Nationals Entry Form

We are now taking entries to the 2013 Nationals which are being held at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.  The event will be held over four days starting on Saturday 14th September to Tuesday 17th September 2013.  You can download the entry form here  Nationals Entry Form 2013

As requested we intend to hold two races per day and as the sailing area is second to none we will sail outside of the harbour walls in all but extreme conditions in which case we will sail within the harbour walls which offer more sheltered technical racing.

This will be a joint Nationals with the F18’s and we have secured a very comfortable function room with bar and servery with the sundeck and viewing gallery overlooking the boat park, launching and sailing area.

This event is not just for the experienced Hurricane sailors we welcome everyone of all ability and experience to come and join us for the event of the season.

We have a full bar and restaurant available to us from Friday night through to 17th with good food at reasonable prices.  We will of course have apres sailing and entertainment along with tropies up for grabs and prizes donated by our sponsor Typhoon

Accommodation is available camper vans with electric hook up is available at £16 per night per van (cost price).  Local B&B’s and camp sites within 2km of the club. 

More details will follow but if you have any questions please get in touch

Hope you can join us




Stone Cycle to John O’Groats to Lands End

Stone sailors will be swapping their Hurricanes for bikes when they ride from John O’Groats to Lands End in June 2013 to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

The Team – Kev Bawden, Trev Bawden, Ben Brown, Vince Brown, Dan Dixon, Matt Gregg, Dean Jeffers, Steve Pyman, Matt Sheppard, Tom Wass decided to undertake this challenge to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. A cause which is very close to all of our hearts.

We are planning to complete 960 miles of riding in 10 days. If it wasn’t hard enough, we are riding from north to south which is ‘the hard way!’ so please dig deep, and contribute as much as you can. 

The charity aim to raise funds for research into the prevention and treatment of brain tumours, as well as ultimately finding a cure.



Datchet Open

Datchet Water SC Fast Cat Open

16-17 March 2013

Saturday morning as promised by the weather man turned out to be very windy and wet. Gusts up to 35 knots were felt as the sailors readied their boats for the opening race of the season.

Dark clouds and rain fronts moving across the lake at breakneck speeds  – it was going to be a hard day on the water!  Oh and cold 5°C, not a day to fall in or fall over.

However, the weatherman also predicted it to drop off , and bang on cue at 12 noon the wind abated to a manageable 15-19 knots and the rain stopped.  As John Ready says, if you wait for perfect sailing weather, you will probably never sail at all.

6 hurricanes SX made their way out to the start, including 2 virgin SX’ers Nathan Jones on 102 and Ben Peter on 044, who have upgraded their boats over the winter.

The plan for each day 4 races, back to back , 3 laps windward / leeward  – fast paced crash and burn sailing , each race lasting around 25 minutes.

Race officer Barry Peters  likes to reward those that can see an opportunity,  he set a pin end  biased line that also enticed port end flyers if you were brave enough.

Race 1 Sure enough John Ready guest helming for local Andy Bedford grabbed the chance and blasted away on port on the B of bang in race one, chased hard by Greg and Tom on 137 and Paul and Sam on 118. The wind was behaving, not shifting as it can do, everyone looking for clean air and working the gusts.

Reed and Ready cross tacks at the top with Ready driving over the top and leading into the top mark.  A quick reach to the next mark and kites up, and the pair split tacks to go downwind. Ready  wins the leg to the bottom mark but still nothing in it. This time Reed gets the better beat and leads at the top and moves away and holds on to win race 1.

Race 2  similar pre-race maneuvers , but this time Reed/Loosemore join the brave at the pin end! Ready/Bedford get the pole again, however Reed/Loosemore have the better boat speed upwind or possibly had better gusts that drove the boat forward ( you do have to love the new Square top sails for good gust response!) and take the first mark. McKay/Nicholls fighting hard with Ready/Bedford cover each other up and down for the next 2 laps. Allowing Reed to win race 2, Ready 2nd McKay 3rd.

Race 3 was a race of gear failure and downwind capsizes. Reed/ Loosemore leading out McKay/Nicholls.

