New blue carbon tiller extensions

A new range of tiller extensions is now available from Allen. The blue carbon tiller extension range features a larger outside diameter than previous Allen models, as well as a peel-ply grip that runs the length of the tube.

Allen Brothers has been working alongside their Team Allen sailors to make sure the new range is stiff enough to give you the right amount of feedback, yet forgiving enough to take a good beating. Although performance was at the top of the checklist it soon became apparent style should be too.

 

Managing Director of Allen Brothers, Liz Adams, commented on the style of the new range “The new Blue Carbon range has a dark blue wrap included in the carbon tube, it gives a really nice blue shine in the sun. It’s something that hasn’t been done before in tiller extensions and we feel it really makes the whole thing pop! It will give the end user the best quality performance as well as making the boat look great.”

 

The Blue Carbon range is available in 5 different sizes, and lengths over 1.9meters come with a smaller end knob to reduce outboard weight. The Blue Carbon range is available direct from www.allenbrothers.co.uk or you can order one via your local Allen stockist.

 

Allen Brothers, the leading UK manufacturer of sailboat hardware, have been working alongside their Team Allen sailors to produce innovative and high performing hardware for the last 60 years. To find out more about Allen Brothers products go to www.allenbrothers.co.uk or visit the Allen Facebook page.

 

Lengths over 1.9m come with a smaller end knob.

16ft Skiff Nationals

We've just finished the 13Ft & 16Ft Skiff Nationals - hosted by Darlin Point Sailing Squadron and supported by Allen.

It’s been a long week! We had 28 degrees, plenty of sun and 8-15 knots every day (which is very unusual).

Picture sunny Queensland, with 28 degrees every day, and an 8-15 knot semi-seabreeze. Add 16ft Carbon Skiffs and a bar and you have yourself a 16 Nationals! With about 40 skiffs participating, there was plenty of competitive racing, and plenty of beers flowing after the racing. The fantastic part of our skiff class is that the skills vary considerably, from sailors with just 1 season worth of experience, to 25 years of experience; from weekend club racers to members of the Australian Sailing Team. It really is a regatta with some serious competition (despite the very social atmosphere).

There was close racing all week – one mistake would cost you 10 places and after 90 minutes of racing, there was usually only 5 minutes of difference between the front pack and the last pack. There were only a few protests, most of which were sorted out with a round of beers at the end of the day. The Eric’s boys had a very enjoyable regatta, despite results being far lower than expected without our usual crew. We definitely improved over the week, and had we had another regatta together after, our results would have shown!

I’ve had many comments regarding how well looked after our boat is, as well as how neat all the rope work is and how gorgeous the boat looks with the Allen kit. Definitely, a head-turning boat.

Looking forward we have the Botany Bay Championships and the Belmont Sprints which has plenty of fun.

Full results here

Nathan Edwards – Erics Removals Skiff – Team Allen

Aaron Evans and a reflection on 2018

After three years of sailing - first year doing open coaching, the second year in the RYA Zone Squad and the third in the RYA Junior Squad - it all came together in 2018.

After three years of sailing – first year doing open coaching, the second year in the RYA Zone Squad and the third in the RYA Junior Squad – it all came together in 2018. I had a good run in the London & South East Region Topper Travellers, securing the overall winner.  The series started in March and ran through to the end of October.  The series is spread between fifteen events hosted by various clubs in the region. In the National Series, consisting of six-weekend events across the UK, I won the final event, placing me second overall in the national series.

In July I attended the National Schools Sailing Association (NSSA) regatta hosted by Datchet Water. This was a week-long event where clubs and area representatives get together for a week of sailing and fun. I was a member of the Queen Mary Sailing Club team. I came first in the Topper event and as we had a strong Topper fleet overall, we also won the team prize!

In August I went to China for the Topper Worlds. Unfortunately, the wind was against us. We either had too much or none at all. However, It was great to compete against other nations and although we did not complete a series I was placed third overall. After the event, I had a great experience as we visited various places with my family and friends which included the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army.

In September I managed to talk my parents into letting me enter the Isle of Sheppey round the island race, which is part of the Allen Endurance Series. The race is a forty-mile circumnavigation of the Isle of Sheppey. It took me four hours and forty-six minutes to complete the course, which for me was a long time in a Topper. I came 15th overall and won the junior helm prize together with the first placed slow handicap boat. Hopefully, I will attend in 2019 but not in a Topper!

