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Nationals 2017

December 12th, 2016 No comments

nats-logo-ccyc-2017The 2017 Nationals will be sailed at Cowes Corinthian YC from 18-20 August… Put the date in your diaries now, and watch this space for more details in the new year….

  • Travelling bursaries will be available for those coming by road
  • A good deal on lift in, mast stepping, trailer storage and liftout for travelling boats
  • Cheap moorings before/afterwards for boats coming by sea
  • Great racing
  • Excellent socials

We’re excited already!

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Impala Nationals 2016 report

July 20th, 2016 No comments

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, 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,, 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 –

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



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Amazing prizes on offer!

July 12th, 2016 No comments

cowesNATSsponsors 2Thanks 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, 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!

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Impala nationals programme

July 11th, 2016 No comments


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.

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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)
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)
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)
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

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Impala Nationals documents available

July 11th, 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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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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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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2016 Nationals will be in Brixham

November 20th, 2015 No comments


37th Impala Nationals – Brixham – Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July 2016

Calling all Impala sailors! The 2016 Impala National Championships will be held at Brixham Yacht Club from Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July 2016.

Details will follow, but we expect an excellent entry of both local and travelling boats.

Crane-ins will be at a cheap rate, and we are doubling the value of each travelling bursary from last year, offering £200 towards the cost of boats coming by road. Reduced-rate moorings will be available either side of the event for travelling boats.

Email us now to reserve your bursary, and to let us know if you’re coming –

We’ll see you there!

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Impala Nationals 2015 results are in!

June 23rd, 2015 No comments

The 2015 Impala Nationals at CCYC in Cowes saw some incredibly close racing, with 6 different winners in 8 races leaving the final results table undecided until the very end of the event.

14 boats made the trip to Cowes from as far away as the river Severn and one crew from the Clyde, to race in wind conditions that ranged from 5 to 25 knots over the weekend.

Saturday saw a steady 8-15 knots, and the race team fitted in two windward-leeward races and a longer round-the-cans race. Olly Love and Samantha Flint’s Two Frank showed that a long and hard training programme had paid off, scoring two firsts and a fourth to top the results. Barney Smith’s Imptish was not far behind, with two seconds and a third. Rocker, which had just emerged from the paint shed and made the trip from Thornbury SC, finished off the podium after day 1 with a seventh, a first and a fifth.

Ashore, the rain held off to allow the class to enjoy a potent rum party, supported this year by Later on, the club hosted a barbeque and showcased some impressive design skills in the inaugural Impala gutter boat championships, which saw just as much competitive spirit as the racing on the water! Firebird, who couldn’t come to the nationals after losing her mast earlier in the year, made up for their disappointment by winning, with Magic 2nd and Polly 3rd.

Back on the water on Sunday morning with a few sore heads thanks to the rum party the night before, the conditions provided a gentle start, but built to 25 knots at the finish of the second race, as three Impalas, charging downwind under spinnaker within a few inches of each other encountered a cruising boat stuck in irons and drifting sideways through the short finish line. Thankfully collision was avoided and as the wind built the final race provided some awesome surfing conditions and double-figure boat speeds in the large swell.

Two Frank again showed their mettle, scoring 3,2,1, with Imptish close behind, scoring 1,3,4. In third was Polly, scoring 6,1,2. At this point Two Frank stayed on top of the leaderboard but were just within Imptish’s reach, setting up a close challenge for the final day. The rest of the fleet were also close on points, with overall positions changing after every race.

Back ashore, crews licked their wounds and recovered enough to enjoy a meal and live band at CCYC, with some impressive dancing moves ‘til late in the night.

Monday dawned with pouring rain, but it soon petered out save for a few showers to allow some great racing. Some large shifts, especially in race 2, allowed crews with their eyes out of the boat to make huge gains on the fleet. Class newcomers Uproar had an amazing day, winning the first race and finishing second to Philip McDanell’s newly re-painted Trudi in the final race of the day.

After 8 races and 6 different race winners, Two Frank finished first overall after a masterful performance that saw them in bed asleep by 10pm each day. Imptish was second overall, with Polly third. Trudi made a spectacular leap up the results table after a successful final day to come in 4th, with Rocker in fifth and Magic in sixth.

The furthest travelled trophy and best newcomer trophies went to Rocker. Best improver went to Trudi, while Cheeky Monkey’s 12-year old bowman Felix Barr took the youngest crewmember award. Voodoo, who sailed the final day just two-up took a ‘short-crewed’ prize, while Ian McDonald’s newly relocated Happy won first Scottish boat. Prizes were supplied by, One Sails, GAP communications, Doyle Sails, Banks Sails, Force 4 Chandlery, Lewmar, Ronstan and Hyde Sails – our thanks to them for their kind support.

Thanks also go to Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club for an amazing and friendly venue, to the race team for some excellent racing, to the class committee for their organisation and to the competitors who made the event such fun on and off the water.

Next year’s venue is yet to be decided – but we can look forward to a bumper entry as the buzz around the class grows. Come and join us!

More photos (185 in total) are available for purchase in high resolution for a bargain price of £30 per boat! Make sure to contact the Class Association to receive your CD (

Full results:


Pos Boat name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Points
1 Two Frank 1 (4) 1 3 2 1 2 3 13
2 Imptish 3 2 2 1 3 4 (5) 4 19
3 Polly 4 (6) 3 6 1 2 4 6 26
4 Trudi 5 3 6 5 (9) 7 3 1 30
5 Rocker 7 1 5 4 6 3 (10) 5 31
6 Magic 6 5 4 2 7 6 8 (10) 38
7 Uproar (11) 7 11 9 4 9 1 2 43
8 Nyala 2 (9) 8 8 5 5 7 9 44
9 Vlad the Impala 8 8 7 7 8 (10) 5 8 51
10 Happy 9 10 9 11 dnf 12 11 7 69
11 Curved Air 12 13 10 10 13 8 dnc dnc 81
12 Hound Dog 10 11 dnf 14 12 11 12 12 82
13 Cheeky Monkey (14) 14 13 12 10 14 9 11 83
14 Voodoo (13) 12 12 13 11 13 13 13 87


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