Baltic Adventure 2016

fas15-4289In 2016, we are planning a Baltic adventure with Infanta.

Since few- if any, events have published their 2016 dates yet, we’ve been looking at the 2015 calendar for guidance to what we might expect (see below).

The sail to Stockholm from Cowes via the Kiel Canal is around 1,400Nm and so will require some careful planning.  Once there, we can base ourselves in Stockholm since most regattas below are between Sweden and Finland to the NE.  Turku is only a short sail from Stockholm, but there are a million hard bits to bump into along the way!

We are looking for a late season classic regatta in Gothenburg, to give us the excuse to navigate home via the Limfjord in the Northern tip of Denmark.

We would love your input on this – regatta suggestions, places to see – useful contacts who can offer advice, especially those who have experience of sailing in these beautiful waters.  Please get in touch via email: infantaemail@gmail.com; hallfreddie@icloud.com. Or – via our facebook page or the contact us page on this website.

Location Event Name
23-May-15 Saturday Stockholm, Sweden Peter Norlin Memorial
24-May-15 Sunday Stockholm, Sweden Peter Norlin Memorial
30-May-15 Saturday Stockholm, Sweden Peter Norlin Memorial Classic
31-May-15 Sunday Stockholm, Sweden Peter Norlin Memorial Classic
27-Jun-15 Saturday Stockholm – KSSS ÅF Inshore Race Classic
28-Jun-15 Sunday Stockholm- Visby – Sandhamn. ÅF Offshore Race Classic (former around Gotland race)
27-Jul-15 Monday Åland Flotilla from Rödhamn
29-Jul-15 Wednesday Turku, Finland Baltic Classic Masters, Airisto Yacht Club 150 years Jubilee Regatta
30-Jul-15 Thursday Turku, Finland Baltic Classic Masters, Airisto Yacht Club 150 years Jubilee Regatta
31-Jul-15 Friday Turku, Finland Baltic Classic Masters, Airisto Yacht Club 150 years Jubilee Regatta
01-Aug-15 Saturday Turku, Finland Baltic Classic Masters, Airisto Yacht Club 150 years Jubilee Regatta
02-Aug-15 Sunday Turku, Finland Baltic Classic Masters, Airisto Yacht Club 150 years Jubilee Regatta
07-Aug-15 Friday Nynäshamn, Sweden Nynäshamn Yacht Club 100 years, Classic Regatta
08-Aug-15 Saturday Nynäshamn, Sweden Nynäshamn Yacht Club 100 years, Classic Regatta
09-Aug-15 Sunday Nynäshamn, Sweden Nynäshamn Yacht Club 100 years, Classic Regatta
07-Aug-15 Friday HSS, Finland The Champagne Regatta, Helsingfors Yacht Club
08-Aug-15 Saturday HSS, Finland The Champagne Regatta, Helsingfors Yacht Club
09-Aug-15 Sunday HSS, Finland The Champagne Regatta, Helsingfors Yacht Club
15-Aug-15 Saturday Helsinki, Finland Viaporin Tuoppi, race around Suomenlinna Fortress and more
29-Aug-15 Saturday Nynäshamn, Sweden Hyundai Cup Classic Class
06-Sep-15 Sunday Stockholm, Sweden Scandal Beauty Trophy
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Panerai British Classic Week – Day 1 Results

Well done Infanta, taking a couple of notable scalps; Tomahawk and Argyll.  Time to get Stormy Weather in your sights!

Keep up the great work

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Class 2 (Classics) – Race 1 – Sunday 19th July 2015

Last update: Sun Jul 19 23:57

Sail Name T.C.C. Finished Elapsed Corrected Pos
115 STORMY WEATHER 1.003 15:07:09 2:42:09 2:42:38 4
44 INFANTA 0.963 15:25:36 3:00:36 2:53:55 7
125 ARGYLL 0.994 15:20:04 2:55:04 2:54:01 8
226 TOMAHAWK 0.966 15:28:17 3:03:17 2:57:03 9
BER333 AMAZON 1.101 15:14:19 2:49:19 3:06:25 10
GBR620R GULVAIN 1.078 15:22:14 2:57:14 3:11:03 11
2 KELPIE 1.011 15:35:11 3:10:11 3:12:17 12
908 LUTINE OF HELFORD 0.969 RET
GBR612R FIREBRAND 0.935 DSQ

News: From BCYC

…… some Boat News

Published 29th June 2015
Infanta

Not so long ago, fifteen years, even in Cowes ones heart would leap at the incredibly rare sight of a well maintained varnished mast in the harbour, causing one to nip down to the marina to see who was passing through fleetingly on passage to distant parts.

What an impact our club and our annual regatta has had on this scene. Last Thursday evening I shifted INFANTA off the public pontoon berth to make way for the Round the Island hoards to moor up six deep to await their annual cavalcade. Moored across the harbour from INFANTA, the immaculate 8M ATHENA and across the pontoon from her, the powerful steel hull of ATLANTISawaits patiently for July. And there, in East Cowes marina another 8M OSBORNE, a William Fife from the 1930’s, built for the British royal family and just bought in Spain to be returned to the UK – and to join BCYC.

