Recent News and upcoming events
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.
We have a very exciting prize open to ALL our Catparts Customers who spend over £50 on parts between now and the end of February 2015. Every order placed over £50 will be automatically entered into a draw to win a Days Coaching with Windsport delivered by Brian or Tom Phipps.
Catparts Coaching Competition.
Spend £50 or more (excluding shipping) online at the Catparts store www.catparts.windsport.co.uk to be automatically entered in the Windsport coaching Day competition.
The winning entry will be offered a days performance catamaran coaching @ the Windsport training facility delivered by one of Windsport’ s top coaches Brian or Tom Phipps.
Competition closes Feb 28th 2015
Competition winner will be randomly selected by an independent person
No cash alternative .
Competition cannot be incorporated with any other promotion or special offer.
Winning coaching voucher is valid until December 2015
Winning voucher is for coaching one person on one catamaran.
Voucher is not transferable .
The coaching date selected is subject to the winner and coaches availability at time of booking.
Here is another of our classic Christmas Crackers on deals for Cat Parts: This is the ideal set of necessary spares for all Dart 18 and Sprint 15 Sailors – This offers open until 15th December and you make a saving of over 30%!!!!! – Shipped to you for just £28.50
On top of this we will give you a 5% Off Voucher for any orders made over £50 before 1st March 2015.
Make a Cat Sailors Christmas and follow the link for a complete pack description and on line ordering.
Keeping our growing family of SMODs under wraps – Literally – This season we have added to our Shrimper family with an increasing number of St Mawes One Designs being stored over the off season either inside or outside. (Options for parking in the field or on hard standings). We offer a fully flexible service including: – Pulling out and trailer wash – Pressure wash with an optional spring hull polish -Recovery or launching – Rigging / De-rigging. Essentially Windsport can offer a full flexible valeting / storage service to best meet your needs – Give us a call to find out how we can help and join our SMOD family ‘under wraps’.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.