekends seeing entries in the mid 20s, providing excellent racing and training for anyone with a busy summer programme – as borne out by nine Illusionists scoring top three overall results in their class at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week this year. It just goes to show that if you can face winter sailing, the rewards will be yours in summer too!

FORTHCOMING EVENTS: DECEMBER December 2-11 • Paris International Boat Show, Porte de Versailles December 9-11 • Extreme 40, Extreme Sailing Series Act 9, Singapore December 26 • Monohull dinghies/ multihulls, Boxing Day Bonanza, Royal Tay YC • Boxing Day Pursuit

Open Meeting, Nottingham SC December 27-January 7 • Fireball International Week & World Championship, Mandurah Offshore Fishing & SC, Western Australia December 27 • Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales SC


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MASTROM TORNADO SPORT CATAMARAN Year 2000 £1500 Tel 07850 755876 / (RUTLAND WATER) Built Marstrom Tornado Sport,CATAMARAN Carbon MastYear + Shoot, FORMULA 18 HOBIE TIGER Well sorted former MASTROM TORNADO SPORT 2000 Big wheeled launching sails & LIGHTNING COMPLETE WITH GP14 13545 Gp14 sail no.trolley 13545 All woodMarlow built by Derek Championship winning boat with Excellent sails, Built Marstrom Tornado Sport,Gp Carbon Mast +Lines Shoot, INSURANCE FORMULA 18 368 HOBIEDINGHY TIGER Well sorted former Harken Blocks Good condition, well maintained & ready LAUNCHING TROLLEY Lightning dinghy :and sail Tornado number Jolly.wheeled Great looking boat in excellent condition and Measurement Certifi cate, Carbon Boards Big launching trolley Gp sails Marlow Lines & Championship winning boat with Excellent sails, to race. £6500 Tel condition, 07843 063265 / 01702 588553 261, complete with launching trolley and top cover. In ready to race.Good Super Spar spars, sails,& centre Marstrom Rudders, SternCarbon Supports, Newand Cover, Cat Harken Blocks well Speed maintained ready Measurement Certifi cate, Boards Tornado (SOUTHEND) reasonable condition andGalvanised ready to sail. . £850 Tel 07740 main, 2 self bailers, paint/varnish, cover, Trax Launching Trolley, Road Trailer with to race. £6500 Telprof. 07843 063265 / boom 01702up588553 Marstrom Rudders, Stern Supports, New Cover, Cat 452783 / (UXBRIDGE) galv. combi. £3250 Tel 01625 250768 / 07816 988920 large box available, Lying Portsmouth / Stokes Bay (SOUTHEND) Trax Launching Trolley, Galvanised Road Trailer with DART 16, 2973 WITH GENNAKER Dart 16, 2006 (2973). (WILMSLOW) David . £5750 Tel 02392 754000 Office hours / 07958 large box available, Lying Portsmouth / Stokes Bay SAILING BOOKS Day skipper Pat Ourry/Navigation White 16, hull, with blue and white and (2973). yellow LASER 3000 SAILING DINGHY 3287 WITH DART 2973 WITH GENNAKER Dartsails 16, 2006 418145 David . (PORTSMOUTH) £5750 Tel 02392 754000 Office hours / 07958 Manual RYA david & charles/Yachtmaster guide mick Gennaker. Second boat occasional use only. Has big COMBINATION TRAILER Laser 3000 Asymetric / CHERUB 2676 This is so one of the sails most successful White hull, with blue and white and yellow 418145 (PORTSMOUTH) bowyes/Small boat sailing percy blandford/ Allso wheel launch trolley, road trailer fulluse cover. It Has has the Gennaker. Second boat so occasional big Trapeze sail number complete with Cherubs ever.Including top 3 and finishes atonly. this years DART 18sailing A 1998 Applause in good Hulls Assortment ofdinghy, books & items to 3287, do condition. with navigation new style DartX Gennaker, new style Traveller and wheel launch road trailer and full cover. hasMain the Combination trailer/trolley, topgood cover, rudder and nationals. Hulltrolley, by Bloodaxe, SuperSpar mast,It Rowsell refurbished, ropes halyards. included DART 18 A new 1998 Applause in condition. Hulls rules symbolols used atand sea.Buy all atTrolley price stated or Sheet. Very clean boat Twist excellent condition. Tel new style DartX Gennaker, new style and Main daggerboard covers. The boat is/ regularly used for sails,Bloodaxe c/board, grip T (Traveller If it’s