Gosport Day 2 roundup

Not much to report unfortunately. One round of races was got in first thing in some very light and shifty conditions that saw Michael Scharmer take the win, while overnight leader Mike Cooke had a shocker after getting shut out at the first mark.

The wind very much died to nothing after that, and while some occasional zephyrs saw some boats scooting around, the race team wisely decided to call it a day at lunch time.

This left Mike Cooke taking the win on 7 points from Michael Scharmer on 9. Things were a bit tighter from 3rd down with only 7 points separating the next 6 boats. John Stone sailing a modified Shinobi rounded out the podium sailing his first Mini40 event in 30 years apparently!

8 Trimarans filled the top 10, potentially down to their improved manoeuvrability in the shifty light conditions, although Scharmers Cat is extremely well dialled in and easily picks up pace in the light stuff.

There were plenty of people taking photos, and even a bit of drone footage which will probably be appearing on the Facebook Mini40 page and group over the next few weeks.

Top marks to Jacque Cook and her crew for running a well oiled series and keeping the fleet in order! Also, thanks to Argo Engineering solutions for sponsoring the event and providing a perpetual trophy.



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Gosport day one roundup

Day 1 saw some tight light airs action down at Gosport, with an unpredictable breeze that kept the fleet on their toes and saw more rig changes than was sensible.

Mike Cooke and Michael Scharmer took the race wins between them with a comfortable gap back to John Stone in 3rd. Just 3 points seperate 3rd to 7th showing just how close the racing was.

Some really interesting tech on show too, and we’ll have a bit of a rundown of the top boats later on.

Tomorrows forecast is for lighter winds which will make for some tense racing to decide the outcome.



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Gosport 2018 Form Guide

No event is complete without a quick run through the runners and riders and with approaching 20 boats now entered this years Multi Fest is going to be the best.

Top favourite has to be last years winner Christian Engelhardt from SWE – his beautifully built scaled down version of the MOD70 looks the part and has proven to be a good all rounder and Christian is pretty good at pointing it in the right direction.

In the true “You’re only as good as your last race” fashion, next up is Matt Ponsford, who took the last Gosport club racing before the event in fine style. Matt is a relative newcomer to the class, having picked up one of Mike Cookes Shinobis late last season and taken to it like a duck to water.

On the flipside of this, Mike Cookes last races were not his finest and finished a lowly fourth. He was sailing an experimental cat that didn’t tack though and rumour has it the Rock3t – his replacement for the Shinobi – is already up to speed. Sedgemoor sailor Mike was runner up last year having launched a brand new boat at the event – has he left it too late?!

Class stalwart and local hero Mike Dann is never one to count out. Mike is responsible for keeping the Mini40’s going over the past decade and it’s his hard work that has lead to this event. Lots of experience and rumours of a replacement for his ancient Ghost Train means he could be in with a shout for some chocolates.

Last of the Michaels, Mr Scharmer of Germany is more famous for his innovative skinny IOM yachts – but his Catamaran is no slouch either, and he’s been robbed of some top placings through electrical issues – has he put the bugs to bed, and more to the point, will we see his foiling kit come out?!

Another top rider with a penchant for electrical woes is Gosport local Andy Cleal – totally capable of winning races with his Mike Dann designed Cat when all the bits are still working! Hopefully he’s pulled his head out from under the bonnet of his VW for long enough to do some soldering.

And final shout has to go to Ian Holt. Lord of all that is mini40 foiling and maker of fine videos. It’s been rumoured that he’d make an appearance, but he’s yet to appear on the entry list and hasn’t yet taken the bait on social media taunting from the locals. No one has yet to make a full-foiler race around the course on par with the current boats and if anyone is going to do it, it’ll be him.

We’re going to be doing our best to bring some photos, updates and hopefully some videos and interviews from the weekend on this page – stay tuned!

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Fast, Fun, Fantastic!
Sponsored by Argo Engineering Solutions Ltd and the British Model Multihull Association


Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April 2018 at Gosport Model Yacht and Boat Club Walpole Lake, Gosport, Hants PO12 1FA

Entry forms and NOR from jacquecook48@icloud.com
Entry fee £10.00
Closing date Wednesday 3rd April 2018
If your eyes can stand it, heres the event poster!
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Flevocup Entry Open

Entry is now open for the Flevocup in May – more information here:



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Provisional 2018 Dates coming together

As usual, dates may be changing as calendars get settled, but it’s looking like we’ve got a lot of sailing to do this year!

Gosport February 10th

Gosport March 10th

Gosport March 31st

Gosport Multihull INTER-NATIONALS April 7/8th

Gosport May 5th

FlevoCup Netherlands May 11th – 13th

Gosport June 2nd Whitaker Cup

Gosport June 16th

Gosport June 30th

Gosport August 25th

Gosport September 8th

Gosport September 22nd

Gosport October 20th

Gosport November 17th

Gosport December 1st Trinity Cup

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More Totally sweet Drone footage

Courtesy of Michael Scharmer over in Germany – looks like he’s got his cat flying pretty nicely.

