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                              The Boat 2018 Sailing Programme
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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)

2018 SAILING SEASON   The 2018 racing Programme  was to open 17-18th March at Grafham with the Club will re-running  the 2017 Grafham Cat Open (wiped out for 2017 by Storm Brian) but with the prospect of strong winds in near-zero temparatures, the fleet sensibly decided to cancel as a TT event. Grafham will hold the 2018 Open in its usual October slot, as the final TT event.

So the season opens again at Rutland  7th-8th April---it is John Terry's home club, and water he has dominated on, with courses laid on to suit Catapult's upwind and reaching speed.

There are several favourite venues back for 2018, with
Bassenthwaite , Carsington and Yorkshire Dales confirmed.
We will be back to Bala at the end of June, after the successful TT hosting by Bala Sailing Club in 2017 (photo below) preserving the fun racing as part of the Bala Gala on Friday afternoon.

For some real sea sailing, Catapult will join the Royal Yorkshire YC Regatta again over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and will take up the hospitality, and Blackwater tides, again at Stone Week

A new development is a two-day event at Bewl in Kent 15-16th September, as a joint event with the 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.)

HANDICAPS 2018 John Terry has revised the individual handicaps for 2018, based on 2017 performance, and they are up on the Handicap Leaderboard 2018. John will watch performance closely, and adjust handicaps halfway through the season (to be announced at Bala.)

(Below: Gareth Ede leads George Evans and Syd Gage in the freshening breeze at Bala 2017.)

Bernhard Haemmerl is hoping for a Catapult (any rig, but wanting to trapeze) with sound hulls. He is at  84095 Furth (70 kilometers east of Munich) and can be contacted at bernhard.haemmerl@gmx.de


 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 stayed 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.

 Gareth won five of the TT events (including the Northerns at Yorkshire Dales) with John taking the remaining two (including the Nationals at Bridlington) a consistent dominance by this pair.
(2017 season summary)

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.

(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)



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

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 Foret 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). The big lake is 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)

(Below: Bala 2017: Syd Gage and George Evans ease down to the gybe mark, Race 1, but the front pack of event winner Gareth Ede (91), Stuart Ede and Paul Ellis (part obscured) are away towards the bottom mark) (Photo Rob Baker with thanks)

    DVDs FROM CATAPULT EVENTS; LIST AVAILABLE Syd Gage has worked on the output from his and George's on-board cameras (photo further 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