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.

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 secretary59@hurricane59.com

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.