Recent News and upcoming events
Sprint 15 @ Marconi
Those Sprint 15 sailors who did not make the Marconi Open meeting event last weekend, missed a very special weekend. Sprint 15 @ Marconi
Great club, great welcome, great racing and great organisation, thx Jenny!
Windsport supported the event with our unique technical and replacement parts service ensuring everyone was kept on the water during the event. Kevin Kirby took delivery of his new boat, looking very smart and will give it, its first taste of the water in the next few weeks.
Sprint 15 sailors get out on the water whatever the conditions and this weekend was no exception, northerly breeze with gusts above 25 knots and sharp chill factor! The Sprint 15 fleet enjoy a variety of race course making event racing varied and interesting,square courses , inverted P courses are options alongside the traditional upwind / downwind options or Olympic triangles. The Marconi event includes a very special around the island race with all its natural hazards, wind shadows and potential trouble spots! And this year the reaching leg back to the finish was just a perfect Sprit 15 blast.
So if you are a Sprint 5 sailor and you missed out on this event make sure you sign up for the next event @ Kent. If you are new to sailing or want to get into catamarans the Sprint 15 offers a great class, friendly event circuit and excellent manufacture support on and off the water.
For more information about Sprint 15 contact / visit :-
The Sprint 15 class has got off to a cracking early season start with a great class training weekend attended by new and current sailors alike + a very promising turn out for the Marconi SC event this weekend .
The class goes from strength to strength, with second hand boats being snapped up on a regular bases and new boats coming into the fleet all the time .
This weekend the Windsport event support trailer and team will be at the Marconi SC event providing the service and support that has contributed to making the class so successful providing technical and replacement parts support along with coaching tips from one of the Windsport Catamaran coaching team.
For more Sprint 15 catamaran information contact the Windsport team.
Dee SC hosted the first Dart 18 GP event of the year supported by the arrival of the Windsport event support and technical support trailer 1st thing Friday morning. Blue skies and great breeze saw the Dart 18 fleet preparing to launch with regular visits to the Windsport trailer and support team for replacement parts and advise. By the time the fleet launched the wind had dropped to a whisper and the fleet were sent back ashore . With the tide turning the days racing was cancelled with high expectations for the following day that was forecasted to be windy!!Windsport support trailer @ Dee SC Dart18 Event
Dee SC is a true members club where everyone pitches in and the evening socials are something they are worthy to be proud of, thankyou Dee SC for a great weekend.
Day two and the wind was back in with gusts of 28kts leading to a few capsizes and a bit of work for the Windsport support team to keep boats on the water. Day three was no better and even worse so no sailing and an early trip home for everyone including the 400mile mile return trip for Windsport to their home base.
The Windsport event support trailer is a unique comprehensive service that no other catamaran or dinghy fleet provides regularly at class events. Sailors joining the Dart 18 Class and attending Windsport supported events can be confident that the Windsport team is there to keep them on the water and offer advice whatever happens during the event.
For more information on Dart 18 class sailing and Windsport technical / event support contact the Windsport Team.
Clearly the Best Value performance Catamaran at the show in our Viper F16 Race Boat
Anyone visiting the catamaran island at the recent RYA Dinghy Show could only be impressed by the best value for money performance catamaran, on display at the show. The race F16 Viper from Goodall Design was displayed on the stand. Some people mistook it for a brand new boat! and at price of £9,450 it was clearly great value for money. The Viper is perfect for lighter catamaran sailing teams and has demonstrated its performance in F16 sailing around the world. The UK F16 fleet will be racing alongside the F18 class at many events in the UK during 2016 so now is the time to take on the challenge of double trapezing with gennaker!
For more information on, new or second-hand F16 Vipers contact the Windsport team direct :-
Wow what can we say but well done to the RYA Dinghy Show team and all those UKCRA – Catamaran Sailing people for helping to make the Catamaran Island such a success and helping share the #LoveCatSailing feeling.
