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  1. 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
  2. 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:
  3. 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)..
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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:
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Today I took the opportunity to complete 'Pringle's' final trial on the water. Taking full advantage of the weather conditions, whilst testing out the boat using its storm rig. The rig configuration is shroudless, with a high modulus carbon mast and pocket luff sails. For those skippers who may have read my previous post within the IOM page, it is the US1m class which is dedicated to the invention of carbon hulls and rigs. Therefore, there is no point in skippers who try and push for drastic changes to the IOM Class rules. I think now we can move forward by producing the full carbon version of 'Pringle', with some minor alterations we are still hopeful to race in this years Championship at Sacramento in September. JT Some video footage and pictures showing Pringle (US1m).
  11. There has been some helpful comments made during this post and I hope skippers have taken the bits of information which will work for them. I thank all those who have published their thoughts. Generally, if you have a competitive IOM and choose to refurbish the rigs, this will usually save money and keep you competitive for the predicted future. A skipper racing their usual IOM, with rigs in good condition will always be a tricky opponent. That said, a new and well built IOM may have the increased performance the skipper is looking for, yet some time may have to be spent sailing and getting used to the boat before the benefits are realised. There is no doubt sailing a new IOM design, provides skippers with a degree of confidence when launching their boats on the water. JT
  12. Gents, These discussions provide some great reading and there is a lot of information that other skippers can take from this post. However, can we start to steer away from the idea of using carbon rigs for an IOM. The initial basic concept of developing the IOM class was to provide skippers, with a cheaper option to continue racing. At the time the Marblehead Class was the most popular and prices were escalating out of control. The IOM became the cheaper and perhaps fairer option for others to keep racing, because carbon was not allowed within the rigs or hull construction. Therefore, grass route or skippers sailing to a budget remained competitive. The idea of carbon masts etc, on these types of boats has already been established in the form of the US1m Class. A brief description from my experiences with this class can be read here (Click) Although I like everyone's input, lets just keep to the basics of my original post. Refurbish Rigs vs A new IOM? JT
  13. Rammer and Darin make some excellent points, to answer the question though, the theme of my initial post is purely to create discussion. So far the correspondence has been excellent, in terms of people providing an insight to their rig work and in particular mast bend information. As mentioned, if you are not confident or unskilled when it comes to building an IOM, the option of purchasing a boat from a professional builder is the best alternative for you. After some time researching the spectrum of established designs, maybe the preferred method for some skippers would be the 'One Off' heavy investment into the chosen IOM, but I agree skippers must spend the time on and off the water getting to know their boat afterwards. To enable a skipper to gain a greater understand of how an IOM is put together, as Darin alluded to with the passage of time, personnel may begin to have the confidence to recognise what refurbishing requirement are needed for their IOM in the future. Therefore, perhaps no longer requiring further heavy investment. Unless as Rammer mentioned, you like the excitement of owning a new IOM, which is also understandable. For Michael, as I understand the purpose of mast pre-bend, is to create more tension within the jib luff, whilst complimenting the way the mainsail is constructed and fitted to the mast. Therefore, setting up your rig whilst understanding how these key elements work, will result in improved sailing performance. There are some good articles online which describes how pre-mast bend works. JT
  14. Some great comments so far about rig work. It seems a popular choice in comparison to purchasing a new IOM. However, is there positives for those who would rather invest money into a new boat? JT
  15. Hi Mike Originally my rigs were made by Dave Potter which I have had on my IOM for 6 years. It is only now I’m exchanging sails and finished refurbishing these rigs. I’m sure Dave put the pre-bend in the mast when constructing the rigs all that time ago. Derek I am entering the Championship, but I may not use these rigs in August. JT
  16. It was once said, that putting fresh sails on your boat can be better than purchasing a new IOM. So putting this into practise, I decided to replace my existing sails, which are between 3 and 6 years old, for fresh sails (not new ones) in much better condition. Plus, after some maintenance carried out on my goosenecks, where previously I had been experiencing a loss of tension to the leech side of the mainsail, I am hopeful these changes will provide more performance gains to my IOM when racing starts again. That said and to create discussion, some skippers believe a new IOM is the automatic step up in performance they want. To have the latest and greatest designs and the best of equipment is much better than just changing your sails or refurbishing a rig. However, in every yacht the sails represent the engines of your boat. Look after the engines and perhap the boat will look after the skipper. What are peoples thoughts, is a new IOM the answer in comparison to just refurbishing your rigs? JT
  17. This weekend I was a lonely figure on the Gosport Lake as trials continue with my new US1m design 'Pringle'. Weather conditions were ideal to have a look at my top rig for the first time since the yacht's launch in August. These light wind conditions are predicted to be the appropriate scenario when I eventually race in the US. Therefore, I took the opportunity to see how my rig and yacht would perform. Obviously, I cannot compare my design to other boats but after an hour of sailing, 'Pringle' seemed to skip through the water nicely, as well as naturally pointing to windward when there was some weight in the wind. Overall I am happy with the successful trials this year and I await the opportunity now to compete in the US in 2021. JT 'Pringle' Short Film Link:
  18. During the UK lockdown period and running parallel with our 'Matrix' A - Class Building Blog at the time, I produced a short piece of creative writing which was to be published within the Yachts & Yachting website. Unfortunately, the work was shelved and never published. Recently, with the introduction of another A - Class face book page, I have decided to share this piece of work, for those who may find some use within their interest for A - Class yachts. Constructive feedback would be appreciated. Regards JT Innovation of Design and Construction for A Class yachts.pdf
  19. Remix (36R), Wins first competitive race. Report by Derek Priestley. 36” Vane race for the LEVER CUP at 19th September 2020. A small but keen group of Vane 36” sailors gathered at the lake this morning to race for the LEVER CUP. Competitors racing 4 boats enjoyed a great days racing in a 12/ 15 knot easterly wind blowing straight down the lake under the bridge, and brilliant sunshine. John Taylor had travelled up from Portsmouth eager to see how his latest design the digitally (Plastic) Printed “Remix” owned by Bob Jolly, would perform. Also with us was John Sharman with the “Taxashun” he bought from Peter Jackson, Mick & Sue Parkinton with their “Taxashun”, and Robert Wheeler with his Martin Dovey designed boat. We all enjoyed the racing and completed 5 heats when a broken boat ended the day with Bob Jolly & John Taylor in an unassailable position 10 points clear of the nearest competitor. Final scores, Bob Jolly & John Taylor - 22pts Robert Wheeler & Derek P - 13pts John Sharman & Eric Austwick - 8pts Michael & Susan Parkinton - 7pts We shared the lake with lots of families crabbing & generally enjoying the day.