a T£3100 insist on £2995. £2995 Tel 01795 880116 (KENT) refurbished, ropes and Trolley included offers by enynew item ring me forhalyards. prices & info . £25 Telclub 0151 07766 831613 / (OXFORD) Sheet. Very clean boatcontrols excellent £3100 Tel racing / cruising on a 880116 inland /lake and has received a twist).Rigging and allcondition. well sorted. Other £2995. £2995 Tel 01795 (KENT) 284 8329 / (LIVERPOOL) 07766 (OXFORD) regular maintenance. £1950 Tel 07740 spares.831613 Put a /smile on your face. . £3250 Tel 01202 UNICORN A CLASS .CATAMARAN 2009 452783 National/ DART This is the classic Dart 15 / Sprint 15 with (UXBRIDGE) 421292STING / (BOURNEMOUTH) UNICORN A CLASS CATAMARAN Championship winning boatBUOYS Sail No.1074. 1988National Condor3 NEW INFLATABLE RACE (IN 2009 PACKAGING) No toolsa DART STING This is the 15 / Sprint a more powerful rig. The classic hulls & Dart equipment are 15 inwith good Championship winning boat Sail No.1074. 1988 professionally foam construction hulls, Brand new built Lazilas inflsandwich atable yellow raceCondor marks needed more powerful rig. The hulls & equipment are in good condition. There is NEWmain, tri-radial only used about professionally built construction hulls, BUZZ 1056 Extremely lightly sailedLow (less than times LASER VAGO Standard largesail spinnaker, roadbase 900x1500mm. STILL INsandwich PACKAGING Can50 ship to dagger boards &foam rudders. maintainance condition. There is condition NEW new; tri-radial sailvery only used about 10 times pristine and original 1990 main. Jib dagger rudders. Low maintainance in total). boards Sobstadts therefore in good condition and/ and top in cover. Virtually sailed little due to anywhere in boat the UK cost. £220 Tel +4477 45781047 competitive in&at good condition. Ideal for single 10 times in pristine condition and original 1990 main. Jib in good condition. Road trailer, trolley, cover. Photos competitive in good man condition. Ideal for single (SOUTHAMPTON) spinnaker stillboat crispy. Combi trailer garaged and circumstances... Very very good shape. Nov 2006. handed adrenalin seeking oralways woman. £1499 Tel www.clamcleat.com in good condition. Road trailer, trolley, cover. /Photos handed adrenalin seeking man or woman. £1499 Tel available. £1700 Tel 07531 653574 / (HALIFAX) trolley779119 has seen little salt water. Cover also in reasonable 3000.00 pounds ono. £3000 Tel 01480 860013 07714 01621 / 07714425460 (MALDON) available. £1700 Tel 07531 653574 / (HALIFAX) 01621 / Peter 07714425460 (MALDON) KITE 779119 BUGGY Folding Kite Buggy. condition. Set of Lynn Hydes onlyXR used over £489 one 100023 RS800 (GRAFHAM 2ND HANDWATER) MAST 2nd hand RS800 Seldon new. Fantastic £950. condition, used. Flexifoil kites Tel for championship Willhardly sell separately. £1900 Mast, repaired by Ashdown Marine. partially rigged (all sale also. Rage/ 4.7 - (new £296) £200 ono Rage 2.5 01304 375495 (DOVER) SCORPION TOUCHING THE Ashdown VOID GRP, Quick wire rigging,2015 but no Trapeze wires). Varnished (new £230) £140 ono condition - like new. £320 Tel boat 9th and at 2010 nats, having in 2007 stored in Excellent Mast bag condition since 2008. £650had Tel 01491 613873 / (WATLINGTON) LASER PICO PLUS 5401 WITH RACE SAIL 2001 Pico very use,/ (SOUTHAMPTON) Top/bottom covers, Paul Barford 07790little 495372 Plus. Main, Jib and Race Sail inc Used trolley. pack (harper) sails, 1 jib and kite only used for nats, 1 complete Boats Race Classified Y&Y 11.11.indd 1 GALVANISED YACHT TRAILER HARKEN LASER Complete Used Twice. fiTWIN ttings.AXLE Excellent condition, hardly used. Keep £1100down Tel open meeting set,KICKER resprayed milanes kicker. foils. Just reduced those marina storage fees and buy this trailer. Hayling £120 Tel 07967 / (NOTTINGHAM) 02392 475488 / (PORTSMOUTH) prize. £5800 Tel480590 07788 540545 / (WEYMOUTH) Trailers fully braked, twin axle, galvanised yacht trailer with gross weight of 3,500kg (unladen wt 500kg). Trailer in excellent condition and not been in the water. Built from for Laser 28 but supports fully adjustable. £2250 from 482435 / 0117 9806271 (TAUNTON) Tel 07958

