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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Greetings from Malaysia!

July 26th, 2016 No comments

DSC_0128Jeremy Camps writes from Malaysia:

‘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.

So thanks to the Impala website and the Duck listing I found and purchased Implacable  from Medway not too far from my UK base in East Sussex, the owner Keith Lennox was very  helpful as were the Medway Yacht club and having bought a new trailer (I am sad to say now used as a launching trolley as we dry sail ) all was assembled and towed to Southhampton to be loaded on to the RO RO for Port Klang, Malaysia. She came off to my relief as good as ever. No one can believe she is 37 years old….
She is enjoying her new home  and as her owner  the warm water and weather of Malaysia. Dry sailing is a must because of the rubbish and pollution coming down the River Klang from Kuala Lumpur, launching on a ramp is not for the fainthearted but we are used to it now ,
We race in the fortnightly inshore harbour races at Royal Selangor Yacht Club( second overall in the seasons points) and have taken part in the 220 mile Raja Muda Selangor Regatta , stopping in Pangkor  and Penang before ending in Langkawi in November 2015. We also took part in the Royal Langkawi Regatta in  January 2016, results so so , but getting more speed now
Results have been mixed some very good, in light weather particularly she is untouchable but also in the very heavy Penang Langkawi leg with 25 knot ,close reach 40 miles in 6 hours , very hairy in big seas when we were only just seconds behind a  well sailed Farr 36
I love her…
lets see what this year brings , our club has adopted a sort of Mickey Mouse handicap system to  penalise us all if succesfulll
 currently on 1.1 IRC
wish all Impala sailors a successful season and anyone comes to KL please get in touch
jeremy camps
MAS 328 the Blue Angel
just a word on the name , starting with my Sonata ( musical theme! ) my boats were called Cabaret because    life is just a Cabaret . Before I bought the Impala I had decided to keep my Maxi Mixer 35 Cabaret 6 so I had to find another name, was hunting around when I came across Blue Angel , another story / film about a German night club made in the 30 s staring Marlene Dietrich , the theme song another oldie is Falling in love again I cant help it… German which I speak  its Die Blaue Engel  so thats how it happened . No regrets on the boat or the name
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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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What a Round the Island!

July 4th, 2016 No comments
GBR9614 REACTION 0.885 17:17:41 07:47:41 06:53:54 24
GBR9500 POLLY 0.884 17:23:29 07:53:29 06:58:34 29
GBR9616 IMPTISH 0.885 17:46:39 08:16:39 07:19:32 73
GBR9578 CURVED AIR 0.881 18:02:38 08:32:38 07:31:38 113
GBR9561 UPROAR 0.885 18:00:36 08:30:36 07:31:53 114
GBR9545 FIREBIRD 0.883 18:09:23 08:39:23 07:38:37 139
IRL9501 TRUDI 0.888 18:31:30 09:01:30 08:00:51 221
GBR9592 PARALLEL UNIVERSE 0.881 18:40:32 09:10:32 08:05:01 237
GBR9595 SCALLYWAG 0.883 18:49:28 09:19:28 08:14:01 260
GBR9537 HOUND DOG 0.889 18:57:20 09:27:20 08:24:22 289

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.

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Blast from the past

June 30th, 2016 No comments

Brixham 1992 ReportThis is the race report from the ’92 Nationals, also held at Brixham – and won, narrowly, by Juanita – now Vlad the Impala

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