Team Allen Review – GP14 Allen Nationals 2019 Abersoch

By Szymon Matyjaszczuk

After seven weeks of sunny sailing in Southern Europe we had to come back at some point. Myself and Jack Lewis (my helm) decided to try our luck at the GP14 nationals in Wales. We expected cold and windy sailing which Abersoch delivered.

Day one it was around 10-14 knots of breeze with a gate start which was a new experience for us. We had a good start at the beginning of the gate where we rounded the windward mark 3rd. As we sail onto the top reach, we lost out to a couple boats as we didn’t know how the fleet reacted on the reach. As it turned out that the fleet goes high on the reaches so that they don’t get rolled. Then we had a good downwind moving back to the top ten where we gained two more boats on the upwind where we ended up finishing 8th.

Day two the breeze was significantly stronger on day two at around 15-18 knots which meant the beat length was increased dramatically which my legs weren’t pleased about. We then finished that race in 7th which we were pleased about. Then we had a bit of a shaky start rounding the mark in the top 20, but we kept pushing for places all the way round the course till we were in a top 10 position on the last top reach where we had an overlap and had to gybe high which led us to a messy capsize where we then scored a DNC.

Day three It was too windy for any racing as it was gusting 35 knots on the racecourse. As the day was canned, we decided to pick up our 420 friends surf boards to go surfing with Sam Watson and some of the Irish Friends at Hells Mouth which was a superb way to spend our lay day.

Day four the conditions were still breezy wind still at 20 knots and it was going to be a long day on the water with 3 races. First race was tough where we finished in 24th. Then we had a line start which we preferred as it gave us more options. We executed a good pin end start then. Rounding the windward mark in the top 10 and keeping that position around the course. We lost a bit on the upwinds as we didn’t have as much weight as rest of the teams but gained them back on the downwind legs as we worked the waves hard and our light combinations benefited us down wind meaning we finished 7th. Then we had another not so good race which we struggled in finishing 21 but where happy with our full last day of racing.

Day five It was really light meaning the RO had put up a two-hour postponement. Unfortunately, the wind had filled in half an hour later. After the postponement had ended we had a line start again which we were happy about as we knew that was one of our strengths. We won the pin and port tacked the fleet working our way out to the left but only managed to make it in the top 10 at the windward mark. Sam Watson just behind us who had port tacked the fleet as well then we had gained a further 2 places on the bottom reach as we stayed on the inside and high using the tide to drift us down. Unfortunately, we went left where there appeared to be more breeze, but we had not put tide into account and had lost a lot of places on the upwind to the boats that sailed towards the cliffs on the right. Then the wind had completely died, and the racing was cancelled promptly where we got a tow in by the safety crews.

Day six the wind was reaching 35 knots again meaning the racing was canned for the last potential day of racing. We packed up my dad’s boat and awaited prize giving later that evening.

At the end of the championship we ended up in 2nd silver and 14th overall losing to my good friend from Ireland Peter Boyle who ended the competition in 7th place. Final Results:

Jack and I had enjoyed the racing so much which wouldn’t be complete without the hard work done from Venessa Deveroux and the RO and his Crew and getting an amazing quality of races completed in such difficult conditions. Also a big thank you to Allen for supporting us and the championships as it’s always good to have the best performance dinghy kit behind our backs. It was an amazing experience and will definitely do the worlds in Skerries Ireland next year where we will probably be a few pounds bigger for the boat as we both get older.

What was hard about the championships? The hardest thing about the championships was the amount of hiking we had to do as we normally sail the 420 and don’t have to use our legs to keep the boat flat. On downwind legs in breeze we didn’t have enough weight to keep the bow from nose diving.

What were the most valuable lessons you have learned from the championships? One thing that was really good was practicing our close racing tactics which we mainly use in lighter airs in the 420. Also, we had learned that as a sailor you should check for stats yourself. As we failed to do so on the light wind race where we knew there was a lot of tide but failed to put that into the focus on our race strategy as we didn’t check the tide and apparently after asking a friend who had said after racing he had measured 6 boat lengths on the pin which had led him to round the mark significantly ahead.



