Vice Admiral’s Cup

April 10th, 2017 No comments

The Impala class has been invited to compete in the RORC Vice-Admiral’s Cup, 19-21 May in Cowes.

This should be a great event and entries look to be in the double figures already, and will be up to eight races, with a mixture of round the cans and windward-leeward type races.


Date Time Event HW Portsmouth
Friday 19th May 1125 First warning signal 0544 4.0m
Saturday 20th May 1025 First warning signal 0653 4.0m
Sunday 21st May 1025 First warning signal 0807 3.9m


Notice of Race for VAC

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Nationals 2017

December 12th, 2016 No comments

nats-logo-ccyc-2017The 2017 Nationals will be sailed at Cowes Corinthian YC from 18-20 August… Put the date in your diaries now, and watch this space for more details in the new year….

  • Travelling bursaries will be available for those coming by road
  • A good deal on lift in, mast stepping, trailer storage and liftout for travelling boats
  • Cheap moorings before/afterwards for boats coming by sea
  • Great racing
  • Excellent socials

We’re excited already!

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That was the winter series 2016…

December 7th, 2016 No comments

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Rank Sail No Name Type Owner Hcap Race 1 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Race 10 Race 11 Race 12 Nt Pts
1 GBR9500 Polly Impala Ben Meakins & Adrian Cudmore 0.884 1 (4) (3) 1 1 1 1 1 (2) 1 1 8
2 NED9616 Imptish Impala Smith, Tullett, Hance 0.885 (3) 1 1 (3) 2.5 2 3 (7) 1 2 2 14.5
3 GBR9519 Two Frank Impala Sam Flint & Olly Love 0.884 2 2 2 2 2.5 (6) (6) 2 3 3 (4) 18.5
4 GBR9561 Uproar Impala Nigel Palmer 0.885 (11/DNC) (5) (5) 5 4 4 2 3 5 4 5 32
5 GBR9579 Magic Impala Olly Bewes 0.883 4 (6) 6 4 5 5 4 4 4 (11/DNC) (7) 36
6 GBR9573 Voodoo Impala Pete Rouse 0.882 (11/DNC) 3 4 (11/DNC) (11/DNC) 7 7 6 6 5 6 44
7 GBR9595 Scallywag Impala Justin Philipps 0.883 6/DNF 7 7 6 6 (11/DNC) (11/DNC) 9 7 (11/DNC) 11/DNC 59
8 GBR9578 Curved Air Impala Gareth Morris 0.881 (11/DNC) 8 8 (11/DNC) (11/DNC) 3 5 5 11/DNC 11/DNC 11/DNC 62
9 GBR9548 Vlad the Impala Impala Peter Dessent 0.884 (11/DNC) (11/DNC) (11/DNC) 11/DNC 11/DNC 11/DNC 11/DNC 8 8 6 3 69
10 GBR9587 Spectrum Impala Joe Simmons 0.884 (11/DNC) (11/DNC) (11/DNC) 11/DNC 11/DNC 11/DNC 8 11/DNC 9 11/DNC 11/DNC 83
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Photo finish

November 24th, 2016 No comments


Credit Elidh Millar

Imptish and Polly cross the line in a dead heat after 8 miles of racing…

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Cracking pics of the 10 Impalas in the Hamble Winter Series

November 14th, 2016 No comments
IRC 4.Start,

IRC 4 Start – this was a General Recall!


Polly approaching the windward mark


Uproar, Magic and Voodoo (Nice Hats Ian and Luke!)


Scallywag and Voodoo

Uproar,Scarlet Jester,Imptish,

Uproar and Imptish heading downwind

Hamble Winter Series 2015

Imptish,Impala,IRC 4,Fleet,

Imptish, Voodoo, Two Frank

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Imptish, Uproar and Two Frank

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Great racing!

November 11th, 2016 No comments

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October 13th, 2016 No comments


Well done to Imptish, who was first Impala in both races of weekend 2 of the Hamble Winter Series! Here’s Scallywag having a small issue with a quarter tonner on the startline…

Results are at

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JOG Solent Race – 1 October – Rock ‘n’ Roll

October 5th, 2016 No comments

Three Impala’s rocked up for the starline of the final JOG race of the year on Saturday. The course was round the cans (or Solent), starting in Cowes, passing Portsmouth, and finishing in Lymington. The weather was, how I can put this…, rather uncertain. Thunder and lighting (very, very exciting/scary) was seen before the start, rainbows throughout the day, and we had every shade of sun, cloud and wind to amuse us as we alternatively drifted/got blown away.
In brief, Imptish won, benefiting from a speedy first leg under kite, and a lucky ship cross. Cheeky Monkey was second Impala home (and 4th on handicap), and Magic made a sensible decision to head back to Hamble and scrub their weed off before the next days Winter Series.
The most exciting/scary bit of the was the ride home from the finish to Hamble. Watch the video evidence!
JOG racing is now over for the year. 9 Impala’s competed in 2016, making up one third of the 27 strong class six Inshore group. We didn’t quite manage to being home to top prize but with Imptish 3rd, Polly 4th, Reaction 4th and Cheeky Monkey 6th for the overall year we’ve definitely made an impression.
Come and join in next year. JOG racing is fun, accessible, and they ensure you always get to the evenings destination in time for drinks before dinner!
Barney 9616 Imptish
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Snakes and Ladders!

October 4th, 2016 No comments

2016_10_02_0040 A shifty, light race for the first weekend of the Hamble Winter Series…

Place Sail No Name Type Owner Hcap Finish Elapsed Corrected
1 GBR9500 Polly Impala Adrian Cudmore 0.884 12:26:11 1:56:11 1:42:42
2 GBR9519 Two Frank Impala Oliver Love 0.884 12:27:52 1:57:52 1:44:12
3 NED9616 Imptish Impala Barnaby Smith 0.885 12:27:58 1:57:58 1:44:24
4 GBR9579 Magic Impala Olly Bewes 0.883 12:31:32 2:01:32 1:47:19
DNF GBR9595 Scallywag Impala Justin Philipps 0.883


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News from the Humber

September 19th, 2016 No comments

ruffian 14137966_10210105255578583_5962002359894909770_o 14124443_10153939367822039_2267248080543172687_oGood to see 2 Impala’s racing at the recent Grimsby and Cleethorpes Yacht Club regatta on the Saturday and Sunday of the August Bank Holiday. There are 3 Impala’s in the Humber area including Lifjetti 5 but only Menace and Ruffian are actively racing.

The 2 Impalas raced in the IRC fleet alongside a variety of boats with the smallest being a GK24 and the largest an Elan 37 ; the NHC classes made the total numbers racing 17 on both days.

Menace won both races with Ruffian taking 3rd place on Saturday and 2nd place on Sunday in a variety of wind and sea conditions ranging from 5 knots up to 20 knots.

Led our competitors to comment on the conditions being ‘ideal Impala conditions’ but we are happy to sail in all conditions !

We invested in new North Sails this year which we get out on special occasions and they have performed very well and I would thoroughly recommend them – the day to day set are 10 years old and it is fair to say they are a bit baggy !

Also took the trouble to remove 10 years of filler and antifoul off the boat we bought last year and now have a bottom we can be proud of.

Can’t speak for Ruffian but we are trying to come south on Menace to do a bit more class racing.

All in all we are having a very enjoyable time racing in the Humber and Brian my co-owner is now back in Impalas after having sold Firebird a few years ago ; I have also got my 12 year old son on board as ‘pitman’ and hope to train him to ‘bowman’ asap as I am a bit big for the pointy end (6’4 !)


Best regards to all

Phil Nickells










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