I have now transitioned into the Laser and sail both the 4.7 & Radial depending on the wind conditions. I have learnt a lot from the two UKLA training sessions which I’ve attended as well as the two local Laser Radial events I won this Autumn.

2019 is an important year as I have my GCSE’s in May & June. I will be going to Weymouth to compete in the Youth Nationals at Easter and again in July for the NSSA.

 

Dragons feature new Allen fitout

UK performance sailing hardware manufacturer, Allen Brothers, has been working with world-class boat builders and International Dragon Class experts, Petticrows, to deliver an 8-boat project that aims to promote international racing.

UK performance sailing hardware manufacturer, Allen Brothers, has been working with world-class boat builders and International Dragon Class experts, Petticrows, to deliver an 8-boat project that aims to promote international racing.

The 8-boat project is for 8th Dimension Sailing, an idea put together by Pedro Andrade. Pedro hopes to offer sailors the chance to sail a fully equipped and race tuned Petticrows V6 Dragon in various locations around Europe, without all the usual logistical nightmares included. 8th Dimension Sailing will provide a VIP service for all charters and will ensure the boats are race ready for any event.  To ensure a race winning and reliable boat can be delivered to each event, Pedro – the 2017 European Dragon Champion – chose to fit each of his boats with Allen Brother’s range of hardware.

When asked about his choice of equipment Pedro said “Having a project of 8 boats for charter and to organize events is a lot of work, and for us to have the most reliable equipment is a priority. We have chosen Petticrows for the long experience they have in the class, which will give us the confidence that equipment failures are close to none.

Our choice to change to Allen fittings is for the same reason. What I have seen from their fittings is a robust reliable hardware that combines performance and weight control. We cannot afford breakage on our boats, but we also want the best equipment, and we are confident that Allen Brothers can provide us with what we are looking for.”

Allen Brothers have been working with Petticrows for over 10 years. Manufacturing a range of bespoke items specifically for the Petticrows Dragon. Tim Tavinor, Managing Director of Petticrows, commented “It is great to be able to work with a local company that has a dynamic design and production team producing high-quality fittings which complement our Dragons. Building the new fully Allen fitted 8th Dimension Dragon fleet has provided an innovative solution for Dragon sailors to enjoy racing without the associated logistical problems.”

Some of the bespoke items that Allen Brothers manufacture for the International Dragon include; a universal gooseneck fitting, through deck adjustable shroud assembly and rudder shaft. Pedro’s fleet of Dragons will also feature some of Allen Brothers flagship blocks, such as; XHL blocks – an extremely high loading aluminium block – and the newly released 60mm X2 AutoRatchet.

The International Dragon Class has no restrictions on the supplier of the mast and boom. As with many classes, this typically means a mast supplied by one manufacturer will only fit a boom of the same supplier. Petticrows, also manufacturer their own mast and boom, wanted customers to have the freedom to be able to switch between different brands as well as the style of boom. To allow for this customisation Petticrows asked the Allen design team to create a universal gooseneck. The result, a gooseneck that can fit the more popular Dragon boom profiles, as well as a fixed gooseneck boom and a rotating gooseneck boom.

Darren Elwell, Allen Brothers Design Manager, commented on some of the bespoke work they have undertaken “The International Dragon class rules require the shrouds to be mounted onto chain plates below the deck. However, fore and aft movement is permitted. Working with Petticrows, we produced an elegant, flush mounted solution that provides precise and repeatable adjustment of the fore and aft position of the shrouds as they pass through the deck. This ingenious design allows for a wide range of rig set up. Allowing the sailor to get the most from their boat.”

Allen Brothers are also responsible for a number of custom hardware products that can’t be seen on a finished boat, for example, the rudder shaft. As with the shroud assembly, the International Dragon class has rules limiting the design flexibility in the rudder shaft. Using their extensive knowledge and experience of materials and, most importantly, staying within the class rules, Allen was able to produce a consistent precision shaft and bearing system that was not only lighter than previous products but got feedback from top sailors who claimed they could notice the reduction in friction.