Race 4 only saw 3 boats start (cold sailors and boat fixing) however still very tight between Reed, Ready and McKay.  Some close crossing of tacks made for good combative racing, all looking for the extra shaft of wind (gust) that would propel them ahead of the other 2. Reed/Loosemore finally get to lead the blast downwind. They then hold on to win as Ready holds off McKay for 2nd.

Saturday night will be remembered for a lacklustre performance by England Rugby vs Wales and brave Scotland by keeping the French within sight to relegate the French to the Wooden spoon. ( England losing a potential Grand Slam and triple crown, feels bad, but the knowledge that the French came last more than makes up for it.

Sunday morning forecast is light wind and more rain, however, sitting on the start line a brisk 12-16 knots is way more than the what Wind Guru had lead us to believe. Again the John Ready quote rings true.

Race 5 was the closest start, as a 7th hurricane joined us on the line (John Tuckwell and his daughter). 4 boats swapping tacks on the 1st beat made for some close racing. Reed/Loosemore rounded first, raised the kite to find it was way too hot to lay the spreader, and fought to get it down again. This gave Ready/Bedford the chance to drive over the top, but a killer gust had their name on it and they got knocked over! The gusts were severe, and also accounted for Peter/Glover down wind.  Reed went on to post another first with Tuckwell 2nd on the water, McKay 3rd (awarded 2nd for the event, and Jones 3rd)

Race 6 had the wind remaining higher than expected, and another close start with all the SX lined up along the line. The first to tack off and break for clean air was Jones/Smith banging the right hand of the course.  Reed/Loosemore to the top first again, this time with a small tight fleet nipping at his transoms.  Everyone stayed upright as the wind started to drop down the forcasted 8-10 knots. It all felt a bit slow after the excitement of the first race. It finished Reed from Ready from McKay.

Race 7  again all boats on the line , good and clean. But the same pattern as the previous races , with the exception that Mckay had handed over the stick to his crew Nicholls to helm the last 2 races. Sam is off to Wildwind in a few week’s time to teach sailing on a fleet of new Hobie Tigers!  He match raced Ready/Bedford around the course and worked very hard for his 2nd place.

With the regatta in the Bag, Reed/Loosemore sailed in early, leaving Ready vs Nicholls match race part 2 to finish off the 8 race regatta. Nicholls/McKay winning the final race of the day from Ready, to give them 2nd place overall and push Ready/Bedford down to 3rd.

So the cobwebs have well and truly been brushed off with and very well run Regatta , and excellent time management from Barry Peters the PRO. He turned the races around extremely quickly in order that nobody got too cold.

Thank you to Datchet Water for hosting, when we come back in October please can we have some sunshine and warmer breezes. Looking forward to see the revamped changing rooms also!

Big thank to Hurricane Class Sponsors Typhoon for yet again providing prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.

 Results click here

SCHRS Rating

The SCHRS has been updated on the 25th February and Hurricane SX are now sailing on 1.008.



New TT Event

New to the Hurricane fixtures list and welcoming all fast cats is Carsington Sailing Club based in the beautiful peak district.  This will be a TT for the Hurricane Class of what is hoped to be a regular on the fixtures list.

More details to follow shortly.

Racing Rules 2013-2016

Please click on the link below to see the changes made to the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 – 2016

changes to sailing rules 2013-2016


So you think you know the rules ?

Click on the link below to test your knowledge of the rules

Weston Cat Open 3-4 November

The Nacra and Tornado Nationals are being held at Weston on 2-4 November with a Cat Open being held on 3rd and 4th including an evening meal and music.  Come and join us for a great end of season Cat Open.


25th Anniversary National Championship Report

The Hurricane comes home to Brightlingsea SC.   ‘The Church of UK Catamaran sailing’

The 25th edition of the Hurricane Nationals could only be held in one club.  So on September 27th 28 teams returned to Brightlingsea SC  in Essex, to compete as part of the 3rd ‘RegFest’ celebration of UK cat sailing,  in the place where it all began with Reginald White MBE.

 Just reading the roll of honour surrounding the club bar is a jaw dropping story of Olympic and World Championship glory. 


