Recent News and upcoming events
We are almost ready to roll! – Our Windsport Support Trailer will be on hand throughout the event from 1st to 7th August to answer all your queries and help with spares. If you need to arrange order and collection of gear from us at this event we would need to know by midday Friday 24th July.
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Busy time for the Windsport coaching team over the next few weeks .
Wndsport’s reputation for performance catamaran coaching and coach support, attracts a wide range of sailors, clubs and classes.
Over the next few weeks the coaching team is at full stretch with personal coaching sessions for improving club races taking place at the Windsport home base in Falmouth.
This week we will be running a club coaching for Dart18 sailors at Sheppy YC in Kent followed by technical event support for the Dart 18 event at the same venue.
Then we are down to Weymouth to deliver Olympic team training in the run up to the ISAF World cup event followed by team event support at the same venue.
Short break and we are out to Denmark with some further coaching over there and back to Parkstone Yacht club for an intense 3 day coaching session with the catamaran fleet there.
Structured training / coaching is the bases of all performance improvement, whatever your sport.
The Windsport catamaran coaching team are committed to delivering that support across a wide range of catamaran training requirements, from club and class to Olympic sailing.
For Windsport coaching information call +44 (0) 1326 376191. Email email@example.com
Paul Chatfield with the Windsport Support Van and Trailer loaded with a range of items pre ordered and spares to cover most eventualities arrived to joined in the first Sprint 15 TT of the season.
25mph winds and a steep NE chop were the conditions awaiting the 22 competitors for the first two races on Saturday. The chilly wind powered the 15’s through the long swell around the compact course, each leg bringing a different challenge to the fleet. Little respite was available as the helms battled to prevent capsize and to keep the bows from burying deep in the churning sea. Eventually, the cats completd the two back-to-back races with many thrills and spills and ploughed their way to shore as their helms staggered onto the beach exhausted. Following a lovely evening meal in the clubhouse and a solid nights sleep; the following day brought far more benign weather to waft the fleet around the course. Patience, concentration and frustration replaced the sheer grit, strength and determination of the previous day. All the while, the supporters on the sea wall cheered and hollered their support to top off a wonderful weekend at the Seasalter Sailing and Catamaran Club.
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All Ready to Launch
Spring is sprung and Cornish Shrimpers Winnie, Drake and Yesella, who have been all tucked up at the Windsport boat and under cover storage at Mylor Falmouth this winter, have had their annual “spring clean” in preparation for re- launch.
By the weekend they will back on their mooring ready to take advantage of some great summer sailing, racing and cruising further afield.
They are looking forward to joining the rest of the Falmouth Shrimper fleet over the summer and welcome any visiting crew or those passing by Falmouth on passage.
A days coaching on the water from Tom Phipps our resident Olympic hopeful was won by Paddy Adams after his name was drawn out of the hat. Over the Easter break Paddy travelled to Cornwall to enjoy some champagne sailing conditions off the Windsport Centre at Mylor Yacht Harbour. Perfect conditions of clear sunshine and a steady breeze gave Paddy an insight in how to get the best performance out of a Goodall Design C2 Formula 18 to take back to his home patch and put into practice.
Needless to say we are flat out in all areas at the moment. There is more than a little Spring in our step to keep up!
– The Boat Park grass is freshly cut and ready for anyone needing to place their sailing dinghy conveniently close to the perfect launch spot.
– Boat repairs are on a roll with the season beginning at Restronguet Sailing Club this weekend.
– Spares and orders are flying out faster than you can believe on our on-line websitehttp://
– The Shrimper Owners Association – Falmouth Winter storage crew are eagerly uncovering their boats ready to be launched over the next few weeks.
And to top it all the sun is shining and the weather is simply glorious. Lets hope the saying season carries on like this.
Watch this space
The success of the UK Catamaran racing Association stand (UKCRA) at the recent RYA dinghy show , was just one indicator that UK catamaran sailing is regaining popularity at all levels of sailing. The stand was constantly dealing with enquires from sailors new to cats, thinking cats or already on-board and wanting additional information. UKCRA promotes and provides links to all affiliated UK catamaran classes, manufactures, dealers, sailing clubs and training centres. They also offer a UKCRA “catamaran charter program” designed to help clubs establish their own catamaran training program.
The 2015 UKCRA “Cat friendly Sailing Club” initiative has brought together a growing database of clubs with active catamaran fleets along with clubs that wish to expand into cat sailing. The data base is available to all future catamaran sailors and UKCRA affiliated clubs and a great resource to promote your club catamaran open meeting and events. It is a valuable guide to those moving into catamarans with contact details , club fleet information and catamaran training programs.
The healthy and expanding UK Junior and Youth catamaran program was on display at the Spitfire class stand, for more information on joining either of these programs visit www.youthcat.org.uk
Strong UK classes like the Dart 18 and Sprint 15 expressed a health interest of new sailors, with good second hand boats quickly snapped up and class sailors planning a healthy open meeting campaign. These classes and others run regular class training programs to speed up the learning curve for new class members.
The superb and high tech A class catamaran class was on show, along with the Hurricane 5.9 SX, and Olympic class Nacra 17.
UK catamaran sailing is looking forward to a busy cat sailing season, and expect to be back next year at the dinghy show with more class stands and other promotional catamaran activity.
For more information on UK catamaran sailing visit www.catamaran.co.uk
It was great to see the the launch and blessing of the new Nankersey Rowing Club fibreglass gig “Cygnet” funded with a grant from Sport England. The blessing took place on the Windsport Launch area at Mylor Harbour with Gigs from Flushing and Mylor and St Agnes attending for a toast and mince pies.
Nankersey Rowing Club has successfully based itself from the Windsport Centre for over 4 years along with the St Agnes Pilot gig club it has highlighted how ideal as a venue the Windsport Centre is at offering a convenient and flexible location for both regular and specific watersports activities and events.
Nankersey RC is a community-based sports club offering adaptive rowing to all age groups rowing from Windsports, in Mylor Yacht Harbour at the weekends and evenings as the light allows. If you fancy trying out gig rowing with the club check out their website for more details: www.nankerseyrowingclub.com.