Campsites in Weymouth and Portland

Weymouth have issued me with details of the following campsites close to the Academy – I believe Swallows Rest is the closest to the Academy.

Swallows Rest, Wyke Regis – 07785565059

Pebble Bank, Wyke Regis – 01305 774844 –

Blagdon Fruit Farm, Chickerell – 01305 785991

Bagwell Farm, Chickerell – 01305 782575 –

East Fleet Farm – 01305 785768-

West Fleet Farm – 01305 782218 –

Moor Farm – 01305 771057

Nationals – Notice of Race

The NOR has now been finalised and published on the Hurricane / F18 website that  Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy has set up for us for this event.

You can enter on line, and get all the up to date information here as well.

Notice of Race 2013 Weymouth Final

Nationals 2013

The clock is ticking and the Nationals are not far away now.

Weymouth are used to dealing with big events and are pulling out all the stops for this one, superb sailing area, professional RO, fantastic venue and entertainment room with sun deck and viewing gallery.

Great food with hog roasts, salads,  curry night, chilli night and Sunday roast with all the trimmings, beer on tap and bottles of rum and anything else you fancy.

Our sponsors Typhoon are once again offering prizes, we have trophies galore – start polishing them now a fantastic event is planned.

If you have not done an open event or a  Nationals before please do NOT think it is not for you – it is more for you than ever.  You get to meet the fantiastic people that make this fleet what it is, you learn more at a Nationals than you will learn anywhere else, not just on the water but with all the advice, tips and help by your fellow sailors and competitors – this is a friendly, helpful and open class – but you know that don;t you !

I know from everyone that I have spoken to they all have this one in the diary – the event of the year and you can book on line at the link below.


Nationals at Weymouth 14-17 September

Not long now people to the Hurricane 2013 Nationals which are being held at Weymouth Sailing Academy.  A fantastic venue, with great food and entertainment lined from Saturday 14th – 17th September.

Follow the link below to the web site that tells you all about the Nationals and how to sign up and pay on line (paypal).





Starcross TT 29 -30 June

Starcross sailing Club are holding the Hurricane TT and Dart open meeting on 29-30 June a two day open water event on the Exe estuary.

On line entry

Sailing: 6 races (3 planned per day)

First race will not start before 11.00 am on Saturday.

Entry Fee: £25

Registration: Friday evening and from 8:30 am Saturday morning.

Race briefing: Saturday 29th June at 10:15 am in the club house.


The Club bar will be open on the Friday evening to welcome sailors to SYC and meals will be available.

Breakfast available on Saturday and Sunday mornings.


Some limited space with SYC members:  On a first come first served basis through fleet captains

Bed and Breakfast: There are a number of good B&Bs in the local area.

Hotels: Nearby Exeter (15 minutes) has a range of hotels including a Travelodge and 2 Premier Inns.

Camping: Limited free camping is available in the club grounds between the club house and the sea wall, offering lovely estuary views.  No fires or barbecues are allowed in the camping area.  Toilets and showers are accessible via a number code.  The 06:30 London-Paddington train provides a useful early morning wake up alarm!

 For more details:

Visit the SYC website at 

Or contact Fleet Captains:

Hurricane   Graham Buxton-Smith on

Dart           Matthew Holmes on


Spinnaker Haylard / Tack Line Modification

During the 2012 AGM the Rules and Technical Committee opened up a discussion regarding the option of a separate Spinnaker Halyard and Tack Line modification to the existing “one line does all” system.

The system has been trialled by one of the Rules and Tech members using an additional cleat and pulley mounted on the main beam.   Other class sailors have trialled a system where a cleat is mounted on the mast.  There are deemed to be handling advantages for all systems trialled, including the existing one line system.  Personal choice influenced by local race course practices and crew size/strength appear to be the deciding factors. 

In view of the fact that modifying the existing system is not deemed to be hull speed enhancing, a and has no detrimental  effect on the SCHRS rating nor cost a significant amount of money, the Rules and Technical Committee have agreed that with immediate effect all owners may experiment with a separate halyard and tack line system.  

After a period of experimentation (one season) a selection of those systems thought to offer the best solution will be documented in the class rules and made available as a package to other owners as a ‘standard’ system.  All existing experimental systems may have to be removed or possibly grandfathered, the decision will be made after the experimental period is over.

It is hoped that members will use the class forum to open up a virtual workshop and share ideas for the benefit of others and add photographs.

Rules and Tech Committee

March 2013


It is with deep regret that the Hurricane Class has learnt of the sad passing of Matthew ‘Quinny’ Gregg.
Matt died on 28th April after a long and brave fight against a brain tumour.
Matt was an enthusiastic Hurricane sailor and was loved by all of his friends at Stone Sailing Club and by members of the Hurricane class everywhere.
Matt lived his life to the full and loved his sailing and attended many events at home and on the circuit.   He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

Carsington Footage

Please click on the link below for some footage of the Carstington Open held earlier in the month.  Dont miss the funnies at the end.


Hayling Ferry Solent Forts Race

 Solent Forts Race at Hayling Ferry Sailing Club, practice race on Saturday 8th June and the long distance race takes place on the Sunday the 9th June.

This must be the smallest sailing club with the biggest and warmest welcome.  Great place to sail and last year this event was well attended and we all had a great time.

Come along and join the fun.

Notice of Race and further details are on the the Events Page

The Red Boat signs up for the Nationals

Well done John Donovan from Starcross for being the first to sign up for the Nationals in Weymouth. 

Lots of interest on facebook and emails to the Class is encouraging we are expecting a high turn out.