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  1. Please view from the link below describing some of our projects which have yet to see competition. Link: HERE Regards, JT
  2. Day 3 Report /Results. Congratulations to Craig Richards (05) for winning the UK Championship, 2nd place was John Tushingham (51) and 3rd place Peter Baldwin (172). In total 15 rounds were completed in a wide range of wind conditions. There were 8 protest hearings during the regatta. Special thank you to Derek Priestley, Rob Walsh and the Fleetwood racing team, including the ladies in the canteen who fed us all during the 3 days. The windward gate worked very well and we may see this format more often? As for me (214), I’ve found results hard to come by lately, especially after the disappointment of the (IOM) Championship a few weeks ago. However, this results (6th) renews my confidence in my abilities and to find your ‘Mojo’ again is a great feeling. Also I’m grateful to Bob Jolly for the use of his boat.
  3. Day 2 Report Today was the complete opposite from yesterday. A delayed start through the lack of wind on the course. Once the racing started and what little wind there was just changed direction continually. Providing a challenge for the race team to set a fair course. The first round started at lunchtime. The event leader John Tushingham (51), found himself in B-fleet and was frustrated when he missed out on promotion. Dave Potter (20) had equipment issues after the first round and he was relegated to C-fleet. As the afternoon session continued and with some of the skippers growing in frustration, all because on more than one occasion the wind would shift to other side of the course. Therefore, on the last leg and sailing to the finishing line, you would easily go from a safe position in the fleet to being relegated. That said, Peter Baldwin (172) and Jonas Samson (60) both produced good performances today, winning individual A-fleet races and closing the gap on the leader. However, on a funnier note, spare a thought for Tim Long (Snackers), he succumb to Mike Western’s Cream Pie attack at the lakeside. War may start later?
  4. Day 1 Report. Fleetwood welcomed 64 entries to the Dragon 95 Championship. The wind conditions were perfect gusting westerly upto 15mph. These yachts are part of a restricted class, equally built and rely on the skippers ability to manage the course. The Race Officer, Derek Priestley introduced a windward gate, perhaps not seen before in Radiosailing. This inclusion within the course was to limit any collisions when rounding the windward marks. After 6 races, John Tushingham (51) is leading from 2nd place Craig Richards (05) and 3rd place Jonas Samson (60) from Sweden. As for me, (214) I have made a strong start and I hope my good fortune continues. Also spare a thought for Ken Binks (83), his rudder servo and deck cover hatch melted during an A-Fleet race. Tomorrow we hope for more Champaign sailing and the local council not to administer parking tickets, within the club carpark.....Lol
  5. Please view from the link below describing our representations within a busy month of National Championships. Website Link: HERE Regards,
  6. UK (IOM) Championship, Day 3 Report and Results. Congratulations to Brad Gibson (Pop) who sailed to another (IOM) National Championship. A clear winner from 2nd place Graham Elliott (Britpop) and 3rd place Chris Harris (Britpop). 13 rounds of racing were completed, with 59 general recalls at the start line, 6 protest hearings and 1 man in the lake. Away from the racing, there were some interesting stories coming out of the fleet of skippers, who like to socialise too much. People sleeping in the streets or in hotel corridors, because for what ever reason they cannot find their appropriate accommodation. I’m sure those amusing stories will filter across the radio sailing world in the near future. However, the one thing you can say is that everyone enjoyed themselves and the regatta was a great success. Our thanks goes to Fleetwood Club, Derek Priestley, Peter Baldwin and their racing team for running such a good event. As for me (Sushi), I found the competition tough going, (competitively aswell as socially) but I’ve learnt more about my design. Sushi is a work in progress and I will make some changes before the next regatta in 4 weeks time. My highest achievement this weekend was promotion into B-Fleet briefly. Sushi handles differently than my previous design (Rubix), but this shows me I have to be adaptable. I will continue with this project because one regatta is not enough time to make a judgement.
