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Gul Series Update

We are already half way through the Gul Series for 2017, with our 5th event at Stokes Bay this Saturday!

In June, we had two Gul Series on two rivers, firstly at Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club and then at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club.

Gul Series #3 - Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club
A much improved attendance saw a crowded start line on the river but Patrick Hamilton and Gail Kay in N3502 got clean away, chased hard by the leading vintage boat N2620 of Dave Peacock and his YOSC crew Tina Beresford. Third was multiple past winner and YOSC stalwart, Philip David with his crew Fiona Phillips, both former YOSC Commodores in N2545.
After a lunch stop the wind had picked up, leading to some brisk sailing, but this time the Hamilton/Kay crew were over the line at the start and had to return, putting them out of contention. This left the Peacock/Beresford crew a clear run to a vintage boat win over the far more modern competition.

The final race and a shorter course but now it was the Peacock/Beresford boat over the line at the start. Tim Hampshire (N3330) was first to the windward mark and held the lead for much of the race. Following the Hampshire boat, a crowded leeward mark had Brian Herring & Ros Stevenson (N2345) in trouble dropping them to last before recovering well. As the race reached its third lap, the Hamilton/Kay crew reasserted their authority and took the lead and a well-deserved win.

Gul Series #4 - Royal Harwich Yacht Club
15 National 12s turned out for the annual open meeting at Royal Harwich YC. We were blessed with the sunshine all weekend, even if the wind was gusty and particularly shifty!

Well done to Graham Camm and Zoe Ballayntine who won the event and guest helm David Conlon who was 2nd, with Charlotte Stewart crewing! The full report can be read here.

A special note goes to Angus Beyts who managed to travel to both events, great work!
Don't forget, Gul Series #5 at Stokes Bay on Saturday 1st July! The briefing is at 1030, with the first race due to start around 1130. Entry is 21 and taken on the day only. Hopefully see as many of you there as possible!


Upcoming National 12 Events

The early entry fee deadline for both 12 Fest at Rutland Water and Burton Week 2017 at Weymouth SC is at the end of June - enter now!

Hykeham SC - 1st & 2nd July 2017

First race is 13:00, 4 out of 5 races to count.

This is a joint vintage event with the Classic & Vintage Dinghy Racing Association.

The club will be open from 10:30am on Saturday, but can be open on Friday evening for early arrivals by arrangement. Camping is available on site on Saturday night for tents and Motorhomes.

Lunch and refreshments will be available on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a BBQ on Saturday after racing. Prize giving will be held as soon as possible after the final race.

12 Fest - 15th & 16th July 2017

You can now enter online for 12 Fest, the National 12 class' summer coaching and fun sailing event at Rutland Water. This is the sailing event NOT to miss in 2017!

There will be on and off the water coaching throughout the weekend with professional coach Steve Irish joining us on Saturday, who you may remember from an excellent coaching day at 12 Fest couple of years ago.

On the Sunday there'll be informal sprint racing and chance to get top tips from sailors with 17 Burton Cup wins between them. On top of this there will be fun and games throughout the weekend so don't miss out! - Camping at Rutland SC is also free!

There is a hefty early entry discount before the end of June supported by the NTOA so enter here now!

Burton Week 2017 - 19th - 22nd August 2017

As Tom Stewart remarked last year at Brightlingsea, if all the attendees invited one of their sailing friends to Weymouth in 2017 we'd have over 80 boats out sailing. Whilst we haven't seen entry at that level for a number of years, it would be fantastic to reach over 40 entries again. Last time we were in Weymouth in 2010 we had a brilliant fleet, lets do that again.

All the Burton Week info can be found here

If you're thinking of attending Burton Week but don't have a crew, helm or boat then get in contact with us and we will sort that. We already have a few helms looking for crew, so don't be shy!

To try an encourage new faces, this year first time helms to Burton Week will receive a 50% discounted entry! 

Ben Ainsle won Gold at Weymouth in 2012, you can win the Burton Cup in Weymouth in 2017!


National 12 Vintage Championships

The Vintage Champs were last weekend. Various reasons meant turnout was slightly reduced this year. A full report is to follow, but here are some of Kevan's photos:

Derwent Handicap Trophy (Saturday)
1st – Philip David (Yorkshire Ouse) crewed by Tricia Peacock (Arden) in N2545 “Little Meg”
2nd – David Peacock (Arden) crewed by Ann Britton (Trent Valley) in N2620 “Fair Lady”
3rd – Martin Clarke and Jake Duncan (Hykeham) in N2576 “ Talisman”
Gill Half Model (Sunday)
1st - David Peacock (Arden) crewed by Ann Britton (Trent Valley) in N2620 “Fair Lady”
2nd - Philip David (Yorkshire Ouse) crewed by Tricia Peacock (Arden) in N2545 “Little Meg”
3rd – Paul Turner & Christine Preston (Trent Valley) in N2403 (the) “China Doll”
Concourse D ’Elegance
N2576 “Talisman” owned by Martin Clarke.


Welcome to New Members!

This month we welcome the below new members to the National 12 Owners Association:

Olly Stevens of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk with N 3179.


Upcoming Events

1st July - Stokes Bay SC - Gul Series #5

1st-2nd July - Hykeham SC - CVDRA Weekend and National 12 Open

15th-16th July - Rutland SC - 12 Fest 2017 - BOOK NOW!

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

13th-18th August - Salcombe YC - Salcome Town Regatta

19th-22nd August - Weymouth Sailing Club - Burton Week and Gul Series #6

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