 The protagonists:

The last six National Champions were lured by this mouth watering prospect.  Defending 2011 Champion Richie Hanmore and clubmate 2 time Champion Neil Connelly with his Shearwater crew from 1976, nice one!  Sail maker, former National & European Champion, Olympic Nacra dealer and ex-Tornado squad member Grant Piggott, crewed by a very accomplished Simon Farren, were back to avenge a narrow defeat in the 2010 edition.  Also in attendance, two time winner John Ready, with a very handy ex-49er GBR Development Squad sailor Jamie Bolingbroke. 

Every fleet has its dark horses, this year they came in the shape of the Charlesworth brothers who turned out to be blisteringly fast in a blow and the recently reunited team of Bawden and Wass with their very tasty red and white Hurricane, which would prove to be smashingly fast….  

The fleet also included; a youth team, six mixed crews, six brothers and two father/son teams, drawn from Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Central and Southern England.  

In recent years the classes coaching programme and uniquely detailed, freely available tuning guide has done much to raise the bar.  

So just who would take the title at the church?

Day 1 (15kt NW 2 races) 10:30 tide

After a home cooked full English, the race officer laid out his game plan and the fleet calmed there first day nerves boat bimbling before launching into a beautiful Essex morning high tide.

 Race 1: Ready/Bolingbroke, Charlesworth/Charlesworth (PB), Bawden/ Cox(PB)

With the windward mark set well onto the Mersea mud flats, the fleet had to choose between the Blackwater or Colne ebb at the bottom and high tide flat water conditions at the top.  A nervous fleet hung back off the line, leaving opportunities for keen starters to notch up an early result.  Most of the favourites struggled as Ready/Bolingbroke and Charlesworth/Webb took the initiative, snapping up a neat one/two with favourites Piggot/Farren posting their worst result of the regatta in 12th.  Adam Charlesworth, crewed by class legend Andy Webb posted a very serious 2nd in Adams best Nationals start, a very real statement of intent.  Honourable mention also goes to Donovan/Hingston our oldest crew placing 4th a PB for the event.

Race 2: Ready/Bolingbroke, Hanmore/Pyman, Bawden/Cox(PB)

A more settled fleet lined up on the port biased line.  Charlesworth/Webb got the best start leading their half out to the left, the rest lead by Hanmore/Pyman spotted a dark cloud and pressure hard into the right hand corner.   The starboard tack layline proved difficult to call from so far with early tackers in this group causing an interesting port/starboard windward mark situation in which Hanmore/Pyman hit the mark. 

In a wide open fleet at the first mark, Bedford/Mckay were in the chocolates, along with fleet stalwarts from Starcross, the very fast Donovan/Hingston.   Past champ Connelly/Chiddicks hit the mark but dodged the confessional for omitting turns and sped off downhill as kites went up in this tight leading pack of four.  A wave of pressure came through in which Ready/Bolingbroke and Hanmore/Pyman gybed and broke free.  Connelly/Chiddicks opted for the holywater approach to absolution as they capsized in what proved to be the last race of this event for this much respected Hurricane sailor.  Bawden/Cox notched up a stellar start as they took consecutive 3rds in a fantastic opening day. 

The top three slug fest became its own separate affair for the final two laps as the interesting stuff occurred in the hotly contested mid fleet pack.  This is where big fleet racing really scores, with this many boats the racing develops itself and you have “races within the races” something for everyone!

Post race:

That night Tornado and Hurricane legend Rob White cooked the fleet a fantastic bbq as the après sail got into full swing.

Charlesworth spent the night in the bar resting his ears after the tirade of ‘tacking advice’ he received politely from the front end of the boat!  Andy Webb (seven time national champ as helm) went to bed early exhausted – crewing is a tougher job than he realised!

Bedford/Mckay on Thunderbird posted two DNF’s missing the finish line in both races, McKay then fell off the boat between races whilst making repairs  comfortably sending the numpty hat award to them for the evening. 

As we made our way back to the tents, Piggot/Farren were working feverishly by torch light trying to acquire some pace to help their overnight 10th position, this is a tough fleet to crack.