  7. UK (IOM) Championship, Day2 Report The wind slowly built from the east this time with the RO setting a course using the full length of the lake. There was a lot of competitive racing, but on many occasions a general recall would be shouted from the start line, as skippers manoeuvred to try and get the advantage. After 8 rounds of racing Brad Gibson remains top and extends his lead from yesterday. Craig Richards continues his challenge with Chris Harris. Further down the fleet, Shaun Priestley (Britpop) and John Sharman (Vision) have sailed consistently today, as they maintain their positions in the top half of the standings. Jen Hand (Britpop) the only female entrant, has a determined approach to her races, on occasions she will vent her delight as a result from her successes As for me, (Sushi) I’ve spent a lot of time in D-Fleet today, but I was encourage once the wind strength increased during the afternoon session. Two consecutive promotions which guided me to B-Fleet for the first time in this regatta. Unfortunately, disaster struck me again during the start line of the B-Fleet race, where I had to retire due to my jib pull down brealage. So the momentum ended and I was back in C-Fleet.
  8. UK (IOM) Championship, Day 1 Report A variable light westerly wind built over the course of the day. Some of the more established skippers, Graham Bantock, John Tushingham and Darin Ballington all had bad starts to their regatta. However, fresh from winning the Marblehead Championships 2 weeks ago, Chris Harris (Britpop) carried on his good form. So too did Graham Elliott (Britpop) and Brad Gibson (Pop), both took first places in A-fleet during the day. After the first 4 rounds of racing, Brad Gibson is top of the fleet, but there is still along way to go. Elsewhere Craig Richards (Vanilla) has sailed consistently well and he won an A-Fleet race. Mark Rose (Britpop), a local skipper climbed through the fleets to compete with the best skippers. Unfortunately, in the same race an accident for Mick Chamberlain, who whilst racing fell into the lake. Thankfully only his pride was hurt. As for me, (Sushi) I’ve found today hard going. I spent most of the day in C-Fleet, but knocking on the door to promotion. Then disaster struck in my last race of the day, as I sailed myself into a relegation position. Therefore, I start tomorrow in D-Fleet. I will reflect on today’s performance with a beer.
  9. Fleetwood is the host club for the 30th (IOM) Championships. A 76 boat entry which includes 4 previous class World Champions, many National Champions and an array of talent, that boasts some of the best skippers across the country. This is certainly a high class event and over the next 3 days we will certainly experience some champaign racing. The skippers who are favourite to win are many, but in my opinion: Robert Walsh, Brad Gibson, Martin Roberts, John Tushingham and Graham Bantock will all be staking their bids. The next wave: Tony Edwards, Graham Elliot, Chris Harris, Gavin Watson and Darin Ballington will all be in the mix. However, there are some other skippers you may not be familiar with, but equally talented: Craig Richards (112), Ian Dundas (38) and Brian Summers (07). All very capable and eager to start this regatta well. Let the show commence!!!!
