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Contact: Stuart Ede (Secretary) at
catapultcats@mail.com or Alastair Forrest (Chair) at alastairforrest@hotmail.com
 (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)


 The traditional finish to the season at the
Grafham Cat Open on October 21st-22nd was wiped out by the threat of Storm Brian, and Gareth Ede lstayed on top of  the 2017 TT Leaderboard   to retain the Jon Montgomery Travelling Tropy,  ahead of John Terry by 5 points. George Evans firmly held third, with Alastair Forrest just two points ahead of Stuart Ede for fourth.

John Terry revised the personal handicapping as the season went on, but Mike Gough held on at the top of the 
Handicap Leaderboard with emphatic handicap wins at Bala, Stone, Bridlington, and finally the Northerns by a point. Syd Gage was a clear second on handicap.

END OF SEASON LUNCH Catapult returned to the Noel Inn, Whitwell, in Rutland for another successful prizegiving lunch Sunday November 19th, enlivened by Syd Gage's 30 min 2017 season Roundup video. (Syd has promised a full 60 min Roundup Video version will be out soon, see the "DVD" list on this page for updates.)

  Following the meal, a new and prestigious "Captured Clips Competition" gave a star rating to each of seven amusing, or worthy video clips captured during the season. George Evans took the winner's bottle of white wine, for his balancing and dancing, rushing out to help Paul Ellis right his boat in the shallows at Bala. (The stones underfoot were very slippery, and Syd had helpfully doctored the video clip with a forward/reverse sequence.) Mike Gough was the runner-up, managing to sail his boat back to shore at Bridlington with his leeward shroud disconnected and flying free. The video clip just caught sight of him after his mast fell down when he hit the beach.

 George Evans took the Photographic Competition (Catapults on the beach at Bridlington)and second went to Brian Cooney (a wet suit hoisted up a Catapult halyard that was streaming out in the fresh breeze.)

Stuart Ede, Club Secretary, presented the prizes in lieu of Alastair Forrest, our Club Chairman.

(Below: the final event for 2017 on Grimworth Reservoir high on the moors; John Terry, 533,  leads Gareth Ede, 91, the 2017 Jon Montgomery Travelling Trophy winner  and the chasing pack.)
 (Photo Paul Hargreaves Photography, with thanks)

  2018 SAILING SEASON   Stuart has raced ahead with the 2018 racing Programme . The re-run of the 2017 Grafham Cat Open (wiped out for 2017 by Storm Brian) is now taking place on 17-18th March, and so Grafham will now mark the beginning and end of the 2018 season.

There are several favourite venues back, with Bassenthwaite and Rutland confirmed, and Carsington pencilled in. We will be back to Bala in July, after the successful TT hosting by Bala Sailing Club in 2017,  hopefully preserving the fun racing as part of the Bala Gala.

For some real sea sailing, Catapult will join the Royal Yorkshire YC Regatta again over the August Bank Holiday weekend. A new development is a two-day event at Bewl in Kent 15-16th September, as a joint event with Wanderers, returning to a traditional Catapult venue after a 3-year gap. (Catapults are welcome to take part in the open Bewl Blast on 4 March, not part of our TT Series.)

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 IN FRANCE?  Chris Beckett, a Parisian who sailed Catapult 10 years ago is working with Stuart to look at a possible Championship in 2019. Club de Voile des Hauts de Seine on the Lac de Foręt d'Orient, near Troyes, about 115 miles ESE of Paris on the edge of the Ardennes is in the frame (used by the 505's in the past). A big lake set in wooded rolling hills with sandy beaches, with lots of campsites, and it is accessible from ports like Calais (255 miles) and Zeebrugge (266 miles)


NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP  Catapult was back at Yorkshire Dales SC, high up on the moors on Grimwith Reservoir, Septmber 31st-October 1st, for the Northern Championship, sharing the weekend with the D Zeros and Contenders. On Saturday a hard westerly had dark water and whitecaps down the lake, and the Catapults elected not to launch, watching sympathetically from the panoramic windows of the clubhouse as the two other fleets tackled a "P" course with three gybes,which took out almost every helm until the race was abandoned.

