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The Latest Chapter

News from the National Twelve Owners Association

April 2008

The Latest Chapter is a new monthly electronic newsletter to those on the N12 e-mail list, which is run by the National Twelve Owners Association. Membership of the NTOA is £17.50 a year. NTOA membership offers great benefits including having the right to vote on the Class Rules, obtain generous insurance discounts as well as discounted entry to our principal events.

What’s in This Chapter?

Try a Boat Days,... Don’t forget those Gill Series dates, …Recent Events, ... Births, marriages etc, ...

N12 Merchandise, ... Association Mailing, ...Coaching, ...Burton Week update, ... Forthcoming Events.

Try a Boat Days

There are three Try a Boat days over the next 2 weekends.

Burghfield SC on 29 March CANCELLED due to high wind forecast – contact John Meadowcroft on 07801 137702

Bristol Corinthian YC (click here) on 5 April. Contact Gavin Willis on 01278 641580

Chipstead SC on 5 April – contact Bob Murrell on 0208 6588446.

Time to have a go in some of the most recent boats. Open to all. Come and see what you are missing!

Don’t forget those Gill Series

dates – Click here

The series kicks off at Bristol Corinthian YC on Sunday 6 April. 3 races starting at 10.30am, 2 to count. Will it be another windy Bristol? If it is, you will not want to miss it!

Contact Gavin Willis on 01278 641580

There are 8 events in the 2008 Gill Series with 4 needed to qualify. All qualifiers go into the draw for Gill Vouchers. Overall prizes will be awarded for family teams, older boats, juniors and more.

Recent Events

It is still cold out there... There was racing for 12s at the Hamble Warming Pan. A fleet of five enjoyed a lovely day on the water. A fleet of 15 would be brilliant. Hamble River SC were effusive about having us back – this was a really big event for the class in years gone by and it would be good to get it going again. Waldringfield SC held class racing for 12s over Easter. Too windy on Saturday, too cold on Sunday. Tom Stewart & Liz Ross won.....

Births, Marriages etc.

2 future N12 sailors (?) born in the last few weeks... A daughter for Bim and Jane Daser.... and a

daughter, Anya Mary Camm, for Graham and Zoe. Girls all reported to be doing well, fathers somewhat bewildered, but very excited, by the whole thing. Best wishes to you all.

N12 Merchandise

Jeremy Carey (N3444) is running the N12 Merchandise this year. Contact Jeremy on The 2008 “Dare to be different” merchandise is now available and it’s brilliant (see picture).

Association Mailing

Another mailing should have popped through your door in the last month including the Annual Booklet with all the useful contact details of members etc in it. If it also included a subscription renewal form, this was targeted at

you! Last time I enquired, apparently more than 75% of members have already renewed, but that leaves nearly 100 of you out there... If you need a form then Click here

Coaching – there is always something you can learn

National Champion, Graham Camm is co-ordinating coaching in 2008 . The coaching at Burghfield SC on 29 March has been cancelled due to the high wind forecast.

There will be a coaching day at Bristol Corinthian YC on 5 April, the day before the first Gill Series meeting of the year which will be led by Nick Martin, RYA coach.

On 12 April there will be further coaching at Spinnaker led by Phil Brown, 505 guru and recent recruit to the 12 Class. For the Northern fleet Graham Camm is your guest coach at Ripon on 26 April.

All coaching starts at 10.30am ready to sail. To find out more contact

TRY A BOAT DAY – Burghfield SC – contact John Meadowcroft on 07801 137702
March 29th
Burton Week update – website link here
16 – 23 August 2008. The Notice of Race can be found by clicking here.
WATCH OUT FOR THE 55 BOAT ENTRY LIMIT!!! Click here for an entry form... Please enter now in order to help us plan. It really does make a difference.
Remember - afternoon racing, 10 races over 6 days, 60 minute races except Burton Cup, no more than 2 races per day, coaching seminars
Forthcoming sailing
The following events should be in your diaries: For further details of fixtures click here

COACHING – Burghfield SC – contact Graham Camm 01252 542629. Brush up your skills under the tutelage of Nick Martin, husband of Caroline and RYA Coach. More info

30th OPEN MEETING – Burghfield SC - contact Graham Camm 01252 542629. 3 races, 2 to count.


