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Contact: Stuart Ede (Secretary) at
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 (They can also pass any sort of query about the boat to John Peperell, Technical Officer)

here and
-- fast easy handling in a fresh Bala breeze

Videos  here and here and here
and on board racing at Bewl and cruising the Solent here)


Catapult returned to its true sea sailing at Bridlington over the August Bank Holiday weekend, August 27th-29th, when the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club hosted the 2016 Northerns (also counting for Travelling Trophy points.) Catapult enjoyed the typical welcome and hospitality from the Club, including hosting a Saturday night barbecue. 

 Brid typically produced a set of markedly different days, with winds from very light to testingly fresh, and a range of sea conditions to work out. On Sunday, the surf left over from Saturday night rain and squalls, coupled with very light breeze, prevented any boats getting on the water but a start delayed to 3pm let the building breeze punch the boats through the surf to then have two brisk races, completing six in the long weekend.

  Good racing (including some aggressive starting encounters) saw four different helms share out the first places,  but John Terry and Gareth Ede were consistently fast, and John retained the Northern Trophy, one point ahead .

CATAPULT AT THE UKCRA REGATTA, STOKES BAY  A small Catapult fleet contested the next TT at a new venue, as part of the UKRA Cat Open, at Stokes Bay SC on the Solent on September 10th-11th. Only Alastair Forrest made it through two races amongst the whitecaps on a rainswept first day (surviving a pitch-pole gybing in the steep chop) and Alex Montgomery came down for the sunlit Sunday, scoring three first places ahead of Syd Gage, second in each race ahead of Alastair (Report)

Yorkshire Dales SC
hosts the next TT on Grimworth Reservoir, high on the Yorkshire moors. The gap until the event on October 8th-9th should give the weather time to get appropriately northern, to repeat the excellent racing of the last three years.

 RECENT EVENT Catapult was back on the Blackwater estuary for three days of Stone Week, August 1st-3rd. Westerlies, varying light to very fresh, and the tides in each direction, gave different challenges for each race. Six TT races culminated in two medium-distance events, one looping around Radio Caroline moored in the estuary, and the other circumnavigating Osea Island.

  Paul Ellis (a Blackwater local!) steadily recorded first positions in the five-boat fleet, to comfortably win overall and on handicap, with George Evans and Alastair Forrest battling closely behind, Alastair just taking the second place. Paul beat the home fleets comfortably for the combined distance events.

Catapult was back at a favourite venue at
Bala Catamaran Club for the
2016 Nationals (as well as the fun races making up the Bala Gala.) A big turnout, of both committed racers and improvers, had the traditional Bala welcome (for part of their 40th Anniversay celebration) and excellent racing.

 Gareth Ede and John Terry had their customary front-end battle, pushed hard at times by George Evans and Irish visitor Dermot Mangan, and John Peperell took a first away. Six helms recorded a first or second place. Close racing, and mixed fortunes saw  two points covering the third to fifth places.

 SW breeze came up the lake through the extended weekend, getting all scheduled events in (serious and fun) and giving some challenging tactical decisions around triangular courses. Gareth Ede, counting four firsts, took the Nationals prize.
(Report) Gareth also keeps a firm grip on the Yellow Pennant at the top of the Leaderboard, counting all first places.

 The fun races
(Reports) introduced a sucessful new event, a Team Pursuit based on personal handicaps, along with established favourites, the Pairs Race, and Relay.

  Paul Ellis was the Handicap winner, but Alastair Forrest with a generous age allowance (both boat and helm) keeps the Red Pennant on the
Handicap Leaderboard

     (Below: 2016 Nationals winner Gareth Ede slides downwind past the Bala starting spit,  Sunday.)
     (Photo by Bala CC Safety Rib, with many thanks.)

RECENT EVENTSCatapult returned toCarsington on June 4th-5th, for the onset of summer in bright sunshine, successfully joining the club racing on Saturday and Sunday, both giving excellent courses. Light northerlies gave shifting and fluctuating conditions, but with enough breeze for good if taxing racing. Stuart Ede showed mastery of the light conditions, working to the front in each race and scoring four firsts. (Photo below) The Ede family shared the top two places in almost every race, and Gareth tightened his firm grip at the top of the Leaderboard, now being able to count first places throughout. (Results)

On handicap, Justin Evans was a clear winner, but Alastair Forrest with a generous age allowance (both boat and helm) kept the Red Pennant on the
Handicap Leaderboard

  The 2016 Sailing Programme has nine events, with a return to several favourite venues, and a new event at Stokes Bay Catamaran Open in September.

(The Programme also flags up dates for Long-Distance races, and invitation events, not part of the TT Series. This year at least two boats plan to compete for the CCA prize in the Round Sheppey  Race .)

(Below: blowing off the cobwebs at the first TT event, Rutland; Chris Phillips rides the squall at the Race 3 start)

TRAVELLING TROPHY CHAMPION 2015  John Terry came through on top in his battle with Gareth Ede to take the 2015 TT Trophy, counting  event wins at Yorkshire Dales and a clean sweep earlier in his home waters at Rutland. (2015 TT Leaderboard)
DVDs DVDs  OF CATAPULT EVENTS:   Syd Gage has pulled together his on-board camera footage to produce DVDs of Catapult racing at the TT events.  Go to https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9yZztD_zMDLd2UzU0VqRENaZVU for the list of events and prices. 

Through the generosity of past Catapult sailor Admiral Sir Robert Hill and previous Secretary John Peperell, the Association has a good supply of spares to keep the fleet afloat in cases of breakage or damage. The Association made a one-off payment to a charity on his behalf. John Terry manages the store: list of spares here and guidelines on availablity here

NEW REPAIR ADVICE Syd Gage has added to his stream of practical advice and detailed instructions with a new article on repairing frame boltsMany more are  here, the latest on beam repairs, mast buoyancy, and halyard options.

THE 2015  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was held again at Bala SC, Sunday July 5th.
The AGM looked at next season's racing programme, and added new Guidance to the Racing Rules: that centreboards remain down throughout a race (forwarded to the Committee to consider adding as a Rule at its next meeting.)

Some 2014 cruise reports and pictures : South-west coast, Thames and the Solent.

(Photo below: Cruising 2013: Justin uses Catapult's shroud adjustment to dip the mast and negotiate the New Cut bridge between the Waveney and Yare rivers: more )

catapults cruising the Broads

Jon Montgomery: Designer of Catapult: 22nd February 1935 - 9th June 2009

 A tribute to Jon here.


catapult catamarans start at carsington

Racing in the Travelling Tropy circuit
    is keen but very friendly.

The season offers around ten events, each at a different attractive venue

An "honour" approach to

     mistakes avoids the need for
     protests, and the website 
     has a Tactics and Rules Forum

Other sailors will offer advice
    on rigging, tuning and sailing,
    informally, or through contact
    arranged before an event.


Committee members are in contact before each event to tie up the arrangements