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Dart History – The First Mast

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. Dart History The First Mast
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 .
Brian Phipps
Dart 18 history

September 20, 2016 More

New Dart 18 hulls for stock and customers –

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.

New Dart 18 Hulls



September 14, 2016 More

Sprint 15 Nationals at Pwllheli Yacht Club

Sprint 15 Nationals

Sprint 15 Flags Fly over Pwllheli Yacht Club.


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.


Sprint 15 Nationals Fleet Photo


Family Sprint 15 Crews

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.


Sprint 15 Nationals Prize giving


Pwllheli Beach park

Overall results as follows :-


1st  Sophia & Sean McKenna

2nd Stuart Snell

3rd  Paul Grattage




For more information about the Sprint 15 and  class contact :-

Windsport :-

Sprint 15 class association


August 29, 2016 More

Dart 18 Momento for online Orders in August – STOCK All GONE

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.

Click here to go to our Catparts Website.

While stocks Last – Limited Edition.Dart 18 Key Ring Offer

August 18, 2016 More

Windsport Support – Dart Worlds 2016

A frantic few days lead up to the Windsport Support Van and Trailer setting off for Medemblik in Holland.

Windsport Support heading to Dart 18 Worlds

Windsport Support heading to Dart 18 Worlds

New Boats and spare hulls, masts and the usual extensive array of spares are all packed ready for the event.

Pre orders for Worlds

Pre orders for Worlds

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.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook Page and the Event Website for all the latest news and info coming from the event site once it kicks off.


The Windsport Team

July 29, 2016 More

Dart 18 SW Championships and UKIDA GP4, Y&Y

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.

Overall Results:

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
8th 7984 UKIDA Mike Jones Wendy 3 5 3 ‑25 16 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
12th 7978 RSC Paul Chatfield 4 ‑25 22 7 12 45
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
26th 7523 Netley David Groom Celina 10 31 18 (DNC) DNC 100
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
36th 7513 Worthing Nigel Jupp Rennard 34 35 28 (DNC) DNC 138
37th 7792 Parkstone Harry Mulligan Doug 35 23 (DNC) DNC DNC 140
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
Dart 18 TT and South West Championships at Restronguet - photo © Elle Peirce

Dart 18 SW Championships

July 11, 2016 More

The Windsport Harbour Challenge 2016

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!


The Windsport Harbour Challenge 2016

The Windsport Harbour Challenge 2016

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.

June 30, 2016 More

Dart 18 South West Championship

Entry numbers for the 2016 Dart 18 South West Championships / GP4 event in July, were completely full some months ago with a awaiting list of Dart 18 teams hoping to join in should any team drop out last minute.


The event kicks off, with the “Windsport Harbour Challenge”, a race against the clock on the Friday for teams that can get away from work early! The challenge takes teams around Falmouth Harbour, up the creeks and down the rivers before returning to the Windsport beach and boat park for a BBQ sponsored by the Windsport team and the  ONE Mile End Brewery. The One Mile End Brewery team will have  a couple of their award winning ales on Tap  along with their own Gin products and mixers so refreshments for ALL! Check them out : 
The event racing takes place on the Saturday / Sunday where the pre-entered forty strong Dart18 fleet will be racing within the harbour giving families and spectators a birds eye view of the leaders and chasers as they race around the course. Restronguet SC will have catering laid on thought the two days and with boats tucked up for the Saturday night in the Windsport boat park the evenings, beach party and live bands entertainment sponsored by GJW insurance brokers will keep the party going with great music .GJW
For extra beach party tickets contact us at Windsport or you can buy tickets from Cafe Mylor
So an action packed three days for those already entered and for those who just missed out this time around get your entry in early for 2017 !
Spectators welcome , follow the signs to Windsport from Mylor Harbour.
June 7, 2016 More

UK Dart 18 National is ramped up @Windsport


UK Dart 18 National Championships

The UK Dart 18 National championships celebrate 40 years of Dart 18 sailing at Stokes Bay Sailing ClubUK Dart 18 National 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.

Entry Fees:

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. 

We look forward to seeing you there!!!

The Windsport team.


May 18, 2016 More

Sprint 15 @ Marconi

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!Sprint 15 @ Marconi

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 @ Sprint 15 @ Marconi 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 :-

April 27, 2016 More