We were delighted to see the UK Dart 18 Catamaran Class really pushing their 40th Anniversary year and loved the fact that they thought being next to the ‘Bar’ turned out to be less of the liquid refreshment variety and more of the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing Stand! We completed a hand over of a fabulous new Dart18 fresh from the mould to a very proud owner Ben Willis.
Once again the Catbatten display was widely touched and discussed with plenty of ‘hands on’ bending of the various stiffnesses and thicknesses available.
We did receive many favourable comments on their stiffness to weight ratio.
The Sprint 15 Association also had a shiny newboat complete with launching trolley although they did seem a little perplexed by the new special order ‘square wheels’! With another active Class association it is clear to see why this particular catamaran dinghy is so well supported.
Formula 16 – The Viper from Goodall Design
We certainly think with the Viper F16 from Goodall Design
was one of the stand out boats at the show and generated a lot of interest. It certainly looked the part and we had more than a few Viper owners sharing their conviction as to what a fabulous boat it is too.
With all the positive energy we took from Alexandra Palace this year it certainly looks like it will be a well supported season on the water. As far as the RYA Dinghy Show goes all things point us in a very positive direction for us as a Catamaran Fleet and are looking forward to a bigger and better supported Catamaran Island next year with WhiteFormula UK also looking to join in with their new foiling catamaran too.
The RYA Dinghy Show 2016 – Reflections
Venturing out of Cornwall for the weekend, especially one where our patron Saint of St Piran is celebrated it does give you a reasonable drive to reflect on things. One of the most positive factors we took home with us as we tracked back to a sunny Cornwall is the strength in depth of the UKCRA Youth training and its momentum. Although it is in transition with a new Nacra 15 being adopted by the Royal Yachting Association, it certainly looks like Catamarans are a very attractive option to many young sailors and can offer a real option for progression towards achieving Team GB selection for the The Olympic Games. The efforts that UKCRA put into driving this forward is highly commendable and to see a Spitfire Catamaran(The current youth Cat) on the RYA Sailing Stand was a very positive step.
Finally we must not forget we also took time out to hand out someRestronguet Sailing Club flyers promoting Falmouth-Dinghy Week for 2016 and also promoting our Dart 18 SW Championship & UKIDA GP event to add to the celebrations of 40 years of Dart 18 sailing right back where it all began! We are certainly lucky to have such a fabulous venue to train our clients in as well as such an active sailing club that organises such great racing too.
Shiny New Boats & Battens
February finishes with a flourish as we take delivery of new Dart 18 and Sprint 15 hulls fresh from the moulds at White Formula
On top of this we are busy producing battens for all the new orders that are to be delivered to the lucky UKIDA members and Sprint 15 Association members who took advantage of the March delivery deal.
We are also producing stock for the next few months to keep apace of all our online orders too.. Looking at these pictures it gives only a snippet of what goes into the finished product that slots into your batten pockets.
The time consuming and messy job of individually cutting these battens and the meticulous quality control, finishing and labelling them all leaves all our customers with a very high quality strength to weight ratio taped batten.
New Deck Jig in production
Windsport are continuing to re-invest in the future of the Dart 18 Class with the manufacture of a new deck jig to fit all Dart 18 and Sprint 15 Decks to hulls with the same precision they have used for the last forty years.
This is a crucial and time consuming exercise in precision engineering to ensure every hull can be finished within the same consistent and high tolerance build parameters.
This tool is in the final stages of production and once it has passed all quality control parameters it will be responsible for ensuring every deck on a Dart 18 and Sprint 15 hull will be fitted to perfection.
This is just one of many areas you will see Windsport re-investing in the Class – Hardware, support and coaching we are ensuring this class will be strong for many years yet!
RYA Dinghy Show – here we come!
