Nationals Trophies and Prizes

2011 Nationals Winners

Only 3 days left until the Nationals and I know all over the country people are pimping their boats, wishing they had been to the gym more than they have been, watching the weather forecast and dreaming about winning and for some of us last years lucky winners will be getting out the silver polish and cleaning their trophies for possibly the last time.  Apart from Graeme Staddon of course who has spent the last year looking after the Numpty Hats and quite glad to hand them back. 

Of course throughout this season our sponsor Typhoon  have been giving us prizes at all of our open events and will be giving the winning (SX)  boat dry suits to the helm and crew.

Towergate Mardon have also throughout the year given 10% discount to all Hurricane members to insure their boats.

We also have a complete ropepack donated by Kingfisher that is being raffled, each fully paid member of the Hurricane class has received a free entry and many of you have already bought more tickets at £1 each.  It is not too late to buy more and win all the string you need for your boat.

We also have some wonderful shampoo and soap products given to us by our new sponsor Enliven and Hyde Sails have also given us some of their products for this years Nationals.

Well here is a list of trophies up for grabs and last years winners are busy polishing them up and making them shine. 

2011 Nationals Winners

Names/Club Title Criteria
Richie Hanmore – Stone Sailing Club Nationals Trophy 1st place SX trophy
Andy Webb – Harwich Nationals 2 Sail Trophy 1st place 2 sail trophy
Tim Powell – Warsash Reg White Memorial Trophy Best placed new comer to the fleet
Richie Hanmore/Neil Connolly – Stone Team Trophy Best 3 placed club boats at Nationals
Robert Palmer – Thorpe Bay Flyer Trophy Youngest crew to complete all races
Paul Palmer – Thorpe Bay Anniversary Trophy SX Anniversary 2011 6th placed boat
John Donovan/Nigel Hingston  Starcross Veterans Trophy Oldest combined crew age
Graeme Staddon/Alan Tilling Datchet Numpty Hats Numpties of the day

Good luck to everyone competing in the 2012 Nationals

Boats for Sale

Need a new boat for the Nationals, club racing or the circuit then take a look on the  Boat  page of this web site.  All  Hurricanes for sale are posted here.

If you are interested in a half share of a hurricane then we have a Datchet sailor that is interested in a half share please contact for further details.



Canvey Open

Once again Island Yacht Club was blessed with sunshine and light winds on Saturday 1st September with several visitors from Stone, Mersey and Thorpe Bay waiting for the “go ahead” from the Race Officer.

The first race was hotly contested, with the current Nationals Champion Richie Hanmore  spotted on land fixing a broken goose neck !  Could this give hope to the remainder of the fleet ? Not really, as confusion between Port and Starboard allowed Trevor Bawden to take line honours with some blistering speed followed by Weird Fish of Thorpe Bay  and home boys Mark Wood and James Heys.

The second race was like a washing machine with the wind coming from all directions the line honours were there to be taken by anyone.   Alas with their boat fixed it was two crisp packets Hanmore and his sidekick Kevin Bawden that took the honours. The remainder of the fleet was divided either going into the line, or with some sailing in-shore almost unheard of which favoured two sailors Captain Morgan and Alex Burling with his lolly pop crew, licking their lips as they sneaked some good places at the expense of Mark Wood and Canveys long term Open sponsor James Heys.

Third race.  Mark Mawditt decided to pull his finger out as bragging rights were now needed over the other Canvey boats.  The interloper Captain Morgan from Stone played cat and mouse for 3 laps with Mawditt, Woody and Heys, as to the leaders that was a different story but ending in the same result with “Handjob” getting a result over Trevor (I think) but the bigger battle was still taking place with Mawditt, Woody and the Captain and on the last downwind leg of the day  it was inches around the downwind marker and with each boat taking its own line it was Mawditt and Aaron the Lowther taking the bragging rights.

Saturday evening, what can I say all the food was eaten the free bottle of wine was greatly received.  Three birds with a guitar, plus a pair of crutches entertained the not so sober crews and helms. This was most evident in the morning with most leaving their big breakfasts and opting for water to try and sober themselves up for the 12 o’clock start. Within the Saturday night entertainment two birthdays were celebrated, a 50 year old and a young pup at 30, two names will be given but you decide who was the younger Sue Turner or Richie Hanmore.

Sunday, the wind had built overnight and we now had some good racing on our hands, in the first race of the Sunday the Hurricane sailors must have had double vision as most were over the line and therefore were now relegated to the back of the start sequence which also gave them some more time to get their heads together.

A good start was had by a Canvey boat and was leading for two laps with the crews hoping that the Race Officer would notice this and give them the gun early on the second lap, however, he spoilt their party by making them go for that 3rd lap where they threw it away letting Bawden and Wass nip past and therefore claiming that bullet.

The last race of the day with the wind dropping off it was a good start by most of the fleet but Lolly Pop and Burling bailed out seeing they were about to scratch the Race Officers brand new Fountain Pajot and tacked right in front of Mawditt thus delaying his start.

