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:; 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

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

News: From BCYC

…… some Boat News

Published 29th June 2015

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?

Another monster fleet for the RORC Fastnet Race

The full pantheon of offshore race boats to compete this August in the RORC’s biennial classic

Monday April 27th 2015, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

The world’s largest, most diverse fleet of offshore racing yachts will set sail from the Solent on 16 August in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s biennial Rolex Fastnet Race. 2015 marks the 90th anniversary of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and with it a record-sized fleet with as many as 350 boats is expected to take part.

The event is one of the most popular in sailing: the original limit of 300 boats racing for the overall handicap prize under IRC was increased to 340 in 2013 due to the increased demand. This is more than twice as many places as the next most popular of other 600 mile races held elsewhere the world and still, when registration opened in January, all 340 places were filled within just 24 minutes! In addition to this group is the ‘non-IRC’ fleet, including many top grand prix race boat classes such as giant G-Class multihulls and MOD70s, the IMOCA 60s, that compete in the Vendee Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race, and the Class 40s.

As always, one of the attractive elements of the Rolex Fastnet Race is its diversity. At one end of the spectrum are the high profile professional sailing teams who congregate on the Solent from the four corners of the globe, many fielding the world’s biggest, fastest, most state of the art racing yachts. At the other end are the Corinthian entries, where individual crew will be embarking on what for them will be their own personal Everest – the culmination of a season’s training that will have included at least 300 miles of offshore racing (the mandatory minimum requirement to qualify for Rolex Fastnet Race entry).

One of the important battles is the race for monohull line honours which this year looks set to be a much anticipated heavyweight bout between the two brand new American maxis: George David’s 88ftRambler 88 and the 100ft Comanche of former Netscape boss, Dr Jim Clark. Both are brand new, launched late last year and some gauge of their form will take place this summer when both compete in the Transatlantic Race between Newport, Rhode Island and the Lizard (and on to Cowes).

Another battle to watch out for will be the battle of the multihulls which this year includes the world’s fastest race boat – the 131ft (40m) trimaran, Spindrift racing, skippered by Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli. In 2009 this boat covered 908.2 miles a day at an average speed of 37.84 knots and has been first home in the last two Rolex Fastnet Races.

However nipping at her heels will be the three MOD70 trimarans including Musandam-Oman Sail, skippered by Sidney Gavignet. This boat last year sailed an exceptional Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, setting not only a race record time, but also becoming the outright record holder for the Round Britain and Ireland course.

“I am looking forward to this race,” says Gavignet of the Rolex Fastnet. “It is the big race of our season, so we take it seriously. It has such an impressive line-up. Races like the Fastnet are very important for sailing because it is a classic and you know that it will always be there every two years.”

Once again Musandam-Oman Sail will be using the event in its continued programme of training up Omani sailors and three will be competing on board alongside Gavignet and round the world sailor Damian Foxall.

At the Corinthian end of the fleet, charter and sailing school entries are swelling in number. Typically these companies sell berths to individuals for the season enabling them to carry out their qualifications.

Hamble School of Yachting, for example, is fielding two Jeanneau Sun Fast 37s, each with six amateur crew plus a professional skipper and mate. “It is a bucket list item – something they have always wanted to do,” says Director Chris Rushton of the attraction to his customers. “They are all first timers of mixed ability but a lot of them haven’t done any racing before.”

Their crew have already completed their ISAF Sea Survival and First Aid courses and this season will compete in the RORC’s Myth of Malham, De Guingand Bowl and Cowes-Dinard-St Malo races as their qualification.

Eddie Warden Owen, Chief Executive of the Royal Ocean Racing Club explains the uniqueness of the Rolex Fastnet Race: “The Rolex Fastnet Race is a world classic and probably the largest, most famous of its type. This year the demand has been huge with places selling out in 24 minutes and a waiting list of over 80 boats. The challenge for many is completing what can be a very tough adventure, but also its attraction for the experienced offshore racer is that they can compete with the top professionally raced yachts and have a realistic chance of winning. In 2013 the race was won by a very experienced father and son team sailing two handed which shows that anyone has a chance of winning the most prestigious race in the world calendar.”

Shamelessly stolen from TheDailySail


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…


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!