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Christmas Crackers from Windsport

Make sure your wish list Christmas stocking is full of just what you wanted with our Christmas Crackers!

If you are looking for some great ideas to protect your boat and keep in it tip top condition.  We are offer Free Shipping to UK Mainland Postal Addresses on all the following items that have put at the top of our Windsport Christmas Hamper:

– Skeg Protectors – either the Compact Size at £69.16 or the Big Wheel Option at £131.84 

Christmas Crackers Skeg Protectors

The Emergency Pack – At just £29.70 It is the perfect band aid to keep you on the water.

Christmas Crackers - emergency kit

Some might say it is the best made cover on the market! – We know it as the AirflowBoat Cover  – £345.28

Christmas Crackers Airflow Dart 18 Cover

If you want to keep your foils in top condition then you probably will want a set of Rudder Covers – £79.75

Christmas Crackers Universal Rudder Covers

The NEW Travel hull stretch covers – £296.52, protect your boat when on the road or in storage

Stretch Dart 18 Hull Cover Christmas Crackers

Finally why not treat yourself to a Professional Coaching Session on the water with the Championship winning Windsport Coaching team.  Personal Sessions from £100 – E-mail or call the office to find out what option would suit you best.


December 3, 2016 More

Goodall Design Boats – Price Freeze

Goodall Design Boats – Price Freeze

The price of Windsport’s F16 and F18   Goodall Performance Catamaran racing products,  C2 and Viper, have frozen fast for the start of the Winter.Goodall Design Price Freeze

Working with manufacture, Goodall Catamarans, the Windsport team have some great deals on new boats and some very special deals on their own Windsport C2 and Viper race catamarans.

As you plan for the 2017 season now will be the best time to contact Windsport and see what is on offer! The Winter package melts away in mid December so get your skates on before that date.


Also check out our 2016 Windsport Race Viper is now available with a range of accessories – This Race winning Formula 16 (F16) is all ready to go to a good home.

Contact :-

Windsport catamaran sales and technical support.

01326 376191

October 21, 2016 More

Shrimper Centre Board Face Lift

Shrimper Centreboard face lift

At the start of the 2016 season the Windsport team received a “ can you help” call from Philip  owner of  Shrimper Rebecca. The boat had been launched back into the water for the start of the season and first trip out the centreboard would not budge. A quick conversation between Philip and Windsport lead to drilling a hole in the top of the centreboard box and giving the top of the centreboard a hefty  clout with a sizable steel punch . Job done and centreboard now down there was clearly a longer term problem  and it was likely to be corrosion build up ( rust) on the sides of the board.

Cornish Shrimper Centre board Rust

Keen to get as much sailing in as possible during the season Philip lived with a centreboard that could not be raised above half way and  asked Windsport to sort the problem nearer the end of the season.

In the last weeks of September Rebecca duly arrived off the Windsport beach and was floated onto the Windsport pull out trailer to start work .

With the hull hoisted into the air on strops the centreboard, with some persuasion, was forced out of the box along with flakes of rust and corrosion . The centre-board slot  dimensions were checked to confirm there was no swelling of the casing and given a good clean.

It was also the opportunity to inspect the rudder drop down plate by removing the pivot bolt and dropping the plate out. Just as well we did as the plate had totally warn though at the bolt hole and was ready to drop out!CornishShrimper Rudder drop down plate

Two weeks later , after the centreboard got the royal treatment of sanding back the significant corrosion build up to sound metal  followed by anticorrosion treatment,  layers of  epoxy followed by a gelcoat surface and antifouling the centreboard along with a replacement rudder plate from Cornish Crabbers was ready to reinstall.

Lining up the pivot bolt hole in the centreboard casing with the centreboard is always a challenge, but using a jig and some careful adjustment things go to plan.

The centreboard has successfully been re-inserted with a new pivot bolt, seals and lifting strop fitted + some repairs to the top of the centreboard box.Cornish Shrimper Restored Centre Board

All done and checked Rebecca was relaunched and placed on the Windsport mooring ready for Philip to collect and sail back to her own mooring at Loe beach .

Job done and another Shrimper with a centreboard that now goes up and down  like magic!

Windsport  Shrimper Services.