2019 Allen GP14 UK National Championships – Overall

By Mike Senior and Vanessa Devereux

The GP14 fleet made a welcome return to South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club for their 2019 UK Nationals, following an 8-year absence with a fleet, of 56 boats. Unfortunate weather conditions throughout the week meant only 6 out of the scheduled 9 races were completed. However, there is probably no better place to find alternative things to do when racing is cancelled.

First out of the blocks on Day 1 (Sunday) were Russ and Ali Cormack from Budworth Sailing Club, mastering the light to moderate SW breeze, to win Race 1 which was sponsored by Ginger boats.

Sam Watson and Andy Thompson resumed their season winning form on day 2 with two bullets in Race 2 sponsored by English Braids and Race 3 sponsored by Gibson Sails to catapult themselves to the top of the leader board in an increasing moderate SW breeze.

Day 3 (Tuesday) – Racing was cancelled by excessive wind, although some of the sailors couldn’t stay out of the water and went surfing down at Hell’s mouth.

Day 4 (Wednesday) was originally scheduled as a rest day, but tactically used to catch-up from Day 3. A further race was also held due to the very light and very windy forecasts for Thursday and Friday respectively. A breezy day resulted in lots of opportunities for significant downwind gains and regrettable periods spent upside down for some.

Jim Hunt and Liz Senior won the opening race of the day; race 4 of the championship sponsored by Pinnall & Bax, leading from start to finish. Mike Senior and Chris White continued to recover from their habitual early week brain fart and won the remaining 2 races; Race 5 sponsored by Dinghy Shack and Race 6 sponsored by Impact Marine. Sam Watson and Andy Thompson had another solid day to consolidate their overall position with a 6, 2, 2.

Day 5 (Thursday): following a 2-hour postponement and subsequent rounders match, the fleet launched into a rather pleasant force two south westerly. Following two general recalls and a black flag the fleet eventually got away. However, 50 minutes into the race the wind decided it had had enough. The race officer had no other choice but to abandon race 7.

Day 6 (Friday) – Cancelled, like pretty much every other event in the UK that day. The class cleaned the beach in the rain as the ever hopeful packed away their boats.

Therefore, Sam Watson and Andy Thompson are the new GP14 UK National Champions, following a very successful 2019 campaign and an impressive championship performance.

Silver fleet was won by Peter and Stephen Boyle from Sutton DC with Peter also winning first youth helm coming 7th overall. In second silver were Jack Lewis and Szymon Matyjaszczuk from Welsh Harp SC; whilst in third place were Paul and Tom Simes from Cardiff Bay YC.

Bronze fleet winners were David Johnson and Collie Delaney from Sutton DC in 32nd place, followed in second by Les Burns and Alice Morris from Hollingworth Lake SC. In third place was James Ward and Richard Whitehill from Papercourt SC.

Competing in their first championships the last two boats who were both from Frensham Pond has received one days coaching from the class. Bruce Craven and Tim Farnell-Watson in 55th and in 56th place Kate Whyatt and Jon Denyer.

Next up is the Irish Nationals (16-18 August) at the 2020 World Championship Venue, Skerries Sailing Club.

All photos by kind permission of Richard at Sailpics

Full results

Youth Team Allen Sailors Finish 5th at RS Feva Worlds

Joey Taylor and Terry Hacker recently finished 5th at one of the highest attended RS Feva World Championships.


Here is a short write up from Joey about the event –

The RS Feva fleet headed for Follonica, Italy, for the biggest ever RS double-handed event with 23 different nations represented and 200 boats in probably the most competitive World Championships fleet so far for the class.  With our boat very kindly being transported on top of a Norwich School minibus, we were able to fly out and see the sights of Pisa before heading on to the venue.

We were able to get some training in before the event which helped us acclimatize to the heat, prevailing light winds and sloppy chop before the 2-day qualification series started on Monday.  With the fleet spit into 3 flights, we got off to the perfect start with a bullet in race 1, followed by a not so perfect 20th and a good 4th leaving us 15th overall overnight.

We stepped up a gear for day 2 with three top 10s allowing us to discard the 20th and leaving us 12th overall heading into Gold fleet for the remaining 3 days of the regatta.