5th TRY A BOAT DAY – We will be running a Try a Boat day from 11:00 until 16:00 at Bristol Corinthian YC. We will separately be running some coaching at the same venue alongside this event. Come along and have a go in Tom Stewart’s brand new Feeling Foolish, John Meadowcroft’s brand new Paradigm 2 (must get this on the water....) or Graham Camm’s multi Championship winning

Numinous. Throw in a Final Chapter, a Big Issue, a Design 8, a Crusader, a Tigress and a Baggy too, there will be lots of boats for you to try. We will have a short course set up and there will be a prize for the fastest lap. Stay for Sunday’s Gill Series racing. Come and have a go. More info from Gavin Willis on 01278 641580


COACHING - Bristol Corinthian YC – more guidance from Nick Martin on how to race like a

Jedi Warrior! More info


GILL SERIES 1 – BRISTOL CORINTHIAN YC – Notice of Race to follow to all on this mailing list.

3 races. Call Gavin Willis on 01278 641580 if you just can’t wait. There will be some social activities on the Saturday night for those that come down for the coaching on the Saturday.

12th COACHING – Spinnaker Club – led by Phil Brown, 5o5 guru and now 12 sailor More info

19-20th SEA OPEN MEETING - Pagham YC – an early season chance to enjoy sailing your 12 on the sea… yes the sea. More details of the club are available at but suffice to say that it is a lovely little club on the south coast near Bognor Regis. The event is once again being shared with the Lark class, guaranteeing entertaining social events too… Both camping and local B&B is available within walking distance.


COACHING – Ripon SC – led by Graham Camm – the master himself. More info


GLYN CHARLES PURSUIT RACE – Hayling Island S.C. Last year over 160 boats entered for

what turned out to be one of the best sails of the season, force 4, bright sunshine and a great course around Chichester harbour. The only down side was only two Twelves, Rick Perkins and ourselves

turned up. Neilson Holidays have promised a holiday for two again this year, Gill are giving away £100 gift vouchers and if last year was anything to go by there will be many more great prizes.

All proceeds to the John Merricks Trust so it is all in a good cause. Put the date in the diary now and enjoy a great day out at a venue we do not normally get to sail at and get some exposure for the class at one of the season’s major events.


VINTAGE MEETING – Frampton-on-Severn SC – Can you beat Brian Kitching on his home




OPEN MEETING – Frampton-on-Severn SC – Vintage boats can make a weekend of it!


3-4th SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS – at Annandale Sailing Club on 3 and 4 May. Annandale have been wonderful hosts for all our previous events and we know that they will lay on a superb weekend, on and off the water, for us in 2008. The club sails on the small historic Castle Loch in the small town of Lochmaben, some 5 miles west of Lockerbie. With 150 acres of water it provides a great inland venue for this event and it's a most beautiful place to be at any time of the year.

The entry fee for the weekend is £25, which includes Sunday lunch. There will be a meal and drinks in the clubhouse on Saturday evening.

First warning signal on Saturday will be 1230 with three races scheduled. First warning signal on Sunday will be 1030 with either two or three races scheduled.

There are two caravan & campsites within walking distance and plenty of local B&B's and the club can provide an accommodation list. Further details on the event are available from John Hugo or Jennie Clark (numbers in the book).

The event will also form the first of 2 meetings to qualify for the Border Trophy, the second meeting being held at Derwent Reservoir SC in September.

3-5th GILL SERIES 2 – Salcombe YC. Salcombe has a reputation for being a ‘difficult’ venue. Not only is it hidden away in the South West, but the sailing is also remote from the Club buildings. In high summer the town is very busy. John Murrell is working hard to dispel the myth and May Day is a great time to explore the delights of Salcombe and its estuary. Among the plans are a deal on camping, a list of club members who do B&B, free boat parking in the Boat Park on the Salcombe side and no harbour dues for us for the weekend. Details, including Notice of Race, will follow to this email list once finalised. In order to help planning Salcombe YC would like indications of entry in advance. Email Salcombe attracts 100 Merlin Rockets for a week every July. There must be something that attracts them. Come and find out! The plan is one race Saturday afternoon, 2 on Sunday and one on Monday morning.

The Next Chapter

The next edition of the Latest Chapter will be e-mailed to you on or around the 20th April. All contributions to be mailed to by 15th April.

John Meadowcroft

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