Provisional Solent Calendar 2015

January 21st, 2015 No comments

015018The Solent fleet has been putting together a provisional Solent Calendar for 2015. Download as a PDF here or as a .ics file  so you can input it straight into your phone / outlook calendar.  Download it as an ics file here

It would be good to get some expressions of interest, so can you all hit reply and let us know your vague plans for the year?

In addition to the Impala Nationals (20-22 June in Cowes) we’re also proposing to run two weekends (or single days if preferred) as one-design training days on 09 May and 06 June. These will consist of lots of low-key short, sharp races to get us all in shape in time for the Nationals, as well as some starting exercises, with a pub meal in the evenings and a chance to talk to other owners to find out how they do things. Would these be of interest? let us know –

other Key Events with big entries expected:
Did we mention the nationals, 20-22 June, CCYC, Cowes?
RTI – 27th June
IRC Small Boat Champs
Cowes Week

Hope your winter refits are going well and look forward to seeing you out on the water next season! Happy 2015!

What’s going on in your part of the country? Let us know!

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2015 Nationals – generous Early Bird Discounts

January 5th, 2015 No comments

Save up to £50.00 on the full entry price!

Nationals costs have been set and there’s a substantial discount for early birds. Early entrants can save almost 20% on the full cost of entry by entering before 28th February 2015.

Your entry fee covers berthing at the renowned Shepherds Wharf marina; race management on your own course with your own committee boat; full support from the club we have commissioned to run the event for us – Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club AND some social events. Remember the Class Association is running the event entirely this year  . . . and we need to pay people upfront, which is why we’re making an unbeatable offer for you.

Enter before 28th February 2015 and save £50.00 on the full entry price! You pay just £225.00.

Enter between 1st March 2015 and 30th April 2015 and the price goes up to £250.00.

Enter after 30th April 2015 and before 1st June, and it’s £275.00.

We appreciate that boats change hands and that people want to come and sail the Nationals so, at the Committee’s discretion, we will accept last minute entries up to 15th June 2015. However, a 20% premium on the full entry fee may be charged.

The NOR & Entry Form are out soon – or if you want to get ahead our Treasurer, Sam Flint, will happily take your money now. BACS details are  . .. . . . .      and please use your sail number & Nats15 as the reference.

The NOR & Entry Form are out soon – or if you want to get ahead our Treasurer, Sam Flint, will happily take your money now. Contact Sam by emailing for BACS details.

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Garmin Hamble Winter Series 2014

December 2nd, 2014 No comments

Hamble Winter Series 20147 Impalas sailed in the Garmin Hamble Winter Series this year – Polly, Two Frank, Imptish, Magic, Vlad the Impala, Voodoo and Curved Air. Results here. And to add to that, there are at least 3 boats joining the Solent fleet early next season – Uproar, Hound Dog and Wild Craic (formerly Lammergeyer). Come and join us! There will be an informal Impala gathering at the Dolce Vita in Hamble after the prizegiving on Saturday 6th December – come and join us! Email if you’re interested.

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Menacing skies…

November 18th, 2014 No comments

Screen shot 2014-11-17 at 12.57.04A blustery day on week  6 of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. Very close racing this week, with lots of bigger boats to contend with. Polly was first Impala, beaten on the water and handicap by 1/4 tonner Flashheart. Two Frank was 2nd and Imptish 3rd.

Thanks to Ross Elliston on the committee boat for the pic!

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7 things you might not know about the Impala

November 13th, 2014 No comments

Unknown7 things you might not know about the Impala… by Peter Poland

1. Why is the Impala narrower than the Hydro and other similar length Half Tonners of its era?
Because the original Hunter factory doors were only 9’3″ wide and Hunter’s Derek Chardin said it would cost too much to widen the hole and get new roller doors. So the Impala hull has a beam that just fitted through!

2. Which was they first Impala to be launched and why?
The second hull, C Cee (now Polly) because Tim Harrison finished his kit boat before the factory finished the prototype.

3. Why does the Impala keel have a lead shoe?
Because the RORC changed the CGF aspect of the IOR rule after the boat was launched and the handicap went up without added ballast.

4. When was the last Impala class live crab race across a hotel’s dining room floor?
At the Weymouth Nationals in 1982.

5. What did Sven King also design; as well as the winged bulbed Impala keel development he fitted to Burhou?
The original Range Rover.

6. How far was the works Impala ‘Trudi‘ from the RYS finishing line at Cowes Week when the mast fell down in the famous ‘gale race?
20 yards (or thereabouts)

7. Where is the largest Impala fleet outside the UK?
Hong Kong.

The 2015 Nationals will be sailed in Cowes!

November 13th, 2014 No comments

cowesNATSCalling all Impala sailors! The 2015 Impala National Championships will be held at Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club from Saturday 20th – Monday 22nd June 2015. That’s the weekend before the Round the Island Race (27th June) and David Thomas Regatta (28th June) – so travelling boats get 3 events for one trip!

The format will be similar to 2014, with short sharp races and a longer round the cans race held over three days. The entry fee will include mooring in Shepherd’s Wharf Marina, a 1 minute stroll from the club, and we’ll have a good range of social events once again.

Travelling bursaries, trailer storage and reduced lift in/lift outs will be available on the mainland for boats coming by road. Put it in your diaries now! Will we see you there?

Costs, deals for lifts and more will be available in the coming weeks.

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We’re back!

November 13th, 2014 No comments

Great news – the website is back up and runniLARGExp_W3NXr0ng! Apologies for the radio silence as we recovered from a major hack.

Keep checking back to find out the exciting news for 2015!



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Come and race at Hamble this Autumn!

October 2nd, 2014 No comments

Hamble Winter Series 2013The Garmin Hamble Winter Series starts this Sunday, and 6 Impalas are entered for the series and for the Hamble One Design Championships weekend on 18-19th October. Magic, Two Frank, Polly, Imptish, Vlad the Impala and Curved Air will be racing.

It’s not too late to come and join them – we’re especially looking for entries for the Hamble One Design Champs on 18-19th October (we’re just doing the 2nd weekend). Entry is free if you’re already racing in the Winter Series, or is £25 if just entering the OD champs. for more details

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October 1st, 2014 No comments


Impala One graces the cover of Ahoy ! once again.

Followed by a Ruffian 23 and a Pandora Int,  Impala One rounds Kowloon Bay mark onto a tight reach to the finish

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Cowes week update…

August 4th, 2014 No comments

6 Impalas are currently competing in Cowes Week – Trudi, Magic, Scallywag, Two Frank, Burhou and Voodoo. Scallywag, putting a good end to her summer on the South Coast, leads by 2 points after 2 races, with Two Frank snapping at her heels.

Full extracted results can be found on the Cowes Week website!

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