Hurricane5.9SX Inland Championships – Rutland Sailing Club – 17th and 18th May 2014

What an event! The first Hurricane Inland Championships was sailed in fantastic weather, great company and the closest sailing seen this year. It was clear from the off that the competition was wide open.

The racing was always going to be a war of attrition with the phrase “ keep your head out of the boat” more applicable than possibility at any other venue…….. and Rutland was true to its word with massive wind shifts and wind shears testing the most experienced of crews.

By the end of Saturday’s racing the lead team was John Ready and Angus Roberts (Mersea) posting two 1st’s and a 7th. Pushing them was John Tuckwell and Chelsea Furber (Bala) with two 4th‘s and a 1st, Geoff and Jack Tindale (Stone) with a 2nd, 3rd 5th and the two dark horses from Starcross of Doug Smith / Jamie King and John Donovan / Eamon Tyrell making up the chasing pack. By the end of racing on the Saturday there was 1 point separating the top 5 places! It was great to see Adam and Paul Charlesworth back on the scene, having last sailed at the Nationals at Weymouth last year and some great upwind and downwind sailing by Alex Burling and Colin Ebdon.

Sunday dawned and it was Tuckwell/Furber straight out of the blocks posting a 1st with Nick Moore and Maxine Oliver in third having really found their groove. Race five was taken by Ready/Roberts with Moore/Oliver 2nd and Tuckwell/Furber 3rd. The home boat of James Martin and Bridget Vergette (Rutland) had a brilliant start with good upwind pace showing  they too could do battle with the best on the front row, racing in their first Nationals.

The last race and it was still anyone’s event. Tuckwell/Furber blew a mainsheet just after the start which they repaired and clawed their way back from last to 6th. The Tindale’s went on to win the race followed by Doug Smith / Jamie King 2nd and John Donovan / Eamon Tyrell 3rd.

Special mention to Nico Sarolli who had previously only ever sailed as crew on a Dart 18, making his first outing, competition and Nationals in a Hurricane under the watchful eye of Andy Bedford. It was great to welcome him to the class and see his steady improvement throughout the event.


With the final results calculated it was John Ready and Angus Roberts who won the event with 9 points with John Tuckwell and Chelsea Furber second on 13points and Geoff and Jack Tindale taking 3rd only on count back from Doug Smith and Jamie King as both had finished on 15 points. 

All agreed that this had been some of the closest racing for some time and big smiles were had on the faces of all competitors due to the quality of the racing and the stunning weather. The event has set a good indication of what can be expected at the Nationals in August in Harwich, the home of the Hurricane where it is expected hotshots from other catamaran classes are expected to attend.

As always thanks goes to Rutland sailing Club for a fantastic and well organised event and the class sponsors of Typhoon who supplied the prizes, Andark and Insurance4dinghies by Towergate.




Inland Championships – Rutland

We have the Inland Championships coming up in Rutland on the 17-18th May with a big turn out expected from Starcross, Bala, Datchet, Stone, Island Yacht Club with some new faces to the fleet making an appearance.

So who is going to sail away with the Hurricane 5.9 Inland Championship Trophy ?  Could it be you ?

The event is also hosting the Dart18 Inland championshp and there will also be starts for fast and slow handicap fleets. Come and sail on what some say are the best inland sailing waters in the UK and who can argue with that.

Camping available next to the club with accommodation available in the club facilities. Join in the now famous sailing quiz on Saturday night after enjoying the 2 course evening meal. NOR and more details at


We would like to thank Colleen Du Pon for making the trophy more of her beautiful metalwork artisan work can be found here


Datchet Fast Cat Open

The weekend of the 22nd-23rd saw six Hurricanes register to race for the season’s opening event. With five home boats and one solitary traveller all the way from Bala, the weekend was lining up to a benefit for the home club boats.

Race officer Barry Peters, set a course for 4 races on both Saturday and Sunday and with the forecast for winds of 4 gusting to5 and occasionally 6 it was going to be a tough weekend especially those who have been sedate over the winter months.

Race 1 was won by the travelling team of John Tuckwell and Chelsea Furber from the local boats of Nick Moore and Maxine Oliver and then Mike Holmes and John Moore. The win was made easier by some boats turning up late to the start line.

Races 2 and 3 were won by Holmes / Moore with Tuckwell / Furber and Moore / Oliver sharing 2nd and 3rd places. The 4th and final race of the day was won by Tuckwell/Furber with Holmes/Moore second and class Chairman Andy Bedford with Sam Nicholls taking 3rd. Moore/Oliver retired due to gear failure and the fleet retired to nurse aching limbs.

Sunday dawned with the initial forecast being for slightly less wind than the previous day, how wrong the forecast was! The fleet launched and race 5 got under way and finished again with Tuckwell / Furber taking the win from Moore/Oliver and Holmes / Moore bringing in a third.

