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)
NEXT EVENTS: CATAPULT NORTHERNSCatapult
returns to its true sea sailing at
over the August Bank Holiday weekend, August 27th-29th, when the Royal Yorkshire Yacht
Club hosts the
2016 Northerns (also counting for Travelling Trophy points.)
Brid's wide sands offer sailing at any tide, with local sailor Syd
Gage on hand to help.
we are invited to the UKRA Cat Open, at
Stokes Bay SC on
the Solent on September 10th-11th, which will be a
Catapult TT event.
CATAPULT 2016 NATIONALS
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