Recent News and upcoming events
This time of year Cornwall’s weather can change from mild and sunny to cold, wet and windy at the drop of a hat but here at Windsport the projects still go on and preparation for next season is in full swing!
The main office has moved permanently into the reception area, this brings the office and all the paperwork and filing under one roof, should make the office more efficient! I guess that will depend on Cookie and Elizabeth! Elizabeth will continue to come in on Tuesdays and Thursdays dealing with the orders and making sure they go out on time, she also keeps the correspondence up to date and clears up after Cookie!
Orders are still coming in and we are preparing for the Christmas RUSH …. over and above that office-time is filing and clearing 2013 paperwork no longer needed and bringing in and arranging for 2014 printing and advertising. November turned out to be a busy month and we are now wondering what Father Christmas will order in times for Christmas. Like everyone else he uses www.catparts.windsport.co.uk
Office Opening Times
The Office will be manned between 10am – 4pm -Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. Please either call and leave a message or e-mail us outside of these times and we will respond.
Alex is still working two days a week, keeping on top of the catpart store and maintaining the Centre generally, he is a great support to Brian and between them there is not much they can not tackle! Peter is continuing to keep the website up to date.
The Under-cover winter boat storage is now full and the hard-standing has a few spaces left for secure boat winterisation, most of the dinghies are packed away and just a few boats remain “operational” in the dinghy park for those “hardy” sailors wishing to sail during the winter months.
Brian is conspicuous by his absence – He has recently been spending a lot of time in the garage store with his new “injection moulding” machine – practice makes perfect and he is doing lots of that! The Dart fleet at Restronguet Sailing Club have suddenly burst into action so he has managed to get out club racing a few times and plans some more in the run up to the Christmas Pudding Race just before Christmas when he and Tom challenge one another to the final race of the year! Tom is the current title holder, although Brian apparently took the 2 before that – There is certainly no lacking in both festive & competitive spirit and the winner gets bragging rights for the next 12 months!! Not sure if this is as important as Tom’s Olympic Campaign ‘Team Phipps Pascoe” but it certainly ranks highly.
That’s all for now folks!
Windsport Team – December 2013
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The work never stops at Windsport on or off the water – in the workshop or packing cat parts for shipping we certainly make use of all the hours:
We have produced an autumn newsletter for all our clients with useful news and fact relevant to each Class or a more general appeal. If you want to find out more about Windsport and plans looking forward to 2014 then choose the relevant one as follows:
Dart 18: Click here Sprint 15: Click here
Dart 16: Click here General Cat Sailor Click here
Also check out our new addition of an E-bay shop for some great clearance bits and pieces – More bits coming all the time!
The Windsport September is one the Windsport team will not forget! The month was dominated by the International “C class” Championships (ICCC). Preparation pre the event started in late August with a variety of support services being introduced , team marquees being erected and teams arriving to the pit stop village and atmosphere. Throughout the two week event the Windsport team dedicated itself to providing as much helpful support to the individual teams, media and visiting public as possible on and off the water. The C Class teams have moved out and after a week of getting back to normal the marquees, event village and infrastructure have gone but the inspiration lives on. Windsport is almost back to normal and the boat park areas are now filling up with winter boat parking . First in are the Falmouth Firebird fleet with Cornish Shrimpers and other boats on trailers arriving over the next few weeks.
Windsport is a great location to winterise your boat each year The Windsport team are always there to help, be it slipway recovery, wash down, de rigging and storage undercover or outside. You can be as independent as you like at Windsport, do your own thing or bring in your chosen expert.
The next few months for Windsport are about carrying out facility maintenance, winter coaching and preparation for 2014.
Windsport will keep you informed on progress!!
For full race results to date check out:http://www.restronguetsc.org/results/2013/c-class/ICC%20Challenge%20Results.html
CClass video: http://vimeo.com/cclasscats/videos
A video summary from Clark sail: http://clarksail.com/2013/09/24/icccc-2013-highlight-reel/
Check out the live racing at:
Day 1 lost in the fog and no races recorded. The Portugese found issues with their front beam and went straight into repair mode so already one boat down.
Then a misty day 2 arrived with enough visibility to run 3 races and boy was it a shakedown in terms of challenging conditions. Gusty winds up to 20 knots lead to the race team laying a course just inside the harbour.
It proved to be a leveller for many of the boats in terms of handling and control as well as ensuring structurally the boats are not compromised.
All the races were covered with live on line GPS tracking as well as real time video feeds.