  10. New Sushi (IOM) Introduction. This week saw the launch of my new (IOM) 'Sushi', its the first design I have produced within the class for 6 years. At the time In 2015, I felt many people were producing different designs and the next latest and greatest yacht would appear within 3 months from the last IOM. Therefore, I decided to leave the IOM Class, to expand my experience and personal development as an amateur yacht designer. I wanted to experiment with designs across many other classes such as the US1m, 36R, 10R, and revisit the A - Class. Having now achieved those goals I return this year with 'Sushi'. The project has taken 12 months to create, starting as a CAD drawing on a computer screen, through the construction process with the hull being hand crafted in Obeche wood, to the final fitting of the rig and radio equipment. The key features of Sushi is the chine that runs the full length of the hull, but with little tumblehome in comparison to my previous IOM designs. There is more freeboard to minimises the waterflow across the deck when Sushi is heeled and a flared bow that rises significantly, from the foredeck which will assist the downwind performance when hard pressed. The next few months will be key as I will campaign Sushi in numerous regattas, starting with the UK Championship, in Fleetwood at the end of August. The long term plan for Sushi is if the yacht performs well over the coming months, then I hope to make this design available in 2022 as a home build (IOM) kit for others to enjoy. I wish to thank those who have supported me through this project. Damian Ackroyd for supplying the hull sections and moulded parts. Including Ian Davidson, who patiently constructed this Sushi-Prototype and made a fantastic job. Facebook Sushi (IOM) Album Link: Here Regards, JT
  11. Marblehead Championship Day 2 Report and Results. Wind conditions were still variable both in speed and direction. The top skippers continued to battle it out on the water, but Graham Bantock, Darin Ballington and Tony Edwards have all spent time in B-Fleet which probably finished their challenge in the early part of the afternoon. Plus it didn’t help that a protest stopped racing for nearly an hour during the morning session. This was between Chris Harris and Phil Haliday for an incident at the start line. The result was the protest was eventually thrown out with no impact on either skipper. Congratulations goes to Chris Harris after a close encounter, he takes the top spot for the first time in this class. His performance and careful sailing gradually pulled him through the fleet. 2nd place Peter Stollery , 3rd place Andrea Roberts. Some excellent performances also during the weekend, Craig Richards and CJ Vice both sailed consistently. As for me, my results slowly improved when the wind speed increased, I managed to sail in A-Fleet a couple of times but was relegated straight away. Frustratingly, on one occasion during the last leg of the course I sailed myself into a bottom 4 position. (Unforgivable). Thanks goes to Hugh McAdoo, his Racing Team and to Manor Park Sailing Club. An enjoyable regatta despite me sleeping in my car.
  12. Marblehead Championship, Day 1 Report Manor Park is the venue for this year’s UK Marblehead Championships. 31 skippers from all over the country, split into 2 fleets taking part. Throughout the day the wind conditions were a challenge both for the skippers and the Race Officer (RO). On more than one occasion the course had to be rotated nearly 180 degrees. In the racing, Martin Roberts, Chris Harris and Peter Stollery all have won during the day. However, Martin and Peter have also found themselves sailing in B-Fleet, proving no one is safe in A-fleet in these conditions. After day 1, Chris Harris tops the fleet, great performances also from Andrea Roberts (Starkers) and Rob Vice (Up). I think it will be more of the same tomorrow. As for myself, I found the day challenging both on and off the water. Unable to sail myself into a promotional position in B-Fleet, I often found myself sailing into no wind, or be on the wrong side of the course as the wind filled in again. However, more frustration was to come as I later found my accommodation for the night was cancelled. The land lady had double booked by mistake. This leaves me sleeping in the car for the night
  13. Vane A - Class Championships Day 5 Report / Results The final day of this regatta saw the wind conditions increase to a gusty 15 mph south westerly. 4 heats were sailed and suddenly points became a premium for the skippers. It didn't matter how messy your trim was, as long as you crossed the finishing line first. Chris Harris and Peter Fothergill tried to make up ground on the skippers above them and took heart as both Shaun Wyeth and Martin Roberts began to drop points, but in the end it was too late. Team Graham Wyeth and Mark Dicks maintained their 3rd position in the overall standings. So well-done to them. Shaun Wyeth had a re-sail with Peter Stollery which after 4 attempts was finally resolved, but Peter Stollery took the points. This pretty much ended Shaun Wyeth's challenge leaving Martin Roberts on top and claiming the 2021 Vane A - Class Championship. It has been a fantastic week and all of our thanks goes to Derek Priestley, Jacque and Mervyn Cook and the Race Team of Gosport MYC. Next year Fleetwood will become the hosts of this prestigious event and we hope to see some new faces? The main prize winners are listed below. Class Champion - Martin Robert Yachting Monthly Cup Winners - Peter Fothergill & Paul Edwards TOTS Team Winners - Peter Fothergill, Damian Ackroyd and Lewis Wyeth Little Portugal Cup - Lewis Wyeth Junior Trophy - Oliver Stollery Neptune Team Trophy - Gosport Short Film Link:
  14. Day 4 Report Everyone was in action today as the southerly wind started to increase bringing with it the rain during the afternoon session. It was important for skippers to set their boats up to sail straight down the lake without banking. Therefore, it was all about the straight line speed and if your trim was not accurate enough, allowing your boat to sail to the bank, you were probably going to loose points. The top skippers in the overall standing continued to make progress, picking up points throughout the day. It was going very well for Shaun Wyeth until he lost a maximum of 5 points against Damian Ackroyd towards the end of the session. This gave Martin Roberts a chance to capitalise which he dually did, and has taken the top spot going into the last day. Team Graham Wyeth and Mark Dicks moved up to third place overall with consistent sailing, but unfortunately both Chris Harris and Peter Fothergill dropped places for the first time this week. At the other end of the overall standings, Peter Hopkins was having an encouraging period as he picked up points against the skippers near to him in the table. Young skipper Oliver Stollery continues to sail very well during periods and the competition within the Stollery family remains tight. Please spare a moment for all the kids who are sailing with their skippers. Many of them are taking part for the first time and having fun being part of this regatta. Families such as the Preistley's, Wyeths, Roberts and Stollery's are all represented by their youngsters and the potential next generation of skippers to come. Also included is Amber Geldard who has been an important part of the Dave Geldard team. Amber has managed to recover many points for her father, when all seemed lost in races over the course of the week. It is another example of fantastic enthusiasm and the willingness to keep sailing. Today was all about completing as many races as possible, prior to tomorrows final day and the business end of this regatta. Who's nerve will holdup in the final races to decide this competition, or will there be a late surprise? Bring on Friday. Some pictures show the various yacht designs. Picture 1 - Clockwork Orange (21), Picture 2 - Ivor 52 (99), Picture 3 - Lance (76), Picture 4 - Lightning (25), Picture 5 - Madaize (49), Picture 6 - Matrix (01), Picture 7 - Mike Dann (34), Picture 8 - New Approach (88), Picture 9 - Reference Point (86), Picture 10 - Minstrel (77), Picture 11 - Sir Percy (101), Picture 12 - Venceramous (02), Picture 13 - Shunt (39)..
  15. Yachting Monthly Cup Report The main event took a break today as both fleets were put into a knockout competition. The format of this event is to split the entire fleet into groups of 4 yachts. Skippers are then encouraged to race between themselves in each group, they must race each other twice using the 'Beating Leg'' of the course, before moving to the next skipper within their individual group. Once all yachts have raced each other, the top two successful skippers qualify for the next round of the competition. The 2nd and further rounds of the Yachting Monthly Cup changes format to a pure knockout competition. Skippers are paired to compete against each other, they must complete two beats with the winner of both races going through to the next round. However, if after 2 races the skippers are drawn with one win each, the deciding race is then resolved with the two skippers racing using the 'Running Leg' of the course, the first boat across the finishing line goes threw to the next round, this format continues until there is one skipper left who wins the event. So today was a slow start, with very little wind which continuously changed direction and forced skippers to not settle on a base trim or vane setting. Some high profile skippers fell in the group stages and therefore were forced to an early finish. As the south-easterly breeze filled in later in the afternoon Rob Walsh, Shaun and Lewis Wyeth fell at the quarter final stages. Then to the semi-finals and after some close racing, Rob Vice and Dave Geldard were finally sent to the club house, leaving...….. The 2021 Yachting Monthly Cup Final between Chris Harris vs Peter Fothergill. The first beat went to Chris Harris. Straight down the middle of the lake as Peter Fothergill was forced to pole off at the bank, loosing momentum in the turn. The second beat. had both skippers heading towards to top bank again. Peter pulled ahead at the half way point, after a good retrim by his team mate Paul Edwards. In the end it was a comfortable win for Peter Fothergill's yacht, which took the final to a deciding race using the 'Running Leg' of the course. Both teams decided not to use a spinnaker. At the start of the race both yachts came together which forced a re-sail. On the bank and preparing to race again, Peter Fothergill chose to use a spinnaker this time against Chris Harris, who's yacht remained unchanged from the previous race. The final race begins, although Peter Fothergill's spinnaker doesn’t fill properly, he remains ahead of his competitor. Chris Harris pulls closer in the final stages but unfortunately banks near to the finishing line and Peter takes the win by a few boat lengths. Congratulations to Peter Fothergill and Paul Edwards. The main event restarts tomorrow.
