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




Datchet End of Season

Well it happened (more for some than others!). The first, of hopefully many DWSC End of Season Cat Opens, the date for next year is the 1st & 2nd of November 2014, put it in your diary (when Santa brings it) and get in on your class association program of events, it is already hosting the Dart Single handed championships.

7 races completed (by the race team and some competitors!) The best shone through and the rest relied on eating more pies. A ‘brisk breeze’ created some speedy racing, the ‘Pussy Club’ showed how they got their name, and the less said about the Horton Pub visit on Saturday night (after the sponsored fireworks), the better. If you want to know what goes on at these events you really need to be there!

Results – 1st David White & Nobby Northrop, 2nd Will Sunnucks & Ben Clegg 3rd Malcolm Homes & John Moore, 4th Lloyd Turner & Mark Gower (just noticed the wrong handicap is still listed for 4th boat will check with 1.03 and see if position improves!).

Images of the event

2014 Fixtures List

Well it is never to early to plan ahead and your committee have been busy sorting out the fixtures for 2014.  You can download the poster hurricane fixtures 2014indd here or of course you can go to the events page to get further details on the event, map and nearer the time NOR and SI’s.

We have the normal favourites on the 2014 fixture list and some new events have been introduced in particular we will be introducing an Inland Championship at Rutland in May with 3 Hurricanes from Starcross already committed to attending and John Tuckwell of Towergate Mardon has the Bala TT Open over the May Bank Holiday weekend so 3 days of fantastic sailing in sunny Wales.

The Nationals will be held at Harwich next year in the August summer holidays and plans are already in full swing for this event further details coming soon.

2014 is also a Regfest year and of course the Hurricane’s will be going home to Brightlingsea in September where the sailing is good and the parties are wild.

Put the dates in your diary, organise your crew and we look forward to seeing you all out on the water in 2014.


Taking refuge in a Hurricane

When someone told Tim Powell a couple of birds had moved into his Hurricane he couldn’t wait to get down to the dinghy park to investigate and found these chicks.







Hurricane AGM Minutes

Please find below the the minutes from the AGM held at Weymouth

 AGM Minutes September 2013 Weymouth

Getting it up after a capsize

John Donovan from Starcross has posted the following easy and cheap solution to aid righting the Hurricane after a capsize.

Sew two fabric loops (either by hand or get your sailmaker to do it) on the underside of the trampoline on each side about halfway back. You will need a couple of lengths of 4mm cord. Whip an eye into each end of the cord and run them from the bridle wires at the bow to shackles on the rear corners of the trampoline between the hulls, passing through the pickup point of the dolphin striker wire on the main beam.

The ropes are tensioned by a shock cord under the trampoline attached to the 4mm rope and running through twisted shackles attached to the fabric loops. Rather than end the cord at the rear corners of the trampoline,  John also made a foot loop in the rope should he end up at the stern. In this case the whipped loop is about 300mm with a rope stopper on it to prevent it passing through the shackle on the tramp. For ease I also used a couple of mini shackles at the bridle rather than undoing the main shackle.






Requirement without foot loop                    Requirements with foot loop

2 x 5.40m – 4mm braided cord                     2 x 5.70m – 4mm braided cord

1 x 2.30m – 5mm shock cord                         1 x 2.3m – 5mm shock cord

2 x twisted shackles.                                      2 x twisted shackles

2 x straight shackles.                                      2 x straight shackles

2 x miniature shackles (optional)               2 x miniature shackles (optional)

                                                                           2 x rope stoppers