The wind increased and so did the gusts becoming more vicious through race 6 which turned into a survival mission. Holmes / Moore suffered a capsized with Bedford/Nicholls taking the win from Tuckwell / Furber and then Moore/Oliver. Race 7 started and the gusts were recorded at 37knots it was a test of seamanship. Holmes/Moore went on to win the last race from Moore/Oliver with Tuckwell / Furber coming third, Bedford / Nicholls suffered a capsize.

After 7 races the event was won by John Tuckwell and Chelsea Furber from Bala Catamaran Clib finishing just one point ahead of Mike Holmes and John Moore with Nick Moore and Maxine Oliver coming 3rd. Datchet is always a good season opener and thanks go to Race officer Barry Peter and rescue support Neil.

The Hurricanes now move North with Carsington Cat event on the 12th and 13th April and then Bala Catamaran Open over the May bank holiday weekend. It is hoped that this will encourage some of the northern boats to support these events.

Report by John Tuckwell



Datchet Fast Cat Open

An event not to be missed; dust off the cobwebs, and join us for this now traditional opening event to the season.  See our new changing rooms and improved bar and new caterers.

Date: 22nd & 23rd  March 2014.

Time: No start on Saturday 22nd before 12.30.  Weather permitting and early start (10am) on Sunday 23rd  so you can get away in good time (No start after 14.30 on 23rd ).

Classes / Starts: 1- Hurricane 5.9 /  2 – F18 & F16  /  3 – Handicap  TBC . These starts are subject to suitable numbers entering the event. As well as being an official event on the F18, F16 and Hurricane circuits, this year it is also a ‘ranking’ event for the A class. This event is for cats  with a SCHRS of 1.034 (Hurricane & Spitfire) or quicker.

Races: We will schedule 4 races for Saturday and 3 for Sunday. Stand by for the traditional quick turn arounds, and don’t get caught napping!

Accommodation:Travelodge at Langley (just across the M4) can be booked online for around £26-00, and the Travelodge at Heathrow T5 for around £21.00.

Boats: boats can be dropped off during the previous week (not Monday or Tuesday) and picked up the week after if it helps.

The wind is booked, the sun is booked, the ‘tide’ is high and I can’t see that changing!

Datchet, Datchet, so good they sailed it twice! – Well, as we traditionally start the season, we are now also looking at running a cat open at the end of the season. This would be for the whole ‘cat family’ with two separate courses and all boats welcome.

We look forward to seeing you all in March and maybe again at the end of the year!

Hurricane Sale

Beat the 2014 price increases and save an extra 10% off the price of replacement sails for April delivery

Square top mainsail with sail numbers and telltales choice of smoked grey or white with colour choice of sail numbrs/insignia

£990 (rrp £1,100)

 Jib supplied with larger spec zip and telltales £310 (rrp £345)

Spinnaker, single colour block choice of black, blue, light blue, grey yellow, fluro yellow, green, fluro green, lilac, white, red, pink 

 £534 (rrp £595)


Trampolines with SX refinements, choice of grey or back to black !  £247 (rrp £275)

 Prices inclusive of VAT and subject to delivery costs 20% deposit required with order and full payment prior to despatch

Place your order with Andy Webb

Tel: 07941 940 459

Hurricane 2014 Nationals Venue To Star In BBC TV Show This Sunday 8th December 9.00pm

Harwich will be in the TV spotlight this Sunday evening on BBC1 when it features in a new show fronted by TV veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby called “Britain and The Sea”.

Dimbleby has been cruising around the UK in his gaff rigged yacht taking in various maritime venues and sampling the local delights, maritime history and scenery.

The planned rigging area for our nationals event is sandwiched between the Low Lighthouse, High Lighthouse and Treadwheel crane which are all to be featured on the show together with other places of interest all within stones’ throw of the sailing club. Well worth a look.

Meanwhile John Donovan from Starcross YC has become the first paid up entrant at next years’ event ! How about the rest of you ?


Guess the conversation

David Currie took this photograph of Mike and Viki Coulson with their Hurricane in Rock, Cornwall.

Can you guess what the conversation is ?


Harwich Nationals Entry Form and NOR

Well here it is the answer to all those “What do you want for Christmas” questions – entry to the event of 2014 the Nationals at Harwich.

Nationals Entry Form 2014

Notice of Race 2014 Harwich



New Sponsor for Hurricane Class

Breaking news!!! Andark will be offering 15% off all Typhoon products at Andark exclusively for Hurricane Association Members valid all year long. You can order by telephone or go to their shop which is open 7 days a week. They will also be at the London Boat Show, RYA Dinghy Show and Southampton Boat Show!! Members will shortly receive an email with your voucher for this year and then a new one will be issued in January after renewal.

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Inland and National Championships 2014

Preparation is under way for both the Inland Championships to be held at Rutland on the 17-17  May 2014 and also the National Championships to be held at Harwich on 9-12 August 2014.

Further details to follow but in the meantime you can dowload the flyers for both events here Inlands Flyer and here  Nationals Flyer