Allen Brothers manufacture from their headquarters in Essex, UK. The company has a 60-year heritage and a reputation for innovation by incorporating feedback and development from its sponsored sailors into its products. For more about Allen and to see the full range of hardware head over to www.allenbrothers.co.uk

Megan Pascoe’s 2018 year in review

As the season closed in Antwerp last weekend it gave me a chance to look back at what an incredible year it has been in the 2.4mR. I've had some amazing tight finishes to events this year with the Nationals in Poole, Frensham open, Dutch Nationals and the German Nationals all coming down to the wire. It was great to attend the UK Nationals, after so many years of missing it for one reason or another, and having it as part of the Poole Keelboat regatta is always a lot of fun. As was competing in Carrickfergus at the Irish Nationals. A great piece of water with the Irish hospitality that we all come to expect and love. Fortunately, I took the win at all 5!

As the season closed in Antwerp last weekend it gave me a chance to look back at what an incredible year it has been in the 2.4mR.

I’ve had some amazing tight finishes to events this year with the Nationals in Poole, Frensham open, Dutch Nationals and the German Nationals all coming down to the wire. It was great to attend the UK Nationals, after so many years of missing it for one reason or another, and having it as part of the Poole Keelboat regatta is always a lot of fun. As was competing in Carrickfergus at the Irish Nationals. A great piece of water with the Irish hospitality that we all come to expect and love. Fortunately, I took the win at all 5!

The one that didn’t go down to the wire was the Worlds in Sweden. I was never sure how this one was going to go as I hadn’t been on open water in a big competition for a long time. Racing in Gavle in the past has been a bit hit or miss over my sailing carer, however, I love going back to big race courses and 75-minute races. The start of the event was great, scoring all top 5 results. the second half of the event, however, didn’t go to plan with my worst results coming in the last 2 races. Overall I was very happy finishing 2nd and a long way from third but there’s more work to go in order to get back to the top spot next year in Genoa.

Probably the biggest test this year was at the German Championships in Berlin. 48 boats entered into what turned out to be a very shifty and mostly light venue. We started with an exhibition knock out race which challenged me because I kept forgetting how to match race but it was a lot of fun. The real racing was even more challenging with a very high scoring regatta. Especially Saturday where the water was packed with every leisure craft and river cruise boats going. Most deciding that coming right through the middle of the course was a good idea. I was leading going into Sunday but a few mistakes made throughout the day meant I had to settle for second. Happy on reflection that in the light and shifty that I had managed to score well and consistent for most of the regatta.

Finally, we end in Antwerp, as always, on the Galgenweel. Antwerp is a great little city, with a lot of history, and is a nice place to hang out for a long weekend with friends celebrating the end of the season. Sailing as always on a small lake was tight and Ulli Libor and Dirk Jan Broertjes were going fast. In a long series of 13 races, it seems a long time to keep concentration over the 4 days. Saturday was fully wacky racing with more fluky conditions however, i performed well and managed to win for the 7th year in a row. Coming away with 7 from 7 makes a great culmination to my year.

It’s now back to work for the busy Christmas rush and a nice bit of casual club racing!

 

Ben Hutton-Penman’s 2018 Summer Review

My year got off to a fantastic start... by winning the RS Feva World Championships in Florida.

My year got off to a fantastic start… by winning the RS Feva World Championships in Florida. You can read about it here https://www.allenbrothers.co.uk/2018/04/18/ben-hutton-penman-wins-world-championships/

My next event was to be the 29er class National Championships at Hayling Island competing against 80 other boats.  The 29er is the boat which I am now moving in to. I had only sailed the boat a couple of times before the start of the regatta and only met my crew the week before.  The 29er is a difficult boat to sail, especially given it was a windy week, and yet I qualified into the Gold fleet and just missed out on a top 20 finish having been inside the top 20 until the final day when the wind dropped.

I then moved to Weymouth for the RS Games where I competed in three events, the first in the single-handed RS Aero class.  I had not sailed an Aero before, nor had I sailed a single hander since my Oppie days,  so the two hours on the water the day before the event with my brother James tuning the boat was very useful.   There were 210 competitors sailing three different sized rigs, I had decided to sail the smaller 5 rig given my age and weight.  In very testing conditions, I won the RS Aero 5 World Championship and I was also first Youth and Junior sailor, I won the family prize for best-combined placings with my brother James and an award for most sportsmanship conduct for helping an exhausted fellow competitor.