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July 1997 sail no. 232, Ice Blue. Only sailed 3-4 times a season - Excellent condition. Gennaker still in sealed bag. Storage box and outboard bracket unused. Road trailer / trolly / top cover. £3850 Tel 07768 021896 / 01704 834437 (SOUTHPORT)

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2007 Ovington hull, Excellent condition, very well loved boat, no expense spared anywhere. 3 mains, 2 jibs, 1 kite Rev 9 mast,very well set up, ready to race carbon tillers Harken throughout Top of the range ropes Bethwaite design kite sock New style rudder bar and rudder stock loads of spares. £5200 Tel 07961 057726 / 01429 836690 (NEWCASTLE)

LASER 2000 SAIL NO 2815

Under and over covers, sail bags, rudder bag and trolley. Fresh water sailed only. No road base but can deliver. Recent video by email if required. £3200 Tel 01202 820238 / 07792 406327 (RINGWOOD)

PHANTOM 1204

Lightly used, fully carbon rig, combi trailer, new 2011 top and bottom covers. Excellent condition - brilliant colour scheme. £4150 Tel 07595 023072 / (BURNHAM ON CROUCH)

DINGHIES & SKIFFS ALTO 115

AltO 115 ex-Dinghy Show boat (2011). Vinylester hull, Selden carbon mast, Hyde main and jib and brand new kite. Foils by DEM with Seasure stock, Allen fitings. Comes with launching trolley, top cover and undercover. Fast boat in excellent condition. Only for sale as another AltO on order. £7995 Tel 07810 774500 / (ROCHESTER)

RS400 826

Red over white Hull, Very Good condition. Always dry. Very little usage. Good Combi Trailer and Trolley. Under and Over Covers. Padded Rudder Cover. Carbon Tiller Extension. Very good suit of sails for best racing plus additional set. May consider part ex as looking for a Laser and Pico. £2950 Tel 07802 735284 / 01926 833300 (RUGBY)

MIRROR DINGHY 56484

Wooden hull red, varnished internally, alloy mast, main & jib, overall cover, road trailer, mirror oars and rowlocks . £300 Tel 07718 540144 / 07970 068677 (SOUTHAMPTON)

MEGABYTE 103

Hull, foils and sail in good condition. Includes road trailer, launching trolley (not combi) and boat cover. £1800 Tel 01273 455644 / (SHOREHAM-BY-SEA)

GBR 699 CONTENDER

Bob Hoare built Wavelength design. Wavelength Carbon mast. Carbon boom. 3 sets of sails. Milanes centreboard and 2x Milanes rudder foils. Competitive boat [did 2011 Worlds 17th and 23rd Nationals]. Re-weighed and 500mg overweight. Galvanised launching trolley and Combi Trailer. Top cover and undercover More Photo’s available on request. Contact David Bate. £3750 Tel 07540 249327 / 02380 474047 (SOUTHAMPTON)

InternatIonal 14 no. 1267

Benedict 4 Asymmetric. Built by Ovington. Red/white hull. Harken fittings. Cover. Good condition ready for action. £400 0no. Tel 01753 882816 (S Bucks) B14 709 Hull in excellent condition with extra stiff epoxy foredeck Alloy rig 2 suits of sails LGM01/LJG01 and Simmos 3 kites, Simmo SS04, North TC8 and North monster alloy wings one welded and one with plumbing joints mesh tramps New Harken block fitout Continous kicker and cunningham Combi top cover cocoon Very well set up boat ready to go racing. £2300 Tel 01303 268232 / (HYTHE)

