X332’s are fast!

X332’s with that winning feeling

Congratulations to ‘Blue Beeste’ (X332) on winning this years Felixstowe Regatta in the highly competitive IRC class. Beeste scored an impressive 2nd, 1st, 1st set of results to win by a comfortable margin.

Congratulations to the X332 ‘ApeX’** who are this seasons East Anglian Offshore Racing Association (EAORA) champions. Everyone at Dolphin wishes the ‘ApeX’ team good luck in the season ending Buckley Goblets race to Ostend.

Great work Martin, Charlie, Robert and crews.

**Partial inventory

Blue Beeste Wins!

Congratulations to Team Beeste for winning Class 2 in this years IRC Felixstowe Regatta.

Well sailed Martin and Charlie!

 

Blue Beeste - Haven Series
Blue Beeste – Haven Series

Oyster Regatta – Palma

Oyster Regatta – Palma 2014

A wide selection of Oysters arrived in Palma for the 34th Oyster Regatta. The long range forecast was for light winds interspersed with heavy rain, thankfully there is one thing that is normally wrong and that is the weather forecast! It proved to be sunny with perfect sailing winds that allowed Race Officer, David Tydeman, to complete the 5 race series with the bonus of a pursuit race on the final day. Each course was set up to test the crews sailing ability and tactical skills.

The excellent sailing conditions during the week allowed crews to dust off the offwind sails and add a huge splash of colour to proceedings. The Bay was full of great designs as either the sail was decorated with the boats markings or the owners home nation flag represented in the colour panel layout. With 11 nations represented it was easy to spot the Scottish boat with the red lion, the South African flag on the brand new 625 and the combined British and Norwegian entry. Other interesting designs included Spindrifts galloping horse and flowing mane, Lady Mariposa’s ornate butterfly design and the tiger stripes of the 625 Tiger.

It was interesting to watch the different launching methods employed by each crew. There were a number of Top Down furlers making life easy to deploy and douse the sail, but the majority used the traditional snuffer system. Being used for the first time at the Palma Regatta a number of boats had the Oxley inflatable snuffer system. The inflated bladder replaces the need for a hard and potentially dangerous GRP bucket. Two of the big boats with full race crew even opted to launch the asymmetric straight from the bag!

Results were tight all week with some races being decided by just 2 seconds on handicap and often boats were grouped with less than a minute being the difference between 2nd and 5th.

The Class Three battle was very impressive, only 5 points separated the top 5 boats. Spindrift flew out of the stalls in Race One and repeated her good form in Race Four, After a difficult first day the Scottish team bounced back from the disappointment of gear failure and a heavy night celebrating the owners special birthday to win Race Three. With her new owners sailing her for the first time the Holman & Pye designed Oyster 45 Yo Ho Ho finished the first day by winning the second race which is excellent bearing in mind she was using her original 18 year old Dolphin sails. With three generations on board the Polish entry SunSuSea sailed consistently throughout the Regatta and finished off the series with a win. The new 575 Silver Lining was only launched this summer and headed straight to the Med. The owners played down their previous racing experience and even arrived without an offwind sail. The plan was to keep it simple, race around with out incident and see how they got on. Counting only seconds and thirds Silver Lining sailed beautifully and took the overall class win by just three quarters of a point.

Class Two included six 625’s and four 655’s. Racing was very intense especially between the carbon rigged Lady Mariposa and Guardian Angel – with full race crews it was no surprise that these two slugged it out for the overall championship win. It was Lady Mariposa, helped by her Dolphin assy, that claimed the win by just three quarters of a point. There was not much to choose between the Dolphin supplied Great Bear V, Vamos, Delicia and iSNL for the remaining podium place. Vamos claimed 3rd in the final race to secure 3rd overall.

Class One was a battle of the new big boats, it was an imposing sight as they cut through the fleet. With four different winners the overall result very close. Clare, Reina, Karibu and Starry Night of the Caribbean all stood on the top of the podium. The 885 Karibu just did enough to take the overall win ahead of the beautiful new 825.

