Recent News and upcoming events
Dart History The First Mast
The Dart 18 took over 2 years to go from concept to production . During that
time exhaustive testing was done on all the parts that made up the final
production boat specification.
The mast was one of the biggest challenges, being light enough to be righted
by a singlehanded sailor , yet strong enough to withstand the loads it could
be subjected too.
Sections of the original pre-production test mast are part of Dart history
and this picture shows the top section with a welded halyard hook, rather
the stainless steel hook we are all so familiar with .
Dart 18 history
New Dart 18 Hulls
We have recently collected more new Dart 18 hulls from Whiteboarders UK to bring us back up to date with stock after a recent run on new boat sales. We are now ready to fulfil upcoming orders with complete boats in stock, along with all class spares – available from our Catparts Website.
All Smiles and Success @ the Sprint 15 Catamaran National Championships
The Sprint 15 catamaran 2016 National Championships, hosted by the Pwllheli Sailing Club from their new building looking out over the beach took place over the August Bank holiday. Sailors from all over the UK and further afield, Hong Kong, took part both single handed and two up.
Windsport with their event trailer and team were there in support with replacement part and mobile workshop keeping the teams on the water and providing Sprint 15 related coaching tips.
Good weather and excellent race officer work ensured all the races were completed with a clear “father and daughter” team winning many of the races making them 2016 overall national champions.
Sophia ( 8 yrs. old) and father Sean Mac Keene lead the way in the results racing two-up as one of the family sailing teams alongside a strong fleet of uni-rigged single- handed sailors.
The success of the family duo confirmed what a truly versatile family boat the Sprint 15 catamaran can be providing fun, speed, simplicity, class and technical challenge for a wide range of sailors. The next big Sprint 15 event will be the “Grafham Catamaran Open 22-23 October and the class welcome all Sprint 15 sailors and those individuals / families keen to find out more about the class to join them over the weekend.
Overall results as follows :-
1st Sophia & Sean McKenna
2nd Stuart Snell
3rd Paul Grattage
For more information about the Sprint 15 and class contact :-
Sprint 15 class association www.sprint15.com
We have an August Special Offer for all orders on our Website for Dart 18 Parts.
We will throw in A ’40 Year of Dart 18 Catamaran‘ momentos with every order over £20.
A frantic few days lead up to the Windsport Support Van and Trailer setting off for Medemblik in Holland.
New Boats and spare hulls, masts and the usual extensive array of spares are all packed ready for the event.
A combination of one hundred and eight entries, a fabulous sailing area as well as all the planned celebrations going on for the competitors to help with the 40th anniversary of the Dart 18 Class we think this event will be one not to miss. We hope to see you on location shortly.
The Windsport Team
Dart 18 SW Championships and UKIDA GP4
40 Dart 18s went to Restronguet Sailing Club over the “long” weekend of the 1st to the 3rd July to where it all began 40 years ago when the trail blazing and mould shattering (not literally) prototype Dart 18 was launched in great secrecy complete with Americas Cup type screens covering the hulls and appendages, into Falmouth Bay.
The original boat is now proudly on display at the National Maritime Museum at Falmouth, Restronguet have a strong and keen 18 fleet and Windsport International, the fleet manufacturer and event support, are based right by the Sailing Club meaning the fleets association with the area will continue for a long time to come.
Jeremy Underwood – who had attended the first ever Dart 18 Nationals, held naturally at Restronguet – was present together with various teams who had taken part in the, what seems like yesterday, 25th Nationals again held at the Club.
Boats started to arrive on the Thursday having negotiated the road works on the A30. Those rigging up were entertained by Andy Kelley’s search for the source of a rattle in one of his hulls only to find having stood it on its end that it was caused by an empty bottle of cider! More Teams arrived overnight having dealt with the closure of the A30 including a contingent from the UK who had been in France having taken part in the French Nationals.
All campervans and tents were accommodated on the Windsport camping field from where spectacular views of the Bay were available with the camper vans having tacked uphill to avoid getting stuck in the wet grass. Others chose local B&Bs, hotels and holiday cottages.
Friday was the day of the Windsport Challenge a timed nautical (with alternative walking route for supporters) treasure hunt requiring competitors to visit locations with different degrees of difficulty against the clock. The weather was a bit unhelpful with a strong gusty wind and rain squalls making it hard to achieve some of the navigational and manoeuvrability trials called for to gain maximum points. Only two Teams visited all the waypoints, one of who, Mike and Wendy Jones had had to ask for a new list of waypoints to be e mailed to their non-waterproof phone as the laminated copy they had been given had gone for a swim. Many other Teams, including a strong cohort from North Devon, chose to specialise in or linger at those halts involving local hostelries serving pasties, beer, or both.
