Tasar's Windy Nationals at Whitstable 8th/9th/10th JulyStrong winds and gusts of up to 35 knots proved challenging for the 52 sailors who braved the water for the 2016 Tasar Nationals at Whitstable Yacht Club. However, a little determination and a lot of impromptu on the water repairs saw 26 boats battle it out in a fast and furious weekend of sailing.
The first day of racing saw the least wind of the series and a good start for Liz and Roger Pescod who sailing their new boat won the first race after starting 3rd off the line. Whilst Constantijn Udo and Jan Slotemaker, one of the two Dutch crews to sail in this year’s competition, managed to secure an easy win with a lead from the start in the second race.
On the second day, despite starting in 6th and lying a close 3rd around the last gybe mark one of strongest gusts of the weekend hit seeing the two leading boats capsize allowing Rod and Maureen Porteous time to slip through and blast down the final reach to win race three. Although being one of the boats hit by the gust, impressively, Neil Spacagna and Steve Gustice managed to limp over the line to 9th position with a 45 degree bend in the top 3 foot of their mast.
With only 11 boats still out on the water (some without full rigs) and the wind speed continuing to increase, racing for the day was abandoned.
On the final day, the first start was brought forward to take advantage of lighter winds. On race 4 the Porteous’s made a brilliant clear start leading the fleet from the line, picking the shifts correctly on the favoured left hand side of the course to take a convincing win. The Porteous crew continued their success to take the next race. Neil and Steve sailed a consistent race 4 and 5 holding Udo and Jan off to take second place in both races. With strengthening winds the final race was abandoned.
Overall results, after 5 out of the 8 races were sailed with one discard, were:
1st – Rod & Maureen Porteous
2nd - Constantijn Udo & Jan Slotemaker
3rd –Neil Spacanga & Steve Gustice
4th – Liz & Roger Pescod
5th – Stephen Nation & Julie Puckett
Junior Cup – Luna Schutte
Ladies Cup – Liz Pescod
Rolling Pin and Masters Plate - Rod & Maureen Porteous
Grand Masters Plate - Constantijn Udo & Jan Slotemaker
Black Horse Trophy (Club Team) - Whitstable YC
In his winner’s speech, Rod said that in spite of the very tough conditions, the good courses, stiff competition and great sportsmanship demonstrated throughout the Tasar championship made for brilliant and rewarding racing across the fleet. Big thanks are owed to Race Officer, Tom Bruton and the rescue boat crews, who were heavily occupied ,as well as the catering team and event organisers.
Sailors are now looking forward to the Tasar Nationals at Porthpean, Cornwall next year and the World Championships taking place in Gamagori, Japan in 2018.
Ella Gibson (Clevedon SC)
2016 Tasar Nationals 8th/9th/10th July
And an easy link - Whitstable Yacht Club
The Tasar and the UK Worlds 2019
We all know the Tasar is one of the sailing worlds best kept secret! With our updated rig, we can hold our heads up and smile as we remain competitive against modern designs costing twice as much. Frank really did get it right and that’s why we continue to sail such a great boat with great people in the class. Whilst as a fleet we don’t travel extensively, we do however always get a good quality turn out at our Nationals. This year we are lucky to be sailing at the location of one of the country’s top Tasar fleets, Whitstable sailing club on the 8 to 10 July. If you can only make Saturday and Sunday, you can still qualify for the event. We look forward to seeing you there.
We need your help…
At last year’s AGM, held at the Felpham Nationals, members continued to express support to host the worlds in 2019.
We have therefore entered into discussions with Hayling Island Sailing Club to hold the 2018 Nationals and 2019 Worlds at the club. They will be undertaking the major part of organising the event, with minimal input from the class members. The club has an enviable reputation for holding professionally run events on world class waters. The location is well known and liked by the Australians, who have visited for the Flying fifteen and Moth worlds in large numbers. Holding an event of this nature does however need the support of class members. We are therefore asking people to consider contributing to the running and wellbeing of the class by volunteering to be on the class committee over the next couple of years. Without member support the class cannot function, its not time consuming but we do need help.
Can I ask you in advance of the AGM to consider contributing in this way...
Tasar Training (not) 16th/17th April 2016I have had to cancel the training event at Milton Keynes on the weekend of 16th/17th April. It turns out the Milton Keynes Sailing Club instructors had planned a pre-season training session on the same Saturday, but had not written it on the club calendar. Two tasar helms are club instructors. So not only is the lake double booked but also the people. With a course starting the following weekend, as a committee member at MK, I have no alternative but to priritise the club activity first.
Sorry for any confusion caused.   Ian
Tasar at the 2016 Dinghy ShowOur good friends at Signal Locker are once again helping promote Tasars in the UK with a stand at the Dinghy Show this year. We are E16 in the west hall. Conveneintly located next to a fire hydrant should the need arise. Visitors always like our stand and say its good to talk to real sailors instead of professional sales people. You will find a lot of sailors out there are surprised to see a boat they have never heard of with such high tech performance.
We are on the lookout for well behaved, clean, tidy Tasar sailors to help stand around and chat to the visitors. A spell on a seat might also be possible. Let us know if you are interested in a turn. Below is the RYA official web site promotional insert. Guessing from the condition of his skin, I think the representative shown might be a bit below our typical age profile.   Ian