2018 Survey on Nationals Length

The results of the survey conducted of class members in summary was:

  • 31 for 'the 4 day championships'
  • 7 for 'a week long championships'
  • 23 for 'a week long Championships at Mounts Bay reverting to 4 days for subsequent Nationals'

However when assessing the comments, 9 of those voting for the 4 day championships said they would be prepared to do a week long championships at Mounts Bay.

The Committee discussed this at length and felt the results showed a stronger case for 4 days than a week at Mounts Bay and long term confirmed subsequent Nationals will be 4 days long.

2018 Wilkinson Sword Trophy

The current standings with the final event left in the series.

Shoreham rerun is happening on Sunday 28th October as a one day event and everybody is welcome. I will open the bar on Saturday if people want to come the day before. We are planning an 11 o'clock start.
John & Caz

The Osprey is a fast, exciting boat to sail. The Osprey relies on the traditional values of boat design to achieve its speed. The Osprey is fast upwind and down, whereas many competitor boats are heavily optimised to favour downwind sailing at the expense of upwind.  

The Osprey’s 17 foot 6 inch length gives it a longer waterline length than almost any dinghy class, and hence a higher maximum speed in displacement mode. Upwind performance is reinforced by the Osprey’s large over-lapping Genoa, whereas off-wind speed is generated by the large spinnaker emerging from the ‘chute. 

Downwind, the helm and crew can choose their angles to the wind, and the boat is equally at home running straight before the wind, or heating up on broad reaches. Its character is quite different to asymmetric classes, which always have to zigzag downwind to generate boat speed. In the Osprey, you choose your angle according to the wind strength and tactical considerations, making the downwind legs much more interesting. And of course it handles three sail reaches with aplomb.

In many classes, good helms and crews can find themselves off the pace through being either too heavy or light.

The Osprey class has a breadth of crew weights which other classes cannot match. Larger crews may use stiff alloy spars, or may straighten their carbon masts, while lighter crews usually opt for carbon spars, using more mast bend. Either way, combinations at either end of the weight range can be very competitive. Most Ospreys come with fully adjustable rigs, with rake, shrouds and mast strut all adjustable on the water.

The Osprey is a big boat, hence a bit heavier than smaller competitors, and it has great natural stability. It is a perfect boat on which to learn to trapeze, and it is a fulfilling boat to crew, with a generous spinnaker to enjoy. The Osprey can easily carry a crew of three, though is raced by pairs. It is also a great boat for long distance races or for cruising.

Osprey- the perfect all rounder!