Day 3 dawned to the now expected heat, light winds and sloppy chop.  Unfortunately, it didn’t go great for us in the first race as we struggled to get off the line and ended up 19th.  Things didn’t improve in the second race as, after a good start, we were yellow flagged as we crossed the fleet putting us pretty much at the back after we had done our penalty.  We recovered to 23rd in that race and then finally got our act together with a 4th in the last race of the day.

Day 4 was looking good for us with a 5th and then 4th, but unfortunately the 4th turned out to be BFD.  This must have really focused our minds as, after several general recalls, we won the last race of the day, which included beating Simon Cooke (championship leader and a NZ ex Olympian and former 470 World Champion).  Despite the BFD, we were now up to 5th overall with everything to play for in the last 2 races.

We woke up on the last day knowing we had a shot at the title, but also knew that we couldn’t afford another BFD or bad race.  We held our nerve in the first race and came 2nd, putting us right in contention for the Youth World Champion title.  With everything riding on the last race we were really conscious not to be over the line but held back just too much and couldn’t find clear air up the first beat, eventually finishing 26th.  At the time we were disappointed, but we learnt a lot from that last race and won’t make the same mistake again.

Whilst it’s very easy to dwell on what could have been, overall, we are really pleased with how we sailed in what is our least favorite types of conditions.  To be 4th Youth team and 5th Overall at a World Championships with 200 boats, and to have been in contention for the title with one race to go, was a real achievement for us.

The RS Feva is an amazing fleet.  We were so lucky to have the Worlds in such a great venue with great racing and time to swim and play with friends on the beach after.  For those staying on the campsite, our first experience of Foam Night was brilliant!  Thanks must go to everyone at Follonica Sailing Club and RS for putting on an amazing fun regatta, to all the parents for getting us and our boats there, and to Allen whose support has really helped us.

Allen Endurance Series After 3 Rounds

With only one more event remaining in the Allen Endurance Series, it’s still all to play for.

Now in its second year, the 2019 edition of the Allen Endurance Series has been well attended at all 3 of the events so far this season. A total of 93 boats have taken up the challenge to win the £500 overall Allen voucher with more new entries expected for the final event, The IOS Round The Island Race, where there will be another £100 voucher for the race winner.

Simon Northrop sailing his F18 has already taken home two of the £100 event winning vouchers and is looking good to take the overall win. However, It’s still all to play for as the series does not include any discards.

The final round of the Allen Endurance Series is taking place on the weekend of the 31st / 1st September. The IOS Round The Island Race is a long-established, long-distance event designed to test sailing skills and endurance over a 40-mile course. Sailed clockwise around the island, starting and finishing at IOS Sailing Club, the race includes tidal sea, river & estuary sailing. It Is one of the longest dinghy and board races in Europe. Open to all classes of dinghy, catamaran and sailboard.

If you have been part of the Allen Endurance Series this year, we would love to have your feedback. Anything you would like to change, add or improve throughout the series? Get in touch with

To find out more info and how to enter head over to the Allen Endurance Series web page

Top 20 Overall Results After 3 Events:

For full results click here

Sailor Boat Whitstable Hayling ECPR Nett
1 SIMON NORTHROP Minnis Bay F18 4 1 1 6
2 NICK BARNES Brightlingsea Sailing Club F18 11 4 4 19
3 GRANT PIGGOTT Weston SC Nacra F20 Carbon 9 3 26 38
4 WILL SUNNUCKS Vampire 2 6 33 41
5 CHRIS KING Weston SC Nacra F20 Carbon 12 9 24 45
6 TIM NEAL F18 7 2 94 103
7 NICK ELMORE Thorpe Bay Yacht Club Nacra F20 Carbon 3 94 7 104
8 GHISLAIN MELAINE F18 18 5 94 117
9 KEVIN DUTCH Seasalter sailing club Tornado 15 94 12 121
10 DOUGLAS WRIGHT Yaverland Isle of Wight Nacra F20 Carbon 94 7 25 126
11 TONY STOKES Grafham Water Sailing Club F18 19 94 18 131
12 KYLE STONEHAM Thorpe Bay Yacht Club Vampire 1 1 94 40 135
13 MARK ROBSON UKIDA Dart 18 10 94 39 143
14 JOHN PAYNE Brightlingsea Sailing Club Tornado 94 94 2 190
15 CHRIS BROWN RORC RS 400 94 94 3 191
16 ANDREW STICKLAND Thorpe Bay Yacht Club MUSTO SKIFF 94 94 5 193
16 MICK DAVIDSON A Class 5 94 94 193
18 BEN HARDEN Blaze 6 94 94 194
18 JOHN TUCKWELL Bala Sailing Club Nacra F20 Carbon 94 94 6 194
20 MIKE ELLIS F18 94 8 94 196
20 NIGEL JAMES Marconi Sailing Club Sprint 15 Cat Boat 94 94 8 196
20 TONY DOD Dart 18 8 94 94 196



