"Activator" - Cardigan Bay Regatta 2011CARDIGAN BAY REGATTA 2011

John Highcock September 20, 2011

Congratulations to Mark Willis and crew in winning the
long established Cardigan Bay Regatta in "Activator".


We are pleased to announce we are now a member of the IHC scheme.
This allows us to measure our own manufactured sails and other
sailmakers for IRC.


John Highcock August 21, 2011

Congratulations to:
Roddy Cambell "Windmark 2" Class1 1st overall
Gordon Aikman "Scanne" Class2 1st Overall
Craig Anderson "Cool Bandit" Class5 1st overall

More to follow...


John Highcock August 07, 2011

Congratulations to Iain and Graham Thomson and the team on “Sloop John T” on a very successful Nautor Swan Europeans at Cowes. Winning class B and shared winners of the overall Trophy.

Winning team from left to right, Alistair, Derek, Iain, Todd, Me, Hamish, Ramsey, John, James, Graham.

Day 1. After a weekend of race preparation and training it was nice to get the regatta started all be it a little delayed due to lack of wind. As the Royal Yacht Squadron predicted or ordered the wind arrived. All our starts for the week were from the Squadron line. The increasing 8 kts westerly that came was perfect and allowed us to work the boat up to some really good numbers. Before short tacking the north shore west of Lepe spit. We rounded the up tide and wind buoy with a good lead and never looked back. We were first over the water and on handicap and got our first cannon for the week when we crossed the Squadron finish line.

Day 2. Arrived with a winners flag to be flown from the backstay, which felt a little like a target however was not going to be relinquished with out a battle. A Northerly air stream 12-15kts had settled in overnight. With many buoys to locate and going across tide upwind, would be the priorities of the day. Upwind the increase in apparent wind on one tack and a reduction on the other, really makes gear changes from tack to tack quite significant. After our second win by 2 and 13 seconds respectively on second and third placed boats. We knew consistency would be very important for the rest of the week. We finished the day with a 3rd, which kept us a head by 3 points over the following pack.

Day 3. Another winners flag and still northerly wind 12-15 kts with more buoys to try and locate. After a bad start, hitting the windward mark and doing our turns. Arguably our best day after the early mistakes, we showed some great speed and team work through out the day. Keeping control and every one focused on their jobs. Finishing the day with two seconds places kept us a head of Elan the 48 and Selene the 44 and Christina another 40 with a 3point margin.

Day 4. The coastal race had all ways been ear marked as our discard. We were giving away water line length to our nearest competitors and being the day after the crew party! Game plan for the day was to beat Elan our closest rival.
The wind now more north westerly 10-16kts. Start was against tide but downwind. At the bottom mark some 2 hours later we rounded in good shape with Christina first closely followed by Elan and then ourselves with Selene leading on handicap behind. With a long beat and down tide we managed to pull past Christina and close up the gap on Elan. Now lying in a comfortable second to Selene on handicap behind every thing was looking good. The headsail luff tape jammed on the pre feeder on the last mark rounding. With all our hard work vanishing quickly I ran forward armed with a knife, cut through the headfoil tape and we re-hoisted with a sizeable hole in the luff to nurse to the finish line. Finally finishing 3rd and beating Elan by 3 seconds was a much better result than we expected. Which meant we were going into the final day still 3 points ahead after discard.

Final day. Another flag and still leading the fleet. James played us out of the marina to the sound of Bagpipes and it was my birthday, surely it was our destiny to win? With a true Solent sea breeze southwest forecasted and the start time on the turn of the tide. The first start was going to be a classic Cowes green start. We nailed the start and lead the fleet to the first mark with a comfortable margin. The last up wind mark caused some doubts. We arrived at the same time as the leaders in Class C who were rounding to port and we rounded to starboard! The last leg was a downwind leg against tide with an increasing breeze, another Cowes classic. This meant there was going to be some real compression to the whole fleet. As leading boat we lost the most and with in sight of the finish. With Selene winning and Christina second then us third we were still in the driving seat.

Last race was with 20-23kts still southwest. Another good start and first beat arriving at the top mark at the same time as Elan. We set off downwind with a comfortable margin on Selene and in contact with Elan. After a long downwind leg, Elan moved comfortably ahead into first. We managed to close her down a little upwind with our new No3, which gave us great speed and height. We finished second and won the class 3 points ahead of Elan, Selene and Christina. All pushed us hard during the week with some great sailing and racing. Celebrations went on until the early hours of the morning with lashings of ginger beer and birthday cake at the Pier View.


John Highcock June 03, 2011

Congratulations to:
Ian McNair and crew on “First By Farr” for the class win CYCA6
John Corson and crew on “Salamander XX ” for the class win IRC3

(Scottish Series photographs courtesy of Marc Turner)