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This year the Club is hosting the Dart 18 GP4, the weekend of 17 & 18 of June.  Details below:
  1. Entry Form
  2. Notice of Race
  3. Sailing Instructions
  4. Advert
  5. Plan of NDYC
  6. Programme of Events
  7. Results Tally 28, Sail No 6935 failed to Tally Off the water.
  8. Photos, and these from Jon Miles, Sailing Southwest.

Dart 18 GP Round 4 at North Devon Yacht Club

North Devon Yacht Club welcomed 20 visiting Dart 18s along with 10 local sailors looking forward to a weekend of sun and hopefully some wind.  The main fleet was directed to Instow Beach to set up for the weekend offering sandy launching and recovery directly onto the estuary racing area.

Day 1 dawned with little wind and breakfast for 30 teams in the club bar.  The early tides meant a briefing at 0900 and first race targeted for 10.30 but the wind was 2-3kn and easterly and a short delay was ordered by  Race Office Gordon Smith.  The Sea Breeze filled from the NW by 1030 and we were off on a course of triangles and sausages at 1100 in 6kn wind.

The early lead was established by Dan and Amy Teubert from Restronguet who held to the end with Darren and Tracey-Ann Wood taking second some way back.  Brian Phipps close behind took 3rd.  Garry Jennings held on for the locals taking 5th.

The second race saw the wind build a little and tide weaken but the fleet were too keen to get away and forced a general recall.  On the second start the wind had shifted more westerly and built a little but the result was much the same with the Teuberts taking first from Brian Phipps giving Restronguet a 1-2, and 3rd to Tom Parker and Lucy Mayhew of Netley.  Frazer Manning and Erica King, previous event winners at NDYC took a 4th with first singlehanded place going to Des Barnes in 5th.

The race officer squeezed a 3rd race in with winds now 8-9kn and a short race saw Dan Teubert lead most of the way only to loose it on the final beat taking a 3rd place but taking the overnight leader spot.  First was Brian Phipps with Tom Parker in second and Marco Manganelli from Stokes Bay taking a 4th having missed the first race because of a gear failure on the beach.

Day 2 dawned with a light wind forecast with fickle Easterly breeze.  The later start time of 11.30 however saw the Breeze set from the WNW at 6kn again.  The wind steadily strengthened to 8-10kn at times but was shifting to West and even SW at times giving the RO team some headaches.

Race 4 saw Tony Rees and Jo Mullett taking a port end flyer only to suffer being headed and falling back while Frazer Manning and Erika King followed but held a lift.   Darren and Tracy Wood took a comfortable win with Brian Phipps having taken a 360 for hitting the wing mark (thought you knew about tides at Restonguet) pulling through the fleet to take 2nd with Frazer and Erika in 3rd.

Race 5 saw a big shift to port on the start making the windward mark very one sided.  The race team with a time limit over tides decided to let it go as the wind started moving back for the second beat.  So the fleet was away on Port tack with another new race winner with Des Barnes from Bridlington taking 1st leading from the front but with strong battles behind for places all way through the fleet.  Mark Gower and Blake Rutter made a strong bid taking 2nd and Darren and Tracy Wood in third.  Brian faded to 4th and Frazer kept up the challenge, taking a 5th

So with the wind shifting further, the windward make was moved and the course reversed to Starboard hand to give all a new view on the race course.  With the tide now running out everyone took stock again.  For once the fleet was quite well mannered on the start line, and got away well, splitting the fleet left and right.

Brian Phipps settled down in a comfortable lead taken to the end to take the overall win.  Des Barnes showed again single-handers can do it with a 2nd but having to count a 15th in day 1 pushed him down the ranks to 5th overall.

3rd place was taken by Dan and Amy Teubert giving a good end to a solid weekend in 2nd overall.  Tom Parker from Netley took 4th in the 6th race for 3rd overall.