 Sunday went the other way, with four races in a light fluctuating WSW under sunshine, needing careful boat-speed, and luck in the shifts.
Gareth Ede and John Terry got consistently to the front, and tied with two firsts and two seconds each, Gareth snatching the Northerns on countback. Stuart Ede took third on count-back from Alastair Forrest, and one point covered the next three places, with Syd Gage edging out Mike Gough on count-back to take the fifth place.
(report and photos)

 NATIONALS AT BRIDLINGTON: The Royal Yorkshire YC Dinghy section hosted the 2017 Nationals over the August Bank Holiday weekend, with 10 boats racing, and new member Marcus trying the boat out. Brid again produced real open water sailing and good racing breeze for all three days, with a testing final race as it piped up.

 From the front-end battle, John Terry took the 2017 Championship from Gareth Ede by a point. George Evans had a clear grip on the third place throughout, and from four final race survivors, Mike Gough took the win, finishing the last  leg with the lee shroud fractured and flying free.
(Report and photos)

TT ON THE BLACKWATER, STONE S.C. Catapult was back to the hospitality of Stone SC July 31st-August 2nd , running a TT event as part of Stone Week. Varying W-SW breezes gave plenty of boat speed to tactically manage the tides, and John Terry dominated for a clear victory, ahead of local sailor Paul Ellis.
(Report and photos)

BALA: Catapult returned 1st-3rd July for a season highlight, the excellent sailing in the beautiful surroundings at  Bala, with Bala Sailing Club stepping in to host the TT racing (alongside the Tinker Tramps, a coincidental multi-inflatable event!) Gareth Ede again dominated the six TT races, but Stuart Ede scored two wins (one in survival conditions in the last race on Saturday.) (Report and photos)

Then on Monday,we ran the traditional fun races (Relay, Pairs, and Pursuit)from the beach back at the Pant-yr-Onnen campsite alongside the Bala Catamaran Club. (Fun races, and TT photos)

(Below: Bala: Syd Gage and George ease down to the gybe mark, Race 1, but the front pack of event winner Gareth (91), Stuart and Paul Ellis (part obscured) are away towards the bottom mark) (Photo Rob Baker with thanks)

 PREVIOUS EVENTS  Catapult's third event in the  2017 Travelling Trophy programme had ten boats back at the beautiful Peak District venue of Carsington in May 20th-21st. Saturday's bursts of rain varied the  SW to W breeze from light to strong, and Sunday had good racing breeze, light-moderate, swinging enough to keep it lively. Gareth Ede racked up six first places, and George Evans could simlarly count 5 seconds. One point covered the next three places, showing how competitivethe racing is getting. (Report and photos)

(Below: Downwind tension at Carsington, Sunday. Photo Rosie Fisher, Carsington SC, with thanks.)

    EARLIER EVENTS Rutland eased the season in with balmy sunshine and light SSW breeze at Rutland 8th-9th April  (Report and photos)  and then Catapult was back to an established favourite for the May Bank Holiday at Bassenthwaite With strong breezes forecast, three races were squeezed in on Saturday, ahead of the threatened easterlies, which duly arrived to prevent Sunday's schedule. A closely-fought duel between John Terry and Gareth Ede dominated the event. (Report and photos)

    DVDs FROM CATAPULT EVENTS; LIST AVAILABLE Syd Gage has worked on the output from his and George's on-board cameras (photo below) to produce great videos of Catapult action, including a season roundup. The list and details are here

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.  John Terry manages the store: list of spares here and guidelines on availablity here

Syd Gage has added to his stream of practical advice and detailed instructions with a new article on DIY Puncture-free PU-foam-filled Tyres The article here shows what to buy, and Syd’s excellent photos and instructions (and personal setbacks) show how to change the steel roller bearings to nylon ones (more suitable for water immersion).  Many more are  here, the latest on  Repairing frame bolts  beam repairs, mast buoyancy, and halyard options.  

(Below: Syd Gage's camera mounting, picking up the opposition ahead as he concentrates on catching them.)
(Photo Paul Hargreaves with thanks.)

CATAPULT CRUISING  Justin (below) uses Catapult's shroud adjustment to dip the mast and negotiate the New Cut bridge between the Waveney and Yare rivers: more ) Get in touch with Alastair (at alastairforrest@hotmail.com ) with cruising plans or reports to add to the Cruising write-ups.

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

  Modified 27-2-17