Recent News and upcoming events
Windsport catamaran Coach Tom Phipps shows he is just as comfortable at the front end of the boat as he is at the back. Tom Phipps is currently sailing with Lucy Macgregor on the Nacra 17 and are a team in the GBR RYA Olympic catamaran squad.
When Tom is not focused on his Olympic training and racing he is fleet racing in a host of other catamarans fleets . These include the F18, F16 as well as Sprint 15 and Dart 18.
Tom is an integral part of the Windsport Coaching team and he can be regularly found delivering all levels of personal, club and class Windsport coaching.
If you want to see your knowledge and skill base improve as well as pushing your results towards the top of the fleet you will certainly benefit from coaching from the Windsport team. E- mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tom and Lucy in training mode – RYA multi-hull training camp Spring 2013
All go @ Windsport with the Windsport trailer collecting stock of hulls, masts, rudder blades etc ready for dispatch to Dart Partners and customers. With all the boats on the trailer pre-sold, production of boats for delivery in March and April is well under way.
For more information on test sailing a catamaran, buying a Dart 18 / Sprint 15 new or used contact the Windsport catamaran sales team.
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Dart 18 Singlehanded and Ladies UK Championships 2012 (sponsored by Windsport) – 13th & 14th October 2012
Blue skies and puffy clouds greeted the teams as they rigged up at Parkstone YC club for a great weekend of close Dart18 catamaran racing. The Windsport support team and trailer were on hand to keep sailors on the water and offer technical advice. This was the last of nine UK Dart 18 events the Windsport team has supported in 2012 with a comprehensive event package that only the Sprint 15 class (also supported by Windsport), can match.
Travelling to a Dart18 event is more than just the racing. The fleet racing is great, but the backup, help and social atmosphere is even better!!
Day 1 saw a fresh breeze with a strong spring tide across the course, requiring eyes out of the boat to take advantage of every opportunity on the course. Every boat completed all 3 races setting up the following days racing as a cliff hanger.
Day 2 delivered a lighter breeze but just as testing with numerous changes in boat positions right up to the finish line of each race. The 6 race series tallied up to a very close finish at the top in both fleets, with numerous battles mid fleet.
Alicia and Louisa Clifford won the Ladies championships by just one point from local team Cat Lee-Elliott -Marian Hallet. Alicia and Louise are new to the Dart fleet but really enjoyed the close racing.
Des Barns won the singlehanded championships by the narrowest of margins. He finished the event on equal points with Paul Grattage but took the trophy by virtue of a count back. Remarkably Paul sailed over from the IOW just to compete, sailing back on the Monday!
No surprise it proved to be a great weekend on and off the water and for those who could not make it, you missed a great weekend.
Next and final event of the Dart TT program is @ Marconi end of October, a great event to finish the summer season off forAll Dart sailors.
Dart Singlehanded Championships 1st Des Barnes (Bridlington Sc), 2nd Paul Grattage(Stokes Bat SC) 3rd Bruce Stunt (Parkstone YC)
Dart Ladies Championships 1st Alicia & Louisa Clifford (Whitstable YC ) 2nd Cat Lee- Elliott & Marian Hallett (Parkstone YC) 3rd Mary Hill & Rosemary Crinon (Parkstone YC)
Since the Windsport team took on the dealership for the Australian Viper and C2 catamarans, the ultra performance cat team have been very busy.
Sales of Viper have out stretched availability until the end of the year, the current RYA Olympic development catamaran squad selected to train on Vipers while the Nacra 17 comes on line and is delivered, demonstration requests for trial sails on both the Viper and C2 (F18) are keeping the team busy.
The next UK Catamaran event where we plan you can see the Viper and C2 sailing is the Weston Catamaran open in early November. If you are keen on a trial sail and the opportunity to chat with a member of the Windsport team during the event this could be a great opportunity . If you are serious about sailing a Viper of C2 in 2013 contact the Windsport team direct and get the facts.
Call the Windsport team:- +44 (0)1326 376191 email:-firstname.lastname@example.org
The Windsport support trailer and team travelled up to the UK Dart16 National championships 2012 taking place at Carsington SC. Derbyshire in September to provide suitable replacement parts and technical support. The Dart16 fleet included a growing number of club youth catamaran sailors keen to test their skills and improve their performance.
Windsport kept boats with damaged or worn equipment on the water as well as providing technical advice on maintenance and repair.
Windsport hold an increasing range of Dart16 replacement parts with specialist knowledge and coaching expertise that are second to none.
Contact Windsport for Dart16 support.
Windsport the UK and Ireland appointed dealers for the F18 class C2 and F16 class Viper, launched the C2 catamaran onto the UK market at the recent and famous Regfest regatta. F18 class sailors from all the leading brands sailed the 8 race series , experiencing challenging to perfect conditions.
The C2 was sailed by Windsport team sailor Tom Phipps crewed by long time friend Jon Cook , in a boat fresh out of the box. The team finished first in 7 out of the 8 races to show a convincing turn of speed on all legs of the course.
The C2 is one of the leading F18 designs , with a string of results internationally.
Tom Phipps will continue to sail the C2 at selected F18 events in the UK and abroad, deliver demonstration sails, technical support and F18 coaching.
For more information on the C2 , F18 – Viper F16 and Windsport coaching contact the Windsport technical team.
Despite the very unpredictable weather conditions …. Tom Phipps and a new UK built Dart 18 took eager participants for a taste of catamaran sailing – it was very successful.
Half hour slots gave the customers a chance to “have a go” and we hope that they will return to Netley Sailing Club and get involved with catamaran sailing. Most of them were please to stay around and watch the very well run and exciting racing with 35 Dart catamarans enjoying some fast and furious sailing, it was quite spectacular.
The Irish ISAF youth SL16 catamaran team , Alexander / Rory , have been doing their final training in La Buale, France in the run up to the SL16 World championships followed by the ISAF Youth World Championships.
Windsport coaching and team support has been very much involved in this Irish teams multihull training coaching in the last 6 months to raise their game in preparation for two major sailing events. Alex and Rory come from other disciplines of sailing and found it a testing challenge to take on the top level skills required to perform in catamaran sailing. Determination and focused coaching from the Windsport team has propelled them on their way and we wish them every success in these two major event where they will be sailing against the very best youth catamaran sailing teams in the world.
Windsport catamaran performance coaching is available to any sailor , sailing team, club, or national squad.
Windsport hosted a day’s viewing from their “fast rib” on the first day of the J Class regatta taking place Falmouth Cornwall. The four J Class Yachts present gave all the spectators some amazing scenes as they crossed the start line and powered away to the first windward mark. Guests onboard the Windsport rib could see at close quarters the amount of man-power and team work involved in sailing one of these stylish 140 foot yachts. After nearly 4 hours racing on the finish line some of the yachts were only boat lengths apart. It is a spectacle that is rarely seen with these breathtaking boats competing in close proximity and with capable and experienced rib handling you can get in close to see what many people regard as being the ‘the greatest class of yachts ever created’.
For more results on the Falmouth Regatta Click here
Windsport charter their ribs and qualified powerboat drivers for film, television, promotional and corporate activities as well as use them for regatta coaching support.