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First Carnac then Shoreham...

Welcome to The Latest Chapter! After enjoying perfect conditions in Carnac, we were treated to champagne sea sailing at Shoreham. Can't wait for Burton Week now on essentially the same bit of water a few miles down the coast at Pevensey. If that wasn't enough, we've also had the 2nd ever Vintage Championships in June as well as other open meetings across the country. Read on for all the news...
In this issue:
Sun, Sea, Sand (+ Tom and Andrea) at Shoreham

Shoreham - GUL Series #4

Tom Stewart and Andrea Ralph won I very competitive fourth GUL Series open meeting of the year at Shoreham Sailing Club. The sailing was perfect despite a forecast lack of wind and this joint event with the Fireballs was run brilliantly by the Shoreham team with well thought out courses. On shore we were treated to an excellent BBQ and with camping onsite were able to enjoy a few beers too!

You can read the full write up on Yachts and Yachting and on the 12 website (check out both as there are different pictures). There are lots more pics on

There is also some great video footage on YouTube - thanks to the guys on the committee boat and Sophie Mackley.

Next up on the GUL Series is Burton Week at Pevensey Bay on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Vintage Champs write-up

The Vintage Champs were held over the last weekend in June with a range of racing for vintage 12s. On the Saturday Howard Chadwick and Naomi Bilton came out on top in the Derwent Handicap pursuit race series. The points series on Sunday went down to the wire with 3 boats tied after the final race and Bernard and Ellie Clark took the Gill Half Model Trophy on account of their win in the last race of the weekend. A special mention goes to Tim Gatti who won the ribby trophy sailing with Gill Bilton, and the Concours d'elegance prize for the beautiful Gruffalo (N3541). The full report can be found on the 12 website and lots of photos here.

The event went down so well with the 20 competitors that next year's event is already being can share your ideas on the forum thread.

Burton Week 2014

The Burton Week 2014 website is now live. You can find everything you need to know about the biggest event of the year including how to borrow a boat for the championships at Pevensey Bay Sailing Club.


Thanks to Jeremy Carey of Designs 42 (and our class chairman) for this fantastic new site.

Whilst we're on the theme of Burton Week, don't forget to get your entry in by 27th July to qualify for the early entry discount and the chance to win 50% off a brand new jib from Pinnell & Bax.

Latest Results

The Naburn Paddle at Yorkshire Ouse SC

Philip David and Alexander Phillips took home the Naburn Paddle from the Yorkshire Ouse open meeting. Find out about the open and the team racing event on the Saturday here.

Jon Ibbotson and Charlotte Stewart won the Royal Harwich Yacht Club open meeting. From the write up it sounds like the courses were as complicated as usual!

The GUL Series is poised after 4 events with the discard due to kick in after Pevensey. The latest series results can be found on the 12 website.

New Handicaps

The NTOA committee have published some updated handicaps for 12s, including revised PY numbers for foiling and non-foiling boats. These are recommended for handicap racing but you need to agree them with your club first. You can download the handicaps and the supporting statement to take to your local sailing committee here.

Upcoming Events

The holiday weeks all start over the next month, with Salcombe Week on 3rd-8th August, and NW Norfolk Week  running the week before. Also looks like a few 12s are going to Bass Week - you can find the details on the forum

Next up for the Thames Area series is  Ranelagh SC on 13th July - details here.

The Leigh & Lowton SC Regatta is on 12th/13th July. You can find all the details and enter online here before 5th July for the early entry discount and a free event t-shirt. 

The new Four Plank series is underway with Ely SC on as I write, to be followed by Trent Valley and Olton Mere events. All the series details can be found here.

Dates for your diary

  • Pevensey Bay 23rd-26th August - Burton Week 2014 including Burton Cup and National Championships and GUL Series #5
  • King George SC 27th-28th September - Inland Champs & GUL Series #6
  • Ripon SC 4th October - GUL Series #7
  • Northampton SC 15th-16th November - GUL Series Finale and Winter Championships (joint with the Larks)
A full list of fixtures for 2014 can be found on the N12 website.

Boats For Sale 

There's a great example of almost every type of 12 on the for sale list. With great events for all the fleets over the next couple of months, if you're looking for something different, there's no excuse not to start / add to your 12 collection.
I hope you enjoyed The Latest Chapter - enjoy your 12 sailing over the summer!

Chris Day

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