Category: Dart 18
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
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.
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 : email@example.com or call our office on 01326 376191
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.
The Windsport team are in our final stages or preparations for the European championship support. For those who have already placed a pre-event parts order, your order is picked and packed ready for collection on day one. For everyone else this is the last week to get your replacement parts order in and marked up for collection at the event.
After this week it will be what ever is in the support trailer at the time and still available.
To make sure you get what you want at the start of the event Windsport recommend you place an order this week for collection at the event. (Order by close of day Sunday 10th August)
Order on line here or call us.
Windsport Dart18 support
Make sure you join us for the Welsh Wednesday – Windsport suppliers party –
It certainly put everyone in a good mood for the final 3 races on Sunday.
Event Photos on our Facebook Page Please like us and if anyone wants Hi Res copies please email us.
Hi all , all systems go for the SW Dart 18 championships hosted by Windsport and RSC. Best bring your Sunglasses and sunblock!
IMPORTANT NOTE :- For those towing – follow your GPS to Mylor Bridge Village by all means but after that make sure you DO NOT follow any GPS direction down CHURCH ROAD, which is a no through road, many GPS do not know that!!! It starts well and gets narrower and narrower with a path at the end!!
- For those arriving Thursday night to do a sailing harbour pub crawl on the Friday we look forward to seeing you.
- For those arriving Friday to take advantage of the afternoon coaching session welcome.
- For those arriving Friday afternoon / evening the Windsport “beer and burger” welcome BBQ will be on hand from 18.00hrs – 22.00hr
- For those arriving Saturday morning the sailors briefing is 10.00hrs and the first start 12.00hrs so time to get yourself sorted.
Fabulous Beach Party Live music on Saturday night !
The fleet size is looking good and if everyone who promised to come keeps their promise we will have 25 – 30 boats!
Windsport camping is set up FOC, just let us know you are coming down.
Full info is on the RSC website www.restronguetsc.org/ , heading events.
If you can / would pre-register it would help the caterers and the race team, if not we will make it work one way or another!
Any last minute questions call the Windsport team 01326 376191
All looks good
Calling all Dart 18 sailors – The south west championships are taking place at Restronguet Sailing Club over the weekend of July 5th and 6th.
The original Dart Sailing Club is hosting a weekend of racing in the Carrick Roads and
- Pre-Event Coaching on Friday 4th July (2 – 5pm) (Must be pre-booked with Windsport 01326 376191)
(Welcome beer & sausage provided – Bring your own supper)
Saturday evening Beach Party – not to be missed!
(Tickets available for sailors at only £7.50)
Brilliant Racing * Fab venue * Friendly Welcome
Camping on-site (provided by Windsport) (Please call Windsport 01326 376191)
The work never stops at Windsport on or off the water – in the workshop or packing cat parts for shipping we certainly make use of all the hours:
We have produced an autumn newsletter for all our clients with useful news and fact relevant to each Class or a more general appeal. If you want to find out more about Windsport and plans looking forward to 2014 then choose the relevant one as follows: