37th Impala Nationals – Brixham – Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July 2016
Calling all Impala sailors! The 2016 Impala National Championships will be held at Brixham Yacht Club from Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July 2016.
Details will follow, but we expect an excellent entry of both local and travelling boats.
Crane-ins will be at a cheap rate, and we are doubling the value of each travelling bursary from last year, offering £200 towards the cost of boats coming by road. Reduced-rate moorings will be available either side of the event for travelling boats.
Email us now to reserve your bursary, and to let us know if you’re coming – email@example.com
We’ll see you there!
Depite the gloomy weather forecasts, the 8 Impalas racing in the Garmin Hamble Winter Series got a race in yesterday – after a few hours under AP in the blazing sunshine.
Vlad the Impala and Curved Air decided to head for home as there was no sign of the breeze filling in – only for Vlad to do a quick U-turn and hammer back to the start line under engine as the AP came down.
A close startline saw Voodoo OCS – and Imptish was spotted with a fender hanging over the side – an oversight or planning on an aggressive start – who knows!
Uproar pushed Polly hard around the short course, holding off Two Frank until the final 100 yards of the final beat, with Imptish not far behind.
Halfway through the series and there’s a break next weekend. Here’s hoping that the weather gods don’t punish us for the unseasonal warmth so far!
The 8-strong Impala fleet has been getting closer and closer, with positions changing constantly.
This week, Uproar, resplendent in her new orange wrap, pushed Polly hard for 1st in the first race of the day, just dropping back at the leeward mark. Uproar and Imptish had a good battle in the second race, and close on points with Uproar just edging by two points overall.
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The Garmin Hamble Winter Series started on Sunday in unseasonal warmth and with a 10-17 knot breeze. And best of all, the Impala class is the biggest One Design fleet in the event! Thanks to Hamo Thornycroft / yacht-photos.co.uk for the pics.
A great total of 10 Impalas made it to Cowes Week this year for a week of very mixed racing conditions that warranted kedging, dodging the shallows, powered-up in 20 knots and plenty of torrential rain and thunder and lightning!
After a week of close racing and some split-second finishes, Magic, chartered for the week by the Smith, Dallas and Richards families, finished 2nd in IRC6 to take the first Impala place, chased by Polly in 3rd. Two Frank was 7th, with Trudi 9th, Uproar 14th, Curved Air 17th, Voodoo 20th, Spectrum 22nd and Burhou 25th. In the Cruiser Divison B class, Wild Craic was 22nd.
Full results are here on the cowes week site
Richard Harding writes from Dublin: ‘The 6th, bi-annual, Dun Laoghaire regatta took place from the 9th to the 12th July. There were over 400 boats competing in a wide range of classes form dinghies to offshore cruisers, and the Impala class was represented by Bambi, GBR 9612, which is now based in Dun Laoghaire, under the ownership of Richard Harding.
A scratch crew of local sailors, and imported Impala specialists (Ben and Steph from Polly) assembled and final preparations were made on the Thursday morning prior to the regatta commencing on Thursday afternoon. Racing was held in Dublin Bay on the North and Central race courses. The first two days were windy and sunny with frequent gusts of 35 knots and lots of thrills and spills – evident from the fact that the Dun Laoghaire lifeboat was called out three times. In Class 4, the leaderboard was dominated by Quarter Tonners with Cri Cri (Paul Colton) and Starflash (John Simms) leading after Quest, another Quarter Tonner, and pre regatta favourite, lost her rig. Bambi recorded 6, 4, 4 as the smaller boats hung in incredibly well both upwind and downwind.
Saturday and Sunday were a little lighter with 10-15 knots. Bambi executed a port end flyer in the first race on Saturday and was never headed to take line honours and first on IRC. However the second race of the day produced a disappointing 8th when the middle of the second beat provided no insurance against a big shift to the left.
As Sunday dawned, the Saturday night party was only just concluding and a number of fuzzy heads took to the water for the final race. Bambi lay 4th, 3 points behind DI-RICH, a GK24 from Liverpool, and two points ahead of Stargazer, a Grand Soleil 34 from Arran. Another good start and a safe first beat helped Bambi round the windward mark first, from Cri Cri, who already secured first place overall. Bambi and Cri Cri battled it out for nearly two hours in perfect conditions with 10 knots and flat seas. Unfortunately Bambi finally let Cri Cri out of her clutches and finished second, just 14 seconds behind on corrected time. The upside was that DI-RICH only managed 5th, allowing Bambi to take third overall on count back thanks to the victory in race four.
The prize giving was a rather damp affair, but an Abba tribute band and the customary Guinness ensured that party continued till the last. All in all, it was an incredibly enjoyable regatta with great competition, good winds, easy access to the race tracks, and all the hospitality that the Irish have become famous for. It could only have been improved by the addition of a few more Impalas!
Barney Smith writes: ‘Imptish went round the Island on Saturday along with nine other Impala’s, the biggest class entry for several years. It was a great day. Sunny, windy, and glorious sailing. More of you need to be on the startline next year! The date is Saturday 2nd July 2016. Put it in your diary.