More than just marine hardware specialists

Here at Allen, we are much more than just marine hardware specialists. We are engineering experts who work with a wide variety of companies in different sectors, such as; medical equipment, automotive parts, window manufacturing, public and defence sector, theatre, advertising, aviation and much more.

We can work with such a wide variety of clients due to our multiplicity of in-house resources. Which includes our close-knit team of engineers and designers. These resources allow us to carefully monitor custom products through all stages of development. But it’s not just large-scale project we take on, we also like to have some fun with our machines.

Each year at Allen we take on engineering and design students from universities across Europe. We offer them valuable real-world knowledge of an industry they are studying for. This year is no exception.

One of our 2019 engineering students from Loughborough University, James Hambly, mentioned that he had always wanted to create his own electric skateboard but had never had the resources to complete the project.

“Having researched it for some time, I already knew I could source a lot of the components I would need online. But the important parts, such as, the bracket to hold the motors and the sprockets for the chain, would have to be custom.” Said, James.

At Allen, we certainly have the resources to complete such a project. So, James got stuck in.


James went about sourcing all of the electrical components easily available online and then proceeded to start work on the motor mount. Without the mounting for the motor, the board would not be able to function.

James made his design for the motor mount using our state-of-the-art CAD software, the design included adjustable positioning for the motors so that tensioning the chain would be easy. The mount would also be fixed onto the existing holes in the skateboard trucks.

“The accuracy of the manufacturing would make all the difference in the function of the board. Any errors could lead to motor miss alignment amongst other issues that could damage components.” James commented.

The 2 motor brackets were CNC milled from marine grade aluminium before being hand-finished and threaded to match each truck exactly.

“One of the issues I had when designing the motor mount was that the Skateboard trucks were not a precisely manufactured product and so each axle had slight deviations. This meant the motor mounts had to be custom for each side of the board.” James explained.

The 3 cross supports were manually turned on one of the tool room lathes to perfectly match the spacing of the brackets.

Once James had assembled the board and ran a few “gnarly” tests. He let some of his Allen colleagues have a go and then went onto say

“The 2 motors combined gives an approximate maximum power output of 2.5HP while running the 2 Lipo batteries in series. The motors also work as the breaks for the board. It has a theoretical top speed of 25mph with the assumption that it is working 75% efficient. But no one’s been brave enough to get close to that yet!

The rider and terrain affect the range of the board but so far, its managed around 2 hours of riding on a single charge. The large pneumatic wheels easily cope with riding on grass, gravel and dirt. Off-road riding presents more of a technical challenge due to the skateboard style steering. But it is just as fun as cruising on concrete.

I’ve also included a cut off cord, just in case! and it’s certainly come in handy a few times. It’s essentially an anti-spark connector attached to a safety string, so in the case of a crash the spark connector pulls out and cuts the engine.”

James then went onto say “Working with Allen has helped me take the design from a weekend project and idea to a professional-looking prototype. Allen not only helped me manufacture the mounts but also provided valuable advice and support during the development of the design and its functional details.”

The Allen factory is based in Essex, UK. Where we manufacture all our products and export around the world.

If you have a custom project or would like to find out what Allen can do for you, contact



Ben Purrier at the Topper World Championships

It was a great start to the Topper World Championships with the sun shining and the wind blowing in Medemblik in The Netherlands. With a steady force 5, gusting force 6 the 162 sailors in the full (5.3) rigs and 47 in the 4.2 fleets set sail, with the offshore wind giving all of us a long run to the start line. Conditions were tough but I got out off the line fast claiming my first win in the first race. This was followed by a 4th and a 3rd in the next two races and I ended the first day 2nd overall. The perfect start in the great conditions.

