Posts by Ian Burnett

STAR OF STAGE, SCREEN AND Y&Y

The just published December edition of the Yachts & Yachting has a literally scintillating picture of Odyssey on page 91 along with an article on our N18 UK Inland Championship, courtesy of Paula Irish the Y&Y Clubs and Classes editor. In addition to the 2015 annual A-Z of Dinghies and other articles, the magazine has a good article on Winter Series Weather … just right for our SailJuice Series participants.  It even cites some Rutland water specifics. The Odyssey picture that Y&Y chose was taken by Nicky Chavasse.
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ODYSSEY SHOWS THE WAY

  Odyssey, number 400, the prototype of the newly adopted ‘Ultra’ design of National 18, ably sailed by Joe & Tom McLaughlin, won On-the-Water Cup at the well attended UK Inland Championship at Tamesis Club on 26th September by a clear margin … with three bullets. The win, in very light airs, put paid to any questions on whether the fairly flat aft section Ultras could perform well in these light conditions. The Goose Drank Wine, 369, an ‘Ultimate’ design, sailed by Jeremy & Max Vines was second On-the-Water. Another ‘Ultimate’ Zephyr, 374, sailed by Ian Burnett and in turn
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Commodore Dons His Skates

Just three boats braved the rain and Northerly gales (well, nearly up to to Force 1) for the soggy August Bank Holiday Pursuit Race.   Commodore Stewart Colley really got his sailing skates on and not only managed to maintain his handicap start advantage but actually increased it through the race against two well sailed National Eighteens: Orion, Alan Green, and One over the Eight, Doug Pope.  In spite of the rain, all three boats clearly enjoyed their race … an encouragement for others to turn up in future.
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NATIONAL 18s IN CORK

With the jet streams so far South this year we expected summer would not be like last in Ireland and sadly we were right. The Cork Nationals were very breezy – and with a Race Officer determined to run ten good races out at sea there were plenty of thrills and spills. All eleven of the new Morrison designed ‘Ultras’ were there and it is amazing that it was only a year ago that the Class gave a go ahead.  The new fleet looks great with each boat a different colour scheme and already developing a character of its own
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N18 ‘FIRST BATTLES’ WEEKEND

The weekend of 13th & 14th June is a very exciting one for the Tamesis National Eighteens. On Saturday 13th June the National Eighteens are sailing for the 1832 Queen Adelaide Cup (handicap) and the 1937 Tamesis Anchor trophy (on-the-water). Always exciting, this club event is especially exciting this year because it is: • the first ‘Battle of the Ultras’ for a trophy ever anywhere. Odyssey, 400, sailed by Peter Adams, will come head to head with Hurricane, 401, sailed by Ollie Houseman, for the first time, and • it is also the first ‘Battle of the Ultras and the
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JOIN THE ODYSSEY BALL!

The N18 Fleet aims to have decent participation in all of three of the National 18 championships, including by our Ultimates.  However, we will fairly shortly have Ultra Odyssey at Tamesis.  In addition to getting new ‘young’ people sailing her at Tamesis, we also want to have her sailing in the N18 championships.  We want as strong a crew as possible for each championship.  We also if possible want to ‘spread the wealth’ with potentially different crews sailing in each championship, given chronologically below: • English National Championship (Bosham Sailing Club) – Sunday 5th July (after Bosham Regatta on Saturday
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TAMESIS NATIONAL 18 ‘ULTRA’ APPEAL SUCCEEDS

After five months, the Tamesis National 18 fleet’s appeal for funds to buy one of the new ‘Ultras’ has succeeded. The fleet has raised enough funding to buy the Ultra prototype ‘Odyssey’ … the boat that we have seen at Tamesis both for our trials at the club and when ‘parking between trips’ on her demonstrations odyssey around the UK. This was all made possible by contributions from fifteen far sighted people … the ‘Fab Fifteen’. The deposit has been paid, with the balance due when we have received the boat at Tamesis; after some jib sheeting modifications (potentially at
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NEW NATIONAL 18 ULTRA AT THE RYA DINGHY SHOW

The first of the new 50kg lighter National 18 ‘Ultras’ designed by Phil Morrison and built by White Formula will be on stand B24 at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace (in the Pink Zone of the Great Hall) on Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March. The boat on show (Number 401 belonging to Jeremy Vines and Ollie Houseman) will be resplendent with her navy blue and white hull; a treat for the eyes. It will be a delight to see the ‘prototype tested and fully engineered’ Ultra in the flesh, particularly noting the intricate inner hull moulding.
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New N18 ‘Ultra’ Appeal Over Half Way There

The Tamesis National 18 fleet is running a ‘crowd fund’ appeal to buy one of the new Phil Morrison designed 50kg lighter ‘Ultra’ Eighteens (like ‘Odyssey’ that you have seen at Tamesis). The appeal has effectively reached 55.5% of its £18,000 target. This is due to some generous contributions of both cash and equipment. This still leaves £8,000 to be raised in the second phase of the fleet’s appeal. Those with associations to the N18 fleet have been contacted but if you would like to make a difference and contribute towards modernising Tamesis, in particular rejuvenating the National 18 fleet,
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National 18 Progress

There are two ‘National 18 Progress’ booklets on the Tamesis lounge tables. They are for all to enjoy and update themselves on ‘Things National 18’. They include the latest two newsletters on the development of the new Ultra Eighteen; lots of pictures of the prototype Ultra ‘Odyssey’ having fun off Lymington; a picture of the frames of the new Ultra Hull mould and a bit on Tamesis’ N18 UK Inlands Championship last September (Gloriana, 1: National 18, 0).
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