  20. Richard Thank you for your comment, the Pringle development has been a 2 year project which involved travelling to the US and sailing these boats. Now I have a prototype US1m of my own, I hope to return to Florida to test sail my boat in January. Once the concept has been proven with other US1m, my intention will be to construct a carbon version of Pringle. The plan will be to return to the US later in 2021 for the class championship. Should I achieve a positive result, then the long term future plan will be to produce my design and make Pringle available for US class skippers.
  21. Good Afternoon Gents, Thanks for your correspondence, where are you located Tho? I assumed that my US1m was the only UK based boat. It would be nice to visit you and sail both boats together. After Pringle's launch a few weeks ago it was necessary to alter a few features and adjust the rigs prior to sailing again. I predict we can have my US1m on the water again in 4 weeks from now. I am located in the Gosport area, but I do travel up and down the country often. It would be a great opportunity to meet in the near future. Regards, JT
  22. A few weeks ago, saw the launch of ‘Pringle’ (US1m) at Fleetwood. This 3D printed prototype yacht is our entry into this development class and a rare site within the UK. ‘Pringle’, is not to be confused to an International One Meter (IOM), although the yacht has an overall hull length of 1000mm / 39.37 inches, the design has a reduced displacement of 2.75kgs, which is the average weight for this class. ‘Pringle’ employs 4 carbon rigs with the maximum sail area of >387096+ mm* or >600+ sq/inches. Therefore, the whole concept is a lot different in comparison to the IOM. The US1m class is normally only seen within America and Canada, but ‘Pringle’ represent our latest design within our expanding portfolio, which includes entries to specialised development classes across the Atlantic. The timely launch of ‘Pringle’ came as the news broke from across the Atlantic, the difficult decision was announced, due to the Corona-virus pandemic to cancel the Sacramento Sail Week, which included the class championships with ‘Pringle’ set to compete in the regatta. As we have a further 12 months of development time, we will take the opportunity to modify further Pringle’s rig and deck layout. I hope to visit Wickham Park, Florida in early January 2021, to test sail this prototype in front of the local class skippers. Should the test be successful, we will produce the first carbon version after returning to the UK and in preparation for the class championships in 2021. Class Rules : https://www.theamya.org/boats/us1m/US1M_Rules.pdf
  23. This month has been a busy period launching new projects, most notably our new 36R design ‘Remix’. This is our entry into the class and provides a cost effective way for skippers who wish to be involved in sailing these yachts. ‘Remix’ can be used for both radio or vane and is adaptable for skippers who wish to use IOM or dedicated 36R class rigs. Please go to the link below for more information. Remix constitutes the last of the series of (IX) designs which have featured over the years. The others within the series were as follows: Astrix (M-Class) 2014, Rubix (IOM) 2015, Fonix (RG65) 2016, Sonix (10R) 2017, Matrix (A – Class) 2018/19 and Remix (36R) 2020. Link: http://taylormadeyachts.com/36r-remix/ JT
  24. 3D Printed Yacht Trials. The weekend saw the launch of 3 prototype designs at Fleetwood. All the yachts have been created using the 3 digital printing technique, which is to date the cheapest and easiest way to trial new design and construction methods. 'Aero' (RG65) Designed by J. Taylor This is the 3rd generation design produced and we hope to make this available in the new year. 'Aero' features a soft chine which runs along the length of the hull, but the transom's shape changes to a more rounded section. Much of the free-board of the hull is considerably reduced in comparison to my previous class designs, therefore 'Aero' has reduced hull wind resistance when sailing. 'Remix' (36 Class) Designed by J. Taylor This design represents my entry into the class. After a successful trial 'Remix' will be made available very soon. The best feature of this design is that it can be used for both competitive radio and vane sailing. 'Remix' can be dual rated, by making the skeg and rudder removable when in the vane configuration, then by installing radio and a conventional rudder within the yacht, 'Remix' also becomes a competitive radio 36. I believe this is a cost effective and desirable option for all skippers. 'Seabird' (6m Class) Designed By D. Hollom. Featured earlier this year 'Seabird' continues its trial successfully. Damian Ackroyd who built the prototype continues to research new construction ideas, which may be included within future moulded hulls. It is too early to predict when hulls will be made available, as the pandemic has slowed trialling 'Seabird'.
  25. Hi Martin There are a number of Marblehead suppliers in the UK as follows. http://taylormadeyachts.com.gridhosted.co.uk/ http://www.sailsetc2.com/store/ David Creed via http://www.pottersolutions.co.uk/ http://www.robotyachts.co.uk/ I hope this helps. Regards, JT
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