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Directory DINGHIES & SKIFFS LARK 2356 All white Parker hull,very good condition through out,harken fittings,Speed sails,1 main very good,3 jibs,2 spinnys,rondar fixed,rudder,combi,over/ under covers,pedigree racer. £1650 Tel 07712 182791 / 01753 681001 (STAINES) 49ER 869 Hull in very good condition, standard rig. 3 sets of sails (1 set hardly used). 2 dagger boards, 2 rudders. Under and over covers, launching trolley and combi trailer. Ideal 1st 49er. Lying North Scotland, will deliver in UK. . £4500 Tel 07540 407798 / (INVERNESS) RS600 732 Ovington Hull Narrow Racks Superspars Mast Continuous kicker and downhaul class legal main Banks replica main rudder mint condition spare RS200 rudder blade Carbon tiller extension 1 good quality dagger board 2 spare dagger boards Under cover Over-boom top cover Combi trailer. £1400 Tel 07717 211791 / (HILL HEAD) RS FEVA JIB RS Feva Club Jib. Unused still in plastic. will post foc. £100 Tel 07768 716454 / (LEE-ON-THE SOLENT) SUPERNOVA 513 Giles built with one owner, Excellent condition - Silver Grey deck, Cobalt and white hull. Nearly new HYDE Sail, under and over covers. Combi trolley and trailer in good condition. £1800 Tel 01889 8582673 / (RUGELEY) RS800 - 1061 Brilliant condition, 2 set of sails (1 set like new), cocoon cover and top cover, rudder and centre board both have covers, two tiller extensions (1 carbon), racks good condition, “intermediate bars” and combi trailer and continuous controls with bungee takeaways, tapered halyards for main, jib and spinnaker. £5250 Tel 07791 553336 / 01206 382543 (COLCHESTER) RS400 IN SUPERB CONDITION, NO 1256 2 sets of sails combi trailer with new tyres under & over covers very good foils new mast rudder bag carbon tiller upgraded control lines a must see. £5300 Tel 07918 757855 / (ISLE OF WIGHT ) TOPPER 40081 Quick Topper, in great condition which my daughter sailed to win the YHYSA Junior title this year. Race rigged Centre main conversion. Raspberry deck. Completely watertight. Hyde sail. All foils and spars are straight. Launching trolley and Cover. Needs to be seen to appreciate the condition. . £850 Tel 07931 959200 / (SHEFFIELD) LOWRIDER INTERNATIONAL MOTH 3934 Magnum 6 design. Recently been repainted/ re-furbished. Carbon fibe mast, boom and rudder stock. T-foil rudder, both foils in good condition. Sail is in great condition and still holds a good shape. No leaks and ready to race. £1100 Tel 02392 375217 / (PORTCHESTER) STREAKER 1421 Wooden Streaker 1421 in good condition. Two sails, one P&B mylar and one Rooster Dacron both purchased new in Apr 2010. Polycotton mast-up flat cover and nylon undercover both in good condition. Galvanised combi trailer and launching trolley purchased new 2 years ago. £1250 Tel 07748 844945 / (HELENSBURGH) RS600 - 653 Wide wings. Angel mast. One sail that is good for club use. One alloy tiller extension. Cover - 2 years old but missing one strap. Launching trolley only. Deck was pro-gripped 2 years ago. Rudder, centreboard, and foil bags. Hull is in ok condition but needs some work hence the price. . £950 Tel 07734 822839 / (MALDON) PHANTOM 1114 Phantom 1114 Vandercraft epoxy build completely refurbished with new gel coated deck. No scratches or other damage. Carbon Selden mast and boom. New control lines. Milanese centreboard and rudder, Winder stock and carbon tiller extension. Boom down top cover and undercover good condition. Vandercraft combi trailer . £3900 Tel 07796 632007 / (RINGWOOD)

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SPORTBOATS, KEELBOATS & CRUISER/RACERS RS TERA 950 Ex-Club boat, comes complete with launching trolley, foils, spars, and Dacron sport sail, all in VGC. Lying Bough Beech SC. £900 Tel 07810 601 732 / (TONBRIDGE) WANTED MIRROR DINGHY AND TRAILER (PROJECT) Mirror Dinghy winter project wanted, cheap as possible but must be reasonable and have road trailer please. Can collect within 50 miles of Fareham, Hants. £1 Tel 07887 771451 / (FAREHAM) BYTE CII Sail number 2622. Carbon mast, combi trailer, covers, all spars, immaculate condition. Lack of use forces sale. £1750 Tel 0116 2402758 / (NORTHAMPTON) GENUINE LASER STANDARD SAIL Brand new, never taken out of bag. Includes sail bag. Can be sent anywere in the UK for £5 or picked up from Stokes Bay Sailing Club. £300 Tel 07557 761988 / (GOSPORT)

