Recent News and upcoming events
Paul Chatfield with the Windsport Support Van and Trailer loaded with a range of items pre ordered and spares to cover most eventualities arrived to joined in the first Sprint 15 TT of the season.
25mph winds and a steep NE chop were the conditions awaiting the 22 competitors for the first two races on Saturday. The chilly wind powered the 15’s through the long swell around the compact course, each leg bringing a different challenge to the fleet. Little respite was available as the helms battled to prevent capsize and to keep the bows from burying deep in the churning sea. Eventually, the cats completd the two back-to-back races with many thrills and spills and ploughed their way to shore as their helms staggered onto the beach exhausted. Following a lovely evening meal in the clubhouse and a solid nights sleep; the following day brought far more benign weather to waft the fleet around the course. Patience, concentration and frustration replaced the sheer grit, strength and determination of the previous day. All the while, the supporters on the sea wall cheered and hollered their support to top off a wonderful weekend at the Seasalter Sailing and Catamaran Club.
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All Ready to Launch
Spring is sprung and Cornish Shrimpers Winnie, Drake and Yesella, who have been all tucked up at the Windsport boat and under cover storage at Mylor Falmouth this winter, have had their annual “spring clean” in preparation for re- launch.
By the weekend they will back on their mooring ready to take advantage of some great summer sailing, racing and cruising further afield.
They are looking forward to joining the rest of the Falmouth Shrimper fleet over the summer and welcome any visiting crew or those passing by Falmouth on passage.
A days coaching on the water from Tom Phipps our resident Olympic hopeful was won by Paddy Adams after his name was drawn out of the hat. Over the Easter break Paddy travelled to Cornwall to enjoy some champagne sailing conditions off the Windsport Centre at Mylor Yacht Harbour. Perfect conditions of clear sunshine and a steady breeze gave Paddy an insight in how to get the best performance out of a Goodall Design C2 Formula 18 to take back to his home patch and put into practice.
Needless to say we are flat out in all areas at the moment. There is more than a little Spring in our step to keep up!
– The Boat Park grass is freshly cut and ready for anyone needing to place their sailing dinghy conveniently close to the perfect launch spot.
– Boat repairs are on a roll with the season beginning at Restronguet Sailing Club this weekend.
– Spares and orders are flying out faster than you can believe on our on-line websitehttp://
– The Shrimper Owners Association – Falmouth Winter storage crew are eagerly uncovering their boats ready to be launched over the next few weeks.
And to top it all the sun is shining and the weather is simply glorious. Lets hope the saying season carries on like this.
Watch this space
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.
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