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RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup

May 23rd, 2017 No comments

All photos (c) Bertrand Malas.

What a fantastic weekend of sailing at the RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup! The Impalas were invited for the first time this year and had three days of close racing in everything from 8-25 knots. Excellent race management and some great sailing – let’s do it again next year!

Results below.

Series Place Sail No Boat Owner Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8
1 GBR9500 Polly Ben Meakins/Adrian Cudmore 8 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1
2 GBR9519 Two Frank Oliver Love 16 3 3 3 2 1 1 4 3
3 GBR9571 Fearnought Michael Jones 24 2 2 2 4 7 8 5 2
4 GBR9561 Uproar Luke Scott 27 4 7 6 3 3 4 3 4
5 IRL9501 Trudi Chris Williams/Philip McDanell 33 7 6 4 6 4 5 2 6
6 GBR9579 Magic Oliver Bewes 35 6 4 5 5 5 3 7 7
7 GBR9573 Voodoo Peter Rouse 40 5 5 7 7 6 6 6 5
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JOG Cherbourg Race

April 28th, 2017 No comments
Image c/o Peter Cover

Image c/o Peter Cover

Having waited a number of years for an Impala to race in a JOG Offshore race, two came along at once over the Easter weekend when Hamble based boats Two Frank and Magic raced to Cherbourg, the first of the Hamble based Impalas to enter a Cat 3 event in JOG since the class returned to the river.

Good Friday’s race saw a very light wind start which Frank made the best off being the first boat out of the Solent. She finished the race in the dark at 21:35bst to take third place with Magic coming in twenty five minutes later in fifth.

The return leg on Sunday was more of an off-wind affair which should give an advantage to more modern hulls but the Impala’s were again on the pace with Two Frank completing the passage in just twelve hours and thirty two minutes to grab another third ahead of Magic in fourth.

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That was the winter series 2016…

December 7th, 2016 No comments

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Rank Sail No Name Type Owner Hcap Race 1 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Race 10 Race 11 Race 12 Nt Pts
1 GBR9500 Polly Impala Ben Meakins & Adrian Cudmore 0.884 1 (4) (3) 1 1 1 1 1 (2) 1 1 8
2 NED9616 Imptish Impala Smith, Tullett, Hance 0.885 (3) 1 1 (3) 2.5 2 3 (7) 1 2 2 14.5
3 GBR9519 Two Frank Impala Sam Flint & Olly Love 0.884 2 2 2 2 2.5 (6) (6) 2 3 3 (4) 18.5
4 GBR9561 Uproar Impala Nigel Palmer 0.885 (11/DNC) (5) (5) 5 4 4 2 3 5 4 5 32
5 GBR9579 Magic Impala Olly Bewes 0.883 4 (6) 6 4 5 5 4 4 4 (11/DNC) (7) 36
6 GBR9573 Voodoo Impala Pete Rouse 0.882 (11/DNC) 3 4 (11/DNC) (11/DNC) 7 7 6 6 5 6 44
7 GBR9595 Scallywag Impala Justin Philipps 0.883 6/DNF 7 7 6 6 (11/DNC) (11/DNC) 9 7 (11/DNC) 11/DNC 59
8 GBR9578 Curved Air Impala Gareth Morris 0.881 (11/DNC) 8 8 (11/DNC) (11/DNC) 3 5 5 11/DNC 11/DNC 11/DNC 62
9 GBR9548 Vlad the Impala Impala Peter Dessent 0.884 (11/DNC) (11/DNC) (11/DNC) 11/DNC 11/DNC 11/DNC 11/DNC 8 8 6 3 69
10 GBR9587 Spectrum Impala Joe Simmons 0.884 (11/DNC) (11/DNC) (11/DNC) 11/DNC 11/DNC 11/DNC 8 11/DNC 9 11/DNC 11/DNC 83
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Cracking pics of the 10 Impalas in the Hamble Winter Series

November 14th, 2016 No comments
IRC 4.Start,

IRC 4 Start – this was a General Recall!


Polly approaching the windward mark


Uproar, Magic and Voodoo (Nice Hats Ian and Luke!)


Scallywag and Voodoo

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Uproar and Imptish heading downwind

Hamble Winter Series 2015

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Imptish, Voodoo, Two Frank

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Imptish, Uproar and Two Frank

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Great racing!

November 11th, 2016 No comments

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October 13th, 2016 No comments


Well done to Imptish, who was first Impala in both races of weekend 2 of the Hamble Winter Series! Here’s Scallywag having a small issue with a quarter tonner on the startline…

Results are at

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JOG Solent Race – 1 October – Rock ‘n’ Roll

October 5th, 2016 No comments

Three Impala’s rocked up for the starline of the final JOG race of the year on Saturday. The course was round the cans (or Solent), starting in Cowes, passing Portsmouth, and finishing in Lymington. The weather was, how I can put this…, rather uncertain. Thunder and lighting (very, very exciting/scary) was seen before the start, rainbows throughout the day, and we had every shade of sun, cloud and wind to amuse us as we alternatively drifted/got blown away.
In brief, Imptish won, benefiting from a speedy first leg under kite, and a lucky ship cross. Cheeky Monkey was second Impala home (and 4th on handicap), and Magic made a sensible decision to head back to Hamble and scrub their weed off before the next days Winter Series.
The most exciting/scary bit of the was the ride home from the finish to Hamble. Watch the video evidence!
JOG racing is now over for the year. 9 Impala’s competed in 2016, making up one third of the 27 strong class six Inshore group. We didn’t quite manage to being home to top prize but with Imptish 3rd, Polly 4th, Reaction 4th and Cheeky Monkey 6th for the overall year we’ve definitely made an impression.
Come and join in next year. JOG racing is fun, accessible, and they ensure you always get to the evenings destination in time for drinks before dinner!
Barney 9616 Imptish
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Snakes and Ladders!