FOLKSONG 25

Folksong 25, built 1984, GRP,White. 2 Mainsails, Roller reefing, spinnaker. A well found cruising yacht with good sails. Tohatsu 6 HP outboard. Hull above the waterline would benefit from TLC.Includes fully adjustable cradle by The Yacht Leg and Cradle Company. Would sell separately if not required. £3780 Tel 01803 521474 / 07891 642112 (BRIXHAM)

RS400 808 Red over white Hull, Good condition. Always dry. Very little usage. Mersia Combi Trailer and Trolley. Under and Over Covers. Continuous control lines. Padded Rudder Cover. Carbon Tiller Extension. Suit of sails for club racing plus additional old Kite. Brand New Set of Sails still in the delivery tubes from LDC(Inc Kite). £3875 Tel 07753 867165 / (CHESTER) WAYFARER WORLD 1997 ‘Moores of Wroxham’ boat. Sail number 9827. Very good condition, includes 2 mains (1 Cruising with reefing points, 1 Racing), 1 genoa, overboom cover (Goldfinch, VGC), cocoon cover, combi and jockey wheel. £3500 Tel 07985 349010 / (CAMBRIDGE) RS700, SAIL NUMBER 871 One training sail, needs a new sail for racing or needs repairing, one spinnaker, one combi trailer. Little used over last three years due to car accident. £3250 Tel 01728 720148 / 07795 050080 (COLCHESTER) RS200 SET OF SAILS A complete set of sails used 6 times club racing, black gennaker. As new. £800 Tel 07768 716454 / (LEE-ON-THE SOLENT) PHANTOM LIFTING RUDDER Phantom lifting rudder White winder stock with epoxy blade jj boats in good condition contact Mark. £195 Tel 07557 304708 / 01942 606204 (NORTHWEST)

SQUIB NO 617. PEGASUS

New Mast, New Running Rigging, plus New Standing Rigging(being delivered on the 3rd Nov 2011). 2011 Hull Sodium Blasted all Antifouling removed and professionally resprayed white. 2011 New dick Batt Spinaker, new spinaker launching bag, New Deck cover, plus alot, alot more. £4250 Tel 00353 868609780 / 00353 862339112 (DUBLIN,IRELAND)

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1 full set in good condition of set cushions for 26 ft sadler . £100 Tel 07860 429956 / 01243 268549 (CHICHESTER)

HOBIE 405 PASSING WIND Very good condition hobie 405 for sale for age comms with launching trolley full set of sails all rigging good condition brand new sheets and cover. £800 Tel 07981 102299 / 01253 865584 (BLACKPOOL)

J24 GBR4173 Italian 1987 J24, former winning hull at Europeans. New 5hp 4 stroke engine, 4 suits of sails, on road trailer ready to race! . £6500 Tel 07988 974742 / 01752 696500 (PLYMOUTH)

PHANTOM RUDDER FIXED WITH CARBON TILLER Phantom fixed rudder with carbon tiller White also pinnel bag in good condition. Contact Mark Cuthbert. £195 Tel 07557 304708 / 01942 606204 (WIGAN)

INTERNATIONAL SONAR KEELBOAT MAIN RACING SAIL. Used for 2 x Cowes Week. VGC apart from 50p size of oil at bottom of sail. Has got National Deaf Children Society logo on it. Text only (I am deaf) NEED IT SOLD ASAP!. £300 Tel 07861 772864 / (OXFORD)

RS800 1050 Fantastic boat, fully sorted, ready to race. One main, two jibs, two kites, continuous control lines with retrieves, mainsheet & spinni halyard take ups. U/O covers, mast, board & rig bags, four footloops, two corrector weights, trailer/trolley. Recent extensive refit, consequently all in great condition. Photo’s and video clip available. £4750 Tel 07508 844560 / (SHREWSBURY) ZIEGELMAYER 420 - GBR 52228 New in 2006. Good racing condition. Includes: Harken blocks and cleets throughout. New slot gasket. All sheets. N1 foils. 2 mainsails, 3 jibs, 1 spinnaker. Procter boom. 2 x Procter kappa mast. Superspars spinnaker pole. 2 x Top covers (one brand new), bottom cover. Sovereign trolley trailer combo. £3450 Tel 01590 678102 / (LYMINGTON) RS800 1010 Fully sorted. Two mainsails, (one almost new), 3 jibs, 3 kites, top cover, bottom cover, padded foil bags, 2 carbon tillers, 2 leads, 2 sets of foot loops, continuous control lines, D12 trapeze lines, trolley & road trailer. Full racing spec. . £3600 Tel 07528 899300 / (BIRMINGHAM)