After the Aero Worlds it was then straight into RS Feva European championship against 120 boats. This was my final event in the RS Feva with my crew Abi Jayasekara.  Lying in 2nd place by one point after the qualification rounds, I was a little less consistent than I usually am and signed off my RS Feva career in fourth place, joint points with third.  I would loved to have won but it was not to be.

My final event of the RS Games was in the RS 200 where I teamed up with my new 29er crew Nathan Clark from Burnham and took part in the Nationals which is an adult class, made up of excellent sailors including GBR Olympic pathway sailors.  I was the youngest helm and got us up to 21st place in the 120 boat fleet at one point before tiredness got the better of me and I learnt a very important lesson, that you can sail too much! We finished in the top half of the fleet which I was pleased with.

I have now started the Winter training programme in the 29er with Nathan. I think 2019 will be a more difficult year for us as we transition into this powerful boat that will test our skill, strength and fitness.  Nathan is relatively new to sailing having sailed for less than two years in total and the crew is very important in the 29er, so we both have a lot to learn about each other, the boat and sailing skills in general.  Our aim for next year is to consistently be in the top half of the fleet.

I was invited to sail at the Endeavour Cup in Burnham in October as I was invited for winning the RS Aero 5 Worlds.  Obviously, I needed a crew and thought it would be nice to sail with my brother James as he sails the Aero also.  This is a very prestigious event where all the UK National Champions of all the different dinghy classes are invited to sail against each other in one class of boat. Many of the sailors are almost professional and the invitees included current and past Olympians.  The practice day on Friday gave James and I some time to sail together in very strong winds.  We finished 12th overall in the 30 strong fleet, top youth boat and got two top 10 finishes which I was pleased with.

I have recently been nominated in the 2018 British Yachting Awards as Youth Sailor of the Year.   My nomination has come from my two World Championship wins this year, one in the RS Feva in Florida and one in the RS Aero 5 in Weymouth.

I am putting my winter training on hold until the New Year now as I have an opportunity to crew in The ARC, sailing 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to St Lucia.  It will be a great experience for me and will give me a good insight into the world of offshore sailing.

2018 Endeavour Highlights

Check out all the highlights from the 2018 Endeavour Trophy.

 

New Products for METS

The new A2360 AutoRatchet, complementing the A2345 launched last year, has been submitted for 2018 DAME Awards and features Allen’s unique “X2” pawl system for maximum holding power combined with enhanced response in light airs. The block has been comprehensively tested by Team Allen, the elite sailors who contribute to the Allen Research and Development programme. The design already has a number of wins to its credit.

Allen’s 2018 additions to its already substantial product range, launching at METS this November, builds on the British manufacturer’s adoption of soft attachment systems and innovative block technology.

The new A2360 AutoRatchet, complementing the A2345 launched last year, has been submitted for 2018 DAME Awards and features Allen’s unique “X2” pawl system for maximum holding power combined with enhanced response in light airs. The block has been comprehensively tested by Team Allen, the elite sailors who contribute to the Allen Research and Development programme. The design already has a number of wins to its credit. The 60mm AutoRatchet signifies Allen’s move up from focussing on dinghies to take into the sports boats and small keelboats market, “we are now seeing our products fitted on racing yachts as large as Class 40s and TP52s,” explained Liz Adams, MD of Allen Brothers. “We have worked with the leading rope manufacturers to accommodate the characteristics of the latest high tech materials, so our lightweight yet robust high-performance blocks have come to the attention of a wider audience of racers.”

The business has a strong heritage of working with boat builders from the early design stages. This is evident in its new through deck block / soft shackle mountings, the “Pad Tii” system, (product codes A8639-6, A8639-8, A8639-10, A8739-6, A8739-8 and A8739-10). These come as a response to growing demand from boat builders for soft mounting systems, as the use of Dyneema rope shackles trickles down from larger classes.

Making up the 2018 launch package is a new cheek block range, starting with the A2126M and A2136M Double Composite Cheek Blocks. These are available in 20mm and 30mm sheave diameters, making the core Allen product suitable for a wider range of applications.