If that was not enough excitement for the day the opportunity was also being taken to obtain video footage by Mike Smith of Boxhead Media for Dart 18 and Sprint 15 promotional videos. This involved making best use of the occasional sunny intervals, just there to show what the weather could have done had it wanted to, to demonstrate rigging up and sailing the boats and interviewing competitors to say why their boats are so great. The promotional footage also included on the water filming during which (back from Rio) Tom Phipps, Olympic catamaran contender, crewed by his (my preparation was I bought a dress with boats on) sister Katy managed to capsize in a gust that unfortunately was not captured on film. Both have strong but differing views as to the cause of the capsize.
That evening a sponsored barbeque with free beer from On Mile Ends Brewery and cider from Paul Chadwick took place in a Barn on the site during which one of the fathers of the Dart, Ian Fraser, gave an impromptu talk as to its gestation and history after which he rashly asked for any questions an opportunity the fleet took with relish. At the end of the barbeque, at which everyone was thanked by her husband accept Cookie the cook, the competitors retired to a local wine bar but the lure of the remaining free beer in the barn was such that they returned and then played increasingly dodgy gymnastic and climbing games until the small hours.
Saturday things got more serious with the remaining competitors arriving and rigging up before the 11am briefing. At the briefing, during which Jenny Lloyd had to be persuaded by husband Geoff not to use one of the poles holding up the Club roof as a dancing aid, it was made clear by the Race Officer, Head Master Fraser, that starts would be on time, recalls were not going to be tolerated and all boats would behave. Some chance!
The 40 boats launched and crossed the Bay in a still somewhat gusty but generally strong wind again with helpings of rain. The courses were windward leeward meaning the start line was in close proximity to the far shore so as to allow a decent length beat. The starts were generally well behaved although one recall led to the use of a black flag and one team, new class Chairman and heavy weather expert Sean O’Connor crewed by wife Helen coming in for an early pasty.
The key trick was to get off the line well and then judge when to tack so as to maximise the possible gusts and lifts to get to the windward mark. This was not easy with many winners and losers. The downwind legs were marginally easier to call but the best route varied each lap just to keep things interesting.
With 40 boats careering around fast in a restricted area incidents are bound to occur with much shouting and screaming at or near marks, various capsizes and shunts and bumps one of which involved Tom Parker who only that morning had been complaining about how much his insurance had gone up and the other the ramming and holing of a virtually brand new boat by Mike Gomme and Sara Stones in an almost as new boat. Subsequently they won the protest.
The race winners for the day were Dan and Amy Teubert and Nicolette Van Gorp and Raud Van Gisberge with Fraser Manning and Erica King getting a second place as did Mike Gomme and Sara Stones with thirds from Mike and Wendy Jones. This left it tight at the top and all too play for on Day Two.
That night was one of the Dart 18 social high spots of the year with a barbeque and live band night with a Cornish twist given the stage was assembled from a farm trailer covered in hay bales tractored in especially that morning. The band Night Tickers and supporting act Polly Money were brilliant with much dancing, a one-off virtuoso singing performance of a classic 80s rock ballad by Katy Phipps and a rather enthusiastic if somewhat slurred version of Hey Jude sung by all as a finale by all present.
Post-party the sensible competitors had an early night, the less so retired to a house in the village and the least-so to around a fire on the beach. Notably at least two of the possible winners were seen at the beach party!
Following morning racing started allegedly at 10:30 however one thing was missing, wind. For one competitor it was also clear that suntan lotion had been missing from his kitbag the day before given his feet and ankles were white, his upper thighs white but the rest of his legs bright red. The course was set and most of the fleet drifted or paddled out to it with a few looking at the forecast, the lack of wind and the rain clouds as a chance to give up and pack up early. For most of the morning they were proved right with the fleet being returned to shore around lunchtime.
However, allegedly as predicted by the Race Management Team, over lunch the weather changed and a slight but noticeable sea breeze established allowing two more decent races to take place. These were light wind affairs with the beat against the incoming tide giving tactical choices which side of the main channel to use. Initially going left paid but later on the right was the better option. Obviously inspired by the change in conditions Des Barnes crewed by Eloise Knott were on fire winning both races by a huge margin closely pursued in Race Three by Andy Kelley and Tory Hackman with Dan and Amy Teubert third and in Race Four by Dan and Amy, second, with Nicolette and Raud third.