6MR INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC 1924 1924 6mR by GLWatson & McGruers full restoration mahogany hull oak frames iron keel early involvement allows design / detail for Olympic huge regatta season 2012 Requires complete rig/fittings for racing or regattas. http://6mr-sonoma. yolasite.com 35’LOA x 6’7 stunning restoration to original plans. Private buyers only http://6mr-sonoma.yolasite.com . £55000 Tel 07974 730231 / (POOLE) SQUIB NO 572 White Hull Apoxy underwater Dry sailed Down to weight measurment Certificate Special rudder Four wheeled trailer(painted) Sails Good. Make me an Offer. £3250 Tel 01752 775543 / (PLYMOUTH) COLVIC COUNTESS 28 - CRUISER DUET. Twin Bilge Keels. 35hp BMC engine. Launched 1985. Currently berthed at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club Marina. Due to the death of the co-owner of this boat, a half share has become available for sale. Valuation Price £22,000. Open to offers for half share. £22000 Tel 01621 858843 / 07773 674688 (HARWICH)

MAGNUM 21 TRIMARAN DAYSAILER White Magnum 21, probably the best used Magnum anywhere, all hulls unmarked and pristine, no repairs, new genniker on continuous furler, road trailer, all spars + sails + tramps and foils in exc. condition, photos available on web album, located Northumberland, can help with delivery if needed, outboard also available. £5950 Tel 01289 386698 / (BERWICK UPON TWEED) OYSTER 56 COMPLETE SAILS Made by Dolphin, this full set includes Genoa and Mainsail plus all other sails in sail bags. It is 5 years old and can be described as mostly very good condition and reasonable condition for year. They are mostly clean and unmarked. All sensible offers encouraged. £2500 Tel 07795 598545 / 01590 670260 (LYMINGTON) K1 SAIL # 29 Launched May 2011, lightly sailed this season hence sails still in great shape. Number 29. Combi launch/road trailer, furling jib, wind hawk, boat cover. For sale as returning to double handing. More than £1500 off list price for new boat with same accessories for one that is 3 months old!. £5950 Tel 07966 018598 / (MALDON) QUARTER TONNER David Thomas design ply hull, fractional rig, sitting on own 4 wheel trailer, loads of new kit prior to laying up, needs just paintwork and she would be ready to race. All reasonable offers considered. Call for more details / viewing. May consider swap. £4500 Tel 07818 455667 / (EXETER) LIMBO 6.6 MINITONNER - LOCO Excellent racing/cruising condition and equipment, original gelcoat, virtually unused Kemp Diax main/genoa and dacron blade, large/ small spinnakers, complete new upholstery, outboard, cradle. The most competitive minitonner production class and a great way to get involved in the growing minitonner scene. Open to sensible offers. £4000 Tel 01590 676488 / 07789 712049 (LYMINGTON) COBRA 750 SAILING YACHT Blue and White. Attractive, Dry, Clean and Comfortable 4 Berth. Bilge Keel. Kubota Diesel Engine refurbished 2010. Survey 2010. Sound Vessel. 3 Head sails, Main, Anchor. Numerous Warps. Fenders. Safety Harnesses. Life Jackets. Ship to Shore Power Line. G.P.S. and Hand Held Radio. Gimbled (Gas) Galley Stove. £10000 Tel 07825 412021 / (POOLE) QII OPEN 35 35 ft mono record holder Ostar & Azab with innumerable other podium positions. Water ballasted. Foam composite. Carbon spars. Extensive sail wardrobe (Quantum) & electronics. Immaculate condition. Cat 1. TCC 1.059. £74950 Tel 01590 679366 / (LYMINGTON) FOLKBOAT - BOOMERANG White folkboat, 1986 hull, new mast 2010, 2009 racing north sails, 2nd place 2010 nationals. Three spare suits of sails, depth sounder, 2009 yamaha outboard, deluxe interior, cruising tent, road trailer. Immaculate condition, used only five weekends a year for the last four years. £18000 Tel 07966 014833 / (LYMINGTON) 51.5 JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 4 cabin and crew’s. 85 Perkins 4236 roller furling mast. Very good condition. Will consider delivery with buyer to Australia in 2012. For Survey, photos, details email me.bluheronmex@yahoo. £149000 Tel 00140 86870677 / 01152 13311831733 (PUERTO VALLARTA,MEXICO) J24 ITALIAN 1986 GBR 4067 ‘WHYJEWELLERS’ Hull professionally stripped/ faired/epoxied 2010. New Selden Mast 2005 ; Selden boom (2009) Full sets of North and Hyde Sails, suitable for club racing. 4 HP MARINER 2-stroke long-shaft outboard TACKTICK race compass/log/ depth; 4 wheeled road trailer Full racing inventory of running and standing rigging and fittings . £5500 Tel 01929 556222 / 07711 847818 (POOLE)