After racing with the better than expected weather many of the boats who had packed away the biminis were able to quickly deploy their boom awnings or Yacht Tensile Awnings before sitting back and enjoying a well deserved drink.

For another year running Dolphin Sails have shown the customer support that we have become so well known for. Three of the Dolphin team where on hand to sail and offer our support through out the 4 day regatta sailing on 12 different boats. The main purpose of sailing with our customers is so we see our product in action and to listen to the views and opinions of our the owners and crews. While on board we can help pass on our knowledge of sail tuning and boat set up to ensure that our different sail products are as good as they can be. By listening to our customers and seeing our product in action it allows us to stay at the front of the fleet in terms of product improvement and development. Throughout the series many of the podium places where taken by boats with Dolphin inventories proving that we also have a race winning edge in our sail design.

Thank you to Oyster, all the owners and crews for making it such a wonderful Regatta.

Event Sponsors: Dolphin Sails, Sailkote Plus, Lewmar, Raymarine, Pelagos, Pantaenius and Reckmann

For further details or to discuss your sail and cover plans please contact the Loft on 00 44(0)1255 384412 sails@dolphin-sails.com

Photos Credit : Oyster Yachts 

Beeste Wins Again

Haven Series Winners 2014

Team Blue Beeste again proved to be the top team during the hotly contested Haven Series.

A ‘well sailed’ goes out to Martin, Charlie and the team!

 

For details of how Dolphin can help with your race plans please contact Jon Sturmer or Paul Austin 01255 243366

SailEast 2014 – IRC Racing

Dates have been announced for the 3 event 2014 SailEast series. For the best short course IRC racing on the East Coast come along and get involved.

Dates for the 2014 SailEast IRC series have been published – don’t forget to add them to your calender !

24th & 25th May – Mersea – Hosted by the Dabchicks Sailing Club

5th & 6th July – Felixstowe – Incorporated within the Felixstowe Regatta

23rd, 24th & 25th August – Hosted by the Crouch Yacht Club and incorporated within Burnham Week

Haven Series Winners – Beeste again!

Blue Beeste wins again

Congratulation to Martin, Charlie and the team on the X332 Blue Beetse for a stunning set of results in the 2013 Haven Series. Ten races were sailed and Beeste performed brilliantly to score 6 wins and a second to convincingly take the top spot. 

 

 

Have you entered? Two big events

Not long to go before the next two big IRC / local handicap racing events on the East Coast – have you got your entry in yet?

Medway Yacht Club Regatta (Sponsored by Dolphin Sails) starts on Thursday 11th July and runs until the 14th – this is open to IRC rated yachts and local handicap. Lots of great, close racing to be had on the Medway and undoubtedly Neil and his team will have the bar operating at full capacity. 

http://www.medwayyachtclub.com/

 

SailEast 2013 (Sponsored by Dolphin Sails) The second round of racing takes place as part of the Felixstowe Regatta over the weekend of 13th / 14th July. There will be 4 races with the best three counting towards SailEast. The X35 ‘Kiss’ one the first event but could you do better!

The overall winner of SailEast 2013 will receive a £1000 vouchure to use against a new Dolphin race sail. 

http://saileast.org/events/

 

Round the Island Race

Congratulations to Lady Mariposa and Vamos for their great results in the round the island race

 

1st Overall – ISC Rating Div 4A – Lady Mariposa

6th Overall – ISC Rating Div 4A – Vamos

 

SailEast 2013 – Winner Takes All

The home of East Coast IRC racing
The home of East Coast IRC racing

We are really pleased to continue our long standing support of SailEast and are excited to announce our sponsorship for 2013 includes a fantastic prize.

SailEast is the home of short course IRC racing on the East Coast. It offers close, competitive racing and a chance to have a few friendly beers.

The overall winner will receive a voucher for £1000 which can be redeemed against any new Dolphin racing sail or sails.

2012 winners Holding Pattern were equipped with a full suit of Dolphin D4 aramid / carbon membranes and spinnakers.