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Drone Footage from Gosport

Little bit of aerial video from the Gosport Trinity Cup

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Trinity Cup at Gosport MBC

Multihull Racing Saturday 14th October 2017

“And now for something completely different!” The usual whole fleet racing round marks was replaced by the match racing format. It is not new to the multihullers but it is the first time in use this year. Boats raced in pairs with three points for a win, two for a tie, one for second place and a zero if capsized when the opponent finished. Unless I missed something everyone seemed to enjoy the format and the racing.

The wind was south westerly and ranged from light, to light plus a bit, as the day wore on. As a result there were not many opportunities for foils to be effective. Ten boats competed, a mix of cats and tris. A warm welcome to a new skipper Matt Ponsford who joined the fleet sailing one of Mike Cooke’s tris. It very quickly became obvious that he was no beginner as his second place in the results shows!

The multi hull fleet is very competitive and over the racing season skipper’s skills and expertise increases and their knowledge of how to handle their boat improves. We are now towards the end of the season and as a result, racing is often nip and tuck and finishes are very close. However, Mike Cooke was very much on form and with superior boat speed, won every race………

Racing one on one means there are less distractions and enables skippers to concentrate on their opponent and boat speed. There were no capsizes which is a first since I have been organising the racing!

The points for the skippers were close between in third place, Peter Fothergill, fourth place, Mike Dann, and in fifth place, Paul Edwards. Three skippers were jointly placed sixth, Rob Lyne, Simon Walley and Tony Cleal, and in spite of using usual methods there was no way to break the ties! Brian Shell and Bob Walley were not so successful in beating their competitors but Brian in particular made some good starts and Rob, whilst battling to complete tacks, chased his opponents finishing the course which is a rite of passage for multihullers.

Keeping the racing going must, at times, have looked a bit frenetic This was especially so for the finisher because the schedule order was not always followed as it depended on whether both of a pair of boats were on the bank. In just over two hours there were 45 individual races, so really exciting from a spectators point of view and plenty of variety for the skippers.

There was not enough wind to hold a speed run in the afternoon, but on the next windy day it will be a possibility after the racing has finished, so watch this space.
Grateful thanks to Mervyn Cook who as he was hors de combat was inveigled into finishing the races. He did a great job. Thanks also for the assistance with the buoys and the course setting.

A few pictures from the event can be found on the Gosport MBC Facebook Pages

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Gosport Multihulls 10th June

Report from Jacque Cook

The strong winds and rain earlier in the week paid dividends on Saturday as the weed had dropped far enough to enable most multihulls to race without the additional handicap of a natural sea anchor! Although the wind had abated it was still a force to be reckoned with especially as it was gusty and often unpredictable in direction. However, although there were many capsizes, it did not rain!!!!!

Eleven boats entered but only ten raced. Bob Walley took the opportunity to practice as it was the first time with his boat on the water. Confidence and performance clearly increased as the day wore on and hopefully he will be joining in soon. There was little doubt as to the overall winner: Mike Cooke won all but three of the twelve races, generally drawing out his starting lead to finish well ahead of the fleet and staying out of trouble! Two first places were gained by Andy Cleal who had a roller coaster day also achieving a second and two third places but sadly capsizes impacted on his overall position. The other first place was gained by Mike Dann who seemed to take a while to get into gear, tweaked his foils and then did some amazing speeds towards the end of the afternoon!

Paul Edwards sailed consistently well into second place overall with 35 points having got the measure of his lightweight cat. Even though at times, he felt he was under canvassed it paid off in the stronger winds. Both he and Peter Fothergill, who was in third place with four more points, generally kept upright taking advantage of shifts in the wind direction. In fourth and fifth places separated by one point were Mervyn Cook and Mike Dann with 43 and 44 points respectively and Andy Cleal was not far behind them with 52 points. Like Andy, the next three skippers had several races where they did not start or did not finish that they were unable to discard. Simon Walley was seventh with 70 points showing some really good turns of speed but he also fell foul of the wind conditions and capsized several times. Rob Lyne gained a third place in race 9 and a couple of fourths leaving him with 71 points overall. Pete Lawley with his easily spotted two mast-er had some bad luck towards the end of a couple of races where boats behind him sailed past before he could get to the line! Last, but by no means least, Alex Corey had real problems with his boat and sadly, did not manage to finish a race. Hopefully it can be sorted out and ready to show its paces at the next multi event which is scheduled for Saturday the 1st of July.

This was a really enjoyable day’s racing and thank you to Julie Lawley who assisted with start and finishes. As RO I observed that Mike Cooke generally made excellent starts, on the pin and travelling fast, which kept him out of trouble at the first mark……… Would you be interested in some practice starts at about 20 to 10 on the 1st July?

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