  16. Day 3 Report Continuing with fleet sailing, B-Fleet was at the lake side for the morning session. Light and variable winds dominated the early start and at times racing had to be paused by the Race Officer, Mr Derek Priestley. Fortunately, there was only 2 rounds of sailing to be completed which took until lunchtime. Peter Fothergill maintained his challenge and Jacque Cook also picked up important points. After lunch it was the turn of A - Fleet and for them 3 rounds of racing, as well as re-sails from day 2 which still had to be resolved. In the end, most of the leading skippers from both fleets did not have things all their own way, as they all dropped important points. The biggest mover from today's racing came in Damian Ackroyd sailing 'Sir Percy'. From 17 points which were available to him, (3 sailing rounds, plus a re-sail for 2points) , he collected a total of 12 points. His performance allows him to climb 4 places up the leader board. In addition, the Roberts family went head to head in the regatta, namely Martin and Andrea Roberts (husband and wife). Andrea and team mate Lisa Priestley sailed successfully to claim maximum points against Martin Roberts, I am sure there will be much to celebrate on one side of the family tonight. Tomorrow the regatta switches to the Yachting Monthly Cup, a knockout competition which will give some skippers an early finish. Some pictures below are a mix from the last few days.
  17. Vane A - Class Championship Day 2 Report. Today switched to fleet racing, in the morning session the skippers from A - Fleet competed against each other. Chris Harris sailing 'Lance/Jouster' continued his good work from yesterday. He consistently sailed very well whilst the rest of the fleet took points from each other. Damian Ackroyd sailing a 'Sir Percy' design also put in a good performance, as he won 3 of the 4 running legs of the course in the morning session. Unfortunately, his momentum was thwarted on a re-sail scheduled tomorrow against team 'Lisa Priestley and Andrea Roberts' , who themselves managed to pick up some important points today. In the afternoon session, skippers from B-Fleet raced each other, Mark Dicks and Graham Wyeth built on there success from yesterday, again sailing a 'Lance' design which is becoming difficult yacht to beat this week. However, the performance of the day came from the youngest skipper in the fleet, Oliver Stollery (13yrs) sailing the oldest boat of 50yrs 'Clockwork Orange'. Oliver sailed to success taking maximum points from his more famous father and grandfather Peter and Roger Stollery. What a fantastic achievement and one for the family album. The latest scores are available. Please be aware B-Fleet have completed one round more of sailing, some boats have had a 'Bye' and re-sails are still to be completed. Please view the short promotional film about Vane Sailing, where you might need to tweak the volume button . Short Promotional Film Link:
  18. Day 1 Report The 2021 (UK) Vane A Class Championship got underway today as 18 skippers arrived at Gosport to compete over 6 days. This Championship as well as the Yachting Monthly Cup are the most prestigious events within the MYA Calendar, both have been competed for since 1932. This years event has attracted no fewer than 4 World Champions outside of the class, numerous national champions, including experts within the skill of Vane Sailing, plus a mix of new and exciting talent, all of which represent the next generation of skippers. This year will see a different name on the trophy because the current champion, Graham Butler of Fleetwood was unable to compete this year. So who will be your favourite to win the championship? Shaun Wyeth - He has to be the favourite for this week. He is sailing on his own lake using a boat familiar to him which has been upgraded recently. Shaun has won this regatta many times and understands the challenges. Martin Roberts - A world Champion outside of the class, but he has won this event more than once. He will be pushing hard throughout the week. Rob Walsh and Peter Stollery - Both skippers are World Champions outside of the class, but Peter has won the Vane A - Class Championship before. Rob is still yet to achieve this goal but both skippers have capable yachts to win. Dave Geldard - A past winner of this championship but competing with a new and unfamiliar boat, Matrix which performed well 2 weeks ago at Fleetwood. Dave will pickup points against his rivals, but consistency will be key for him. Chris Harris - He knows what it takes to win this event, plenty of Vane A-Class experience. He won at Fleetwood 2 weeks ago but has changed his boat for the regatta. Or is there another skipper who can raise their game? Scores will start from tomorrow.
