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                              The Boat 2018 Sailing Programme
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Contact: Stuart Ede (Secretary) at
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 (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)



Thirteen boats raced at Bala Sailing Club for the 2018 Nationals June 30-July 1st. The ENE breeze off the land at the top of the lake was light but useful, markedly shifting and fluctuating through the weekend, with places lost and gained unpredictably, but the top two helms came to the front consistently. Gareth Ede was a clear winner, able to count 5 first places, ahead of John Terry, equally consistent in gaining second places. Paul Ellis in his first event of the year had gratifying boat speed to take third, three points ahead of Stuart Ede. (Report and photos) The club through Ken Hull generously opened on Friday, to support a full menu of the traditional fun races--pairs,  relay, pursuit, and team. (Report and photos)

Stuart is now toppled by Gareth on the 2018 TT Leaderboard with Alastair Forrest in third.

Syd Gage took the Handicap win, and John Terry's expert  handicap judgements meant that 4 points covered the first 5 handicap places. Stuart Ede just holds on at the top of the 2018 Handicap Leaderboard  

(Below: Tight racing in the Nationals after the short first beat, Race 1, Saturday. Photo BSC Rib with thanks.)

 PREVIOUS EVENT: A fleet of ten boats returned to Carsington  for the third TT of the season, 8th-9th June, getting in the full 5-race programme in spite of breeze varying light to nothing, and swinging NE to E and back again. Stuart Ede consistently found the boat-speed to pull out ahead, and was unlucky not to get a clean sweep, still taking the event counting three wins, ahead of Alastair Forrest. (Report and photos)

(Below: Close racing at Carsington in the light breeze and sunshine, Saturday, as the fleet turns through the gate.
Photo CSC Safety Rib, with thanks)

 For the first of the sea events in the 2018 Programme the fleet is returning to Stone SC  in Essex for our TT event 30th July-1st August (part of Stone Week, running over the first three days of the 5-day regatta, and Catapult sailors are welcome to take part in the whole Week, which continues for the Thursday and Friday.) Racing is on a wide expamse of the Blackwater estuary, which provides excellent tidal water racing.


Catapult returned to a favourite event, the May Bank Holiday TT at Bassenthwaite The record UK temperatures and sunshine gave a challenging mix of light shifting breezes, with a moderate SW settling in each afternoon. John Terry won his first 2018 event from Gareth Ede (decided on the last race) with Alastair Forrest similarly plucking third from Stuart Ede on the last race result. (Report and photos)

 John could count his string of wins and seconds (just pipping Gareth.)
 Chris Upton scored two Handicap wins to take the event, with Stuart just holding top place on the

(Below: the fleet streams across  in front of Scafell, in Saturday sunshine. (Photo BSC RIB, with thanks)

Before that, the season opened again 7th-8th April, at Rutland  (the home club of Mike Gough and John Terry) again welcoming the combination of Catapults and Squibs, accommodating Catapult's wish for triangular courses for upwind and reaching speed. Light breezes still let a 5-race series complete over two days, and in close racing three helms shared the first places, until last-year's TT winner Gareth Ede took the event by 2 points, with Stuart Ede in second,
 (Results and Report) Stuart took the event on Handicap, with Damien Cooney notching up a first handicap win.

  2018 EVENTS  The 2018 racing Programme  has
several favourite venues back for 2018, with  Yorkshire Dales confirmed.

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.)

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

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)

    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