Overnight leader board:

Ready/Bolingbroke 2pts

Bawden/Cox 6pts

Hanmore/Pyman 10pts


Day 2 (15-20kt SW 3 races) 11:15 tide

Friday dawned with more beautiful creek views over breakfast and a little banter. Just three more races and we would have a championship with our first discard of the 10 race series.  The Pro-Am was announced by class Chairman Nick Moore, who very generously lent out the beautiful Stingray to Piggot/Farren. Lending out boats, that’s how this class rolls.  Stingray is also for sale as a new boat has arrived!

The wind direction change saw an inshore start line with a fresher breeze and leeward gate set where two rivers meet the sea.  So flat ebb tide start, followed by bigger slow moving waves at the leeward gate, then a tide change for the final race.

 Race 3: Piggot/Farren(PB), Bawden/Wass, Hanmore/Pyman

The increased breeze provided a sterner test than the day before as teams struggled to change gears to suit the new conditions.  Piggot/Farren proved their mettle with a strong reply to the doubters, the game was definitely n.

 Race 4: Hanmore/Pyman(PB), Ready/Bolingbroke, Bawden/Wass

The waves which had made it so difficult to change gears in race3 lessened as the ebb slowed, but shifts right at windward first mark challenged the pack as positions changed at the crucial upwind/downwind transition.  Piggot/Farrens comeback stalled as they capsized in the lead at windward mark2.  The 2nd and 3rd place teams from race one showed consistency dialling themselves into the conditions, with Hanmore/Pyman taking the win a timely reminder that they are still the defending champions.

Race 5: Ready/Bolingbroke, Bawden/Wass(PB), Piggot/Farren

The waves moderated further but the breeze held at a champagne sailing 20knts.  The Charlesworth brothers continued their blistering demonstration of pace from their 4th place in race four and were vying for the lead with Piggot/Farren, when they gybed inside coming out super hot, just losing control with the ensuing capsize dropping them harshly down the order.

 Post race banter:

Each day Geoff Gritton tb4e took video via his ever more famous boat handling and close quarter GoPro camera.  These were on show each evening with the results kindly made available to competitors just for the Crac… Gritter rocks and have YOU SEEN this footage….

They say landing is the most dangerous time, Homes/Moore of Datchet gave everyone a laugh, by getting their boat and themselves stuck in the mud.   The moment the Ex marine crew Nathan Jones  started doing the front crawl in the mud to get to the mud stranded “initially very white” Hurricane was side splitting!  It might take a year to get the Brightlingsea mud off his boat and sails.

The après sail kicked in with a bang, fantastic Tex/Mex food and the legendary Brightlingsea SC band Contribrand.

Overnight leader board:

Ready/Bolingbroke 5pts

Bawden/Cox 12pts

Hanmore/Pyman 14pts

Day 3 (15-20kt NW 3 races) 12:00 tide


With the wind direction change overnight and the strong ebb tide, our eager competitors saw conditions very similar to day one but with more wind and leeward mark waves causing some boats to push right to the limit.

 Race 6: Ready/Bolingbroke, Piggot/Farren, Bawden/Wass

Despite the Brightlingsea après sail, race six was a rerun of race 5, although Moore/Oliver had a BIG port/starboard moment with Bawden/Cox and an early trip back to the bar for solace.

 Race 7: Ready/Bolingbroke, Palmer/Palmer (PB), Piggot/Farren

Bawden/Wass showed real hunger in this race sailing their own style of deep and fast upwind which brought them out to the front.  Downwind they hit the corners and sailed hot and fast.  Unfortunately on the penultimate downwind, whilst toe-to-toe with Ready/Bolingbroke coming into the gate they just took it too far putting their bows into a wave hard with the main eased, bringing their mast down, something that is very unusual in this fleet, tough luck guys.  Race 7 though really belonged to the father and son team of Paul and Rob Palmer, Rob is a very handy kite surfer and it really showed downwind today as they popped out of the pack downwind, nice job!

Race 8: Ready/Bolingbroke,Tindale/Foreman(PB), Tindale/Tindale

By the third race there were some tired arms and bodies out there.  But there were more surprises to come with the Tindales showing why they are such a highly rated sailing family. Both father Geoff and his sons Dan and Jack finishing 2nd and 3rd with dad leading the way.  These guys pushed a charging Piggot/Farren team into 4th and showed how strong this fleet is.