October 12, 2016 More

Falmouth Shrimper Association Sail Offer

Shrimper Sail Offer

As you know Yesella sails withhyde Hyde sails that are now a few years old so I was thinking of replacing them this winter.  The Hyde sail designer has been down to sail Yesella and note any small modifications within the class rules specification.  If anyone is interested joining a group purchase over the winter Hyde are offering a special winter saving to us as a group.
Standard price
1) 2017 Gaff Mainsail including 2 x reefing points, cross cut construction, including sail bag . Material 5.53oz HM Challenge woven polyester. Std price £435 + vat
2) Furling Jib, cross cut construction, complete with sail bag . Material 5.530z HM Challenger woven polyester. Std price £265 + vat
Nb. Additional UV sun-strip per sail £75 + vat
Sail colour options :- Tan, Cream, White.
Special Winter Discount
As a one off Hyde are offering a limited number “Winter discount” to Falmouth Shrimper owners as follows.
20 % discount on retail price on all orders placed before 14th October 2016 requiring a 50% initial down payment.
Balance of payment to be paid on delivery in 2017.
This brings the special price of a mainsail from £435 to £348 + vat.
Jib from £265 to £212 + vat .
Shipping cost for collection from Windsport £ 21.95.
If you are keen? want to know more details? Or wish to place an order contact Brian or Cookie at Windsport.
Tel: 01326 376191

September 26, 2016 More

Dart History – The First Mast

Dart History  The First Mast

The Dart 18 took over 2 years to go from concept to production . During that
time exhaustive testing was done on all the parts that made up the final
production boat  specification. Dart History The First Mast
The mast was one of the biggest challenges, being light enough to be righted
by a singlehanded sailor , yet strong enough to withstand the loads it could
be subjected too.
Sections of the original  pre-production test mast are  part of Dart history
and this picture shows the top section with a welded halyard hook, rather
the stainless steel hook we are all so familiar with .
Brian Phipps
Dart 18 history

September 20, 2016 More

New Dart 18 hulls for stock and customers –

New Dart 18 Hulls

We have recently collected more new Dart 18 hulls from Whiteboarders UK to bring us back up to date with stock after a recent run on new boat sales.  We are now ready to fulfil upcoming orders with complete boats in stock, along with all class spares – available from our Catparts Website.

New Dart 18 Hulls



September 14, 2016 More

Sprint 15 Nationals at Pwllheli Yacht Club

Sprint 15 Nationals

Sprint 15 Flags Fly over Pwllheli Yacht Club.


All Smiles and  Success @ the Sprint 15 Catamaran National Championships 


The Sprint 15  catamaran 2016 National Championships, hosted by the Pwllheli Sailing  Club from their new building looking out over the beach took place over the August Bank holiday.  Sailors from all over the UK and further afield, Hong Kong,  took part both single handed and two up.


Sprint 15 Nationals Fleet Photo


Family Sprint 15 Crews

Windsport with their event trailer and team were there in support with replacement part and mobile workshop keeping the teams on the water and providing  Sprint 15 related coaching tips.

Good weather and excellent race officer  work ensured all the races were completed  with a clear “father and daughter” team winning many of the races making them 2016 overall national champions.

Sophia ( 8 yrs. old) and father Sean Mac Keene lead the way in the results racing two-up as one of the family sailing teams alongside  a strong fleet of uni-rigged single- handed sailors.

The success of the family duo  confirmed what a truly  versatile  family boat the Sprint 15 catamaran can be  providing  fun, speed, simplicity, class and technical challenge for a wide range of sailors.  The next   big  Sprint 15 event will be the “Grafham Catamaran Open 22-23 October  and the class welcome all Sprint 15 sailors  and those individuals / families keen to find out more about the class to join them over the weekend.


Sprint 15 Nationals Prize giving


Pwllheli Beach park

Overall results as follows :-


1st  Sophia & Sean McKenna

2nd Stuart Snell

3rd  Paul Grattage




For more information about the Sprint 15 and  class contact :-

Windsport :-

Sprint 15 class association


August 29, 2016 More

Dart 18 Momento for online Orders in August – STOCK All GONE

We have an August Special Offer for all orders on our Website for Dart 18 Parts.
We will throw in A ’40 Year of Dart 18 Catamaran‘ momentos with every order over £20.

Click here to go to our Catparts Website.

While stocks Last – Limited Edition.Dart 18 Key Ring Offer

August 18, 2016 More

Windsport Support – Dart Worlds 2016

A frantic few days lead up to the Windsport Support Van and Trailer setting off for Medemblik in Holland.

Windsport Support heading to Dart 18 Worlds

Windsport Support heading to Dart 18 Worlds

New Boats and spare hulls, masts and the usual extensive array of spares are all packed ready for the event.