All the stops are currently pulled out getting everything ready for the RYA Dinghy Show Follow this link to book your tickets here if you haven’t already done so. The Windsport team will be on hand talk “Catamaran” and are happy to discuss any of your class, club or individual catamaran coaching requirements for 2016. We are already getting booked up so this is the perfect opportunity to sit down and chat about injecting some accelerated pace into your sailing the year ahead
For a full guide to the event go to this link:
The UKIDA Dart 18 is the first stand you will come too is the West Hall on stand F22. Once again we are incredibly proud to say that this class is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year and there are some great National and local events lined up.
The Sprint 15, and Goodall Design Viper F16 is on the UKCRA Catamaran Island on stand B12 in the Great Hall. We will be on hand with a whole heap of experienced catamaran sailors who can help you with any class or boat information.
We have a Catbatten Competition once again on B12 so if you want to be in with a chance of winning you need to show your face and sign up next to the F16 Goodall Design Viper.
The Windsport Dart 18 Harbour Challenge is a race against time, selecting goals, weather / tide conditions and team work. The winning team will the team that balance all of these challenges to achieve the best score within
the challenge time window. Any Dart 18 crew can participate with no entry fee. They take part of their own free will, at their own risk, being responsible for their own safety and security. Each team needs to carry a fully charged mobile phone that takes pictures protected in a water proof envelope / Aquapac.
It is recommended that participates carry on board, normal personal safety equipment, suitable clothing, and personal flare, just in case a real emergency arises.
How it works
1) When you decide to start, each participating team will collect from Windsport a basic chart of the Fal Estuary along with a list of locations (targets) to be visited within the harbour heads. There will be clear and concise information on how your “selfie” should be recorded at each of the visited goals.
2)The clock starts for each individual team, from when they choose to leave the start location (Windsport office ) to when they return, within the challenge time window. There will be a mass start option @ 11.00hrs for all who can make it or you can start individually, anytime after the 11.00hrs window opens but be back by 18.00hrs !
3) Individual teams decide on the best route for them to take based on factors of, weather and tide conditions, sailing time and location of the goal points. Each goal has a value the higher values being further away or more challenging to reach.
4) The winning combination will be the value of the goals reached less the stopwatch time from signing out to the teams return. Points will be deducted for goals not reached and for a team not returning within the challenge time window.
5) The Windsport Dart 18 Harbour Challenge will end the day with a Windsport Sponsored Beer & Sausage Sizzle BBQ at the centre where the results will be presented and the winner announced!
To pre enter the Windsport challenge and bag an extra sausage follow this
WINDSPORT CHALLENGE FACTS
The “Windsport Dart18 Harbour Challenge” starts and finishes @ the Windsport office
The “Windsport Dart18 Harbour Challenge” Window opens @ 11.00hrs and close @ 18.00hrs
The “Windsport Dart18 Harbour Challenge” aims @ a 3-4 hour sailing session to complete all the goals.
The “Windsport Dart18 Harbour Challenge” date is Friday 1st of July pre the SW / GP Dart 18 event.
The “Windsport Dart18 Harbour Challenge” Sponsored Beer & Sausage Sizzle BBQ starts @ 19.00hrs.
1) Various styles of accommodation is available around the area to follow
2) Limited camping for small tents and motorhomes is available at Windsport from Thursday 1st evening but you need to pre book to ensure a slot.
The Windsport team have been super busy in the run up to Christmas on the road delivering Christmas goodies around the UK, sails , new and second-hand boats etc, whilst collecting the next production run of hulls, beams and other parts that make up new boats in preparation for 2016.
The UK winter “pre- season new boat package” via the UK Dart 18 and Sprint 15 class associations has a been a great success and everything is on course to come together for the start of the 2016 season.
Over the next two months Windsport will be making regular trips to our appointed hull builder, White Formula, collecting new hulls, for final inspection and detailing in preparation for great kick off to the 2016 catamaran sailing season.
So if you see our silver / grey Windsport van on the road in the UK with catamaran hulls on the roof or the trailer give us a hoot! For sure we will be doing our best to provide the best catamaran support service to every catamaran sailor in the UK.
See you all in the new year!
Brian, Cookie and the Windsport team.