Coaching at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club

Last weekend TBYC Hurricanes held a pre Training and Nationals Tuning session First measurements were taken and recorded, then comparisons made between boats and the Hurricane Tuning Guide before crews decided what changes they should make. The session was very useful and great to discuss and compare the setting, rake and tension people used, as well as noticing any maintenance and ropes that needed attention.

John Ready and Andy Bedford will be at TBYC next Saturday 18th July for an on the water training day.  All are welcome to attend, just let Jeremy and Julian know please by email

AGM Minutes 2014

Please find below the Minutes and Chairman’s report from the 2014 Hurricane AGM held at Harwich.   The next AGM will be held at the Hurricane Nationals at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club on Sunday 16th August 2015 at 6pm all Hurricane members are  more than welcome to attend. Hurricane AGM Minutes 2014_Page_1Hurricane AGM Minutes 2014_Page_2Hurricane AGM Minutes 2014_Page_3Hurricane Chairmans Report 2014

East Coast Piers Race 2015

Congratulations to the top three Hurricanes and to all that competed in each of the various races at the East Coast Piers held at Marconi Sailing Club across the weekend.

East Coast Piers Race Saturday Results

1st Ben Peter Tom Crosley West Mersea

2nd Andrew Dobbs John Bell Island YC

3rd Julian Plummer David Chick Creeksea

SC Colne Point Race

1st Andrew Dobbs John Bell Island YC

2nd Bruce Eveleigh Alan Shrimplin Creeksea SC

3rd Julian Plummer David Chick Creeksea SC

East Coast Piers Race

1st John Nickalls Caroline Nickalls Marconi SC

2nd Kevin Turner Mark Wood Island YC

3rd James Parsons Daniel Brzezinski Clacton SC

We look forward to seeing you all at the Hurricane Nationals at Thorpe Bay from August 15th to 18th.

Hurricane Nationals 2015 Entry Form

Hurricane Nationals 2015 Entry Form

Hurricane sailors here is the updated entry form for the must go to event of the season the Hurricane Nationals at Thorpe Bay 15-18 August 2015.  A full sailing and après sail has been organised over the 4 days and lovely sunny weather and a good breeze have been ordered.






Starcross Open July 11 / 12th

Starcross Open is being held on the 11 – 12th July if  you are intending to attend you will need to enter via the Exe Regatta website by 9th July:  

Hurricane for Sale

adam 1 adam 2 adam 3HURRICANE SX 428  £4750

Young Family forces reluctant sale……

  • Fast Pedigree, Race Winner, top 10 last 4 Nationals, Travellers Series Winner.
  • AW Sailboats refurb in 2012
  • Square top main
  • Jib and Spinnaker 2 seasons old
  • Upgraded 9:1 mainsheet system with tapered Mainsheet
  • Big Wheel Launching Trolley
  • Galvanised Steel Road Trailer with box
  • Under covers, Tramp Cover, Rudder Covers, Shroud tidy
  • Lighting board mount with Mast holder
  • Race Ready Controls

Currently at Stokes Bay sailing club, call Adam on 07779108114 or email

Hurricane 5.9 Winter Deals with AWSailboats

It seems like it was only yesterday that we were creaming along and enjoying the summer weather, the Hurricane Nationals remain the sailing highlight of 2014 for me.

Moving on to business matters,  I have received notification from the class sail maker that their material costs have increased yet again and can no longer be absorbed by them consequently all orders received after the 31st of December will be subject to a price increase.

So, what are the new numbers and options…..

Well, the option of passing on a 10% discount for orders delivered on a three month lead time is still available, placing an order for a replacement main, trampoline or spinnaker before the 31st December will also avoid the price increase, so now is a great time to order for end of March delivery in time for the start of the new season.

A mainsail under this 3 month lead time deal will be £1,035 (£1,185 rrp in 2015), a jib £320 (£365 rrp), a spinnaker £535 (£610 rrp) and a trampoline £247 (£285rrp).

Terms are 10% deposit required and payment prior to delivery.  Orders to be placed by the 31st of December, if placed after this date for a 3 month lead time the new rrp price will be discounted by 10%.

Used Sails  

Also consider that there are many Hurricane sailors out there who would be interested in buying used condition sails with a reasonable amount of service left in them, particularly the square top mainsail, it could be worth putting your original sails on the market.

 Other Hurricane Price Deals…..

How’s your rigging looking ?

Don’t take a risk, take advantage of the winter rigging pack deal, £295 (rrp£350) for a complete set (shrouds, diamonds, trapeze wires, jib halyard, bridle wires, forestay upper and lower).

Other products…..

