Camel Week Rocks

Camel Week starts on 11th August for one week offering the very best that Cornwall has to offer in the summer (remember that !) .  Brilliant white beaches, a good friendly event and very good for Cats.

Due to tides there is only one race per day so plenty of time to relax and have a pint of Doom Bar.

Last year Mike and Viki Coulson won the Multihull fleet of 14 Cats and made it into yachts and yachting http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/158950 

 If you need further information please contact Hamish on  0797 0198 084 or email  haleighton_2000@yahoo.co.uk 

 

Leaderboard 2012

You can now download a pdf of the movers the shakers the winners and the loosers here.  You can compare your results going back to 2010 and see how you have progressed.

We shall use these results as a guide to arrange a Pro-Am at the Nationals where the most experienced/successful amongst us will be paired up with those that are just starting out.  This will mean that your Pro-Am buddy will spend some time with you giving you tips and advice and possibly take you out for a sail and encourage you to sail better and faster. 

What better way for the fleet to sail faster together – so if you have never done a Nationals before this is just one of many reasons why you should do it – 4 days of fantastic sailing where you will be amongst a really friendly fun bunch of sailors helping each other improve.

 

 Leaderboard 2010-2012  download

Nationals / Regfest 2012 Entry Form

At last we can now take entries for the Hurricane Class Nationals celebrating our 25th Anniversary and incorporating Regfest at the home of all things White and the birthplace of the Hurricane.

We have 4 days of fantastic racing from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th September with food and entertainment further details to follow on NOR, polo shirts and prizes and free beer.

Our sponsors Typhoon have kindly donated drysuits for the Champions both helm and crew.

Hyde are providing us with goodies.

Kingfisher have provided us with a complete rope pack cut to size – you can purchase raffle tickets for this substantial prize at £1 each (for members or £5 to non members) all members have 1 free entry into the drawer.

The entry form is below and you can enter and pay either by emailing your completed entry form to secretary59@hurricane59.com and transferring your money directly to Hurricane Class Account (see entry form for details) or you can post your cheque and entry form to Hurricane Class Association (see entry form for details).

We hope that you can join us for what is going to prove to be a great cleebration and fantastic Nationals at Brightlingsea.

Nationals Entry Form 2012

 Want to remind yourself of last years Nationals then click on the link below for the video.

http://offers.wildwind.co.uk/huricane-nationals

 

 

 

Stone NOR

AS you are all aware next weekend is the stone open 7-8 July a big turn out is expected so come and join us.

Click the link below for the NOR.

Stone NOR_Hurricane_F18

East Coast Piers Race

  This year’s ECPR weekend is being held on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July. The event this year will again be sponsored by Wildwind who provide our number 1 raffle prize, a sailing holiday to Greece for two. It’s rude not to buy a raffle ticket with more great prizes also available.More information on Wildwind can be found on their website.Camping is available from Friday night all the way through until Monday and is free. The bar and galley will be open all weekend with a meal on Saturday evening (pre booking on Saturday is required).Saturday will consist of two medium distance races around the River Blackwater, the first race will start around 1pm with the briefing scheduled for midday. The briefing for Sunday’s race is scheduled for 6pm Saturday night, we recommend you attend this even if you think you have heard it a number of times.

Sunday is the big race day with the East Coast Piers Race starting at 9.30am and the Colne Point Race starting at around 9.50am. Race reception will be open all the way through to 9.15am to receive your entries.

Fast Dinghies have also been invited along this year to celebrate our 25th year. A PY of 917 or faster will be required and dinghies can only enter the Colne Point Race on Sunday. Please see the separate notice of race for dinghy entries.

Certain safety equipment is required for you to take part in the race, please see the ECPR website for more details. Your boat will be checked for all of this equipment as you pass onto the launching area.

Entry prices for this year are £45 for two handed boats and £35 for single handed boats. All money goes to charity so remember to bring some spare cash to buy a T-shirt. Please note that age restrictions apply and parental consent is needed for anyone under the age of 18.

Marconi Sailing Club look forward to welcoming you once again for the 2012 East Coast Piers Race and encourage you to enter the raffle to win a fantastic holiday from Wildwind! If you have any questions in the mean time then please just drop us an email back.

www.eastcoastpiersrace.com

 
 

 

Rutland

As the clock struck 12pm Thunderbird 1 blasted off and Stingray slipped her moorings; destination Rutland. Both were on a secret mission. Stingray to bring back some silverware, Thunderbird 1 to eat and drink as much as possible. They were set to rendezvous with the Pornstar aka John Ready with his mobile nightclub, the Lord of Paradise Island aka Mark Mawditt and our agents on the ground at Rutland, Paul Cundy and Pete Burrows.

After a smooth flight Thunderbird 1 arrived in the boat park to find Stingray already rigged and standing by for action.  After a lot of banter and boat tweaking our intrepid teams retired to freshen up for the evenings festivities. Team Stingray going to the luxury of a bed and breakfast which had an East and West wing and hot and cold running marmalade. Andy and Paul retired to put together a tent immediately spotting a flaw in their plan.

