Hayling Forts Race

Hayling Ferry Sailing Club possibly the smallest sailing club in the world with the biggest heart and the most  hospitable friendly people you will find  anywhere .   A Cat Club for Cat sailors – how good is that ?

The Solent Forts race was a great event from the warm welcome, the fabulous location and the superb sailing playground in the Eastern Solent.

We rigged at leisure on the pebble beach front, had a lovely bacon and egg sandwich at the beach cafe, the sun was out, the sea was blue and a nice breeze was getting up.  The weekend was full of promise.  On the Saturday afternoon we decided to go for a sail and so we launched down a small slope into the clear blue water into the channel and then straight out into the Solent, beautiful champagne sailing on  flat water, constant wind, blue skies and sunshine we did not want to come in.

Sunday we started to rig the boat and fine tune for the predicted light winds and at 11am  Stingray  got off to a great start the wind had built to a respectable 15 knots and as you would expect the Vipers, Infusions and the pink Nacra 20 all took off on the gun and although they were ahead on the first beat they were not that far in front of Stingray  and we kept on going to the first Napoleonic Fort.  Just short of the fort though the wind died and we were all becalmed.  All  except  Stingray who continued to look for the pressure and make whatever gains possible.  It was not long before we overtook Adam Piggott  and then Grant,  Simon Northrop only just made it around the fort before us and Will Sunnocks was in our sights, this was sweet as.

As we got around the fort the wind picked up and I was out on the wire with the kite up, the helm feeling a lot better now having lost some of the huge breakfast he had eaten in the morning.  So a little lighter and better for ware we screamed our way backs towards Hayling and Bembridge Fort.  Stingray  was so hot she was smoking, the wind built and built and all of a sudden I was invited to the back of the boat to use the back footstap that was put on especially for me.   Well  how could I resist such an invitation, I did not want to appear ungrateful after so much effort and I rammed my foot right in, unfortunately he was sitting on it so he got my foot up his… ….. well anyway he moved.

We were flying,  right up on one hull, doing really well, comfortable and really happy and concentrating, it is not often we catch up and pass the pink boat Thriller  but we did, admittedly it was upside down but hell we passed it, and we had about 9 behind and about 6 in front.   We jibed and my fairlead came out of the slot, not good at this point as the kite was fully powered up, I wanted to get across and sort it out but that was not going to happen.  Still Nick was very positive about it and told me “you brought it on yourself, you should have checked, they were OK”.   Not very helpful really. Overcome as I was with the concern coming  from the  back of the boat I held onto the kite for the rest of the run with no spinnaker block, sheer muscle fighting the full power of the wind in the kite, I would rather have died than let that kite go as I would never have heard the end of it. 

 As we came to the leeward mark  I did state the obvious “I will get the kite down as we round up and go through the gate”.  Yes yes he said, and whilst I am busy doing the 8 things on my list of things to do thinking HE had the one thing HE had to do all under control as we rounded up I automatically went out on the wire and  realised HE had forgotten about the gate.   I launched myself back into the boat and threw myself across the trampoline as we tacked “smartly” ( that means fast apparently) if we were on tarmac we would have burnt rubber and we just made the gate as I threw myself out the other side of the  boat and hooked on.

 The wind had built and the second beat was now quite brutal as we headed out to Bembridge Ledge,  the waves were lumpy and came crashing over us, cold and ferocious trying to knock us off of the boat so Nick sailed  looser and  we had the boat  on one hull completely under control but right on the edge and it felt good, we were riding the crest of each wave and beating the elements.  The wind was building now into something that was not predicted, I could see the other  boats ahead of us and we tacked.  As I crossed the tramp I knew there was something wrong as Nick was cursing far more venomously than usual and still not quite where he should be on the boat.   Euston we have a problem………………………… mainsheet block exploded – GAME OVER

 Obviously I pointed out to him that he brought it all on himself …………………………………

Stingray will return next year, so if you did not make it then put it on your “to do” list for next year – you will enjoy it.

Thorpe Bay Regata

16th and  17th  JUNE 2012 (incorporating the Chris Hull Memorial Trophy)

Come along and join in the club’s annual regatta  all visiting boats are welcome and have free race entry.

3 races on Saturday and 2 races on Sunday.
10.00am start on both days.
5 handicap fleets plus the Sandhopper fleet in 3 starts (as usual club series racing).
6 boats or more in any one class can have separate results within their fleet.
Chris Hull Memorial Trophy awarded to the first placed fast Catamaran.
Free on site camping is possible for visitors
Visitors – please email GrahamDare@blueyonder.co.uk if possible beforehand so that we can assess likely turnout. But come along anyway
Buffet BBQ from lunchtimes through to the evening on both days

Super Sailing on the Sea in Sunny Southend

Irish Multihull

The Irish Multihull Association are holding their Irish National Championships on Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July at Galway Bay Sailing Club.  It is coinciding with the Volvo Ocean Race stopover and the VOR festival.  We are planning on heading across with our boat and would be able to take another 2 boats if anyone is interested. 

 Galway Bay Sailing Club are running two days of windward leeward Championship racing (with the provision of a third day long distance race, if the travelling boats want it).  There will also be a slalom race back to the club to showcase the multihull fleet.  

 Entry for boats travelling to the UK will be 1 euro, camping is free and free transport to and from the Volvo Ocean Race village.  There will be individual race prizes as well as the overall Championship and entertainment every night.

 All multihull are welcome and we have a great spread of fleets from F18s to the Dart 16s.  There is also a number of Dart 16s available to borrow, if anyone wants to fly in, race and fly home.

