A Calves Week Bonanza!

January 26th, 2016 No comments

We missed this great news back in the summer, but Judy McGrath and crew on Bonanza  IRL 9515 won Calves Week in Schull on the South Coast of Ireland. Judy writes: ‘We hail from RCYC, Royal Cork Yacht Club. We won Class 3 overall with 3 race wins out of 4 the most competive class. 70 boats in the regatta and we also won Overall Boat /Helm if the week! So thrilled over here and as a friend of the website , thought I’d send the news your way with  a few pictures!’


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Stop Press – another refit!

January 26th, 2016 No comments


Here’s news of another boat undergoing a full refit – this time on the East Coast! Edward Harrison writes: ‘Alchemy (ex Ohh Deer!) moved to the east coast and has had some much needed TLC. Last year was a new paint job outside (30 years of antifouling off by hand!) and a re-build of the forecabin. This season, it’s re-wiring and a new engine!

Missed your boat? Email us with the details!

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Royal Southampton Frostbite series

January 26th, 2016 No comments
image13 Impalas are enjoying very close racing in IRC class 2 within the Royal Southampton Frostbite series, writes Barney Smith.
After two Sundays of racing Imptish is top Impala, with Two Frank and Vlad chasing hard. Imptish is also at the top of the IRC leaderboard, equal on points with a very slippery J97.
The series format involves 2 short (45 min) races each day on Southampton Water, both with around six short legs, giving plenty of opportunities to improve your spinnaker packing skills!
The series runs until 12 March. It would be great to see more boats out there. More details on the Royal Southampton website.
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Refits galore!

January 22nd, 2016 No comments

It might be January, damp and miserable, but Impalas around the world are being fettled and looking good! Here are some of our favourite refits from the past few years. Send us yours too!

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Dates for your Diary in 2016!

December 7th, 2015 No comments

11538138_981154278574974_6879514589715665676_oAfter a great 2015 season, it’s onwards and upwards for the resurgent Impala class!

More details to follow soon, but here are some not-to-miss dates for South Coast boats for 2016, which will culminate in the Safari Cup, a new trophy, being awarded to the highest-scoring boat over the whole season.

  • 16-17 April – Warsash Spring Championships – One Design class start
  • 7-8 May – Solent Championships, RSrnYC- One Design class start
  • 28-30 May – Southern Championships, Poole Regatta – One Design class start
  • 2 July – Round the Island Race
  • 15-17 July- Impala Nationals, Brixham YC
  • 6-13 August – Cowes Week


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Sails for sale…

November 24th, 2015 No comments
2-Frank 10410280_10152263351763507_2810727236647399855_n 11899828_10153481888136397_6318205421083301266_nOlly and Sam from Two Frank have the following items for sale – get in touch if you’re interested…
Banks 0.5oz running kite for sale 2 years old and only used in sub 15 knots 43m so bigger area than standard class and gives you a good boost downwind, 
Really crispy still, 2 repairs both with tape one about 20cm long and one about 2cm I was going to get them fixed but never bothered We are starting to cycle our sails now so 
£500 no offers
Banks Mainsail
2 years old GPL carbon,  just won the nationals. Only used for big events and not flogged.
Always rolled after used and dryed.
2 reefs both with antal rings so no rusting like others.
We had this made in a heavier grade cloth so will last, still years of life left in the sail.
amazingly quick sail
in long bag
£1200 no offers
Alloy Kite pole 
Class sized with piston ends. dyneema bridals. black painted. quite a few scrapes but straight with no dents
Dyneema Jib sheets
2x bright yellow marlow sheets, i think they are 10-12mm 
we changed to a continuous spliced sheet so not needed
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2016 Nationals will be in Brixham

November 20th, 2015 No comments


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 – info@impala28.co.uk

We’ll see you there!

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Some wind at last…

November 9th, 2015 No comments

Hamble Winter Series 2015A breezy day in the Garmin Hamble Winter series saw some chopping and changing in the Impala fleet…

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More close racing at Hamble

October 26th, 2015 No comments

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!

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Balmy Winter Series continues…

October 20th, 2015 No comments

Hamble Winter Series 2015The Garmin Hamble Winter Series continues in balmy (for October) weather!

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.

Come and join us! And we want to hear about what you’re up to in your part of the world – email us at info@impala28.co.uk now!

Overall results:

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