The story of the racing unfolding proves that the foiling boats have an edge in terms of overall speeds over the more traditional designs. Here are some photos from Day 1 in the fog and then links to a Video and Race report on Day Two’s Carnage and the first 3 races:
Today’s broadcast by Sailing Anarchy at Ustream
Event Website: theflyingboats.com
C-Class Facebook Page: facebook.com/ICCCC.2013
Little Cup Live Video @ UStream: ustream.tv/user/cclasscats
Live Tracking @ Sailracer: Here
HD video @ Vimeo: vimeo.com/cclasscats
Twitter Feed: twitter.com/cclasscats
The first HD movie for the 2013 Little Cup is now live on vimeo at vimeo.com/75119607
The recent few days has seen a surge in activity at the Windsport boat park with almost all the remaining teams arriving and frantically setting up tents / boats. Intricate preparations are being made by all the teams to be ready for some more settled weather, and ICCC event proper. With intermittent breaks in some strong gusty weather conditions we have seen a few boats take to the Carrick Roads off Mylor.
It is clear that all these boats are technically advanced and tick the very high performance sailing category. With boats travelling in excess of 20 and sometimes even 30 knots in goes without saying that there are thrills and spills to match any elite sport. Some teams testing out their boats did not survive completely unscathed…. - Sailing Anarchy – one of the leading blog websites has always taken a keen interest in C Class competition and has reporters on the ground for the whole event. They are well worth keeping in your favourites or join their Facebook page to keep up to date with events on and off the water. They can fill you in on one such tale of woe: here
With many of the boats on the event site is is interesting to see many different shapes of wing and hull – Who or what will be the fastest is yet to be established but the racing proper begins ‘Dreckly’…. keep coming back and we will keep you posted. In the mean time click on these photos to get a picture of what the C Class is all about.
Their VMG is pushing 2.5 to 3 times the wind strength!!!
The Canadians have arrived and are setting up their boats and wings
Also we have just seen another container drive past the Windsport Reception – no doubt packed with more carbon / nomex goodies than you could possibly hope for….
Windsport International is certainly ramping up to be the host venue for one of the most technical and exciting world championship sailing events ever. Working with Restronguet Sailing Club, Windsport will be providing the on-shore and on the water support. The ICCC Falmouth 2013.
Teams from around the world are heading to Mylor to compete in a class of catamaran that is regarded by many as being at the forefront of design and pushes the boundaries of technology to its’ limits. These ‘boats that fly’ perform so efficiently they can accelerate powered by a wing like rig at almost three times the wind speed, suspended on specially developed foils up to a meter off the water. Visually they do not look like a conventional sailing craft but their construction and design have seen some of the training crews reach speeds in excess of 23 knots (42.5km/h) in just 7 knots of wind.
The pursuit of honours in the C-Class throughout its history is taken incredibly seriously with teams bringing resources reminiscent of any elite technical sport. Containers and pit crews have been on site over a month prior to the event with more teams arriving all the time to perfect and fine tune their C Class craft.
On the 16th of September we expect to see all teams in place on site for a training week allowing some final fine tuning of equipment and technique.
The Championship runs from the 22nd to 28th of September when the best and most consistently placed team will take the coveted World Championship Title at the end of it.
Team Invictus – are the UK hosting team, this boat is being helmed by a local Windsport Coach and World Championship winning Multi hull sailor Tom Phipps. Tom is taking time out from his Olympic campaign on the new Nacra 17 to compete in this event.
Swiss Team Hydros has been based at Windsport International for almost a month, refinging their two boats and rigs and getting used to the testing sailing conditions in and around Falmouth Harbour. Current Formula 18 World Champs , Billy Besson & Jeremy Lagarrigue are helming one of the multi hulls with Mischa Heemskerk (Also an A Class Catamaran World Champion) & Bastian Tentij in the second boat. Hydros Website
The Canadian team and defending C-Class Champions arrive on 5th September lead by Fred Eaton and crewed by Magnus Clark. In a recent interview with Sailing Anarchy he chats about the up coming championships here
Groupama From France will also be arriving shortly after the Canadians with another ‘boat the flies’ – Franck Cammas and his crew Louis Viat certainly have the experience and technical backing to be at the front of the fleet.
Windsport international is providing the facilities for the site venue. Over next few weeks people looking out over Falmouth Harbour are likely to see these impressive specialist catamarans flying across the bay usingtheir specialist wings masts to produce their awesome speed.
For a closer look on dry land Windsport has provided short term car parking
so visitors can watch the teams preparing launching
A phenomenal 70+ plus boats took part in the 2013 Sprint 15 National Championship over the August bank holiday weekend. Pentewan Sands proved once again to be a popular venue with the action on and off the water illustrating that the class has a continued attraction for both the sailors and their families.
Congratulations must go to Stuart Snell who soon took an unassailable lead in hi A s new boat to take the Sprint 15 National trophy. This has only recently been renamed the ‘Nick Dewhirst Shield’ in memory of the Sprint15 Class association chairman who died so suddenly at the beginning of August.
As usual Windsport with their technical advice and comprehensive spares was on hand to offer their invaluable support for the class and all the sailors.
Please check out the Sprint 15 Event Report here.
Looking forward to 2014 – Thorpe Bay!