On the second day, the wind dropped, and we had to wait five hours for the sea breeze to fill in. Unfortunately, it didn’t give me the conditions I wanted but the race officer got the first flight away and I came in 29th after a big shift and the second flight’s race was abandoned altogether. The race officer then reset the course, but only managed to get one race in for the second flight, so we ended the day with one race completed and I moved down to 3rd overall.

Day 3, the last for qualifying, and we again had a postponement while waiting for the sea breeze to kick in. The conditions were very hot (35ºC) but we got three races away. The first was completed in light and shifty conditions, the second finally had a more consistent breeze meaning I pegged a 9th place, and the third, after some hard work on the line, resulted in me getting an unhelpful UFD.

At the end of the 3 days of qualifying, I hit 15th place overall which was perfect to go straight into the Gold fleet, and two days of World Championship racing against 80 other qualifiers.

Thursday, day 4, and the hottest day of the year. The day I’d be waiting for. I started the World Championship series in Gold Fleet with 15 points. The heatwave battled against the prevailing wind causing a 1-hour delay followed by a very light wind race with the wind almost dying completely at the end. Not great conditions for racing and I placed a respectable 10th before the race officer ordered the safety fleet to tow all 209 sailors ashore as the wind died completely. Quite a sight, everyone was frustrated, but in my case, I just wanted to get back out and race.

After 4 hours ashore we relaunched, with my hope being that a late thermal wind would establish. Sailors were towed out and the second race got underway with light and fickle conditions to contend with. The first start became a general recall, and the second start saw a dozen boats black flagged, but, finally, the race was underway! An awesome feeling, but it was short-lived as the wind dies again and the race officer abandoned the second race with everyone being towed ashore again.

On Friday we hit the boat park early, and there was a feeling of immediate excitement because the wind was finally blowing. We had an early 8am briefing as the race officer brought proceedings forward to get the races in, however halfway through the launch sequence, the wind dropped, meaning the sailors (particularly the 4.2s which had launched first) were unable to make it to the start. The decision was made to send the sailors back, resulting in confusion on the slipway with sailors trying to launch as others were trying to return.

Once we restarted it was light and choppy, making it hard to get good boat speed off the congested line which resulted in lots of general recalls and back flags. Not perfect but I had a great first race with a 5th place in an 8 to 10 knot breeze. The heatwave then began to take hold with the wind starting to die, and the chop still making things challenging on the water. The result being a tough final two races after a long week of stop & start. I eventually nailed a 14th place out of 209 & using my discard landed 7th place overall.

Looking back from the comfort of the ferry on the way back from Medemblik it was a great week, with good friends. The first day was excellent, but light winds for the rest of the week it made for challenging racing, especially when you’re 15 and heavier than some of the smaller helms in the fleet. Next up is the ITCA Nationals in Largs at the start of August – a place not known for light winds, and I can’t wait to get back out on the water.


Thanks to Allen for providing me with the best kit for my Topper!


Allen Sponsored Yves Le Bour Trophy

Bough Beech Sailing Club hosted the Snipe Class on the 8th & 9th of June for the Annual Open Meeting and the third & final Leg of the Yves Le Bour Trophy, a competition between Belgium, France and Britain, sponsored by Allen & Selden. 17 Boats entered the event, Senne & André Deboeure and Thibault Vandrot & Nadia El Ghozi coming from Belgium and France respectively.

On Saturday morning the wind was looking quite promising but by the time racing got underway just after lunch it had died right of. The first race started opportunistically in a gust which unfortunately died halfway round, Thibault drifted across the line ahead of John & Liz Reed, who had led most of the race after a good start at the pin end, to take the first win of the day. By the second race the wind had started to fill in a little but was still only a force 1, Ian Gregory & Mike Ker took the second race after getting past Mark Antonelli & Lloyd Roberts on the last run.

