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


Hurricane Nationals – The Hurricane Way of Life

What better season finale for the Hurricane59 fleet, than GBR’s pinnacle location Weymouth and the 2012 Olympic course…

Class secretary Maxine Oliver, organised a blinding combo of international quality racing facilities with social events to match.  World class race officers, Olympic facilities, the band Super Massive, an RNLI benefit race night, Hog roast and more….  Did you see the prizes waiting for every competitor?  Thanks to Typhoon, Hyde sails and AWSailboatsJ

The fleet however out shone all of this with a huge show of camaraderie and mutual support on ‘big Sunday’…..  This is really what Hurricane sailing and its sailors are all about, sail with us and you become part of the family…. It’s the Hurricane way of life baby!!  (By the way there are no secrets either, have you seen the tuning guide link below?)

Day1 Races 1-3:

Beautiful Weymouth bay, glorious sunny conditions and a 10knt offshore breeze greeted our contenders, in what turned out to be ‘’do or die” day for nationals 2013.

There was no chance for slow starters as competitors fought to make their mark on the score board in this soon to be truncated 4 race series, but no one knew that yet….

Greg Reed has form where leading races at nationals is concerned and got off to a cracking start comfortably leading race one.  Defending champion John Ready was joined by ‘super crew’ Nahid Gaebler (Tornado European & World Champion) but started badly at the committee boat, failing to avoid a barging Mawdit/Lowther and got buried…

Reed/Loosemore struggled with the shifts and pressure changes around the course as they dropped down the order, you have to cover the fast boats or they do a runner!

Tindale/Bull also buried at the start worked the pressure and shifts well as they fought back to win race 1. Ready/Gaebler lit the after burners downwind to finish 2nd with Tindale/Wood in 3rd.

In races 2 and 3 it was more of the same with the wind continuing to the right and a real need to join the pressure dots to keep that hull flying.  In Race2 Ready/Gaebler started much faster and showed real pace up and downwind until gear failure saw them passed by Wood/Hay & Tindale/Bull at the top of the final upwind.  Downwind the leaders split with Ready/Gaebler pulling thru and Tindale/Bull beating Wood/Hay to 2nd.  Honourable mention goes to the Charlesworth brothers who picked the right corners to hit upwind achieving their best result of the regatta in 4th.

The final race of the day saw Ready/Gaebler sail much better for what turned out to be an important 2nd win of the day, on the way to championship no4.  Class stalwart Geoff Tindale continued to prove his great eye for pressure with an assured performance in 2nd.  However the honourable mention on this one went to the Starcross sailors Buxton-Smith crewed by Max Hodges with a fantastic 3rd place, their best placing of the event.

At the end of the days racing Nahid described sailing the Hurricane ‘like coming home’ a high complement indeed for our 3 sail thrill machine, which still offers incredible value and longevity.  You can still sell these boats for what you buy them for, no depreciation!! (Which may have something to do with a certain Andy Webb and his meticulous refurbs!)

Day2 Race 4: Big Sunday

Day 2 arrived with a bang as the fleet sailed into a force5 on the harbour course with more to come….. Race4 was sailable, but not for long, the course was shortened at the end of the 2nd lap with multiple capsizes and 33knot gusts as the fleet went into rescue mode to get home. 1st Wood/Hays 2nd Mawdit/Lowther 3rd Powell/Cummins

The F18’s were sharing the event as their Nationals on the harbour course as Big Sunday blew in.  It was during the following few hours were every Hurricane sailor distinguished themselves by getting stuck in and ensuring every boat came home safely.  This strong sense of community brought letters of thanks from battered F18 sailors and impressed the WPNSA staff who were grateful for the support.

Unfortunately despite the race officer’s best efforts there were no more races on days 3 & 4 with big wind sweeping the bay.

The class AGM was held on Saturday electing new members, Paul McKay & Nathan Jones to our strong and enthusiastic team, with Andy Bedford moving to the top job and past Chairman, newly elected Commodore of Honour Nick Moore, to events.

The meeting closed confirming Harwich Town sailing club and Weymouth & Portland National sailing Academy as our National championship venues for 2014 & 2015.  (2014 nationals will be subject to a confirmation vote on the forum)

Roll on 2014…. Its all about ‘the Hurricane way of life’ baby, come and join us…. I hear there might be an updated tuning guide on the way too!….

