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2017 GUL Series - Round Up

118 sailors, 64 National 12s and 8 venues made up the GUL Series for 2017. The oldest entry was Angus Beyts' 1963 Sparklet Design, 'Reflection' and the newest entry was Nick Copsey's 2016 Hijack Design, 'All Tide Up'. I'm not sure that many other development classes in the UK can boast they had 53 years of history at their traveller series this year. (Although last year we had 78 years of history as Nigel Waller's Uffa King from 1938 made an appearance at Royal Harwich!).

If you started at Burghfield Sailing Club and drove to the other 7 GUL venues in the below order, it would take you 31 hours of driving and you'd cover 1713 miles!

Event 1 - Burghfield Sailing Club
Event 2 - Salcombe Yacht Club
Event 3 - Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club
Event 4 - Royal Harwich Yacht Club
Event 5 - Stokes Bay Sailing Club
Event 6 - Weymouth Sailing Club
Event 7 - Solway Yacht Club
Event 8 - Northampton Sailing Club

At the GUL Events, it is not always the winners who receive the generous GUL Vouchers. Sailors often receive the vouchers for attending their first GUL event or being highest placed boat that hasn't yet received any GUL Vouchers that year. Therefore, it is always worth coming along for the social side, sailing and prizes! I hope to see many of you during the 2018 Gul Series!

Overall Results:
N3530 - Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne - 1st
N3544 - Tom and Robbie/Isobel Stewart - 2nd
N3519 - Luke and Jeremy Hartley - 3rd

1st Non-Foiler:
N3445 - Nigel and Chris White (8th Overall)

1st Admirals Cup:
N3388 - Alan Beeton and Ella Ford (12th Overall)

1st Family:
N3544 - Tom and Robbie/Isobel Stewart

Northampton Sailing Club - November 2017

Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club - June 2017


National 12 Sailing This Winter

If waiting for Burghfield in March 2018 is too far away and you need your National 12 Open Meeting fix before that, why not try one of these events? In the past National 12s have often be seen competing in the below open events:

Datchet Flyer - 9th-10th December 2017
Yorkshire Dales SC Brass Monkey - 27th December 2017
Grafham Grand Prix - 30th December 2017
QMSC Bloody Mary - 6th January 2018
Alton Water Frostbite Series 2018 - Every Sunday from 7th Jan until 4th March
Rutland Tiger Trophy - 3rd-4th February 2018
Oxford Blue - 17th February 2018

Graham Camm & Zoe Ballantyne have won the Bloody Mary twice, in 2007 and in 2014.


Looking Back At The Summer of 2017

We've reviewed the 2017 Gul Series, but what about the other summer events we enjoyed? 12 Fest, Salcombe Week, Norfolk Week...

12 Fest 
The summer really kicked off with 12 Fest, what a great weekend! Over 20 National 12s descended upon Rutland Water for some fairly intense coaching from Steve Irish, followed by some short racing where we practised a lot of starting.

We eventually retired to the classroom to discuss what we'd learnt during the day with the assistance of some video footage from the day - a short clip is available here and well worth watching:

12 Fest on YouTube

We finally headed to the local pub where the N12 sailors dominated the beer garden well into the night! On the Sunday, we had the opportunity for some shore based tuning from the experts and then headed back out for more short racing and a bit of boat swapping.

Everyone learnt something during the weekend and it would be fantastic to see some of the older National 12s next year. Details will be announced soon, but it really is one not to miss!

Salcombe Week
The perfect warm-up for Burton Week!

Norfolk Week
Perhaps I'm biased but it was a superb week. As I wrote in a previous edition of LC, a full write-up will be available in the Newsletter!


Vintage News

It was fantastic to see Dave Peacock win the Ripon SC open meeting in his 1972 China Doll Design 'Fair Lady'. Congratulations Dave and Tina Beresford!


Burton Week 2018

The National Twelve Owners Association is pleased to confirm that the 2018 Burton Week will take place at Brixham Yacht Club from Saturday 18th August to Tuesday 21st August.

We wish to make you aware that Brixham Yacht Club are also hosting the OK National Championships from Thursday 16th August till Sunday 19th August. Therefore the clubhouse will be busy over the weekend as both fleets will be sharing the off water facilities at Brixham.

We will not be sharing the race course. The club are providing two separate race teams for the sailing and the two fleets will not be sailing on the same area of water.

It does mean that the clubhouse will be open with food available for those who wish to arrive on Thursday or Friday.

The Burton Cup at Brixham, 2007

From The Archives

A breezy day at Up River Yacht Club! 

National 12s For Sale

N3500 - Crazy Diamond - Big Issue 2 - Southampton, £1,800.
N2959 - Landslide - Wind-Fall  - West Midlands, £550.

N3392 - Gravlax - One-Off - Southampton, £400.

N3091 - Straight & Narra - Desgin 6 - Reading, £185.

N2725 - Notawispa - China Doll - Devon, £25.

N2932 - Misdemeanour - Wind-Fall - Saltford, £450.
N3218 - Signs Express - Baggy Trousers - Carsington, £750

N12 Website:
N2402 - Pan Demonium - Mark 14 - Surrey, £400
N3154 - Resurgram - Baggy Trousers - Plymouth, £Offers
N3441 - Pepsi - Feeling Foolish - UK, £2500.
N3481 - Cooked to Perfection - Feeling Foolish - Essex, £1800.
N3516 - Dynamite Stick - Feeling Foolish (T-Foil) - Porthcawl, £3500.

Welcome to New Members!

  • Tim Banwell of Merstham, Surrey with N 3110.
  • Kenneth Ray of Newcastle, StaffordshireAssociate Member.
  • Dave Dobrijevic of Westbourne, Emsworth with N 3179.

Upcoming National 12 Events

We are currently finalising the National 12 calendar for next year, but for now here are some of the most important dates to remember:

3rd December - Tynemouth SC (Newburn) - Tate Winter Trophy
26th December - Royal Harwich Yacht Club - Boxing Day Open Meeting

Looking forward to next year, book your accomodation now......

28th July 2018 - 4th August 2018 - North West Norfolk Week
5th August 2018 - 10th August 2018 - Salcombe Gin SYC Regatta
18th August 2018 - 21st August 2018 - Burton Week - Brixham Yacht Club

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