LATEST EVENTS: CATAPULT NORTHERNSCatapult
returned to its true sea sailing at
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
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
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
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.
Catapult was back on the Blackwater estuary for three days of
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.(Report)
CATAPULT 2016 NATIONALSCatapult
was back at a favourite venue at
Catamaran Club for the
(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.
Gareth also keeps a firm grip on the Yellow Pennant at the top of the
The fun races
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
(Below: 2016 Nationals winner Gareth
Ede slides downwind past the Bala starting spit, Sunday.)
(Photo by Bala
Rib, with many thanks.)
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
now being able to count first places throughout
(Results) Handicap Leaderboard
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
has nine events, with a return to several favourite venues, and a new event at Stokes Bay
Catamaran Open in September.
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)
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.
Syd Gage has pulled together his on-board camera footage to produce DVDs
of Catapult racing at the TT events.
for the list of events and prices.
SPARES AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS
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
and guidelines on availablity
NEW REPAIR ADVICE
Syd Gage has added to his stream of
practical advice and detailed instructions with a new article on
repairing frame bolts. Many
more are here, the latest on beam
repairs, mast buoyancy, and halyard options.
THE 2015 ANNUAL
was held again at Bala SC, Sunday July
looked at next season's racing programme, and added new Guidance to the
that centreboards remain down throughout a race
(forwarded to the Committee to consider adding as a Rule at its next
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:
Jon Montgomery: Designer of Catapult: 22nd February 1935 - 9th June 2009
A tribute to Jon