However, Mawditt made a good comeback with some good racing and managed to chase the group down and was now on the sterns of Weird Fish who they had to beat for 3rd, but unfortunately  Mr Port came rudely in and stopped them dead in the water, so it was chase time again and Mawditt only managed to catch Wood/Heys and Capt. Morgan so bragging rights were once again on for Mawditt, who managed it although he admitted himself it was tight but it was a great contest and all taken with banter on the water.

To sum it up, if you have not come to Canvey open meeting you are missing out as even  Heineken could not beat our weekend, so put this date 7th and 8th September 2013 in your diaries.

Photographs and full results to follow but if  anyone else has been left off or out please accept apologies but most of the weekend was a blur and the complete story is difficult to get hold of.

A special mention goes to Ben Peters who sailed all races two sail mode, but went home with loads of bits to make an SX and looking smart in some new rash vests.

Also a big thank you to sponsors of this event:-

Paul and Pam Soderberg, Club Members for the BBQ on Sunday

Fullmen Engineering, ARS UK Ltd,

James Heys Recycling


Towergate Mardon Insurance.

by Mr Penguin.


1st        Trevor Bawden  and Tom Wass – Stone

2nd        Richard Hanmore and Kevin Bawden – Stone

3rd        Posh pair Jeremy from Thorpe Bay

4th        Mark Mawditt

5th        Mark Wood, James Hey

6th        Lee Morgan

7th        Alex Burling

8th        John Bell

9th        Ben Peters

Hurricane AGM – Free Beer

The Hurricane  AGM will be held at the Nationals (Regfest) on Friday 28th September at 5pm.  A private meeting area has been arranged for us in Brightlingsea Sailing Club. 

All Hurricane members are welcome and a complimentary beer will be available for all those attending.

Please find below the Agenda and minutes from last years AGM.

AGM Minutes August 2011 

Huricane AGM agenda September 2012

Forts Race – Whitstable

The 15/16th September is the long distance catamaran event at Whitstable, now in its 17th year this race is designed to test catamaran racing skills, attracting top national helms as well as experienced club racers and international entries.

Whitstable is one of the few sailing clubs to be located in a town centre, which means there are so many facilities close by to the club (chandlery, restaurants, pubs, chip shop, newsagents, hotels, B&Bs, and other shops for the non-sailing members of the visiting parties!).

Whilst space is limited for car parking sailing is the priority, and the club will do everything they can to make sure people can get to the club, and get out on the water with minimum of fuss! 

The club will make boat and trailor parking a priority, and clear a section of the beach especially for the event, so boats will have the space to rig and launch. They will also make space available for trailer parking, if the boats cannot be stored on their trailers, and this is close to the club (boats and launching are the priority for the beach).

Further details NOR / SI can be found on the events page of this web site.

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Nationals Notice of Race

Brightlingsea have issued the The Nationals Notice of  Race which can be downloaded below. 

As you can see we have two races on Thursday, 3 on Friday and Saturday and 2 races on the Sunday. 

More importantly the bar is open from  Wednesday 26th and food available.  Meals are included in your entry fee on the Friday and Saturday night.

We are looking forward to seeing you all.

Notice_of_Race Hurricane Nationals 2012



Insurance4dinghies Yachts and Yachting Press Release

Please see below press release in

Insurance4dinghies sponsor Hurricane Nationals

By Francesca Breeze today at 8:47 am27-30 September 2012

Dinghy insurance provider insurance4dinghies is a main sponsor of this year’s Hurricane 5.9 Nationals at Brightlingsea Sailing Club, Essex, from 27 – 30 September.

The event, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is being held in Essex in homage to the craft’s designer, builder and local/Olympian sailor Reg White.

Participants from across the UK and Ireland will compete for a range of trophies including those to recognise; helm and crew winners, the best newcomer, best club and highest combined age. The open meeting will also pair up experts with novices in a Pro-Am competition.

In keeping with its philosophy to support the communities it insures, Insurance4dinghies’ Sales Director, John Tuckwell, will be competing. He comments; “As well as being insurance providers, we’re passionate about sailing so will endeavour to support events and participate where we can.” John is a Bala Catamaran Club member.

For insurance information visit or call 0800 515629 or 01743 284664.

For more details on this event please see the events page.



Telling Tales

Download the link below to get the exact tell tale positions for your boat and find out what tales they are telling you.

Also dont forget to take a look at the tuning guide which John Ready has put together and you can find this on the  Coaching Page.

Have a read and make sure your boat is pimped and tuned ready for the Nationals if you have any questions just ask



Nationals Poster

Please help to advertise the Nationals by downloading the poster and displaying in your sailing club.

We are particularly encouraging this year all those that are new to the class and catamaran sailing in general  to come and join us and benefit from 4 days of sailing and all the coaching and tips and advice.  We are a friendly and open class and the Nationals is a great opportunity to meet everyone, have a great time and sail faster.


Download your  Nationals Poster 2012