The fleet sailed in with Dan and Amy still trying to remember if whether in the case of a draw it was number of firsts or position in the last race that prevailed. On shore they then ran around asking all and sundry getting a wide variety of answers!
At the prize giving every team was given a souvenir of the event in the shape of Dart 18 keyrings, or earrings some thought, which will be much treasured. The South West Championships was won by Dan and Amy. Mid-fleet warriors Darren and TJ were awarded a plastic sword and shield. Alzee Malavart and Abigail Jupp got polish to smarten up the oldest boat attending the event. Longest distance travelled to reach the event went to Dart 18 International Class Chairman Nicolette Van Gorp and Raud Van Gisberge (which some northern competitors considered a result based on suspect Cornish geography that fails to recognise North Yorkshire is further away!)
All in all another in the Dart 18 40th year celebration of great events. Some of the fleet will reconvene at the East Coast Piers Race (9th and 10th July) before the World Championships at Medemblik in Holland 31st July to the 6th August with over 120 boats expected 40 of which will be from the UK. Hopefully by them Mike Gomme or more likely his wife Yvette will have worked out a system to avoid loss or terminal damage of phone, wallet, shades and clothes all as occurred at Restronguet.
The list of who to thank is long but they all contributed to a great event with the accolade that Restronguet/Windsport are already being asked about the arrangements for the 50th anniversary do and when the Sprint 15 Catamaran Fleet can come. Credit must be given to the home club competitors many of whom finished well within the top of the fleet having shown all “them foreigners” (or Emmets) how to do it. More information and a series of random photographs currently featuring the on shore activities but soon to be supplemented by on the water ones are available on the UKIDA Dart 18 and the Dart 18 SW Championship Facebook Pages.
Special thanks to our sponsors, Windsport, John Tuckwell (GJW Direct Insurance), Ian Fraser and On Mile Ends Brewery.
Thanks to the organisers notably Alex Metcalf, the on the water race team headed up by Ian Fraser the galley staff, Cookie Phipps for the barbeque on the Saturday night, all the Club Members and helpers who made us all feel welcome, the Protest Committee and Lynn Stonehouse for designing the magnificent one off trophies. Finally thanks to Elle Peirce for all the on the water pictures.
|Pos||Sail No||Home Club||Lastname||Crew Name||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||Pts|
|1st||7311||RSC||Dan Teubert||Amy Teubert||1||3||‑4||3||2||9|
|2nd||7960||Netherland||Nicolette Van Gorp||Ruud Van Gisberge||‑15||1||1||5||3||10|
|3rd||7942||NDYC||Fraser Manning||Erica King||5||7||2||4||‑14||18|
|4th||7923||RYYC Bridlington||Des Barnes||Eloise Knott||‑16||11||10||1||1||23|
|5th||6286||Parkstone YC||Thomas Kelley||Kate Winter||6||4||6||‑11||8||24|
|6th||7973||Dee Sailing Club||Simon Moruzzi||Hayley Smith||‑14||6||5||8||5||24|
|7th||6473||SBSC||Andy Kelley||Tory Hackman||‑11||8||8||2||9||27|
|9th||7930||Dee SC||Geoff Lloyd||Jenny Lloyd||7||‑14||9||10||4||30|
|10th||6803||Stokes Bay||Sarah Knott||Amy Knott||8||10||‑13||6||10||34|
|11th||7761||RSC||Alex Metcalf||Fay Freeman||17||13||7||‑23||7||44|
|13th||6734||RSC||Jeremy Underwood||Sabine Underwood||13||12||11||12||(DNF)||48|
|14th||1096||RSC||Peter Stephens||Ben Stephens||12||15||17||‑18||6||50|
|15th||7248||SBSC||Andrew McQueen||Suzy Knott||19||16||(DNC)||9||13||57|
|16th||1||RSC||Lynn Stonehouse||Fraser Stonehouse||9||‑24||16||22||11||58|
|17th||7438||RSC||Cedric Wynter||Jane Wynter||‑23||9||12||19||21||61|
|18th||7644||Netley SC||Tom Parker||Kate Winter||‑20||20||15||13||15||63|
|19th||7583||North Devon Yacht Club||Jonathan Farr||Hector Bunclark||‑21||18||19||17||17||71|
|20th||4293||Island Yacht Club||Darren Wood||Tracey‑ann Wood||‑22||17||14||21||20||72|
|21st||7969||Datchet SC||Adrian Parsons||Zoe Freeman||‑28||21||24||15||18||78|
