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Catapult: for sailing, racing and cruising Catapult, the unique single-handed catamaran
                              The Boat 2017 Sailing Programme
Results and Reports


Rigging Tuning  and Repairs

  Used Boats, and Parts



   Tactics and

  # see or try a Catapult                      #  get advice on buying, sailing, rigging or racing Catapult

# ask about used boats or spares  
(and click Gear and  Used Boats)     # ask about Association  membership

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)


LATEST EVENT  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.

Gareth is comfortably on top of the 2017 TT Leaderboard .John Terry holds on to second although missing Carsington, and George lifts into third.

 John has revised the personal handicapping, bringing the scores closer together, and the Carsington calculations will change the  Handicap Leaderboard.

RECENT 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)


A season highlight at Bala  is confirmed for 1st-3rd July.

 The two sea sailing events follow, with the mid-week TT as part of Stone Week on the Blackwater, and open water sailing again at Bridlington for the RYYC Regatta over the August BH. Then Autumn takes us back to Yorkshire Dales 7th-8th October (photo below) and we finish the season again at the Grafham Cat Open on October 21st-22nd.

(Below: top mark action at Yorkshire Dales SC in October 2016, as Gareth Ede (event and 2016 TT winner, right) and John Terry (TT Runner-up) tack for the mark.) (Photo: Paul Hargreaves Photography, with thanks)

    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.)

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