7 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 email@example.com if you’re interested.
A 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!
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.
7. Where is the largest Impala fleet outside the UK?
Calling 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.
Keep checking back to find out the exciting news for 2015!
The 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.
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
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!
What a weekend! The wind gods disregarded all available forecasts, which with days to go were predicting a millpond for all three days of the Impala nationals, to deliver Caribbean sailing conditions in Weymouth Bay.
This was the Impala class’s 35th Anniversary championships, and boats travelled from the Solent, Brixham, Saltash, Poole, Chichester and as far as Mersea Island on the East Coast and Flushing in the west to take part.
Race officer Derek Abbott and his team delivered some outstanding racing in tricky conditions. Friday hosted two races. The first, sailed in 8-10 knots gave an indication of how close the racing would be, as boats throughout the fleet changed positions multiple times before the finish. Darren Stansbury and Iain Gray on Maverick won the first race, with Olly Love and Sam Flint on Two Frank in second. The second race was in around 10-12 knots and was won by Matt and Michelle Dodd on Fearnought, with the Meakins’ and Cudmores on Polly 2nd. Ashore, the fleet decamped to Weymouth beach for a swim to cool down before the now infamous pontoon rum party, this year sponsored by Doyle Sails.
The close battle at the top of the fleet would continue throughout the weekend, with Maverick and Fearnought always within one point of each other. Saturday dawned with a millpond and blistering heat, and many competitors wondered if racing would happen at all. But the race team were confident, and, true to their predictions, the wind filled in right on cue at 1230. Three races were sailed in 10-16 knots. Matt and Michelle Dodd’s Fearnought won the first race, with arch-rivals Maverick edging the next two races to again leave them 1 point ahead of Fearnought that evening. Polly scored two thirds and a fourth, pursued hard by Poole Impalas Happy and Firebird.
GAP Communications sponsored the 35th Anniversary Dinner at the Weymouth Pavillion on Saturday evening, where on-the-water rivalries were transferred to the land in an ultra-competitive games night.
Sunday, despite a forecast for more wind, in fact saw lighter airs, leading many of the fleet who had added rig tension that morning scrambling to slacken the shrouds off before the start in 8 knots of breeze. A shifty and patchy breeze meant that huge gains and losses were there for the taking on both runs and beats.
Fearnought won the first race, which put them on equal points with Maverick, taking the battle for 1st place down to the last race. It wasn’t until the final beat of the final race of the championships that Maverick secured the title by a point, covering Fearnought all the way to the finish. Polly scored 3rd in the first race and an 8th in the second, which was enough to secure her 3rd place, while Barney Smith’s Imptish gained 4 places with a good performance on Sunday, edging ahead of Happy on countback.
With birthday cake ashore at the Royal Dorset YC, the prizegiving was a generous affair, thanks to support from Doyle Sails, Spinlock, Lewmar, One Sails, North Sails and Nix Digital.
1st went to Maverick, with Fearnought 2nd and Polly 3rd. Best improver went to Peter Norman’s Firebird, who finished 11th last year and 6th this time around.
Furthest travelled went to Julian Lord’s Scallywag, while Stuart Higgins received a ‘Longest-serving owner’ award, having owned Flushing-based Atalanta since 1990. Pip and Pete Rouse on Voodoo received the ‘family boat’ award in their first nationals, having bought the boat only weeks ago.
Thanks go to all competitors in this competitive yet ultra-friendly class, and to the organisers who made the event so successful. We’ll see you next year!
|1||6||Maverick||D Stansbury and Iain Gray||Saltash Sailing Club||1||-4||-2||1||1||2||1|
|2||7||Fearnought||Matt & Michelle Dodd||Brixham||-5||1||1||-2||2||1||2|
|3||15||Polly||Meakins and Cudmore||Hamble River SC||-6||2||3||3||4||3||-8|
|4||24||Imptish||Barney Smith/Graham Tullett||Hamble River SC||3||3||-10||-8||8||7||3|
|5||24||Happy||john mc quillan||Poole Yacht Club||(13/DSQ)||6||5||5||3||-10||5|
|6||25||Firebird||Peter Norman||Parkstone Yacht Club||-9||-8||8||4||5||4||4|
|7||27||Scallywag||Julian Lord||West Mersea YC||-8||-7||4||6||6||5||6|
|8||34||Two Frank||Olly Love & Sam Flint||Hamble River Sailing Club||2||-9||6||9||-10||8||9|
|9||34||Trudi||Philip McDanell||Itchenor SC||-10||5||-9||7||9||6||7|
|10||37||Magic||Olly Bewes & George Beevor||Royal Southern YC||4||-11||7||10||7||9||-11|
|12||58||Voodoo||Pete & Pip Rouse||WSC||11||-12||11||-12||12||12||12|
Here are the provisional results for day one of the Impala Nationals.
The race committee fitted in two races in a caribbean 8-10 knots of breeze. Short courses gave some extremely close racing, and afterwards most of the fleet headed for Weymouth Beach for a swim!
Maverick won the first race, while Fearnought won the second. Maverick is currently winning overall by one point, ahead of Fearnought in 2nd and Imptish, also with 6 points, in 3rd. Polly lies in 4th with 8 points and Two Frank is in 5th with 11.
Summary overall results
Place Points Sail No Name Owner Club Race 1 Race 2
25 Jul 25 Jul
1 5 9599 Maverick D Stansbury and Iain Gray Saltash Sailing Club 1 4
2 6 9571 Fearnought Matt & Michelle Dodd Brixham 5 1
3 6 9616 Imptish Barney Smith/Graham Tullett Hamble River SC 3 3
4 8 9500 Polly Meakins and Cudmore Hamble River SC 6 2
5 11 9519 Two Frank Olly Love & Sam Flint Hamble River Sailing Club 2 9
6 15 9579 Magic Olly Bewes & George Beevor Royal Southern YC 4 11
7 15 9501 Trudi Philip McDanell Itchenor SC 10 5
8 15 9595 Scallywag Julian Lord West Mersea YC 8 7
9 17 9518 Happy john mc quillan Poole Yacht Club 11 6
10 17 9567 Atalanta Stuart Higgins Flushing 7 10
11 17 9545 Firebird Peter Norman Parkstone Yacht Club 9 8
12 24 9573 Voodoo Pete & Pip Rouse WSC 12 12