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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.
Photos: Thanks to Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com
In the words of Two Frank‘s Olly Love it was a “Six person day” in the Garmin Hamble Winter Series if you were sailing an Impala. Shifty necessitating frequent tacks, gusty with a couple of tight kite reaches even though the max windspeed was 16knots. Trudi shot themselves in the foot at the start returning very late after being OCS. They made a remarkable recovery but couldn’t catch Two Frank who were first Impala (4th on handicap), Trudi were 2nd Impala and Imptish, who didn’t have six on board…were third. Hot chocolate and chips were enjoyed in the HRSC clubhouse after racing, particularly by the bowgirl of Imptish whose socks (and boots, and thermals) got rather wet halfway through the race.
One race remains before winter sets in for certain!
Day five of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series and after several weeks of no action, we finally we had the perfect combination, sun, a decent breeze, and 4 Impalas on startline in the 10 strong IRC Class. All boats found the unpredictably shift North Westerly 18 knots made tactical and sail choices tricky, and an extra dimension to the race was unexpectedly added by a tug, 100m of towline, and attached 200m barge which appeared on the second run and caused a certain amount of chaos!
Although Trudi shot off the line and maintained a lead all the way round the racecourse, on occasion the other three Impalas were all pretty close to her transom, enjoying some of the wonderful close racing the class is renowned for. At the finish the order was Trudi first Impala (and 3rd on Handicap), Imptish second, Two Frank third and Curved Air fourth. We all have our fingers and toes crossed that the weather gods will remain charitable for next week.
The weather gods didn’t cooperate this weekend – both days of the Doyle Sails Hamble One Design Championships, which was to form the Impala Solent championships, were cancelled. Here’s hoping all your boats safely sat out last night’s storm…
Imptish, Two Frank and Trudi raced on Sunday on day three of the Garmin Hamble Winter series. All week the forecast had not looked encouraging, and the weather didn’t improve on race day with racing run in a gusty and shifty 15 to 25 kn with occasional torrential rain making life very hard work for the competitors.
Trudi and Two Frank kept the pressure up on the other boats in IRC four, both recording six point totals over the two races. Imptish, sailing short handed, struggled for pace upwind but managed to keep the keel under the rig all day, unlike many other competitors!
Next weekend five Impalas should be out on both days competing in the Hamble One Design championships. It’s not too late to come and join them!
It was a light-winded few days on the south coast this weekend. On Saturday, Magic, Two Frank and Polly raced in the last JOG race of the year – the Eastern Approaches race, which turned into a light wind drift down to the forts and a gentle beat back in the last of the summer weather. Polly won the race, with Frank 7th and Magic 9th.
That handed Polly 1st overall in the JOG Inshore series, with Magic 4th and Two Frank 8th. A good Impala showing!
Sunday was the first of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series – but nothing to report there other than a pleasant day spent drifting around under AP.
The local Impalas are doing the 2nd weekend of the HAmble One Design Champs on 26/27th Oct – come and join in!
Three Impalas – Magic, Two Frank and Polly – entered the JOG race to Poole and back at the weekend. An early start off Cowes took place in a severe lack of breeze, despite threatening clouds and multiple rainbows in the offing, which combined with a strong spring tide made for an interesting downwind start. Yep, that’s right, the course was to Poole – the long way round.
A drift downwind towards the forts saw some position changes, with Magic gaining the upper hand by gybing into stronger tide on the Portsmouth shore. At Bembridge Ledge buoy the wind shut off completely, filling in again just as some crew were beginning to mutter about kedging. From here it built to a good 15 knots as boats short-tacked up the shore towards Shanklin. Off Dunnose Magic opted to go offshore, a decision which paid off, as Polly found the breeze inshore was patchy to say the least.
As the fleet approached St Catherine’s Point the wind built to 22 knots, with a sweeping spring tide creating some enormous overfalls. Here it was time for a tack change to the No. 2, with the fleet’s bowmen earning their stripes as they battled with sailcloth under large quantities of green water. Snugged down with smaller jibs things became slightly easier, but off St Cats the overfalls got even bigger, with the motion so violent that Polly’s masthead instruments flew off. From here it was a case of clinging grimly on for the 25 mile fetch to Poole – but at least the sun was shining and 2 knots of tide were helping progress. As the finish mark off Poole drew closer crews began to think longingly of dry clothes and warm food.
Polly finished at 1641, over 8 hours and a lot of green water after the start, to take 1st overall. Magic followed in 2nd to make an Impala-dominated podium, with Two Frank finishing a creditable 5th. All crews deserve credit for finishing a brutal race – even if some did look with envy at the bigger, less submersible boats that overhauled us as we neared Old Harry.
Sunday’s return race was a much less violent affair, despite a cold autumnal rain squall at the start. A quick spinnaker leg saw the Impalas finished by 1320 and heading home for a well-deserved nap! Polly couldn’t quite get close enough to Elan 295 Raffles, who won by 18 seconds on corrected time. Two Frank was third, and Magic 7th.
A great showing by the Hamble Impalas in a tricky weekend of racing that encompassed flat water, big waves, and everything from 0.3 to 23 knots of breeze.
If you’re looking for an Impala, here’s some good news – there are a few boats that have just come on the market. Probably the best-named Impala, Vlad the Impala, is for sale in Emsworth. Patriot Games is for sale in Cowes, Mercenary in Scotland, Menace on the Humber and Parallel Universe in Poole. Check out the For Sale page for more info, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your requirements so we can add you to our register of people looking for boats.