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Gul Series 2016 & Inlands at Northampton

Twenty one National 12s descended on Northampton SC for the final Gul series event and the Inland Championships. Conditions were decidedly wintery with glorious sunshine but a cold breeze gusting force 3 to 5. Three races were run on the Saturday as the Gul Series finale with an additional two races on the Sunday to qualify for the Inland Championships.

A Frosty Sunday Morning - Photo by David Copse.

On both days the wind was blowing over the side of Pitsford lake making for some large shifts, big holes and testing conditions for the fleet with the occasional swim to test the water temperature. The starts were busy as were the mark roundings with close racing and plenty of place changes throughout the fleet.

Read the full report here or two blogs about the weekend, here and here.


Young Sailor of the Year

Robert Stewart has been nominated for Yachts and Yachting Young Sailor of the Year - for his performance in the Burton Cup this year at Brightlingsea - where he was the youngest crew ever to win!

Tom & Robbie going for it on the Monday of Burton Week 2016


David East

It is with regret that in this issue we report the passing of David East - a true National 12 enthusiast.

His work in the 1970s building the Paper Dart, available 'off the shelf' really helped to reinvigorate the class, both nationally and at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club. 

His performance at the Championships in Weymouth in 1973, with his wife Ricky as crew was well deserved, where they finished 1st overall for the week. 

Friends of David are encouraged to join the celebration of his life at 3pm on Thursday 22nd December at the Seven Hills Crematorium, Nacton, Suffolk. - No flowers, but donations to the RNLI would be appreciated.


Vintage Update

This month, we are showcasing N 2123 - 'Perplexity' - A Sparklet design from 1962. Perplexity was bought by Paul Bristow in 2013 and has since undergone restoration and when ready, will be sailed at Burghfield SC. 

N 2123 during restoration

N 2123 ready for fitting out.

Paul is now ready to fit out Perplexity, which will cause him a lot of "trial and error and scratching of head to come over the next few weeks!" - Best of luck Paul and we look forward to seeing you on the water soon!


As we can't do much sailing this time of year, its time to sit down and have a think about how it all works!

This month we are looking at the influence of the spreaders!

The length and angle of the spreaders and, to a small extent, the height of the spreaders will all affect the mast. The spreaders should be long enough to keep the mast straight sideways from deck level to the hounds.

If the mast bends to windward, pointing ability be affected though the boat may be easier to hold upright. If the mast bends to leeward, this will close the slot, affect boat speed and make the boat more difficult to hold upright.

The length of the spreaders control the lateral stiffness and the fore and aft angle of the spreaders control the fore and aft bend. The mast is stiffened sideways by deflecting the natural line of the shroud outward: the further the deflection, the greater the stiffening effect.

The angle of the spreaders affects the mast stiffness. When the spreaders are angled forward and deflect the shroud forward of its natural line the mast is made stiffer fore and aft, when they are angled back the mast is made more flexible.

Using different spreader lengths and angles the object is to obtain the optimum bend characteristic for your crew weight and sail fullness etc. Mast rams / screws, etc, are used to restrict or control overall bend, particularly in the lower region.


National 12s For Sale

After a fantastic sailing season in 2016, is it now time to upgrade, buy a second National 12 for restoration or find the perfect boat for a fellow club member?

Here are a few examples of National 12s currently for sale:

Paradigm 2 - 3533
Foiling & Non-foiling rudders included, for only 2000 this is the best value National 12 currently for sale - grab it before someone else does! Boat currently in the Midlands.

Windfall - 2959
Built by Joe Radgick, currently in good condition for her age, just needing a little love and attention. Boat has an angel custom carbon boom and jib stick and an unusual custom made angel carbon stock. 

China Doll - 2576
Built by Wych and Coppock in 1971, 2576 is a 7 Plank China Doll, complete with combi trailer and covers. Currently for sale with two sets of sails, one as new - used only at Exhibitions. New Seden C section mast to match.


Welcome to New Members!

David 'DJ' Edwards of Porthcawl, Bridgend with N 3516.
Susannah Martin of Diss, Norfolk with N 3465.
George Smith of Brighton, East Sussex, with N 3520.
Rob Starling of Burghfield Common, Berkshire with N 3429.


Upcoming Events

26th December- Royal Harwich Yacht Club - Boxing Day Open Meeting

27th-30th May 2017 - Yacht Club de Carnac - Carnac 2017

5th-12th August 2017 - North West Norfolk Sailing Week

19th-22nd August 2017 - Weymouth Sailing Club - Burton Week 2017