The evening was spent at the Wheatsheaf mostly drinking, eating and chatting about the great sailing that lay ahead. A few of us then retired to John’s trailer to check out his projection system in the trees!

After a hearty breakfast at the sailing club, further boat tweaking and fine tuning we all took to the water with medium winds forecast. Mark Mawditt proved that despite an off games note earlier in the season due to an injured hand he still has what it takes by winning the first race. The honours then went to the Pornstar who showed us all how to do it. This was closely followed by Team Stingray, The Lord of Paradise Island, Thunderbird 1 and the Rutland team.

The last night was spent in the clubhouse after a fantastic hog roast and a thought provoking nautical quiz. I always under the impression that the characters in Pugwash were Seaman Stains, Master Bates and Roger the Cabin Boy but apparently I must have spent a misguided childhood!

Sunday bought stronger winds and the day promised to bring some champagne sailing! The Pornstar again was the man to beat and was hotly pursued by the rest. Thunderbird 1 suffered a string of setbacks. The first resulted in a close inspection of the underside of the boat due to user error and the second resulted in the starboard rudder arm snapping! Oops!

Rutland was a great event with lots of twin wiring on day two to put a big smile on everyone’s face. The club was very welcoming and laid on a fantastic hog roast on Saturday evening! Congratulations to John Ready for first place in the Hurricane fleet and coming fourth overall. A big thanks to all involved and we are all looking forward to next year!

Many thanks to Typhoon for sponsoring the event and prizes of boots and gloves went to John Ready,  Jamie Bolingbroke,  Mark Mawditt and Andrew Dobbs respectively

Apparell- Sale

We have a limited number of Hurricane polo rash vests and polo shirts available and they are now on sale at £20 each – please email secretary59@hurricane59.com to place your order.

 

Solent Slog

Saturday morning and the alarm goes off, it is the Solent Slog weekend.  A 90 mile per hour drive around the M25 dodging the cameras ( hopefully) to pick up the boat at Datchet.  Bedders and Wayne already on the road and Nathan’s boat de-rigged and waiting to be collected.

We arrived at Weston Sailing Club and after a  lovely bacon and egg roll cooked to perfection which we ate  on the terrace overlooking Southampton Water in the sunshine, we decided to rig the boat and go out for a sail.

We remembered the  sun block and rubbed it into the only parts of our bodies that were not encased in our neoprene summer  wet suits.  We slipped into our harness’s and tightened the straps and launched into the flat Southampton water with the sun beating down and a lovely force 4 and we blasted up and down and had ourselves  a wild ride.  It was the kind of day you dream and long for in those dark winter months and we planned to enjoy every minute of it. 

It did not take long for us to both get into the groove and rhythm,  riding each wave and leaning back into the breeze as it lifted us higher.  It was  now time to take things to the next level and I raised the kite feeling the power of it as it filled and I slipped into the back foot strap and enjoyed the surge of adrenalin as we flew along Southampton Water.

We eventually came in, euphoric and satisfied and left the boat on the beach and joined everyone for chilli and beers and watched the sun go down.  Lindsey tempted everyone with her “dirty pants” shots and that got everyone going, some of us had a few because that are real cat sailors !    A very enjoyable evening with great people.

 Sunday morning and there was no wind but it was slowly building and  beginning to look promising and  by the time the race started we were  twin wiring.  A good fast beat to Browndown and the wind just died and we were all drifting around with the kites up but limp, desperately trying to catch whatever breeze there was.   We battled over to Motherbank where we were now praying for a sea breeze and the wind did pick up a little but not what you would call a sea breeze of course by now we are all very mindful of the strong tide that was about to turn against us. 

We tussled with Nacra Infusions and the new Cirrus, all the way from Coronation to Radio Cowes where thankfully the course was shortened and we were in with a chance of making it back.  We hugged the coastline to keep out of the tide, tacking into whatever breeze we could find all the way back to Southampton Water.  The wind thankfully filled in slightly and we were able to tack all the way back up to Weston and just made it back at 7.45 in 10th place.

It was a slog  but it was a great slog and the sense of achievement at finishing and taking part is what it is all about, that and the adventures you have along the way.  It is amazing how many near misses you have with ships, and ferries, and fishing boats and fishing lines and it is amazing how quick you can tack when you have to.

Many thanks to Grant for organising another great Solent Slog and to everyone else at Weston that work hard to make this event happen  – we look forward to next year where we might have a Solent Raid !

Yachts & Yachting

Hurricane/Typhoon make Yachts and Yachting – see link below:

http://www.yachtsandyachting.co.uk/ 

Kingfisher Rope Pack Raffle

The Kingfisher ropepack will be raffled at the Nationals in Brightlingsea (not at Rutland as previously announced) where we will have a full turn out and the winner will hopefully be there to collect their prize.

The Kingfisher ropepack contains every piece of rope you need for a Hurricane SX and is of considerable value donated generously to the Class by our sponsor Kingfisher so if you have not already brought a raffle ticket or you want to buy more now is the time to do so. 

Non members are £5 per ticket and members are £1 per ticket.  Every member will have a free entry to get you started.

 Contact sercretary59@hurricane59.com for details on how to buy your raffle ticket.