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 –

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 now!

Overall results:

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The Indian Summer series begins…

October 6th, 2015 No comments

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 / for the pics.

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Cracking Cowes Week 2015

August 24th, 2015 No comments

11866404_1005419286148473_3326498251579056852_nA 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

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Strong Impala entry for Cowes Week!

July 31st, 2015 No comments

Screen shot 2015-07-31 at 13.54.158 Impalas have entered Cowes Week this year – the racing should be close and exciting!

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Dun Laoghaire regatta 2015

July 14th, 2015 No comments

11742759_10153405511349675_2367059565288499406_nRichard 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!

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Round the Island race 2015 results

June 28th, 2015 No comments
Polly prepares for a tack off Fort Victoria (c) Dermod O'Malley

Polly prepares for a tack off Fort Victoria (c) Dermod O’Malley

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.

We were up and out of the river early to spend the pre-start period admiring the big boats in the sunshine. Eleanora was just lovely (google her)…maybe next year….once fully awake our 12 year old first time RTI crew member seemed to be impressed!
From our perspective the start was a bit of a shambles  eventually setting off a good 100m behind most of class 3 and therefore tacking all the way to the Needles in dirty air with a big focus on avoiding unpredictable course alterations and random shouts from bigger boats! The less said about the new hole in the no1 genoa the better but top tip 1 from me to Impala crew, please remember to skirt before you wind!
We’d recovered sufficiently by Goose Rock to enjoy a calm passage through Varvassi “gap” without another boat near us. The usual warning shouts from the lifeboats and ribs were conspicuous by their absence as was the regular sight of a big boat or two parked on a rock or wreck to guide the way.
The Needles to St Cats stretch was a lot of fun, surfing down waves at up to 10 knots chasing Polly who’d pulled out a bit of a lead on the initial beat, interspersed with a long debate on how far to go offshore. Then it all went a bit wrong as we turned dead downwind at the lighthouse for the leg to Dunnose. Memories have been wiped by now but I am told there were two nasty broaches and several messy gybes. At least one crew member threatened to resign  Top tip no 2, release six inches of pole downhaul before gybing in 20 to 25 knots, we didn’t…and it doesn’t end well….
Despite our mishaps we were a bit closer to Polly by the time we turned for Bembridge. As usual we set up to be on the inside at the bouy making our intentions very clear to the group of boats on the outside. We stayed very high on the reach to the Ryde Sands to keep clear wind, in the process missing at least one photo opportunity, and then skirted the Seaview exclusion zone with inches to spare. Next up was the tacking battle that is Ryde Sands. Just one sighting of 0.0 on the depth sounder this year and some great work by the crew to pull us back to within metres of Pollys transom on the exit. Top tip no 3 – start the tack on 3m as you go in, by the time you’ve tacked the depth will be less than 0.5 but should be above 0.0!
After that it was a drag race to the finish and we somehow found an extra gear – it must have been the extra round from the hungry box – and passed Polly to reach Old Castle Point a couple of hundred metres ahead. As always we stayed (very) close inshore navigating through the knocks and windless patches and so only having to do two short tacks to make the finish line just behind the much smaller Woof  or K9 – great match between sail number and boat name! – who ended up third overall and a couple of minutes in front of Polly.
Round the Island is an awesome day and has become the highlight of Imptish’s year. I can only encourage the rest of you to come along. There’s plenty of advice available on how to get the best out of the race. So please contact Ben Meakins or myself if you’re interested and we’ll persuade you to be on the startline in 2016!
Impala extracted results:
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