|22nd||7981||RYYC||Mike Gomme||Sara Stones||2||2||(DNF)||DNF||DNC||86|
|23rd||7876||North Devon Yacht Club||Garry Jennings||Emma Mac Berry||‑26||22||25||20||25||92|
|24th||6133||RSC||Roger McDonald||Beccy Kestin||‑33||19||29||24||23||95|
|25th||7968||Parkstone YC||Charles Hillier||Mary Hill||24||(DNF)||DNC||14||19||98|
|27th||5977||RSC||Alex Childs||Sarah childs||‑29||27||20||26||27||100|
|28th||1158||RSC||Sara Dowler||Guy Becket||‑30||26||21||29||28||104|
|29th||5500||Worthing SC||Patrick Palmer||Debs Waters||25||‑33||31||28||26||110|
|30th||7442||NDYC||Liam Bunclark||Keith Heason||31||‑37||27||31||24||113|
|31st||4693||Parkstone YC||Catherine Lee‑Elliott||Marian Hallett||(DNF)||38||DNC||16||22||117|
|32nd||5122||Bala Catamaran Club||Owen Cox||Emma Capper||27||30||23||(DNC)||DNC||121|
|33rd||7682||RSC||Adrian Bolton||Max Amos||36||34||(DNC)||27||29||126|
|34th||1288||Worthing||Alizee Malavart||Abigail Jupp||32||28||26||(DNC)||DNC||127|
|35th||7747||Parkstone||Rosemary Crinion||Dave Fairchild||(DNF)||36||32||30||30||128|
|38th||6090||RSC||Ben Amos||Sally Amos||37||32||30||(DNC)||DNC||140|
|39th||7714||Weston SC||Sean O’Connor||Helen O’Connor||18||(OCS)||DNC||DNC||DNC||141|
|40th||7982||Parkstone||Patrick Mulligan||Emily Mulligan||(DNF)||29||DNF||DNC||DNC||152|
Windsport “Harbour Challenge” 2016
The object is to have fun, explore the harbour, do what you want to do & stop when you want to stop!
There are 16 harbour “hotspots” for the on-water explorers and 4 coastal “hotspots” for the walkers.
Some are easy, some a bit harder and some are really hard!
There are stopping off points, Inns / pubs and cafés on route which are accessible depending on the tide so read the notes!
You need a mobile phone that takes pictures, a paddle ( if you are on the water) and any other safety equipment you consider necessary for sailing or walking around the harbour area unaccompanied.
The winner will be the team to check back in at Windsport Reception having reached the most “hotspots” in the fastest time.
” Your time less the value of the hotspots visited”
There is a mass briefing at 10.30hrs and the “challenge” window opens @ 11.00hrs, which is when you get the list of “hotspots” and other information, so you can start planning your trip.
Have fun, do not take it too seriously and enjoy exploring our harbour, creeks and rivers.
Brian – Cookie and the Windsport team.
UK Dart 18 National Championships
The UK Dart 18 National championships celebrate 40 years of Dart 18 sailing at Stokes Bay Sailing Club this coming bank holiday and a host of sailors from over the years will be there to race and join in the celebrations.
If you have not already entered you need to get your on-line entry form in right now to be part of the event.
For those of you intending on competing in the 2016 Dart 18 Nationals but have not yet entered, you have until midnight 20th May 2016 to take advantage of the £175 (£135 Single-handed) entry fee.
As from 21st May 2016 the entry fee increases to £190 (Single-handed £160).
Please also remember to pay for your camping at the same time as your entry.
Full details of the event can be found on the Dart 18 UKIDA Website here
Windsport Dart 18 support trailer will be on site from mid day on Friday 27th May to keep sailors on the water. The Windsport trailer and technical staff will be on hand during the whole event to answer questions, help with boat maintenance and even sell you a new race winning boat !!!
40 Years of Dart 18 sailing, racing and championships are well worth a celebration and will only come around once. So make that special effort to be there – as always you will be rewarded with great sailing, great atmosphere and great socials (only better!!), plus you will be able to say “ I WAS THERE”
Contact Windsport if you need any replacement parts taken to the event ready for collection. Click on the following link to get your order in before Monday 12.00pm to save on any delivery charges. http://www.windsport.co.uk/modules/catparts.php
We look forward to seeing you there!!!
The Windsport team.
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 :-