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Welcome to The Latest Chapter! This time we're looking forward to Carnac and Burton Week and have an update on the GUL Series after 3 events. Photo of the month has to be John Brown's snap of the fleet heading back into the estuary at Salcombe. I might be a bit biased as this also happens to be my favourite view!

In this issue:

Carnac - one week to go

In less than a week the 12s will be part of a historic trip to Yacht Club de Carnac in Brittany. We're joining over 100 boats including some continental 12 competition! There is a handicap race across all the fleets on Saturday and 3 days of fleet racing. If you're coming along as a spectator, check out the socials section of the event website as there are shore based activities you need to book onto before you arrive. 

On the sailing side the main thing is to bring your insurance certificate as the club will need to see it. For more important bits and a few tips before you travel, you need to have a look at the latest article on Yachts and Yachting


GUL Series 2014 - you've got to be in it to win it

Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne won round three of the GUL Series 2014 in a great weekend of sailing at Salcombe. Competitors' patience in the challenging light wind conditions was rewarded with a trip over a mile out of the estuary, and of course pasties on the beach.

This year, in addition to pasties on Sunday lunchtime, we also held the Crews' Race. The Fowey Pot was awarded to Sophie Mackley and Ollie Meadowcroft. There was also 12 interest in the Laser fleet where Peter Ballantine won the SW Grand Prix Series open meeting. The full write up of the weekend is on Y&Y and results can be found here. At the prize-giving, Graham thanked GUL for their very generous prizes and sponsorship of the series and the other fleets were left looking a bit jealous.

Overall series results after 3 events are up on the 12 website, proving at this stage that turning up at events is the best tactic!

Shoreham is next on the GUL Series on 21st/22nd June - what better way to get tuned up for the champs at Pevensey just along the coast.

Countdown to Burton Week

It's time to start thinking about Burton Week with just over 3 months to go to the most important event of the year. This year's Burton is at Pevensey Bay SC over the August Bank Holiday weekend (23rd-26th August) with the prestigious Burton Cup race on the Monday.

If your entry ended up on a to-do pile (like mine), then don't delay any longer. The early entry discount runs up to 27th July, but don't wait till then...the first 30 entries will be included in the prize draw for a half price jib from championship winning sailmakers Pinnell & Bax. If you've misplaced your entry form then you can download one here.

When you're entering, don't forget book your places at the Burton Dinner, hosted by the nearby Royal Sovereign Yacht Club, and your tent space if you're camping onsite at Pevensey.  

As well as entering, getting the boat out on the sea isn't a bad idea so the Shoreham open meeting on 21st/22nd June is perfectly timed as a warm-up to the Burton. 

Upcoming Events

The Vintage Championships take place at Burton SC on 28th/29th June. To make sure you turn up in style you can order your event T-shirt, sweater or hoody from class clothing partner Wave.

After a flurry of open meetings in May, the Midland Area heads to Midland SC on 22nd June. 

In the Eastern Area, the Royal Harwich YC open meeting is on 28th/29th June. 

Next up for the Thames Area series is Shoreham SC (21st/22nd June), followed by Ranelagh SC on 13th July.

The Northern Area, visits Yorkshire Ouse SC (8th June) and then joins in the Leigh & Lowton SC Regatta (12th/13th July). 

The Scottish Area series for the Lairwell Trophy heads to Cramond Boat Club on 25th May. For the details see the forum post.

Also look out for the new Four Plank series kicking off at Ely SC on 5th July. All the series details can be found here.

Dates for your diary

  • Carnac 24th-28th May - European Event
  • Shoreham SC 21st-22nd June - GUL Series #4
  • Burton SC 28th-29th June - Vintage Championships
  • Pevensey Bay 23rd-26th August - Burton Week 2014 including Burton Cup and National Championships
  • King George SC 27th-28th September - Inland Champs & GUL Series #6

A full list of fixtures for 2014 can be found on the N12 website.
There's lots of varied 12 sailing to get involved in over the next couple of months - I hope you enjoy it. If you get any good pics to include in The Latest Chapter, or if there's anything you'd like me to include, please drop me a line at

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Chris Day

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