Trophy winners:

1st / National Champions 2013: John Ready & Nahid Gaebler (Kieler Yacht Club, GER)

2nd overall: Jack Tindale & Hugo Bull (Stone SC)

3rd overall: Geoff Tindale & David Wood (Stone SC)

Top Mixed Crew: John Ready & Nahid Gaebler (Kieler Yacht Club, GER)

Best young team Jack Tindale & Hugo Bull (Stone SC)

Best newcomer: Graeme Hughes & Mark Smith (Datchet Water SC)

Top Club: Island YC

Anniversary Trophy 8th Greg Reed & Tom Loosemore (Datchet Water SC)

Furthest travelled:  Nahid Gaebler (Kieler YC, GER)


Typhoon: http://www.typhoon-int.co.uk/

AW Sailboats: http://www.awsailboats.co.uk/

Hyde Sails: http://www.hydesails.co.uk/


  1. Hurricane Class
  1. 2014 Nationals venue: Harwich Town Sailing Club http://www.htsc.co.uk/
  2. 2015 Nationals 8th -11th Aug 2015 @WPNSAcademy: http://www.wpnsa.org.uk/
  3. Complete results http://goo.gl/OrPu6Z
  4. Pictures: www.championmarinephotography.co.uk

Fine Tuning at Datchet

Now you will not find this in the John Ready Hurricane fine tuning guide but preparations were well underway at Datchet this weekend, most of us had enough to do with taking the masts down and some of us had to straighten the mast – and this is how Graham Hughes and Smudge tackled the task ………


Hurricane Nationals – entry price held


Just to let you know that the entry for the Hurricane Nationals will be held at £172 for a limited time so please if you can enter prior to arriving on line at http://enter.sailracer.org/events/enter-v2RYA.asp?eventid=156374 that would help in the organisation of the event.

So for £172 you get four days of top racing (two races per day)  at Weymouth one of the worlds best sailing venues.  Professional race committee, safety ribs, help on the beach, launching etc.

The Hurricane sponsor Typhoon will be providing fantastic prizes not just for the top three but for the top 10 boats to cross the line.  Many trophies are up for grabs, the best placed club trophy, the oldest combined crew, best placed mixed crew, the best placed newcomer to the Nationals and many more – it is all up for grabs.

John Ready and Andy Webb will be on hand for tuning and coaching advice and to help you pimp your boat.  We will be running a pro-am so that across the fleet the sailing improves.

Don’t forget to put your smiley faces on as Nick Champion will be on hand for two days taking pictures of all the action.

Weymouth have fantastic facilities with our off the water socials being held in the Spinnaker bar overlooking the launching area and harbour.  Three evening meals (Hog roast, carvery,   steak pie) are included in the price.  Extra meal tickets are available and food is available on the Friday night and Tuesday night if you are around – but let me know if you have not booked.

Entertainment – we have booked Supermassive on Saturday night, and a race night on Sunday, a fully licenced bar and a great bunch of people to share the craic.

The AGM will of course be held on the Saturday evening so you can have your say in how the class is being run.

Polo shirts for the event are available to order £15 with the Hurricane/Weymouth logos and your boat number on the back – send me an email if you would like to order a shirt.

Good luck to everyone competing and if you cannot make it but want to keep an eye on the action and the results you can log on at http://events.sailracer.org/eventsites/default_s.asp?eventid=156374 for the results and news and gallery that will be updated each day.

Hurricane Nationals On Line Booking and Social Programme

With the Hurricane 2013 Nationals fast approaching can I urge you all to please enter on line on the following link http://enter.sailracer.org/events/enter-v2RYA.asp?eventid=156374 it speeds up the process and lets Weymouth know how many to cater for.

We have a full event package both on and off the water so if you dont want to miss out on any of the action download and take a look at the programme Hurricane and F18 National Programme

Please note that the Dragon Worlds will be finishing on Friday afternoon.  If you are coming down early you can rig your boat in the WPNSA storage compound on the western side of the road (behind entry barriers) please contact Maxine for the code.   There will be a beach master present to help you with directions and most of the Hurricane Committee and many others will be arriving mid morning.

Boats will be parked in the dinghy park (in front of the balcony) from Saturday am with road trailers being moved to the yacht compound at the southern end of the site.

See you all there.

Hurricane Nationals Polo and T Shirts

Polo and T shirts are now available to order for the Nationals £15 and £12 respectively including VAT, postage and packaging.

The polo shirts will be navy blue with white embroidered Hurricane logo with Nationals 2013 on the left breast and the WPNSA logo on the right breast our sponsor logos Typhoon and AWSailboats will be on the sleeves.

T Shirts will be the same but the logos etc will be transfers.

Please place your order with Maxine Oliver stating your preference for polo or t shirts, size and delivery address.
Cheques to be made out to The Hurricane Class Association and sent to 55 Fordham Road, New Barnet, Herts EN4  9AH or you can email me your order.