Pre orders for Worlds

Pre orders for Worlds

A combination of one hundred and eight entries, a fabulous sailing area as well as all the planned celebrations going on for the competitors to  help with the 40th anniversary of the Dart 18 Class we think this event will be one not to miss.  We hope to see you on location shortly.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook Page and the Event Website for all the latest news and info coming from the event site once it kicks off.


The Windsport Team

July 29, 2016 More

Dart 18 SW Championships and UKIDA GP4, Y&Y

Dart 18 SW Championships and UKIDA GP4

40 Dart 18s went to Restronguet Sailing Club over the “long” weekend of the 1st to the 3rd July to where it all began 40 years ago when the trail blazing and mould shattering (not literally) prototype Dart 18 was launched in great secrecy complete with Americas Cup type screens covering the hulls and appendages, into Falmouth Bay.

The original boat is now proudly on display at the National Maritime Museum at Falmouth, Restronguet have a strong and keen 18 fleet and Windsport International, the fleet manufacturer and event support, are based right by the Sailing Club meaning the fleets association with the area will continue for a long time to come.

Jeremy Underwood – who had attended the first ever Dart 18 Nationals, held naturally at Restronguet – was present together with various teams who had taken part in the, what seems like yesterday, 25th Nationals again held at the Club.

Boats started to arrive on the Thursday having negotiated the road works on the A30. Those rigging up were entertained by Andy Kelley’s search for the source of a rattle in one of his hulls only to find having stood it on its end that it was caused by an empty bottle of cider! More Teams arrived overnight having dealt with the closure of the A30 including a contingent from the UK who had been in France having taken part in the French Nationals.

All campervans and tents were accommodated on the Windsport camping field from where spectacular views of the Bay were available with the camper vans having tacked uphill to avoid getting stuck in the wet grass. Others chose local B&Bs, hotels and holiday cottages.

Friday was the day of the Windsport Challenge a timed nautical (with alternative walking route for supporters) treasure hunt requiring competitors to visit locations with different degrees of difficulty against the clock. The weather was a bit unhelpful with a strong gusty wind and rain squalls making it hard to achieve some of the navigational and manoeuvrability trials called for to gain maximum points. Only two Teams visited all the waypoints, one of who, Mike and Wendy Jones had had to ask for a new list of waypoints to be e mailed to their non-waterproof phone as the laminated copy they had been given had gone for a swim. Many other Teams, including a strong cohort from North Devon, chose to specialise in or linger at those halts involving local hostelries serving pasties, beer, or both.

If that was not enough excitement for the day the opportunity was also being taken to obtain video footage by Mike Smith of Boxhead Media for Dart 18 and Sprint 15 promotional videos. This involved making best use of the occasional sunny intervals, just there to show what the weather could have done had it wanted to, to demonstrate rigging up and sailing the boats and interviewing competitors to say why their boats are so great. The promotional footage also included on the water filming during which (back from Rio) Tom Phipps, Olympic catamaran contender, crewed by his (my preparation was I bought a dress with boats on) sister Katy managed to capsize in a gust that unfortunately was not captured on film. Both have strong but differing views as to the cause of the capsize.

That evening a sponsored barbeque with free beer from On Mile Ends Brewery and cider from Paul Chadwick took place in a Barn on the site during which one of the fathers of the Dart, Ian Fraser, gave an impromptu talk as to its gestation and history after which he rashly asked for any questions an opportunity the fleet took with relish. At the end of the barbeque, at which everyone was thanked by her husband accept Cookie the cook, the competitors retired to a local wine bar but the lure of the remaining free beer in the barn was such that they returned and then played increasingly dodgy gymnastic and climbing games until the small hours.

Saturday things got more serious with the remaining competitors arriving and rigging up before the 11am briefing. At the briefing, during which Jenny Lloyd had to be persuaded by husband Geoff not to use one of the poles holding up the Club roof as a dancing aid, it was made clear by the Race Officer, Head Master Fraser, that starts would be on time, recalls were not going to be tolerated and all boats would behave. Some chance!

The 40 boats launched and crossed the Bay in a still somewhat gusty but generally strong wind again with helpings of rain. The courses were windward leeward meaning the start line was in close proximity to the far shore so as to allow a decent length beat. The starts were generally well behaved although one recall led to the use of a black flag and one team, new class Chairman and heavy weather expert Sean O’Connor crewed by wife Helen coming in for an early pasty.

