‘Having owned one of the last Impalas built in the 80s , cannot remember the number and although called Cabaret 2 I insisted she be renamed, when I was looking for a light weather boat for our usual minus 10 knot breeze in Malaysia I though of the class, real pocket cruiser, lovely to sail fully equipped and safe> I looked at quarter tonners better rated but a bit too basic (no head room) and having had so much success with my Beneteau First class 8 here really did not want to go back to that.
With well-sailed boats descending on Brixham from all over the country, it was hard to foretell who would win the 2016 Impala Nationals.
14 boats came from as far as Abersoch, Falmouth and the Solent to race in Torbay’s challenging conditions, hosted by the very hospitable Brixham Yacht Club for three days of close racing and fun socialising.
Friday 15th saw the most wind of the weekend, with up to 16knots. Local boat, Matt and Michelle Dodd’s Fearnought made the best of the day, with three bullets showing the fleet around the racecourse for two windward-leewards and a longer bay race. She finished day one ahead of Ian MacMillan’s Checkmate, helmed by Sonata supremo Steve Goacher in his Impala debut. Iain Gray’s Maverick completed the podium.
Ashore, the fleet enjoyed a pontoon rum party courtesy of nixplay.com, and a highly competitive gutter boat race, won by Felix Barr from Parallel Universe.
Day two saw similar conditions, and race officer Sean Semmens (himself no stranger to the Impala class) snuck in an extra race at the end of the day in lieu of Sunday’s wind-free forecast. These four races saw the fleet mixed up somewhat, with the pack beginning to get the hand of Torbay’s famous windshifts to challenge Fearnought’s lead and close the gap. Polly, Maverick and Checkmate each recorded wins, with similar battles developing throughout the closely-matched fleet.
Ashore, crews relaxed after a long and tiring day afloat in blazing sunshine – although most shook off the lethargy long enough to put on their dancing shoes for some live music from the excellent Sax Appeal. The evening’s parties were aided by a free keg of beer from Dimension Polyant – and the race officer’s decision to delay the start on Sunday to coincide with a hoped-for wind at midday.
Sean’s intuition paid off, and as the fleet motored out on Sunday morning they were met by a reasonable 6-10 knots of breeze. The single race got underway, but was abandoned as a big shift came in. Restarted in the new, now easterly breeze, positions changed constantly, and boats tried to match-race each other as the wind died to finalise the overall results. The final few drifted over the line in nothing more than a zephyr, cementing the results and bringing a brilliant weekend of sailing to a close.
Matt and Michelle Dodd won the event in Fearnought, a fitting send-off as this will be their last event in the boat. Ian Macmillan’s Checkmate was second, having got faster and faster in their first event in their newly-refitted Impala, and Iain Gray and crew on Maverick were third, with Polly fourth, tied on points with Rob Boalch’s Imelda but edging ahead on countback.
At a prizegiving generously supported by the class’ sponsors, Zulu and Checkmate were revealed to have won the Pro-Am trophy, with Zulu receiving a free spinnaker courtesy of Hyde Sails and Bainbridge Sailcloth. Imelda won a half-price sail from Dart Sails in a prize draw.
Our thanks go to our sponsors – International Paint, Nixplay.com, Force 4 Chandlery, Dimension Polyant, Bayside Marine, Bainbridge Sailcloth, One Sails, Banks Sails, Hyde Sails, Shore Sails and Dart Sails and Covers – and to all the volunteers and race officials who made the event such a success – and of course the competitors, who endured strong winds on the delivery trip to make it in time for an outstanding weekend of racing.
We’ll see you all next year -the location will be announced soon.
Pictures c/o Gareth Fudge – www.boatographic.co.uk
|Series Place||Sail No||Boat||Type of Boat||Owner||Series Points||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Race 6||Race 7||Race 8|
|1||9571||Fearnought||Matt Dodd||Matt & Michelle Dodd||12||1||1||1||2||2||3||4||2|
|2||9589||Checkmate||Steve Goacher||Ian Mcmillan||15||3||2||2||1||1||5||5||1|
|3||9599||Maverick||Jamie Watts||Ian Grey||22||4||3||5||5||3||2||1||4|
|4||9500||Polly||Ben Meakins||B & S Meakins & A & J Cudmore||31||5||5||6||6||5||1||3||10|
|5||9510||Imelda||Rob Boalch||Robert Boalch||31||2||4||7||3||6||6||8||3|
|6||9616||Imptish||Barney Smith||Mr Hance & B Smith||33||6||6||3||15||4||4||2||8|
|7||9519||Two Frank||Olly Love||Sam Fint & Olly Love||51||8||7||9||7||7||9||7||6|
|8||9528||Blues Too||Ian Mills||David Mills||59||9||8||4||12||10||12||11||5|
|9||9592||Parallel Universe||Martin Wadsworth||Martin Wadsworth & Tamsin Whipp||60||7||11||12||11||11||7||6||7|
|10||9609||Zulu||Kevin Pailfreeman||K Palfreeman & A Kehoe||64||13||9||13||4||8||8||9||15|
|11||9561||Uproar||Ian Akhurst||Luke Scott & Ian Akhurst||69||12||10||10||8||9||10||10||15|
|12||9579||Magic||Olly Bewes||Olly Bewes & George Beevor||76||10||13||8||10||13||13||14||9|
|13||9548||Vlad the Impala||Tom Sully||Peter Dessent||79||11||12||11||9||12||11||13||15|
|14||9567||Atalanta||Stuart Higgins||Stuart Higgins||92||14||14||14||13||14||14||12||11|
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, there are some great prizes on offer – including a free, brand new spinnaker, to a cut and cloth of your choice, courtesy of Hyde Sails and Bainbridge International!