Treat your boat to a new heavy duty all over cover this winter for £345.  I have settled on the tried and tested heavy weight PVC material with deeper side panels offering better UV protection supported by numerous quick release adjustable straps in all the right places.

Mainsail bag getting a bit scruffy ?  Our class sail maker has come up with a new heavy duty material in dark blue, £40 and rudder covers custom made for the Hurricane rudder system at £70

For further information on the above and all your Hurricane 5.9 spares and repair needs please contact Andy Webb, 07941 940 459 or email   

Double Hurricane Action At Harwich Town Sailing Club – 2014 National Championships

Harwich Town Sailing Club hosted the National Championships for the Hurricane 5.9 Catamaran Class over the weekend of the 9-12th August.  Twenty eight teams travelled from as far afield as Dublin Eire, Wales and Devon.  Competition was particularly strong this year with six individual teams with previous National and European Championship titles behind them taking part.

Harwich Town SC proved to be ideally suited to host such an event with Harwich Green offering plenty of grassed area for rigging the boats and safe launching into the Harbour from the beach.  The recently upgraded changing facilities and social area areas of the local club topped off the facilities for the visitors.

Racing got under way on schedule at midday on Saturday under the management of principle race officer and club Commodore  Didge Everett.  The wind was blowing across the bay from a west by south westerly direction gusting up to twenty knots with a wind blown chop.  Ideal conditions for some fast and furious action yet testing on the crews’ abilities as any mistakes were punished by a capsize or high speed collision.  The local Rescue boat team were kept busy with a dismasting and a number of capsizes throughout the session.

Straight out of the blocks it was former class Champions Neil Connelly crewed by Dave Wood from Stone SC and Grant Piggott crewed by his son Adam Piggott from Weston S C pulling away from the pack to fight it out for first blood.   Back in the main pack mixing it up were nationals newcomers Julian Reichart and Jeremy Sandford from Thorpe Bay YC battling with Jack Tindale and Hugo Bull from Stone SC taking on local pairing and former Champions back in 2005 Andy Webb and Paul Gray who had come out of retirement for the event.  Gray’s pre-race preparation consisted of shirking boat maintenance were possible and a whopping Thai Curry washed down with copious amounts of lager on the pre-race night, couple this  with the pairing’s pre-event tuning and practice session consisting of the sail out to the start line for race one these two were looking like has beens !  Team Piggott took the first race, Connelly second and by some miracle Webb/Gray  managed to act on some favourable wind shifts to climb up to third place.

In race two the weather conditions continued to hold up, this time Team Piggott made a good start to take the first windward leg and progressively build a safety margin of a lead over the ensuing pack.  Reichart/Sandford revelled in the steady wind strength using their crew weight and stature to great advantage pulling out a second place .  Enter the ‘heavy weather sharks’ of the fleet in the form of Mark Woods and James Heyes from Island YC mixing with another former Class Champion Ritchie Hanmore crewed by his brother  ‘Rocket’ from Stone SC  and another brotherly pairing of Trev and Kev Bawden also from Stone.  Woods/ Heyes took a well deserved third place despite the pressure from the lighter pairings on the downwind legs.  Webb/Gray were floundering having hit the pin end start buoy, after their 360 things got worse on board as  Gray managed to wreck the spinnaker halyard system when trying to pull the spinnaker down at the leeward mark by mistakingly pulling the uphaul line.  Rust stains could be seen leaching from the pairings wetsuits !

For race three the wind conditions had slightly increased, gusts occasionally hitting 24 knots, but the sea conditions had flattened slightly due to the falling tide.  Webb and Gray drew a line in the sand producing an aggressive start probably help by a pre race application of WD40 inside their wetsuits.  After an initial close tussle the locals found some of their old form and went into overdrive posting  a comfortable horizon job win.  Back in the pack team Piggott had started poorly and were fighting to get back into the race.  Team Hanmore, Reichart/Sandford , and Connelly were not going to make it easy.  The Piggotts managed to go into overdrive whilst under pressure to break through on the last lap and take a well earned second from Team Hanmore in third.

It was the turn of a different Hurricane to take centre stage on Sunday as Hurricane Bertha made her presence known.  Conditions were un sailable  and this continued into Monday with yet more racing cancelled.  The visiting sailors were given a true Harwich Community experience with impromptu tours hosted by the Mayflower Project, Harwich Lifeboat Crew and the Harwich Society.

