John McQuillan’s Happy went out in Poole Harbour yesterday with Rupert Holmes from Yachts and Yachting Magazine on board. Keep an eye out for his boat test and profile of the Impala class in its 35th year!
That’s another club where racing fleets are building. Read here to find out the 5 reasons you should buy an Impala in 2014 then check out the boats for sale – and come and join the fun in our 35th year!
Aiden Barr writes: ‘Stripping Cheeky Monkey this winter and tracking down leaks I came across some brass/bronze penny washers behind a deck fitting. Not having seen brass/bronze penny washers before got me thinking – why were they used ? where could I source a replacement ? I decided to take them off to clean up at home to see if they could be re-used. Imagine my surprise when the cleaning process revealed a 2p coin!
If you’re heading to the Weymouth nationals this year, don’t forget that you may qualify for a travel bursary to help offset some of the costs of transporting your boat by road – so you shouldn’t have to resort to these kind of measures…
Email email@example.com if you are considering trailing the boat to the nationals – there are a number of trailers available to borrow, too – so there’s no excuse!
We’ve also turned up this leaflet. Plus ca change… an Impala newsletter from around 1983.
‘For reasons that are hard to define, the Impala class attracts really nice owners. Wherever you find Impalas, the owner and their wives, girlfriends and crews seem to have a lot of fun. They are not maniac hotshots. But they are very capable and very friendly. The competition is very keen but never nasty. We are eternally grateful that the heavy pros leave the class alone, and let the Impala owners and their crews get on with having a lot of great racing, great parties and great fun.’
Not much has changed – come to Weymouth THIS July and find out!
It might be the depths of winter, but there’s no letup down in Itchenor, where Olly Love and Sam Flint’s Two Frank‘s topsides are being filled, faired and sanded ready for a shiny new black paint job for 2014.
What’s happening to your boat this winter? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from Wales, where it seems the 3 Neyland Impalas have been beating up the competition…
‘Happy New Year, thought I would keep you informed of what has been happening in West Wales during the 2013 Autumn/ Winter. Please find below the final results from our local winter series which I think was somewhat dominated by Hunter Impala’s in IRC 1.
The series was unlike anything before with 4 races cancelled due to excessive wind 30kts plus or 0 wind, all other races were run on extremes of both either very high winds or very light winds, in all scenarios the Impalas acquitted themselves faultlessly with a consistent 123 over the water with some great close racing between all 3 boats. Jiminy Cricket started the series in high winds and managed to put the mainsail through the spreaders after a Chinese gybe and had to retire before incurring more damage, they then took the next 2 races before Inca then shook of their rustiness after a spring/ summer lay off and started to get some good results and start to edge ahead. Trissie helmed by Bob Blacksell a sprightly 70+ year old was always there or there abouts and would pounce on any mistake made by JC or Inca so all helms and crew had to be on top of their game to get a result. It went down to the wire in the end with Jiminy Cricket and Inca separated by 1 point so whoever won the 2nd to last race took the series, this all boiled down to the start and with Inca helmed by the experienced Paul (sledge) Harries pulling off a cracking port flyer with Jiminy trying the same but having to duck a starboard boat, Inca got the jump and then a clean sail and a deserved series win.
It was safe to say although there wasn’t a big entry in IRC there were a couple of more modern and on handicap faster boats competing against us but the 35 year old Hunter Impala’s simply blew them away.’
Jiminy Cricket and hopefully Inca too will be at the Nationals in Weymouth. Are you coming?
|IRC||1||Inca||Hunter Impala||GBR 9560||Fred Fisher||NYC||0.890||1.0||2.0||3.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||2.0||1.0||12.0||5.0|
|IRC||1||Jiminy Cricket||Hunter Impala||9507||Williams/Skippins||NYC||0.883||7.0 DNF||1.0||1.0||2.0||3.0||2.0||1.0||2.0||19.0||7.0|
|IRC||1||Trissie||Hunter Impala||9566||Bob Blacksall||PYC||0.890||2.0||5.0||2.0||12.0 DNC||2.0||3.0||3.0||12.0 DNC||41.0||12.0|
|IRC||1||Activator||First Class 8||9317||M Willis||0.934||12.0 DNC||4.0||13.0 DSQ||4.0||12.0 DNC||4.0||4.0||3.0||56.0||19.0|
|IRC||1||Maverick||MG Half Tonner||5369||Renne||NYC||0.927||3.0||7.0||9.0||5.0||5.0||8.0||7.0||5.0||49.0||25.0|
|IRC||1||Mischief||Carter 36||K3663||Martin Sykes||NYC||0.940||5.0||6.0||6.0||6.0||6.0||7.0||6.0||7.0||49.0||29.0|
|IRC||1||Aloha||MG 34||2468||John Nuttin||0.957||12.0 DNC||12.0 DNC||8.0||7.0||7.0||6.0||5.0||6.0||63.0||31.0|
|IRC||1||Ghengis Khan||GK 24||Phil Leggett||NYC||0.829||12.0 DNC||3.0||5.0||12.0 DNC||12.0 DNC||5.0||12.0 DNC||9.0 DNS||70.0||34.0|
|IRC||1||Partisan||Sigma 33||D Lewis||0.912||12.0 DNC||12.0 DNC||4.0||3.0||4.0||12.0 DSQ||12.0 DNC||12.0 DNC||71.0||35.0|
|IRC||1||Starlight Express||Albion Express||1430C||Roy Gwilliam||NYC||0.867||4.0||12.0 DNC||7.0||12.0 DNC||12.0 DNC||12.0 DNC||12.0 DNC||4.0||75.0||39.0|
Happy 35th Year to the Impala class!
This looks set to be a bumper year, with fleets growing and some exciting, close racing guaranteed. The draft South Coast calendar is online. 3 Impalas are entered for Cowes Week this year – come and join them – it’s a week after the Nationals in Weymouth – so you’ll be on top form.
Keep us in touch with what you’re up to this year, wherever in the world you are- email email@example.com
Come and join us in our 35th year – interested? See the boats for sale section.
A cold day with 10 knots of breeze finished off the 2013 Garmin Hamble Winter Series. Trudi sailed a blinding race to win on handicap, putting her 3rd overall. Imptish finished 6th and Two Frank 7th, putting them 7th and 4th overall respectively. Curved Air, who only sailed one weekend, finished 11th. Well done to all the Impalas that raced in a series that ranged between windy and cold and light and cold.
Have a great festive season and see you on the water in the new year!
2014 is the 35th Anniversary of the Impala Class. We are in the strongest position we have been for many years as interest in the Class grows. As a Class we need to move and grow to ensure the Impala keeps its place in one-design racing, shrugging off more recent upstarts. The committee has drawn up a paper to ensure we can celebrate our 35th year in style – building on what we have and growing.
The paper does focus on the Rules and the Nationals – I do hope all Members and those interested in the Impala find something to take away from this paper.
It would be superb to see as many boats as possible at the 2014 Nationals to celebrate our 35th Birthday. You’ll find the paper here.