Recent News and upcoming events
Sailing in catamarans has been part of Tom Phipps life since he was 10 years old. Now at the age of 26 years and aiming to represent GBR at a future Olympics Tom is involved in making sure other young sailors get a similar chance to start sailing catamarans as he did some 15 years ago. Outside of Tom’s hectic Olympic Nacra 17 catamaran sailing program which includes working all hours and fund raising to finance his Olympic quest,he has been refurbishing the UKCRA (UK Catamaran Racing Association) fleet of Dart16 cats in preparation for the charter program available to clubs & associations.
Working from his home base at Windsport near Falmouth, Tom has been servicing, renewing and replacing the boats to prepare the three fleets of Dart 16s to be available for clubs to charter commencing the beginning of 2015.
Age ten, Tom started his cat sailing on the Dart 16 with his best friend John. He progressed on to the RYA junior cat program in Hobie Dragoons, the youth program in Hobie 16 ‘s , RYA development program in Hobie Tigers and eventually stepping into the Tornado catamaran just as ISAF pulled the plug on Olympic catamaran sailing. Although he continued to sail catamarans with titles in both the Dart 18 and F18 fleets as well as an invitation to sail in a C-Class event Tom re-focused his efforts and went to university, gained a first Class honours degree. Recently, with the introduction of catamaran sailing into the Olympics in Rio, he has slotted back into the Olympic catamaran program in the Nacra 17.
With all his experiences Tom certainly has not forgotten the fun, adrenaline and multihull skills he learnt as a young sailor in cats which is why he was very happy to get involved in the UKCRA Catamaran Club Charter Project. As Tom P said, “ sailing catamarans as a young sailor was the best buzz you could possible get. We sailed hard, had many crazy capsizes, enjoyed the squad coaching and made sure we enjoyed our down time at the end of each day. Getting into cats was the best decision I made in my sailing career and I hope every young sailor gets the chance to have a go”.
For more information on the UKCRA catamaran club charter program contact Cookie by e-mail email@example.com.
To follow Tom Phipps visit www.tomphippsracing.co.uk
As the main sailing season begins to wind up we stay equally busy as the boat repairs and servicing list grows! The seasonal moorings have already been lifted and many boats are already off the water for the winter. Our mail order cat parts and dinghy spares still continues as our focus changes more from the coaching to getting customers boats stored away securely ready for next year. The windsport team has all the facilities and resources on hand to undertake all you boating needs: – Do not forget our dry boat storage and trailer parking – the recovery of boats to our secure compound, – the cleaning and winterisation of boats – Arrange for the servicing of mechanical, electrical and any structural components – Full valeting of your boats including undertaking structural and cosmetic repair work.
Six crews enjoyed amazing weather at the Windsports Centre over the weekend of 27th 28th September. The Crews had been drawn at random by after attending at least one UKIDA supported event. We are blessed with the perfect location for these coaching events although it was not all a hard slog. Windsport laid on a BBQ on the Friday night and a sociable Saturday evening in Castaways East just a short stroll away from our Centre in the Harbour.
A combination of good club to championships racing teams enjoyed a concentrated two days with Brian Phipps covering both classroom, boat park and on water coaching
From our viewpoint at Windsport, we hope everyone in the coaching group got some valuable food for thought they can work with and add to their Dart racing tool box.
We hope we left all those attending our sunny very light wind weekend with the understanding that: coaching is not about telling, but it is about drawing, expanding and evaluating, why, how and what we do when we are in Dart mode.
If you would like to find out more about Windsport Coaching please contact us at 01326 376191.
Brightlingsea Sailing Club – is the venue for Reg Fest the big Catamaran Festival to be held on the East Coast from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th of September.
Those of you who are joining the catamaran party and the racing at be ready for a few extra prizes.
Windsport has donated a number of “CatBatten” sets as class prizes during the event and you do not even need to be in the top three!!
The Windsport Catbattens is the light weight batten that you can tune yourself coming in three stiffness grades+ the option to fine tune each batten to suit your sail or sailing style.
LIGHT, TUNEABLE, EXCELLENT VALUE. See them test them at Reg Fest
For more information contact:-
Windsport as part of its sponsorship package with UKIDA offered 2 full days of Race Coaching. Drawn at random two crews have the pleasure of a weekend at the Windsport Centre in Mylor Yacht Harbour.
A welcoming BBQ on the Friday night is followed by two intensive days of input on the water improving all areas of race technique and boat handling. This will be coupled with classroom time offering comprehensive advice in all areas of preparation and race theory as well as analysis of performance on the water. With Brian’s vast coaching experience it is certainly session that all crews will benefit from and we look forward to welcoming them and take home with them an improved level of performance.
For more details on all Catamaran Coaching Options offered by Windsport - Please contact : firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office on 01326 376191
It is a great opportunity for club members to “TRY” before buying, and increase the number of entry-level sailors to catamaran sailing.
The fleet of 3 Dart 16s have come back to Windsport for some TLC and prepare them for their next charter.
The Windsport Pits… no association with Coal pits but equally energetic – the Windsport team “at the coal face!” Brian working hard servicing another satisfied client – And we would add that Brian is not unusually small it is just that his client is exceptionally tall!
Hoping to see all the Dart crews and supporters at the Welsh Wednesday Sponsors Party Night
Keep unto date with the Dart 18 Europeans at the scenic Mumbles Yacht Club in Wales here
and for a fantastic array of photos from the event try here
Many thanks to our Class supplier helping with tonights event:
- RWO Marine - RWO Marine supply a large amount of the fittings and equipment used on the Dart 18 and a number of Windsport licensed parts.
- Wave Loft - Waveloft manufacture under license all the covers and protective items listed on the Catparts website for Dart18.
- English Braids - English braids supply all the ropes and lines used on new boats and supplied by Windsport at events during the year.
- Windsport International - Licensed supplier of Dart 18 worldwide and the home of Dart 18 for new boats and replacement parts . Windsport works with all appointed manufactures to provide the quality service and product that makes Dart 18 production one design sailing such a success .
- Cad Kat – Manufacturer of “The Big Wheel Launching Trolley” with unique roller bearings ideal for soft sand and rock beaches. Windsport stock Cad-Kat trollies and replacement parts.
- White Formula - Windsport’s appointed manufacture of composite material Dart 18 hulls and equipment.
- Hyde Sails - Hyde sails appointed manufacture of the Dart 18 production one design sails for Windsport under license.