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SPORTBOATS, KEELBOATS & CRUISER/RACERS SQUIB NUMBER 245 Lying Eling Creek, Southampton Water. Holt spars and sails. Spinnaker virtually unused, and pole. Mariner outboard and outboard bracket. Paddle, legs, cover and all usual equipment. Good condition for age. In present ownership 17 years. All reasonable offers considered. £1200 Tel 02380 867539 / 01590 861360 (SOUTHAMPTON) SQUIB 659 Good fast boat. Re floored, new front buoyancy. Stripped re-furbed keel ‘07. Fully racing equipped. Two sets Batt sails ‘06. Lightweight rudder. Jib furling. Barber haulers. Lifting strops. Measurement certificate. Old but serviceable trailer. Current owner since 1982. Lying Hamble point Marina, Southampton. Reasonable offers. £2495 Tel 01962 775298 / 07787 154449 (HAMBLE) QUARTER TONNER 1981 Julian Everitt, Magnum 1/4 tonner, in excellent condition, Fantastic fun, ready to race and win. £6950 Tel 07786 243556 / 07793 962351 (PLYMOUTH) SQUIB 299 Good condition, refitted with new ropes/cleats, excellent Batt racing sails and spares, cockpit cover, on trailer and ready to race/cruise, A great intro into the class. £975 Tel 01590 676488 / 07789 712049 (LYMINGTON) RUDDERS FOR BENETEAU 210 Pair of “fixed rudders” with all necessary pintles and fixings for Beneteau 210. All in excellent condition. Includes connecting bar to the tiller arm. £150 Tel 01359 230085 / 07875 032211 (BURY ST EDMUNDS) RS ELITE NO 53 Harken fit out, Tack Tick Solar Power Instruments, Twin Spinnaker Poles for easy Gybing, One suit of sails, Cockpit cover and Overall Cover, 2 fenders, 2 Paddles Outboard Bracket, Road Trailer, Anchor in padded bag. £13470 Tel 07780 670828 / 02890 703707 (EDINBURGH) SALCOMBE YAWL Classic 16’ Racing Yawl No.16, Top Blue Fleet boat in beautiful condition, A fantastic piece of Salcombe history and still the one to beat. Includes Paintcraft finish, new bronze shoe and plate, combi, covers etc. £12000 Tel 07837 344969 / 01548 854151 (SALCOMBE)

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SQUIB 705 Boat has been ligthly used of late, some new rigging and fittings. 3 sets of sails, 2 spare jibs, new sounder & 2 spinnikers, with a flyaway pole, anchor & warp, built in 81, a braked trailer in roadworthy condition.the boat is in good contion but the hull needs painting hence the price. £2500 Tel 01702 203844 / 07591 611219 (BURNHAM-ON-CROUCH)

HOBIE CAT 18 PACIFIC 2006 boat with colour sails, furling jib, Tiger 21m2 spinnaker with chute launcher, mast flotation and Catrax. Includes trampoline cover and road trailer with kit box. Very good condition, please contact Bill for further info 07808 304774. Can arrange delivery, £6995 ONO. For sale elsewhere also. £6995 Tel 07808 304774 / (BRIGHTLINGSEA)

GIBSEA 80+ QUARTER TONNER Owing to ill health a very reluctant sale of my 26ft 1980 Gibsea 1/4 Tonner.Rigging 2009.Excellent condition.I’ve owned her 7 years. Exceptionally fast.Raymarine ST60 instruments.North Racing Sails.Suite of cruising sails.Extensive inventory. E-mail for details and photos. 02/08/11I have revised selling price as I wouldlike to sell before I go into hospital. £4950 Tel 07838 150793 / (PORTSMOUTH)