Behind me now the elegant mast of FOGLIO, and to port the un-mistakable stick of WHOOPER in Sheperds Wharf, joined by the powerful and equally un-mistakable rig of STORMY WEATHERlooking stunning. If all this was not enough, I casually motored past the two amazing schooners,CORAL of COWES and ELENORA.

So even three weeks before the BCYC Regatta, the charisma of the harbour is elevating and the expectation is growing for what is to be a truly remarkable regatta.

Mr Hall has caused INFANTA to look particularly good this year and she has already participated in the Royal Yacht Squadron club Regatta. At one of the drinks parties, I was able to speak the Squadron Flag Officer liaising with Sean McMillan over the two regattas, and took the opportunity to thank him for the Squadron invitation extended to any yacht participating at BCYC to then enter the Squadron Bicentennial Regatta the following week. This is an incredible accolade for our Member Yachts and our Club. He replied that there are three great things about the BCYC:

Firstly, seeing the fleet of yachts reminds him of yacht racing when he was a young man.

Secondly, by and large, the owners are very nice people.

Thirdly, they know how to sail their yachts.

Driving on to the quay to catch a ferry at Yarmouth the other day, my heart leapt at the incredibly rare sight of a well maintained varnished mast in the harbour!! With a few minutes to spare, I went down to the pontoon and met the new owner of LUTINE, seconded his BCYC Membership application, and gave a few tips on getting her IRC up to date. So this British Yachting Icon will once again line up with our fleet in July! Where are SCEPTRE, BLOODHOUND and DRUMBEAT I wonder?

Approved

Infanta’s qualification proposal for the Rolex Fastnet 2015 has been approved – we are doing the Cowes Dinard to St Malo and returning in racing fashion.

Would love to know which other classics also got their entries – and what they are doing to qualify.  Anyone got any info?

Sandfire of Kent Spinnaker Staysail

Tim sent in this old picture of Sandfire of Kent carrying a huge spinnaker staysail – tacked onto the inner forestay.

Anyone have any comments on suitability for us?  At the moment, we tend to use our trinquette style staysail for use with the spinnaker, however it is much to heavy to carry at low apparent wind speeds.  Question is – is there any value in building a sail which overlaps to such an extent…

Thoughts?

50 Shades of Spectra

From an anonymous sailor – a story purported to have taken place just few years ago….

So back at one of my first jobs as a boat mechanic, I had the pleasure of meeting many interesting characters, some of whom I got to work with regularly. Tom, we’ll call him, liked to have big parties. Like BIG themed parties and such. Being a regular to these events, when he was prime on hosting a bondage party, I wasn’t too turned off to the idea. I knew, firsthand, that all of the friskieness would happen after 1AM, giving me ample time to chill and still make an exit before things got too crazy. Besides, I thought, “most of his girlfriends are pretty hot anyways.”

So I show up to Tom’s, kinda early, around 10, and mostly everyone is wearing spikes and leather and stuff. I’m standing there in my shorts, sandals, sun-faded Tshirt, feeling pretty out of place, as I see old saw horses with pillows taped to them, eyebolts in the ceiling rafters, and piles of old halyards on the ground. I dont think much of it, so I make it out to the backyard, where I know some friends. “Cool,” I think.

Well, sometime later, Tom comes out into the backyard, and comes straight to me. “Dude, I need your help, come with me.” Tom is like an older brother to me, and it’s still a little early in the evening, so my reservations aren’t too extreme. “I am super busy with [things] upstairs, would you help a few friends?” He asks. Before I have time to answer we walk into the living room, where there are a bunch of people standing around two half naked girls, and he introduces me to the whole group. “Everyone, this is ______, he is a really good sailor, and even better at knots!” I could sense their skeptiscism, as I was not dressed the part, but I could also sense a bit of intrigue about; we all know of sailors and their knots.

As Tom disappears down the hallway, I take one of the halyards off the floor, start uncoiling and flaking it out, and ask the girls how they would like to be tied together. This hand to that, this to that.. a few Prusick’s handcuffs and a bit of Boy Scout [Eagle mind you!] ingenuity, Things were looking pretty sweet. A crowd was starting to gather in a big circle around us. Without thinking, I started to whip up a simple purchase system, 4 to 1 to the ceiling, and before you know it, I had these two girls hoisted and spinning in the middle of the living room.

The look on everyone’s faces was priceless. The fact I was wearing shorts and sandals, with long hair amidst half naked, spike and leather clad bodies made absolutely no difference. The respect had been earned, and the expectations far exceeded. I had fun and was treated like a king that night!

So remember, always practice your knots, because you never know, someday a woman may ask you to tie her up, and when she does, you’re going to want to know what you’re doing!