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)



AW Sailboats:

Hyde Sails:


  1. Hurricane Class
  1. 2014 Nationals venue: Harwich Town Sailing Club
  2. 2015 Nationals 8th -11th Aug 2015 @WPNSAcademy:
  3. Complete results
  4. Pictures:

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 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 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 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.



Hurricane Nationals News

Hurricane and F18 Nationals are only 16 days time.  We have 25 boats signed up so far and two races per day over 4 days on an Olympic sailing course, but don’t be put off if your not Olympic standard this event is open to everyone so come along and join us there is plenty going on.

Typhoon our sponsors will be giving prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, so it is not just silverware up for grabs.

We have a band booked for Saturday night so you can rock until you drop, and a horse race night booked for Sunday night where the winners take 50% of the purse and the remainder will be donated to the RNLI.

We have  weather permitting a speed race for fun, pro-am organised so that the front end of the fleet can give tips and advice to those coming up the rear.  Coaching and how to tune your Hurricane for optimum performance so you can get every 1/2 knot out of your boat.  Hog roasts, carvery, steak pie a fully licenced bar and lots lots more – not booked up yet – WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR ?  come and join in on all the fun.


2 sail Hurricanes clean up at Camel Week

Just to let you know 2 standard 5.9’s sailed at Camel week Mike and Viki Coulson in 365  and Helen & Hamish Leighton with their boat 452.

Great fun was had by all and a fantastic place to sail .

Sailing Results

Tack Line for the kite

Paul McKay of Datchet has devised a very simple and cheap solution to the tack line when hoisting the kite which will make the crews life a little easier – big thank you to Paul on this one from all the crew out there.

The parts you will need are:-

  •  2m of 4mm excell (or similar rope) 
  • 1m elastic shock cord 4mm
  • 1 rope stopper 
  • 1 stainless ring approx 15 mm 
  • Approx cost £ 4.00
  • Skill level to fit – Easy

How to do it:-

Tie a bowline through the middle of the back to back ronstan blocks with the 4 mm excell thread onto this the stainless steel ring.  Run the excell under the tramp and out of the cringle by the lead block to the kite up haul, tie the rope stopper onto this leaving approx 4″ of rope slack.

Tie the shock cord to the ring (under the tramp) attach the shock cord the rear beam ( any where will do.   Pull on the rope stopper to pull out the tack, pull the shock cord to remove the slack and tie off.

Lower the kite in the normal way the rope stopper should pull back into the cringle. Pull the tack line again and release, the tack should be at the end of the pole and the rope stopper should pull back into the tramp.  Simples.

To operate

Crew – Pull on rope stopper to launch tack of kite. Then up haul  kite in the normal way

To drop kite use down haul in normal way.

Helm – sit back and wonder what all the fuss is about !!!!

This will work with the small ronstan back to back blocks but Paul has changed his to the old barber haul block off the 2 sail jib (40 mm) along with the block on the beam as this allows  the up haul to run easier.

With this tack line you have the option of not using it if no spreader mark is set


Some may point out that on the drop the tack still flys away but this happens if the kite is loaded or if the helm isn’t bearing away as the kite is dropped !

Paul is now working on a way to make the helms job easier – he could be some time.

And here is one Paul made earlier







Hurricane SCHRS Ratings

Below are the current official globally recognised SCHRS ratings for the three types of Hurricane rig.

Hurricane SX         1.008

Hurricane 5.9         1.053

Hurricane Sport     1.020



Hurricane Coaching Day with John Ready

7 Hurricanes attended the Coaching Day provided by three times National Champion John Ready on Saturday 3rd August at Datchet Water Sailing Club.  Perfect sailing conditions throughout the day with sunshine, flat water and the tide in, a very breezy day getting up to around 25 knots in the afternoon.

The day kicked off with bacon rolls and coffee, some crews needed more coffee than others after arriving fresh from Stone Week and feeling a little bit delicate.  John Ready gave a briefing in the club house and all the boats after fine tuning the boats in the dinghy park hit the water and John followed them around in the shouting encouragement and giving tips on sailing techniques.

During lunch questions and answers on boat trim, tactics, and how important it is to have a sealed mast particularly if you spend a lot of time upside down.  A review of the video footage revealed that performance and boat handling improved throughout the day.

After lunch racing around the tower, Malcom and John in 155 roared off definately benefiting from Johns advice, Graeme and Mark cornered the tower and went for a swim. By this time the wind had blew up to a force 5 a few more laps and we decided to head for the bar for well earned beer and de-brief.

A fantastic day of huge benefit to everyone that attended, many thanks go to Andy Bedford for ganising and arranging the rib from Datchet and Paul Elliott for taking the video footage although I am not sure the wide angle lens was completely necessary in some instances.  Lastly a big thank you to John Ready who gave up his entire day to pass on his extensive knowledge and experience freely.  A true champion and a great ambassador to Catamaran Sailing.

If your club would be interested in holding a coaching session please contact

To view video footage click on the link