Paul and Robert Palmer 2019 National Champions

Island Yacht Club at Canvey Island, Essex, hosted the 2019 Hurricane 5.9 SX championships over three days at the end of August. With 29 hurricanes, a fantastic force 3-4 forecast and sunshine, all was set to be a great weekend of racing.

club winnersRight from the off, IYC and event sponsors James Heys & Sons, ARS, Dudbridge Supplies and Paul & Pam Soderberg gave out fantastic goody bags. Accompanied by an army of helpers, the fleet navigated out to the start. Race 1 set the tone for the event with frequent place changes and a fast pace meant those with their eyes out of the boat found their way to the front with Richard Hanmore and Dave Elias winning, Paul and Robert Palmer second and Ben Cutler-Sharp and Kez Wiltshire in third.

With two more back to back races in the same conditions, it was John Ready and Josh Hunt who took race 2 with Trevor Bawden and Tom Wass taking second and Paul and Robert in third. Race 3 saw locals Lloyd Turner and Harry Lucas make the most of the turning tide to take the win from fellow locals Mark Mawditt and Tiffany Carter with Richard and Dave in third.

Most ImprovedDay two dawned with similar conditions, the fleet were so keen to get going in Race 4 that eagerness combined with wind against tide pushed the fleet over, causing a general recall. The second attempt was clean with everyone getting their eye in on the tidal movement and was followed by yet more frequent place changes. This time it was Jack and Dan Tindale taking the win from John and Josh and Paul and Robert in third. Race 5 got under way with an easing breeze bringing John and Josh to the front with Richard and Dave second and Paul and Robert third. By the time the last boat finished it was drifting conditions.

Concerned about the tide heading out and the forecast of wind filling, race officer Kevin Turner started Race 6 and the fleet drifted up towards the top mark thinking at least we are drifting back towards the club house! It turned out to be a cracking call with the wind filling in fast on lap one and providing the strongest breeze of the regatta topping 20knots. Father/Daugher duo, Doug and Izzy Smith we’re making the most of it going round the top mark in second before a spectacular pitch pole resulted in a broken boom and a long slow sail in. Thankfully all was fine and they were back on the water the next day. There were plenty of capsizes but notably 13 year old helm Tesni King, with her father Bill crewing, kept upright for the duration which was a fantastic achievement in those conditions. Paul and Robert took the win with John and Josh in second and Jack and Dan in third.

winnersAfter a great social on Saturday night and a few sore heads on Sunday morning, two quick races in slightly shiftier conditions were on the cards. Race 7 saw Starcross crews come to the front with John Donovan and Nigel Hingston battling with Ben Cutler-Sharp and Kez Wiltshire all the way round with Ben and Kez taking the win from John and Nigel with Thorpe bays Julian Reichart and Jeremy Sandford in third. The final race was again more of the same shifty conditions with Trevor and Tom sailing in a different league and motoring off in to the distance to take the win from John and Josh followed by Jack and Dan.

With some tired bodies on shore, a super consistent Paul Palmer and Robert Palmer took the overall win for the regatta, with Trevor Bawden and Tom Wass in second and John Ready and Josh Hunt in third.

With 7 different winners from 8 races, this event proved how competitive and great value for money this fleet can be. The top dozen boats were all in contention for the podium every race which meant the slightest error cost places which is a great achievement for the class. To top it off, with the family atmosphere and everyone willing to help each other, it really is a great class to race in.

The nationals were the fourth stop of the Hurricane class series supported by AW sailboats, Andark, Forward WIP, GJW insurance, M2 Graphics and Sailing Chandlery. John Ready and Josh Hunt took the travellers trophy with a win and two seconds over the years series events.

Full Results Sailwave results for Hurricane 5.9 Sx National Championships 2019 at Island Yacht Club 2019

More photos can be found at

With such great action we are really excited for 2020!





Hurricane AGM Minutes 2017

Please find below the Minutes and Chairmans Report for 2017

Hurricane AGM Minutes for August 2017

Hurricane Chairmans Report 2017

Hurricane Nationals 2018 Notice of Race

Stokes Bay NOR – 2018 final

Starcross Open Report

Please find attached a link to the Starcross Open report by Joe Buxton-Smith.

Hurricane 5.9, Travelers Trophy Open Meeting , Starcross Yacht Club (SYC), 21-22 July 2018.

On a sunny and windy (eventually) summer weekend, three visitors came to join in with the SYC home fleet, currently the largest in the country, for a weekend of exciting racing. After an initial drift around the river, the Exe did its best, and funnelled in a fantastic sea breeze up river which got stronger as the races went on. Twelve boats lined up to start a weekend of fast and close racing. To squeeze in four races on the first day, we used a sprint style format with about 40min races over a short Olympic course with more laps. This worked incredibly well, keeping racing close and interesting throughout, allowing little battles throughout the fleet, including some family ones! It made racers push throughout the race, as places were won and lost right to the wire. It isn’t over till it’s over (or you’re on your side!). STARBOARD!!! was heard widely across the course, or not so on some occasions, leading to the full RYA annex of shouts being used, but it was all taken in good competitive spirit and smoothed over in the bar after. So, DOOMBAR!!! was shouted instead the following day. We all agreed this sprint format worked well, keeping it for the second day and would recommend it for other events where possible. The racing itself was dominated by SYC’s Ben Cutler-Sharp and Kez Wiltshire winning all but their last race! There was a close fought battle for 2nd and 3rd with Stone SC’s Trevor and Kylie Bawden winning the last race, nudging them in front of SYC’s Doug and Isobel Smith. It was great to see two junior crews, Isobel and Tezzer King compete in the championship, and we hope to see more making there way through the fleet in the future. Big thanks go out to all those helpers who made the event possible and we look forward to sending a good SYC fleet to the Hurricane Nationals, Stokes Bay in late August.

Please cut and paste the link below into your browser to view the full results.

Joe Buxton-Smith, SYC Hurricane Fleet Captain.

Ben Cutler-Sharp and Kez Wiltshire Dominate Starcross Open

Congratulations to Ben and Kez who posted 5 bullets to take a much deserved win!

Hurricane Nationals 31st August to 2nd September 2018

It’s nearly time.  Stokes Bay Sailing Club.

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Crewing Tips by Paul Gray

Paul Gray has put together this excellent and your essential crew guide. For those of you who may not know, Paul has been at the sharp end of Andy Webbs’ boat for a number of years during which they have won many trophies.

Essential Kit – gloves and harness


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