The key trick was to get off the line well and then judge when to tack so as to maximise the possible gusts and lifts to get to the windward mark. This was not easy with many winners and losers. The downwind legs were marginally easier to call but the best route varied each lap just to keep things interesting.

With 40 boats careering around fast in a restricted area incidents are bound to occur with much shouting and screaming at or near marks, various capsizes and shunts and bumps one of which involved Tom Parker who only that morning had been complaining about how much his insurance had gone up and the other the ramming and holing of a virtually brand new boat by Mike Gomme and Sara Stones in an almost as new boat. Subsequently they won the protest.

The race winners for the day were Dan and Amy Teubert and Nicolette Van Gorp and Raud Van Gisberge with Fraser Manning and Erica King getting a second place as did Mike Gomme and Sara Stones with thirds from Mike and Wendy Jones. This left it tight at the top and all too play for on Day Two.

That night was one of the Dart 18 social high spots of the year with a barbeque and live band night with a Cornish twist given the stage was assembled from a farm trailer covered in hay bales tractored in especially that morning. The band Night Tickers and supporting act Polly Money were brilliant with much dancing, a one-off virtuoso singing performance of a classic 80s rock ballad by Katy Phipps and a rather enthusiastic if somewhat slurred version of Hey Jude sung by all as a finale by all present.

Post-party the sensible competitors had an early night, the less so retired to a house in the village and the least-so to around a fire on the beach. Notably at least two of the possible winners were seen at the beach party!

Following morning racing started allegedly at 10:30 however one thing was missing, wind. For one competitor it was also clear that suntan lotion had been missing from his kitbag the day before given his feet and ankles were white, his upper thighs white but the rest of his legs bright red. The course was set and most of the fleet drifted or paddled out to it with a few looking at the forecast, the lack of wind and the rain clouds as a chance to give up and pack up early. For most of the morning they were proved right with the fleet being returned to shore around lunchtime.

However, allegedly as predicted by the Race Management Team, over lunch the weather changed and a slight but noticeable sea breeze established allowing two more decent races to take place. These were light wind affairs with the beat against the incoming tide giving tactical choices which side of the main channel to use. Initially going left paid but later on the right was the better option. Obviously inspired by the change in conditions Des Barnes crewed by Eloise Knott were on fire winning both races by a huge margin closely pursued in Race Three by Andy Kelley and Tory Hackman with Dan and Amy Teubert third and in Race Four by Dan and Amy, second, with Nicolette and Raud third.

The fleet sailed in with Dan and Amy still trying to remember if whether in the case of a draw it was number of firsts or position in the last race that prevailed. On shore they then ran around asking all and sundry getting a wide variety of answers!

At the prize giving every team was given a souvenir of the event in the shape of Dart 18 keyrings, or earrings some thought, which will be much treasured. The South West Championships was won by Dan and Amy. Mid-fleet warriors Darren and TJ were awarded a plastic sword and shield. Alzee Malavart and Abigail Jupp got polish to smarten up the oldest boat attending the event. Longest distance travelled to reach the event went to Dart 18 International Class Chairman Nicolette Van Gorp and Raud Van Gisberge (which some northern competitors considered a result based on suspect Cornish geography that fails to recognise North Yorkshire is further away!)

All in all another in the Dart 18 40th year celebration of great events. Some of the fleet will reconvene at the East Coast Piers Race (9th and 10th July) before the World Championships at Medemblik in Holland 31st July to the 6th August with over 120 boats expected 40 of which will be from the UK. Hopefully by them Mike Gomme or more likely his wife Yvette will have worked out a system to avoid loss or terminal damage of phone, wallet, shades and clothes all as occurred at Restronguet.

The list of who to thank is long but they all contributed to a great event with the accolade that Restronguet/Windsport are already being asked about the arrangements for the 50th anniversary do and when the Sprint 15 Catamaran Fleet can come. Credit must be given to the home club competitors many of whom finished well within the top of the fleet having shown all “them foreigners” (or Emmets) how to do it. More information and a series of random photographs currently featuring the on shore activities but soon to be supplemented by on the water ones are available on the UKIDA Dart 18 and the Dart 18 SW Championship Facebook Pages.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Windsport, John Tuckwell (GJW Direct Insurance), Ian Fraser and On Mile Ends Brewery.

Thanks to the organisers notably Alex Metcalf, the on the water race team headed up by Ian Fraser the galley staff, Cookie Phipps for the barbeque on the Saturday night, all the Club Members and helpers who made us all feel welcome, the Protest Committee and Lynn Stonehouse for designing the magnificent one off trophies. Finally thanks to Elle Peirce for all the on the water pictures.

