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 (They can also pass any sort of query about the boat to John Peperell, Technical Officer)
 

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here
-- 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   Stuart has raced ahead with the 2018 racing Programme . A change is that Grafham will now mark the beginning and the end of the 2018 season, as on 17-18th March the Club will re-run  the 2017 Grafham Cat Open (wiped out for 2017 by Storm Brian) as well as hold the 2018 Open in its usual October slot.

There are several favourite venues back, with Bassenthwaite , Rutland  and 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 hosptality, and Blackwater tides, 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.)

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



2017 SAILING
PROGRAMME: FINALE
    

 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.

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

 

 
2017 SAILING SEASON RESULTS AND ROUND-UP here

(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

   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.  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 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.



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










   
   
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