By the start of race three the wind was back up again to perfect sailing conditions with both crew able to hike but very few boats having to de-power at all. Matthew Wolstenholme & Patrick Sarsfield won race 3 and 4 with Peter Wolstenholme & Callum Sarsfield and then Alan Williams & Liz Pike both achieving a second place. The decision was made to sail two more races because of a disappointing forecast for Sunday. Thibault and Richard & Nicki Lambert dominated these last two, Thibault beating Richard in the 5th race with Richard reversing that result for Race 6.

In the evening we had a fish and chip van come with strawberries after, with a couple of barrels of beer a really good evening was had by everyone with some having a very late night.

Sunday was, as predicted, rather lacking in wind but we managed to get in two races. Thibault sailed off to take the first win followed by Peter. The second race was more closely contested with Pete Tipler & Dan Pearson leading the whole race until on the beat into the finish a gust came on the wrong side of the course for them allowing Peter to sneak through to win with Thibault also getting past.

Thibault & Nadia deservedly won the event after being the only boat consistently at the front of the fleet over the whole weekend. This along with their second in the French Leg, won them the Yves Le Bour Trophy too with first prize being a voucher for one of Selden’s two new mast sections they are developing for snipes, who along with Allen were very generous with all competitors of the British leg going home with lots of goodies.

Huge thank you to our race officer Mark Stone and all his team who did a very good job in sometimes tricky conditions, to Sylvie Le Bour for coming all the way from Paris to present the trophy in honour of her farther, and also a special thank you to Selden and Allen for their sponsorship. We hope to see more of you next year, not just for Bough Beech but for the Belgium and French legs of the Yves Le Bour as well.

Runners & Riders for the Allen GP14 National Championships 2019 at SCYC

The last time I wrote an article for the GP fleet was way back in the 90’s and the infamous Nationals in Lowestoft. It was therefore a surprise to be asked to do this when I don’t really know anybody in the fleet anymore! However, the entry deadline has passed for the Allen GP14 National Championships 2019 at SCYC, and it’s time to take stock of who will be in the running for this year’s event. With 53 confirmed entries – which is good for the year after a UK Worlds, there are 22 Gold fleet teams all aiming for that elusive top 10 finish…

In no particular order:-

Mike Senior/Chris White – I’ve never heard of this pair but apparently they’re quite good. Current World Champs having come up on the rails at the end in a boat that is appearing on Antiques Road Show next year. Serial late night revellers and last to leave the bar…..but will probably win anyway.

Keith Louden/Alan Thompson – Always near the front in Ireland and provided Keith keeps Alan out of the bar all should be peaceful and fast. Their house sounds like it could be lively!

Jim Hunt/Liz Senior – Multi World Champ & talented sail maker but can Jim help Liz beat Mike!! In a borrowed boat but rumour has it they’ve been secretly practicing so could be fast.

Sam Watson/Andy Thompson – Fast, very fast and could be the ones to push Raceys Rocket all the way. Won a lot in Ireland this year plus a few area champs back here so if you’re looking at form these are the pair to follow.

James Goodfellow/Rick Cornes – I’ve a sneaky feeling about this pair, one of those you might put an each way bet on just in case all falls right for them, or you don’t mind losing a few bob. New boat, swapped roles and they’ve sailed together for a few years in Fireballs (still for sale if anyone wants one!?) so a good bet for a top 10 finish.

Ian Dobson/Gemma Dobson – Ian’s a multi GP World/National Champion now sailing with wife Gemma. They’ll be quick and in the top 10 easily plus fighting for the family trophy as apparently they get on well in the boat – are we sure they’re married!!?

John Hayes/Joel James – now sailing together in Fireballs. If it’s a light week they’re a good shout for something special. They won a race a few years back and could certainly do it again.

Lawrence Creaser/Jane Kearney – I’ve heard these are quick and have practiced lots. With a fair wind I recon these could be top 5 (then I’m only go off stats as I don’t know them personally).

Ross Kearney/Ed Bradburn – Apparently these are quite good as well having pushed Senior/White all they way at last years Worlds. I hear they’re very good at right hand side beats but are also quick all round. These should be fighting it out at the front of the fleet/bar again.