Overall Results:

Pos Sail No Home Club Lastname Crew Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1st 7311 RSC Dan Teubert Amy Teubert 1 3 ‑4 3 2 9
2nd 7960 Netherland Nicolette Van Gorp Ruud Van Gisberge ‑15 1 1 5 3 10
3rd 7942 NDYC Fraser Manning Erica King 5 7 2 4 ‑14 18
4th 7923 RYYC Bridlington Des Barnes Eloise Knott ‑16 11 10 1 1 23
5th 6286 Parkstone YC Thomas Kelley Kate Winter 6 4 6 ‑11 8 24
6th 7973 Dee Sailing Club Simon Moruzzi Hayley Smith ‑14 6 5 8 5 24
7th 6473 SBSC Andy Kelley Tory Hackman ‑11 8 8 2 9 27
8th 7984 UKIDA Mike Jones Wendy 3 5 3 ‑25 16 27
9th 7930 Dee SC Geoff Lloyd Jenny Lloyd 7 ‑14 9 10 4 30
10th 6803 Stokes Bay Sarah Knott Amy Knott 8 10 ‑13 6 10 34
11th 7761 RSC Alex Metcalf Fay Freeman 17 13 7 ‑23 7 44
12th 7978 RSC Paul Chatfield 4 ‑25 22 7 12 45
13th 6734 RSC Jeremy Underwood Sabine Underwood 13 12 11 12 (DNF) 48
14th 1096 RSC Peter Stephens Ben Stephens 12 15 17 ‑18 6 50
15th 7248 SBSC Andrew McQueen Suzy Knott 19 16 (DNC) 9 13 57
16th 1 RSC Lynn Stonehouse Fraser Stonehouse 9 ‑24 16 22 11 58
17th 7438 RSC Cedric Wynter Jane Wynter ‑23 9 12 19 21 61
18th 7644 Netley SC Tom Parker Kate Winter ‑20 20 15 13 15 63
19th 7583 North Devon Yacht Club Jonathan Farr Hector Bunclark ‑21 18 19 17 17 71
20th 4293 Island Yacht Club Darren Wood Tracey‑ann Wood ‑22 17 14 21 20 72
21st 7969 Datchet SC Adrian Parsons Zoe Freeman ‑28 21 24 15 18 78
22nd 7981 RYYC Mike Gomme Sara Stones 2 2 (DNF) DNF DNC 86
23rd 7876 North Devon Yacht Club Garry Jennings Emma Mac Berry ‑26 22 25 20 25 92
24th 6133 RSC Roger McDonald Beccy Kestin ‑33 19 29 24 23 95
25th 7968 Parkstone YC Charles Hillier Mary Hill 24 (DNF) DNC 14 19 98
26th 7523 Netley David Groom Celina 10 31 18 (DNC) DNC 100
27th 5977 RSC Alex Childs Sarah childs ‑29 27 20 26 27 100
28th 1158 RSC Sara Dowler Guy Becket ‑30 26 21 29 28 104
29th 5500 Worthing SC Patrick Palmer Debs Waters 25 ‑33 31 28 26 110
30th 7442 NDYC Liam Bunclark Keith Heason 31 ‑37 27 31 24 113
31st 4693 Parkstone YC Catherine Lee‑Elliott Marian Hallett (DNF) 38 DNC 16 22 117
32nd 5122 Bala Catamaran Club Owen Cox Emma Capper 27 30 23 (DNC) DNC 121
33rd 7682 RSC Adrian Bolton Max Amos 36 34 (DNC) 27 29 126
34th 1288 Worthing Alizee Malavart Abigail Jupp 32 28 26 (DNC) DNC 127
35th 7747 Parkstone Rosemary Crinion Dave Fairchild (DNF) 36 32 30 30 128
36th 7513 Worthing Nigel Jupp Rennard 34 35 28 (DNC) DNC 138
37th 7792 Parkstone Harry Mulligan Doug 35 23 (DNC) DNC DNC 140
38th 6090 RSC Ben Amos Sally Amos 37 32 30 (DNC) DNC 140
39th 7714 Weston SC Sean O’Connor Helen O’Connor 18 (OCS) DNC DNC DNC 141
40th 7982 Parkstone Patrick Mulligan Emily Mulligan (DNF) 29 DNF DNC DNC 152
Dart 18 TT and South West Championships at Restronguet - photo © Elle Peirce

Dart 18 SW Championships

July 11, 2016 More