Great RTI Impala entry!

June 21st, 2016 No comments

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June 3rd, 2016 No comments

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 if you have any queries at all….

Impala Check List
Impala Measurement Guide


Latest entry list:

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Good Impala showing in the Nab Tower race

April 11th, 2016 No comments

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!

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Solent Championships

March 30th, 2016 No comments

Enter the Solent Championships, 7-8 May, at the Royal Southern, here –

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More refits…

March 30th, 2016 No comments

Over in Ireland, Brendan and crew on Running Wild are nearing the end of a busy winter! He says: ‘We’ve…

  • Removed and replaced all the gelcoat below the water line.
  • Dropped the keel off, sandblasted and re-expoxied and faired it (corrosion revealed after blasting was way more than we could see previously). This might be important for other owners as their keels may be far worse than they know under years of anti-foul. (Pic included below note also the box around top of keel can be really bad once gelcoat is removed). Interestingly the keel bolts were in really good nick, with only one showing a lot of corrosion, the rest all turned without loss of the thread. A great testament of quality build after 30 years!
  • We had to rebuild and reseal the old outboard well.
  • Finally since we had removed all the old gelcoat and anti-foul we were able to copper coat the hull which should help as we will be racing off a marina for 5 months of the year. It should be easier to clean and save costs as it has a life of 7-8 years before it needs to be redone.
  • Re resprayed the topsides back to the original powder blue colour and added a white bootstripe.
  • With our engine we needed to replace the water cooler, battery, cutlass bearing and add an isolator switch.
  • On the rig we are fixing the spreaders.
  • We’ve order a new UK MacWilliam #1 and new oversized kite as we’ll be racing quarter tonners, really well sailed j24’s and of course 2 other Impala’s in Dublin Bay.
All this before we’ve even looked at work inside the boat! – I’ve 3 young kids so we want to make the interior, comfortable, warm and dry. Over the season we’ll run a to do list and probably replace the cushions and recover and then in the winter remove all the wood work recondition and restore. ‘
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Nationals entries so far…

March 21st, 2016 No comments

Enter now! If you enter before the end of March you can save up to 36% on the entry fee!

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Carbon poles

March 1st, 2016 No comments

carbonefeCarbon poles were legalised at the AGM last year. George from Wild Craic is looking to put an order in for one, and there will be a price reduction on each pole if we do a bulk order. Does anyone else want one? Comment below if so or email

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Nationals 2016 Update

February 16th, 2016 No comments


The Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions are now available for the Impala Nationals, to be sailed from Brixham Yacht Club, 15-17 July 2016 – and entry is open!

As in previous years, there are considerable savings to be made by entering early.

Early Entry received on or before 31st March £160.00
Entry received 1st April – 30th April £180.00
Entry received 1st May – 31st May £200.00
Entry received 1st June or thereafter £250.00

Here are the NOR and SIs:

Impala Nationals 2016 NOR

Impala Nationals 2016 SIs

Please read and digest them, and entry is now open – click here to enter online now.


 Boats coming by road

Don’t forget that if you are coming by road, you may be eligable for a travelling bursary to the tune of £200 to help with travelling costs. Email to apply! Trailers can be borrowed as well, so email if you’re looking for one.

Craning in will take place on Middle Pier in Brixham Inner Harbour on Thursday 14th July and craning out will take place on Middle Pier immediately after sailing on Sunday 17th July during specific time slots due to tidal constraints. The cost for craning is £80 each way.

High tide on Thurs 14th July – 14:30 (Height 3.59) Crane in will be between 12:30 – 16:30

High tide Sunday 17th July – 17:29 Crane out will be between 15:30 – 19:30

Competitors are advised that the craning is limited by the tidal height in the harbour; missing this slot will result in alternative craning arrangements to be made by the competitors.

Entrants travelling by road that require craning are required to register for craning by email to but not later than Thursday 30th June. For the duration of the event trailers can be stored at Brixham Yacht Club, details upon arrival.

Due to the limited time window for craning competitors are advised to pre prepare their boat for craning and mast hoisting and lowering to minimize time at the crane to allow other boats to use the facilities within the time window. Boats will be expected to leave the pier as soon as the mast us upright and rig tuning and fitting boom etc will have to be done elsewhere on Thursday and on Sunday boats on trailers will need to be moved as soon as possible to allow the next boat to take their turn. Order for craning in and out will be strictly in order of arrival.

Craning is also available at Torquay Harbour through Torbay Seaways: 01803-296570 or 07774-605168. This is at any state of the tide. Torquay is approximately 45min to 1hr sail or motor from Brixham.

Lift in can also be arranged at Darthaven Marina on the Dart 01803-752242, at any state of the tide, but there would be a 1.5 to 2 hour motor or sail to Brixham.

Moorings prior to and after the event

For boats arriving on or before Wednesday 13th July or departing Monday 18th July or thereafter swinging moorings or space on the BYC club pontoon are available. The charge for such moorings is £0.65 per foot per night. If in the event of bad weather preventing boats from departing there will be no charge for mooring until the conditions permit realistic safe departure. For details of mooring or any other requirements upon arrival please email


Brixham Yacht Club regrets that the members’ car parks’ on Overgang Road are not available for competitors’ car parking. Daily car parking is available in the Council Oxen Cove pay and display car park adjacent to the BYC dinghy compound. Weekly Parking permits are available for this car park and any other Brixham and Torbay off road Car Park through the Tourist Information Office in Brixham which is in ‘Hobnobs’ gift shop on the Quay. Tel 0844 474223

Mobile homes/camper vans may not be used for sleeping overnight on the BYC premises, or the immediate vicinity which includes the adjacent council car park (unless permission for parking Camper vans in Council Car parks has been granted by Torbay Parking).


A full social program is being arranged and details will be available on the Brixham Yacht Club and Class Championship websites.

Evening meals will be available in the main clubhouse.


There are plenty of external activities to entertain both adults and children in the area with plenty of beaches as well as an extensive range of attractions in the Torbay area


There is plenty of accommodation in and around Brixham including camping ranging from tent, caravan and motor home pitches, static caravans, bed and breakfast, small hotels and holiday lets. The link below is not the only source of accommodation but it may be useful.

It’s going to be a great event – enter online now!

And, if you need something to get you in the mood, here’s a video of the 1992 Impala Nationals in Brixham!

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A Calves Week Bonanza!

January 26th, 2016 No comments

We missed this great news back in the summer, but Judy McGrath and crew on Bonanza  IRL 9515 won Calves Week in Schull on the South Coast of Ireland. Judy writes: ‘We hail from RCYC, Royal Cork Yacht Club. We won Class 3 overall with 3 race wins out of 4 the most competive class. 70 boats in the regatta and we also won Overall Boat /Helm if the week! So thrilled over here and as a friend of the website , thought I’d send the news your way with  a few pictures!’


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Stop Press – another refit!

January 26th, 2016 No comments


Here’s news of another boat undergoing a full refit – this time on the East Coast! Edward Harrison writes: ‘Alchemy (ex Ohh Deer!) moved to the east coast and has had some much needed TLC. Last year was a new paint job outside (30 years of antifouling off by hand!) and a re-build of the forecabin. This season, it’s re-wiring and a new engine!

Missed your boat? Email us with the details!

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