STAKES ARE HIGH FOR 2018 ENDEAVOUR GLORY

The Endeavour Trophy takes place at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-On-Crouch, from 12-14 October. It is the only event of its type in the dinghy sailing calendar. Entry is by invitation only and to be considered sailors must be reigning champion in their class. It is truly a competition to find the best of the best. This year, there are 30 classes competing and the runners and riders include returning champions Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis. Saxton is a member of the British Sailing squad for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and has won the Endeavour 3 years in a row with crew Toby.

The Endeavour Trophy takes place at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-On-Crouch, from 12-14 October. It is the only event of its type in the dinghy sailing calendar. Entry is by invitation only and to be considered sailors must be reigning champion in their class. It is truly a competition to find the best of the best.

This year, there are 30 classes competing and the runners and riders include returning champions Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis. Saxton is a member of the British Sailing squad for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and has won the Endeavour 3 years in a row with crew Toby.

Nick Craig, the reigning D One champion and 2017 runner up will also be returning and is looking forward to another weekend of close racing, Nick commented “We are very much looking forward to the Endeavour as it is still so prestigious and attracts the top talent in the UK.  The event is so well run on and off the water.  With 8 tough races, it feels like a weeklong Championship in a weekend.  I only wish racing was like this every weekend!”

The further 28 classes are being represented by the cream of British dinghy racing. Three of which are members of Team Allen, the company’s squad of racers who aid research and development of its products. They are Rhys Lewis / Drew Wright (420 National Champions), Chris Birrell/ Sam Brearey (Merlin Rocket National Champions) and Burnham-on-Crouch sailor Ben Hutton-Penman (RSFeva & RS Aero 5 World champion).

Allen Brothers manufactures high-performance sailing hardware at its factory in Southminster, Essex. The company’s hardware is used by many of the British Sailing squad which will be competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The company has a policy of innovation and development relying on feedback from its elite sailors, Team Allen.

The full Entry List for the 2018 Endeavour Trophy comprises:

CLASS Helm CREW
420 Rhys Lewis Drew Wright
470 Jonny McGovern Sarah McGovern
2000 Simon Horsfield Katie Burridge
2017 Champion Ben Saxton Toby Lewis
29er Ewan Wilson Fin Armstrong
Blaze Charlie Chandler Owain Hughes
Byte Tom Lonsdale Emma Peason
Cadet Angus Collingridge Hattie Collingridge
Comet Chris Hatton Charlie Sansom
D One Nick Craig Emma Clarke
D Zero Steve Bolland Alistair Norris
Fireball Matt Burge Tom Pygall
K1 Paul Smalley Mari Shepherd
Lark Chris White Nicola White
Moth Jim McMillan Paul Gliddon
Merlin Rocket Christian Birrell Sam Brearey
National 12 Graham Camm Zoe Ballantyne
National 18 Oliver Houseman Doug Nestor
Optimist Emily Mueller Florence Brellisford
Laser 4.7 Lorcan Knowles Annabel Page
RS Aero 5 Ben Hutton-Penman James Hutton-Penman
RS Aero 9 Steve Cockerill Sarah Cockerill
RS Feva William Pank Seb Getto
RS200 Maria Stanley Alan Roberts
RS400 Stewart Robertson Sarah Robertson
RS600 Richard Smith Lynne Ratcliffe
RS800 Tom Morris Guy Fillmore
Scorpion Alan Krailing Simon Forbes
Supernova Sam Knight Steve Hawley
Thames A Rater Simon Blake James Warren

 

Further information is available at https://royalcorinthian.co.uk/endeavour/

 

Live streams of the event will be available from https://www.facebook.com/AllenBrothersSailing/

Birrell and McGovern Win 470 Nationals

10 years on from teaming up with Jonny McGovern to sail a 470 together, we got back in a borrowed 470 to sail the JDX UK National Championships at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

We probably aren’t quite as nimble as we once were, but we are older and wiser. Fortunately, Jonny has spent the last 5 years coaching the 470 squads, so he had at least evolved with the changes in the class. The UK fleet is full of enthusiasm, with 14 boats on the start line and great support from the Class Association and JDX. There appears to be a lot of young talent coming through, but for one more year at least, we were just about wise enough to hold back the youthful enthusiasm. The fleet is aiming for 25 boats in 2019 – and I will definitely be one of those.