Who is your money on for the Twenty 13 prize – will it be a Sonata, Stella, a mini tonner, half tonner, ¾ tonner, a ‘one off’, a J-Boat, X Yacht or a brand spanking new Judel Vrolijk 42? Let us know!

Don’t forget to put the dates on your sailing calendar
Mersea Regatta 25/26th May (Includes East Coast IRC Championships)
Felixstowe Regatta 13th/14th July
Burnham Regatta 7th/8th September

The home of East Coast IRC racing

Palma – Oyster Regatta

Palma – Another Classic Regatta

26 Oysters flying the flags of 9 nations gathered in Palma for the 30th Oyster Regatta and the 8th to be hosted by Real Club Nautico.

Sponsored by our friends at Lewmar, Race One saw the fleet set off in the rain and gusty conditions for the 20 mile race around to the picturesque town of Andraitx. 

After a short windward leg, most boats set asymmetrics and headed for the finish. Racing was tight and a number of gybing duals took place. 

Rounding the top mark was simple for the Oyster 66 Goodwins. At the beginning of the summer she took delivery of her new Dolphin asymmetric sail and Karver Top Down furling system. Having practised earlier in the summer and learnt the few tricks necessary she quickly hoisted the furled sail and unfurled it. In a blink of an eye Goodwins had a filled sail and was taking time out of her competitors. She went on to claim second in Class One just behind the very well sailed 72, AlbertOne3. 

The Oyster fleet have been at the forefront of taking advantage of the benefits that the Top Down furlers offers. Owners and crews are seeing the benefits of a system that is simple to store, easier to deploy, reliable and easy to use as the furling can all be done from the saftey of the cockpit.

In Class Two a gybing dual ensued between Sarabande and Light Lana – two 54’s. It was very close all the way with Light Lana finishing just 11 seconds behind Sarabande.

After the wet start to the day the sun finally came out and the fleet enjoyed a private wine tasting at the nearby Santa Catarina Bodegues Cellar.

The return trip to Palma was a lively affair. In lumpy conditions the wind built to 30+ knots at times. The testing conditions were no match for the Oyster fleet and apart from a few minor issues the boats revelled in the conditions.

In Class One Billy Budd got off to a flier, she hit the line at a full speed and didn’t look back. Her Italian crew worked her hard and this paid off to claim well deserved line honours. Billy Budd is one of the most widely travelled Oysters with adventures around the globe recorded in a fabulous book that includes many stunning photos.

3rd in Class One and sailing a very good race were the German team on board the 655, Anabasis

Class Two was again won by Sarabande, however she was pushed very hard by the 53 from Sweden, Lisanne and Light Lana.

Race Three was sponsored by Dolphin Sails, the course was set around the bay in the shadow of the magnificent Cathedral. With more wind than forecast the Race Officer was busy trying to keep track of each boats down wind sail declarations. Initially the fleet were opting for ‘coloured’ sails but as the breeze developed to a steady 20+kts the VHF was conjested with boats urgently changing options.

With cruiisng chutes now stowed, the fleet got off to a cracking start. Satika was first away but was soon under pressure from the larger 72’s and 82’s. Sadly gear failure prevented Satika from competing for an overall victory. The custom 82 Starry Night sailed on to take line honours and the win on handicap. 

It was the usual battle in Class Two between Light Lana and Sarabande, but on this occassion they were joined by the 56 Magic Spirit. In a close finish Sarabande scored her 3rd win, followed by Light Lana and then the Swiss team of Magic Spirit.

With just enough time for one more race, a box course was set up in the bay for the end of regatta pursuit race. With a projected 2 hour time limit the staggered start got underway. The slower boats fought hard to keep the big boys behind them. With clean air the early starters got away and despite a masive wind shift in the final 20 minutes that favoured the bigger boats Gaia held onto to win the much prized Pursuit Trophy and in fact she led a British 123!

Overall the windy conditions served as a good test for the boats embarking on the Oyster World Rally. From everyone at Dolphin we would like to wish them well on what is going to be a great adventure. 

Next stop is Antigua in early January for the start of the World Rally and then it will be back in the Caribbean for Regatta number 31 in the fantastic setting of Grenada.