Full results are below and all retired to the bar.  Despite weather forecast of heat with no wind, the RO managed 6 good races in winds from 6-10kn – some even spotted on the wire.  Many comments on the challenge in stronger tides of the North Devon coast and we look forward to welcoming the Dart 18 fleet back to NDYC again soon.






Details of previous Dart 18 GPs are below, for historic interest.

Results from GP5 2015 below:

 Prize     Helm    Crew 
 1st     Fraser Manning  Erica Knapp 
 2nd Tom Parker Poppy Flaxman
 3rd  Dan Teubert     Amy Teubert 
 4th  Simon Moruzzi Colin Steinlechner or Haylee Smith
 5th Chris Pearce Laura Brookland
 Youngest Helm Dan Teubert 
 Youngest Crew  Hector Bunclark
 1st NDYC Boat Fraser Manning Erica Knapp
 SW Area Championships  
 1st Fraser Manning Erica Knapp
 2nd Dan Teubert Amy Teubert
 3rd Chris Pearce Laura Brookland
 Handicap Prizes  
 1st  Garry Jennings      Karen Raymont 
 2nd  Simon Thompson  John Irwin
 3rd Andy McQueen  Amy Barker 

Last weekend North Devon Yacht Club, based at Instow, hosted the UKIDA Dart18 Grand Prix number 5 and South West Area Championships. The event was part of a series of races that take place at various UK sailing centres throughout the UK. 

The sailing was a great success and enjoyed by all of the sailors. 20 catamarans took part in the competition with 7 local boats and 13 visitors. Congratulations go to the winning team Fraser Manning and Erica Knapp of North Devon Yacht Club.

An informal long distance race was held on the Friday for sailors who wanted to travel down to Instow and miss the weekend traffic. Despite the inclement, drizzly conditions and light force 2 winds three catamarans ventured out. Congratulations go to Duncan Manning and Kerra Pearce who were first across the finishing line.

The majority of the visiting sailors arrived late Friday afternoon, pitching tents or selecting prime spots for their camper vans in the boat park before retiring to the club house bar. Saturday dawned to a bright and beautiful day. After a comprehensive full English breakfast the sailors rigged their boats and tuned the sails for the imminent racing. Fortunately the sun decided to come out to play and the wind strength increased from the previous day to be variable north westerly force 2 to 4 and occasionally gusting up to force 5.

The first race of the Grand Prix commenced at 11 am and was the standard format of triangle/sausage/triangle. A relatively calm sea state resulted in a very pleasant race won by Fraser and Erica. In order to provide some variety, race two was a long distance course, taking competitors out towards the Bideford Bar and returning into the entrance to the River Taw. The race was delayed by a general recall because some sailors were over the line before the start gun sounded. Race two was won by Matt and Jakob Exon of the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club.

An evening of socialising and dancing to ‘On the Rocks’ allowed competitors to let their hair down, chat about the day’s sailing and enjoy the yacht club facilities. A sumptuous spread was provided to satisfy the hungry sailor’s appetites.

Sunday’s weather proved a complete contrast to the previous day. Torrential rain and a howling wind persisted throughout the racing. The wind varied as each of the three races progressed and provided challenging conditions. The third race started with a steady south easterly, force 5 to 6.  By the end of the race the wind direction had veered by almost 180 degrees to a westerly force 4. This resulted in the course being relayed before the start of the fourth race. The wind increased to a steady force 6 and wind against tide increased the wave height. The ferocious wind was too strong for many of the sailors, who gracefully retired to the shelter of the club house. Seven Dart18s started the 5th race with one casualty during the sailing. The final race was won by Dan and Amy Teubert from Restronguet Sailing Club based in Cornwall. 

The racing was expertly managed by Gordon Smith and his team of volunteers who braved the elements to provide a very enjoyable and exhilarating weekend of sailing. Rescue boat cover was provided by John Barnett and his rescue boat team.

Photos © Mike Bentley - all rights reserved

Dart 18 GP3 2013