October 4th, 2016 No comments

2016_10_02_0040 A shifty, light race for the first weekend of the Hamble Winter Series…

Place Sail No Name Type Owner Hcap Finish Elapsed Corrected
1 GBR9500 Polly Impala Adrian Cudmore 0.884 12:26:11 1:56:11 1:42:42
2 GBR9519 Two Frank Impala Oliver Love 0.884 12:27:52 1:57:52 1:44:12
3 NED9616 Imptish Impala Barnaby Smith 0.885 12:27:58 1:57:58 1:44:24
4 GBR9579 Magic Impala Olly Bewes 0.883 12:31:32 2:01:32 1:47:19
DNF GBR9595 Scallywag Impala Justin Philipps 0.883


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News from the Humber

September 19th, 2016 No comments

ruffian 14137966_10210105255578583_5962002359894909770_o 14124443_10153939367822039_2267248080543172687_oGood to see 2 Impala’s racing at the recent Grimsby and Cleethorpes Yacht Club regatta on the Saturday and Sunday of the August Bank Holiday. There are 3 Impala’s in the Humber area including Lifjetti 5 but only Menace and Ruffian are actively racing.

The 2 Impalas raced in the IRC fleet alongside a variety of boats with the smallest being a GK24 and the largest an Elan 37 ; the NHC classes made the total numbers racing 17 on both days.

Menace won both races with Ruffian taking 3rd place on Saturday and 2nd place on Sunday in a variety of wind and sea conditions ranging from 5 knots up to 20 knots.

Led our competitors to comment on the conditions being ‘ideal Impala conditions’ but we are happy to sail in all conditions !

We invested in new North Sails this year which we get out on special occasions and they have performed very well and I would thoroughly recommend them – the day to day set are 10 years old and it is fair to say they are a bit baggy !

Also took the trouble to remove 10 years of filler and antifoul off the boat we bought last year and now have a bottom we can be proud of.

Can’t speak for Ruffian but we are trying to come south on Menace to do a bit more class racing.

All in all we are having a very enjoyable time racing in the Humber and Brian my co-owner is now back in Impalas after having sold Firebird a few years ago ; I have also got my 12 year old son on board as ‘pitman’ and hope to train him to ‘bowman’ asap as I am a bit big for the pointy end (6’4 !)


Best regards to all

Phil Nickells










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Poole race 2016

September 19th, 2016 No comments
126 Impala’s were down on the start list for last weekend’s JOG Cowes to Poole race. One took a very sensible decision to stay tied up on Saturday morning leaving the remaining five (Spectrum, Imptish, Magic, Scallywag and Cheeky Monkey) to take on a double challenge of water and wind. Freshwater in bucketloads from the sky all day, salt water over the bow (and down the companionway for some boats…), and up to 30 knots of wind. In short this was a not a trip for the fainthearted!
This author’s recollections of Saturday involve mainly involved the previously mentioned wind and water, watching Cheeky Monkey and Spectrum disappear over the horizon before Hurst, and some exciting close quarters sailing next to Magic in the 2-3m high waves. Scallywag, in their first JOG race, were late to the start but rolled up in Poole just in time to see the sun come out for a few beers at the watering hole.
Results wise, Spectrum scored a well deserved win on handicap, convincingly beating a Corby 25 into second, and finishing 15 minutes on the water in front of Cheeky Monkey, and even further in front of Magic, Imptish and then Scallywag.
Saturday night’s entertainment revolved around drying things – cushions, clothes, sleeping bags etc. – and eating and drinking, plus the usual Impala gossip.
Sunday dawned sunny and beautiful. There was a small problem though. Absolutely no wind. We motored out of Poole Harbour and sat around a bit while the AP flag hung limply from the committee boat. Then a light southerly breeze appeared and we were off! Imptish’s pizza and cider diet from the previous night had clearly worked as we shot off at the front of class six, swapping places with the Corby. The others followed. Once in the Solent the breeze tried to strengthen, then it went down, up, sideways, backwards and from above giving everyone a challenging approach to the finish.
This time Imptish came out on top on handicap with Cheeky Monkey 3rd, Spectrum 4th, Scallywag 6th and Magic 7th. So an Impala class double in JOG Class 6. The rest of the fleet are getting a bit fed up with us.
With just one race to go (Lymington on October 1st) Polly is in 2nd place overall for the season in JOG Class 6 and Reaction 3rd. All to play for!
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