Meanwhile Ready/Bolingbroke finished off their perfect day, starting well, keeping their air clear, taking a 3rd bullet and wrapping up the championship with a day to spare.

Post race banter:

With Ready/Bolingbroke fully committed to the après sail and the Brightlingsea hospitality machine in full swing, Saturday night, turned out to be bigger than the racing for them.  But it wasn’t all partying as Andy Webb proved his value to the fleet as our builder, keeping Porter/Porter racing  with a loan mainsail after theirs was, ‘altered’ during a capsize! And a superfast spinnaker pole change for Donovan/Hingston. No rest for the wicked Webby!

 Overnight leader board:

Ready/Bolingbroke 8pts

Piggot/Farren 32pts

Bawden/Cox 38.5pts







Day 4 (20-30kt SW 2 races) 12:45 tide

Easily the windiest day of the regatta, sore heads met BIG conditions at the start of the final day.

 Race 9: Piggot/Farren, Hanmore/Pyman, Mawditt/Wood (PB)

Piggot/Farren had a point to prove on the final day and showed the fleet the way round in top end limit conditions really showing how hard these Hurricanes can be sailed in huge conditions.   Hanmore/Pyman also showed their big wind pedigree and showing just how much he had picked up from the class coaching Mawditt/Wood made their best ever finish in 3rd in truly challenging conditions, way to go guys!

 Race 10: Piggot/Farren, Tindale/Tindale (PB), Hanmore/Pyman

Piggot/Farren again did the business, but the stand out sailors of the race were the Tindale brothers whose ‘send it’ attitude is vividly shown in the video footage from the event.  Thanks tb4e and Tindale brothers, WAY TO SEND IT downwind guys!

 Post race banter:

Watching John Ready’s crew rig his boat and push it down to the water on his own while John was hiding behind his sunglasses after a heavy night.

Round up:

What a great event meeting up with old friends and making many new ones, Neil Connelly personified this when he teamed up with his former Shearwater crew, Trevor Chiddick from 1976!  All for a bit of fun and to have a go for old time’s sake a true Hurricane sailor.  It’s not all about top flight competition, being there and taking part in the event as a whole is what Hurricane sailing is all about.

The fleet did itself proud sailing hard and fair, but ensuring our friendly and open approach with no event protests.  Fantastic shore side A&E support for spares and repairs from AW Sailboats.  The pro-am was a real success ensuring that the next generation of sailors come through to the front!  The guys from Starcross said they were taught more about their spinnaker set up in 40 minutes than they had learnt in 40 years.  Paul McKays wife now wants to learn to sail – fantastic.  The young guys Nathan and Hamish from Scotland are keen to continue sailing and climbing through the fleet.  

Brightlingsea SC just smashed it out of the park on all fronts, what an incredible event..  The class is now in discussions to make Brightlingsea a regular open meeting on the annual circuit.  The Hurricane came home in its 25th year!

The worst thing about this event?   Having to pack up and leave, perfect!


The class are very grateful for the support of:

Typhoon, Towergate Mardon, AW Sailboats, Enliven, Kingfisher, Brightlingsea SC, tb4e, Hyde sails


Event video

 See you at the 26th Hurricane59 Nationals in Sept 2013 in Weymouth



2012 Nationals Results

Ladies and gentleman,  competitors, friends the results for the 25th Hurricane Nationals can be found on the link below:-

Big congratulations to John Ready and Jamie Bolingbroke who are now the 2012 National Champions.

Well done guys you deserved all those rums on Saturday night and whilst looking a little worse for wear on Sunday like true champions you went out and carried on with style.

As you can see just missing out on the podium finish but not going away empty handed as they won the youngest crew to complete all races Jack and Dan Tindale of Stone are in 4th place and get to write the race report which will be posted here shortly.

In the meantime can anyone and everyone please email me on for their funny stories, memories, comments and of course any photos that they took  over the  course of our anniversary Nationals at Regfest.