As the clock struck 12pm Thunderbird 1 blasted off and Stingray slipped her moorings; destination Rutland. Both were on a secret mission. Stingray to bring back some silverware, Thunderbird 1 to eat and drink as much as possible. They were set to rendezvous with the Pornstar aka John Ready with his mobile nightclub, the Lord of Paradise Island aka Mark Mawditt and our agents on the ground at Rutland, Paul Cundy and Pete Burrows.

After a smooth flight Thunderbird 1 arrived in the boat park to find Stingray already rigged and standing by for action.  After a lot of banter and boat tweaking our intrepid teams retired to freshen up for the evenings festivities. Team Stingray going to the luxury of a bed and breakfast which had an East and West wing and hot and cold running marmalade. Andy and Paul retired to put together a tent immediately spotting a flaw in their plan.

The evening was spent at the Wheatsheaf mostly drinking, eating and chatting about the great sailing that lay ahead. A few of us then retired to John’s trailer to check out his projection system in the trees!

After a hearty breakfast at the sailing club, further boat tweaking and fine tuning we all took to the water with medium winds forecast. Mark Mawditt proved that despite an off games note earlier in the season due to an injured hand he still has what it takes by winning the first race. The honours then went to the Pornstar who showed us all how to do it. This was closely followed by Team Stingray, The Lord of Paradise Island, Thunderbird 1 and the Rutland team.

The last night was spent in the clubhouse after a fantastic hog roast and a thought provoking nautical quiz. I always under the impression that the characters in Pugwash were Seaman Stains, Master Bates and Roger the Cabin Boy but apparently I must have spent a misguided childhood!

Sunday bought stronger winds and the day promised to bring some champagne sailing! The Pornstar again was the man to beat and was hotly pursued by the rest. Thunderbird 1 suffered a string of setbacks. The first resulted in a close inspection of the underside of the boat due to user error and the second resulted in the starboard rudder arm snapping! Oops!

Rutland was a great event with lots of twin wiring on day two to put a big smile on everyone’s face. The club was very welcoming and laid on a fantastic hog roast on Saturday evening! Congratulations to John Ready for first place in the Hurricane fleet and coming fourth overall. A big thanks to all involved and we are all looking forward to next year!

Many thanks to Typhoon for sponsoring the event and prizes of boots and gloves went to John Ready,  Jamie Bolingbroke,  Mark Mawditt and Andrew Dobbs respectively

Apparell- Sale

We have a limited number of Hurricane polo rash vests and polo shirts available and they are now on sale at £20 each – please email to place your order.


Solent Slog

Saturday morning and the alarm goes off, it is the Solent Slog weekend.  A 90 mile per hour drive around the M25 dodging the cameras ( hopefully) to pick up the boat at Datchet.  Bedders and Wayne already on the road and Nathan’s boat de-rigged and waiting to be collected.

We arrived at Weston Sailing Club and after a  lovely bacon and egg roll cooked to perfection which we ate  on the terrace overlooking Southampton Water in the sunshine, we decided to rig the boat and go out for a sail.

We remembered the  sun block and rubbed it into the only parts of our bodies that were not encased in our neoprene summer  wet suits.  We slipped into our harness’s and tightened the straps and launched into the flat Southampton water with the sun beating down and a lovely force 4 and we blasted up and down and had ourselves  a wild ride.  It was the kind of day you dream and long for in those dark winter months and we planned to enjoy every minute of it. 

It did not take long for us to both get into the groove and rhythm,  riding each wave and leaning back into the breeze as it lifted us higher.  It was  now time to take things to the next level and I raised the kite feeling the power of it as it filled and I slipped into the back foot strap and enjoyed the surge of adrenalin as we flew along Southampton Water.

We eventually came in, euphoric and satisfied and left the boat on the beach and joined everyone for chilli and beers and watched the sun go down.  Lindsey tempted everyone with her “dirty pants” shots and that got everyone going, some of us had a few because that are real cat sailors !    A very enjoyable evening with great people.

 Sunday morning and there was no wind but it was slowly building and  beginning to look promising and  by the time the race started we were  twin wiring.  A good fast beat to Browndown and the wind just died and we were all drifting around with the kites up but limp, desperately trying to catch whatever breeze there was.   We battled over to Motherbank where we were now praying for a sea breeze and the wind did pick up a little but not what you would call a sea breeze of course by now we are all very mindful of the strong tide that was about to turn against us. 

We tussled with Nacra Infusions and the new Cirrus, all the way from Coronation to Radio Cowes where thankfully the course was shortened and we were in with a chance of making it back.  We hugged the coastline to keep out of the tide, tacking into whatever breeze we could find all the way back to Southampton Water.  The wind thankfully filled in slightly and we were able to tack all the way back up to Weston and just made it back at 7.45 in 10th place.

It was a slog  but it was a great slog and the sense of achievement at finishing and taking part is what it is all about, that and the adventures you have along the way.  It is amazing how many near misses you have with ships, and ferries, and fishing boats and fishing lines and it is amazing how quick you can tack when you have to.

Many thanks to Grant for organising another great Solent Slog and to everyone else at Weston that work hard to make this event happen  – we look forward to next year where we might have a Solent Raid !

Yachts & Yachting

Hurricane/Typhoon make Yachts and Yachting – see link below: 

Kingfisher Rope Pack Raffle

The Kingfisher ropepack will be raffled at the Nationals in Brightlingsea (not at Rutland as previously announced) where we will have a full turn out and the winner will hopefully be there to collect their prize.

The Kingfisher ropepack contains every piece of rope you need for a Hurricane SX and is of considerable value donated generously to the Class by our sponsor Kingfisher so if you have not already brought a raffle ticket or you want to buy more now is the time to do so. 

Non members are £5 per ticket and members are £1 per ticket.  Every member will have a free entry to get you started.

 Contact for details on how to buy your raffle ticket.


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 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