Tuesday dawned bright and still Breezy.  The Race Management Team decided to lay on racing for the fleet based on a forecast of decreasing wind.   The remnants of Bertha had other ideas and the wind actually increased across the course with gusts of up to twenty six knots.  Race four got off to a clean start and it was the Piggotts and team Webb/Gray who broke away from the fleet to thrash it out.  Piggotts cleared the first mark just one boat length ahead of the local boys who were now feeling energised after a two day re-cooperation.  During the downwind leg with spinnakers pulling and the crews wiring right off the transom boat speeds were estimated as being well into the 25 knot range.  Half way down the leg a large gust hit Webb/Gray resulting in nose dive which catapulted Gray from the stern of the boat towards the bow which nearly caused a total wipe out.  Somehow they managed to hang on and regain control but it was clear that the tactic of the day for these two was to survive the overpowering conditions.  Team Piggott took the finish gun, Webb and Gray hung on to take a safe second, the heavy weather sharks (Woods/Heyes) sailed consistently for a third handed to them when Reichart/Sandford capsized at the leeward end of the course after a very close tussle throughout the race.

The race management decided to hold a final race due to a slight ‘softening ‘ of the race conditions.  With plenty of adrenaline still flowing from the previous  race the fleet made a false start resulting in a general recall.  At the restart the wind had increased further with gusts of 29 knots  coupled with a rising sea.  The scene was set for a testing race for all.  It was team Piggott and Woods/Heyes who took first and second place around the top mark with Webb/Gray a close third.  By now Webb and Gray’s lack of fitness was showing, it was a battle against the elements and the heavier crews now chasing down the pairing who were giving away a four stone deficit in crew weight on the Piggotts (efficiently positioned in Adam Piggotts’ muscular upper body frame, his dad never looked like that when he was young…) and even more weight deficit on the ensuing pack, despite Gray’s beer belly.  Team Piggott kept their foot to the floor to take the finish line and seal a solid championship win whilst Webb and Gray managed to overtake the Sharks and hang on by their shirt tails to survive and take second place and a firm second championship place overall.  Reichart/Sandford  took another swim!

The Hurricane Catamaran Class Association Chairman Andy Bedford said “… Harwich Town Sailing Club and the supporting local community have laid on probably the best Hurricane Championship in the Classes History and I would like to personally thank them all for their efforts and hope that we are invited back again in the future…”

The event was generously sponsored by the following organisations in no particular order, Towergate Mardon Insurance, AW Sailboats, Andark Marine, Typhoon, Shepherd Neame.

Overall Positions

1 Grant and Adam Piggott (4 points) Weston SC

2 Andy Webb and Paul Gray (8 points) Harwich Town SC

3 Julian Reichert and Jeremy Sandford (18 points) Thorpe Bay YC

4 James Heyes and Mark Woods (21 points) Island YC

5 Neil Connelly and Dave Wood/ Robbie May (25 points) Stone SC

6 Doug Smith and Jamie   (27 points) Starcross YC

7 Andrew Dobbs and Lloyd Turner (28 points) Island YC

8 Jack Tindale and Hugo Bull   (32 points) Stone SC

9 Adam & Paul Charlesworth (35 points) Stokes Bay SC

10 Alex Burling and Harry Lucas (42 points) Island YC


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Here is the honey of Harwich

Meet the Team at Harwich continued…..

The fantastically efficient and seriously hardworking Shirley James is Harwich Town Sailing Clubs’ Honorary Treasurer.

Shirley has been the dynamo that is powering the behind the scenes action in preparation for your National Championship event .  The numerous tasks undertaken range from signing up  the band, booking you guys into the Firestation accommodation,  handling your entries,  sorting the catering, the list goes on ….!

Shirley’s family will all be taking an active role in the event with her husband Colin and Son Rob afloat as part of the rescue boat team.

Introducing Harwich Nationals Beach Master

Introducing your Beach Master for the Harwich 2014 Hurricane Nationals

Douglas Tovell aged in the region of 55- 75

He has the following qualifcations to fulfil this role as below

Polytechnic of Life (Failed)

Cycling Proficiency stage 2.

He’s the man to see if you want to know anything.



How to Get There

First off – here’s how to get from wherever you happen to be to the Boat Park on Harwich Green

Set your Sat Nav to CO12 3NJ then do what you’re told.

  •  Otherwise: go to the Easterly end of the A120.
  •  As you come to Harwich Quay there’s a mini roundabout ….
  •  Turn Right down West Street
  •  Carry on down West Streetpast the Lighthouse on the left
  •  Take the next turning on LeftHarbour Crescent
  •  Drive onto Harwich Green between the cones. 
  • There’ll be one or two signs to reassure you.

When you arrive choose a bay for your boat and trailer in the marked out area over by the sea wall – and park up in the area set aside for vehicles – then come to the club to check in.

Someone will be about to assist.

Looking forward to seeing you.


Douglas Tovel

Beach Master  Extrordinaire