It’s done on a pro-am, or buddy system. After the first day’s racing, each boat will be paired with another – 1st with last, 2nd with 2nd-last, and so on. For the rest of the regatta these boats’ scores will be combined, and the pair with the lowest score at the end of the regatta wins! The spinnaker will go to the lower-placed of the pair, with another good prize for the higher-placed boat.
This gives a good incentive to get chatting and sharing rig-tuning and boat handling tips with your paired boat.
Also on offer is a half price sail of your choosing from Dart Sails, which will be drawn at the prizegiving.
Dimension Polyant have provided a free keg of beer as well as some other prizes, Nixplay.com are sponsoring the infamous Friday rum party and we also have support from: One Sails, Banks Sails, Shore sails, International Paint, Force 4 Chandlery and many more.
It’s going to be a great event!
Instructions for boats arriving: On arrival in the Harbour Call “Shuttle” on Channel 37 (M1) and the BYC Bosun – Nigel – will assist where possible and allocate you a mooring or the pontoon.
Short stays for loading are available at the yacht club, where you can also get a car close by.
Thursday 14th July:
12:30 – 16:30 Craning in on Southern Pier
17:00 – 20:00: REGISTRATION (Holman room)
20:00 COMPETITORS BRIEFING in the Jubilee Room
Food available in main bar
Friday 15th July:
08:30 – 09:30: REGISTRATION (Holman room)
08:00 – 09:00: BREAKFASTS coffee and breakfast baps available in the bar (£3.50 each)
10:55: 1st CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WARNING SIGNAL
Races 2 and 3 ASAP after race 1
Est 16:00 Estimated time racing concluded
17:00 ‘Pontoon Party’ in wet bar lower compound
19:30 BBQ (vegetarian option available) tickets £9.50
21:00 Gutter boat racing at BYC – bring your entry from the kits issued at registration
Saturday 16th July:
08:00 – 09:00:BREAKFASTS coffee and breakfast baps available in the bar (£3.50 each)
10:55: 4th CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WARNING SIGNAL
Races 5 and 6 ASAP after race 4
Est 16:00 Estimated time racing concluded
19:30 Class Dinner (2 course, chicken chasseur followed by sticky toffee pudding) tickets £14.50 each.
21:00 Live Band ‘Sax Appeal’
No dress code but bring your dancing shoes!
Sunday 17th July:
07:30 – 08:00:BREAKFASTS coffee and breakfast baps available in the bar (£3.50 each)
09:55: 7th CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WARNING SIGNAL
Race 8 ASAP after race 7.
Est 14:30 Estimated time racing concluded
15:00 or as soon as possible thereafter – Prize giving in clubhouse
15:30 – 19:30 Craning out on Southern Pier
- Impala Nationals 2016 SIs final
- Impala Nationals 2016 NOR final
- Appendix 2 Course D Round the Bay Race List of Torbay Race Marks
- Appendix 2 Course D -Round The Bay Race Marks Chart
- Appendix 2 Course C Triangle – Reverse P
- Appendix 2 Course B Triangle – Windward – leeward
- Appendix 2 Course A windward – leeward
- Appendix 1 BYC race area
Well done to all the Impalas in the Round the Island race – what an amazing day! 35 knots off the back of the island, big swells to surf down – an exciting ride!
Well done to Reaction, who was 1st Impala and 24th overall in IRC.
It’s not too long to the nationals, to be held in Brixham, 15-17 July this year.
We’ve got a stellar entry, with 15 boats already and a few more promised entries, so it’ll be a great event.
There will be some scrutineering to make sure the playing field is a level as possible.
These two documents should help you get the boat in class. The aim isn’t to stop anyone racing but instead to keep the boats as similar as is possible – so if you have a problem, let us know ASAP so we can work out a compromise to keep everyone happy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries at all….
Latest entry list:
A successful day for the 7 Impalas entered in Saturday’s JOG Nab Tower race, with Impalas taking 4 of the top 5 spots in class 6! It was an interesting and long day on the water, with everything from flat calm drifting to masthead-in-the-water broaches and torrential rain – and everything in between!