Mark Platt/Tom Platt – Finally, someone I know!! Mark’s a stalwart of GP sailing who seems to have made the progression from aft to centre main seamlessly. Sailing with son Tom they should make a top 10 place.

Well, that’s my top 10 put together. However, there are some dark horses lurking in the background…

Russ Cormack/Ali Cormack – looked quick at times at the Midland Areas and could spring a surprise

Adam McGovern/Ellie Davies – very good at the Northern Areas and sailed extremely well at the Worlds last year. These could make the top 10 as they’re so consistent.

Tim Jones/Dale Knowles – another pair I know! They’ve been 3rd in a Worlds and the only thing stopping me putting them in the top 10 is that there is no boat entry (looks like Ciaran had first dibs on the boat).

Ciaran Jones/Sam Platt – serious dark horses if it’s light. Ciaran is son of Tim, Sam is son of Mark – if they were horses I’d put money on them.

Sarah Norbury/Emily Cole-Evans – Ex 470 Olympic squad member, Sarah has borrowed a fast boat & has a great crew in Emily (albeit one that hasn’t sailed for a few years). If it’s light and she manages not to reach up wind they could be in the mix. Nailed on for all woman prize though.

Hugh Gill/Joe Doherty – they’ll probably turn up with the boat in the back of the van, then sleep in the van during the week. Could be quick.

The McGuiness boys – fast in breeze and sailed together for years.

There are also a couple of Silver boats that could do well both having won open meetings this year, plus rumour has it Ian Willis & Keith Dutton have a house booked and will look at the forecast nearer the time (if it’s light I’d have them in the top 10).


Enjoy the weeks sailing and don’t forget to party!….

Allen Support Burnham Week

The historic Burnham Week sailing regatta which takes place on the River Crouch on the last week in August will once again be supported by local sailboat hardware manufacturer Allen.

Allen, the Essex based company, has announced it will be supporting the week by providing a generous number of prizes, especially for the dinghy competitors. Dinghy racing always takes place on the first long weekend of Burnham Week and the event is usually well attended with big turnouts from the Ospreys, Phantoms and local Handicap fleets.

Managing Director of Allen and keen RBOD sailor, Liz Adams, commented “Although our equipment is suitable for the majority of boats that will be taking part in Burnham Week, we feel it’s especially important to support the dinghy side of the regatta. The younger dinghy sailors are the future of the sport and without them the keelboat sailors will struggle for crew in the future!”

Allen designs, manufactures and distributes all of its products from its factory in Southminster, Essex. The company boasts a wide variety of in-house resources such as CNC machines, injection moulding, hydraulic presses and even a foundry. The designers at Allen work extremely closely with their elite Team Allen sailors who test and feedback useful information about new products.

To find out more about Burnham Week go to

Megan Pascoe – 2.4MR Tidal Champs in WPNSA

Last weekend the 2.4s joined in with the RYA Sailability Multi Class event at the WPNSA. The event started with a pursuit race. It’s very unusual for 2.4s to be starting midway down the pursuit race but it is fun chasing rather than being chased. I managed 12th after being overhauled by the Elliot 6m’s and RS Ventures and not quite managing to catch all the Hansa’s.

By Saturday afternoon we started the class racing. We were racing as an open class which makes our fleet more competitive than just racing the disabled contingent. It was great racing in  Portland harbour and somewhere where you could race upwind for 10 minutes. What I had forgotten over too much pond sailing was how wet 2.4s were but at least the water was warm. We had 2 races in a building sea breeze. 6 of us had some close racing but with a bit more pace I managed to win both races. I especially enjoyed the last downwind playing on the waves, it makes the wet and slow upwind worth it. Sunday brought a light gradient clocking round to the southerly sea breeze. After a bit of waiting the race officer did well to get 2 good races in. Again it was nice to settle down into some boat speed off the start line and happy that I seem to be going well with another couple of bullets.

I haven’t raced multiclass much over the years but it is really fun holidaying with the rest of the disabled sailing community as we don’t get much time to hang out together. It is a small community with many I have grown up with over the years it is great to catch up with everyone. We also had a lot of Frensham Pond sailors at Portland and with all the helpers it was definitely Frensham on tour.