 Galway was voted the top stopover of the 2008-09 VOR, with 60,000 people welcoming the boats home.  This is a fantastic opportunity to attract a lot of publicity for the multihull.  We had press shots alongside the VOR boats and great coverage last time.

 If you at all interested, please get in touch with me either at cat.gunning2809@gmail .com or on 07527628506.

Bala result for Tuckwell…

 Although this is my home event I did not hold out much hope of a result, but now with this result and the results we have been having at club level I firmly believe that the current rating makes a massive difference.

The conditions were such that on the first day wind was 10 – 12 from the North and not much movement. In these conditions the Carbon 20 had blistering speed but we were still able to hold on to the rest of the fleet.    Second day was light and shifty and with an 8 stone crew we were quick.   Last day the conditions were all over the place and we could not fly a kite so it was more a test of seamanship than racing so the fact we stayed upright meant we got the result.

I know that there has been a lot of adverse comments about the Hurricane against other classes and don’t get me wrong I am not of the standard of an Andy Webb, Neil Connelly, Richard Hanmore or John Ready but I am really surprised at this result against the competition.

Hurricane 5.9 won the Bala catamaran open against other boats such as Carbon 20’s NACRA infusions and Inter 20’s. Total of 20 boats entered and was won by John Tuckwell and Chelsea Furber ahead by second place NACRA infusion by one point. This is encouraging for all Hurricane sailors as the rating should allow us to be competitive. Keep an eye on Y&Y for write up. 

by John Tuckwell

Next Olympic Multi Hull Nacra 17

Please see below message from Nick Dewhurst – Chairman of UKCRA

ISAF have just decided by 20 to 15 votes that the next Olympic multihull
will be the new Nacra 17 with curved foils rather than the Viper (see ISAF
Evaluation Report). The former was promoted as the athletes favourite and
best media appeal. The latter as the “popular” choice for developing sailing
nations on some mistaken belief that they are all small people (see the
UKCRA report).

Had they chosen the Hobie Tiger it might have been different, but that got
nixed on the mistaken argument that the target crew weight should be 120-140
kg that was simply asserted, but never explained – which is why we wrote the
report. There was a last minute attempt to insert the Tornado also as an
option, but that was voted down, so the venerable T will probably continue
like the Flying Dutchman – big lake fleets in Germany and much loved
elegance from its fan club.

This is a great opportunity for the British multihull community to mobilise
its resources and build a new generation of young sailors that can win
medals also in our branch of the sport – the only bit where the otherwise
highly successful RYA has not had much success. Thanks to the work above all
of Nick Henson and then David Boniface, the success of the Spitfire squad
puts UK in a good position and the multihull achievement as the sole UK
medal winner at the Youth level sends a powerful message.

I will be going down to RYA HQ on Tuesday to meet the CEO Sarah Tressider
and John Derbyshire, who runs the racing division. I am very confident of
their professionalism at the top level, but it is the feeder programme on
which we have to work together. Our view is that good talent can migrate
from dinghies but outstanding talent is grown from starting on multihulls at
an early age – three generations of Whites proves that – which is where our
uniquely strong club network can make a difference – irrespective of
whichever cat we personally sail.


Nick Dewhirst

Rutland Trailer Paarrtay and Raffle

Guys it is not too late to buy raffle tickets for the Kingfisher ropepack nearly £200 worth of rope measured and cut for the Hurricane.  Each member gets a free entry (so join now), all subsequent tickets are £1 a go.  If your not a member it is  £5 for you.  Email me on secretary59@hurricane59.com to make your pledge.

Tickets will also be on sale at Rutland and prize giving will be on the  Saturday night.

John Ready has invited all those Hurricanes going to Rutland to his Trailer Paarrtay on the Saturday night – see you all there.


New SCHRS Rating for Hurricane SX

The SCHRS ratings have recently been updated and the current ratings should be used from now on at both club and on the circuit

Hurricane SX                1.019

Hurricane 5.9                1.034

Hurricane 5.9 Sport    1.008


Welcome to the new web site of the Hurricane Class Association, we hope you like it, we are all working really hard behind the scenes to make this a really interactive website for everyone and to keep you all up to date of all events and what is going on within the class.

This is your web site so we welcome your feedback and encourage you to send in your images, news items, race reports, to secretary59@hurricane59.com


Datchet Fast Cat Open March 2012

John Tuckwell and Chris Hanmore win Datchet Open 2012

The first TT of the season kicked off at Datchet on 17-18th March, the forecast was too tough to call leading up to the event and turned out to be mixed and definately not what was forecast.   Saturday was lighter winds and Sunday just got better and better until it was blowing old boots.

Not withstanding the dodgy forecast 33 catamarans turned out for this event (Hurricanes, Tornados, F18’s and the A Class including the defector Struan Wallace and Datchet was honoured to have Mischa Heemskerk in attendance coaching the F18’s.

7  Hurricanes on our start for what became firecely contested and close racing, John Tuckwell steaming ahead  in first place taking the podium and Greame Staddon and Greg Reed fighting it out until they were seperated only by 1 point for 2nd and 3rd places overall after discards.

In the end it all boiled down to the final wind shift to the line in the last race. Graeme snuck in by less than ½ a boat length to bag 2nd place in the race, and 2nd overall. No shift and the positions would have been reversed. – its never over , until its over!

Very enjoyable close racing , if not a little frustrating with the wind doing crazy things , but that’s the fun of chess on water!

The evenings entertainment consisted of brilliant game of rugby, great curry and beer and banter in the company of some very good friends , what could be better.




Typhoon sponsor Nationals with Drysuits for winning team

Typhoon sponsors of the Hurricane Class are providing drysuits for the winning Nationals team at Regfest 2012 and gloves,  boots and accessories for all other TT events.