HOBIE CAT 15 CLUB CATAMARAN; 2007 Hobie 15 Club Dinghy Catamaran, Twin trapeze, Launching trolley, Furling Jib, Mast float (no road trailer).Purchased July 2007 (delivery receipt available) only sailed about 10-15 times per year since then and only on freshwater. The boat is near to Keswick in the north Lakes. In very good condition, viewing advised. £4500 Tel 07909 991315 / (KESWICK)

MULTIHULLS BIMARE 2000 A CLASS CATAMARAN Saarburg medium carbon mast, Ashby Mainsail VGC will suit 85-95kg. Saarburg carbon edged daggerboards, Carbon boom, tiller bar & extension. Centre mainsheet. Cover. Trolly. Lightweight road trailer. Hulls & trampoline in good condition. A fast boat - Great first A class. Selling to buy another! . £3500 Tel 0792 1166645 / (RUTLAND WATER) F18 INFUSION 695 Hulls, foils and rudders recently refurbished with cover and bags. Boat is ready to race, has measurement certificate and comes with trax wheels. £8,750 with used smoked main, jib and black spinni or £11,750 with new set of 2011 performance sails. £8750 Tel 07971 046553 / (SOUTHAMPTON) INTER 18 Nacra Inter 18 Sail No.659 Good condition. New Cover, Big Wheel Launching Trolley. Full set of sails including spare spinnaker. . £2495 Tel 023 80 601710 / 07827 734589 (SOUTHAMPTON)

SHADOW CATAMARAN 054 VGC, new rigging, plus extra spinnaker, rudder blade and dagger boards. Cat Trax Trolley. Top cover plus board and rudder covers. Little used. £5750 Tel 07860 747882 / 01243 264660 (BOGNOR REGIS) HOBIE TIGER Feb 2010 Hobie Tiger. Never raced, 2 x spinnakers (blue and red), furling jib, immaculate condition. Covers incuded. £11500 Tel 01420 549 686 / 07770 870 875 (STOKES BAY) HOBIE DRAGOON Sail nos 229, 10 years old. Twin trapeze, ideal junior catamaran for 2 sailors, or to sail single handed by an adult. Beach launch trolley and road trailer. Brand new trampoline Complete and ready to sail. £1450 Tel 07742 219109 / 01590 681061 (MUDEFORD) UNICORN A CLASS 18 FOOT SINGLE HANDED CATAMARAN 2009 National Championship winning boat Sail No.1074. Condor professionally built foam sandwich construction hulls, dagger boards & rudders. Complete with full cover and rear hull guards. Launching trolley in aluminium available at extra cost. Low maintainance competitive boat in good condition. . £1299 Tel 01621 779119 / 07714425460 (MALDON)

ARIES WINDVANE SELF STEERING

Aries purchased new in 2009 - never used. All fittings, pulleys, ropes included as supplied by Aries + instructions. Two vanes + folding servo. Visit Aries website for video on fitting. Cost €3000. Viewable in IOW but canl deliver free to Mainland within 50 miles from Southampton. £1800 Tel 07594 311965 / (ISLE OF WIGHT) PROCTOR BOOM FOR GK24 OR SIMILAR Genuine Proctor boom originally purchased 1980 for Westerly GK24 but never fitted. Fits similar size yachts. As new. Jam cleats for two reefing lines and outhaul. Reefline and kicker attachments. Photos available. Length: 3070mm Width: 65mm Depth: 83mm. Costs £731 to purchase new from dealer - save over £350! . £365 Tel 01923 262212 / (WATFORD) RESCUE BOAT British Built Avon Searider 4.7m Yamaha 4stroke 60HP (only 76 hours) SBS trailer Factor mounted compass+extra storage bags, anchor+holding bracket, 2 fuel tanks, Always kept in Shed, Transport to UK can be arranged. £11000 Tel 07818 697773 / (DONEGAL) LEWMAR OCEAN ELECTRIC WINCHES Electrical Self-Tailing Winches sizes 40-65 prices from £1500 40% discount from listpricing! Conversion kits for Lewmar Ocean ST 40-65 Prices from £1075 40% discount from listpricing! Shipping from £15. £1100 Tel +468 556 147 000 / (STOCKHOLM)

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