  19. With the UK (Vane) A - Class Championship nearly upon us, please view from the link below describing my latest available design after a lengthy development period. Looking forward to Gosport, see you all there. Website Link: HERE Regards JT
  20. Up to 6 boats turned up for this Vane A-Class Open weekend. Traditionally this event is the shake down race for the A-Class Championship, to be held this year at Gosport in 3 weeks time. On the Saturday, the skippers were racing for the Jack Roberts Trophy. Numerous designs were on show plus some high profile skippers, who swapped their transmitters for poles. In the end Saturday's winner was Zak Roberts, who managed to not drop any points in the second part of the day's racing to claim top spot. On Sunday, skippers competed for the Northern District Championships. The weather conditions were not as favourable, because the light and variable southerly winds made it difficult, for the skippers to set on a suitable trim. In the end the wind conditions forced the race officer, Derek Priestley to finish the event early with still a round of sailing to go. Congratulations to Chris Harris for winning the Northern District Vane A-Class Championship. In joint 2nd place was Zak Roberts and Dave Geldard. Many thanks to all competitors and Derek Priestley for running this weekend’s regatta’s, which was conducted in a safe manner and within Covid restrictions. The full report can be seen on my Facebook page. Regards, JT
  21. June Report Please view from the link below describing the latest update on the 'Astrix' (Marblehead) and Sushi (IOM) prototype. This month was spent on the water preparing boats for racing. Plus construction of the Sushi (IOM) prototype continues with great progress being made in June Website Link: HERE Regards, JT
  22. May Report The last few weeks have been very productive within the workshop, building the yachts which represent many of the classes we support. Please read further from the link: Here Regards, JT
  23. Please view from the link below describing the latest update on the 'Aero' (RG65). The first carbon moulded 'Aero' was launched which signifies our continuous representation within this development class. Website Link: Here Regards JT
  24. Richard Thanks for your correspondence, to answer your question. Studying the class rules and having conversations with the US skippers who sail these boats on a regular basis, I gradually formed an understanding of the how my boat and rigs should be configured. The class rules largely supports development with only a small number of limits to be aware of. When it came to designing my US1m package, I took advantage of the development aspect of what was possible. I soon became inspired by using the best ideas from different classes when producing Pringle. For example, my hull and deck configuration is of the same theme as for an IOM. However, my rigs are constructed using ideas from the Marblehead Class. Using pocket luff sails on stiff shroudless carbon rigs, purpose built for the boat should maximise sailing performance, whilst not forgetting to have the ability of changing your rig easily at the lakeside. There are no trade secrets, for me it was an opportunity to use the best ideas from 2 other classes and incorporating previous lessons learnt into my US1m. The only thing now is to wait until we are allowed to travel again, so I may have the opportunity to race against these guys and find out if I have produced a competitive boat? JT Short Video Link: https://youtu.be/GAuCEUV6PJ0
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