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Trier, Germany, May 2015 - ISO Europeans and German Nationals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lars Wegner and Sebastian Lienkamp   
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 21:38

Sailing for the fun of it

Video of event here:

This was the motto Nik used to convince Lars and me to participate in the Ascension Races run by his sailing club in Trier. He topped this off with offering one boat out of his personal ISO dinghy fleet for the German ISO Nationals as a part of the Europeans.

Saturday morning came and we found ourselves standing in front of the ISO “Mausetüte” (“mice bag”). Both of us had never been on an ISO and we only sailed together twice before. So we set ourselves the goals to give back the boat in one piece, not to capsize and – before all – to have fun! The sailing club was offering breakfast, but we preferred to spend the time
getting used to the cockpit layout and all the ropes. Sebastian would be crewing and weighs in at considerably more than the 78 kg threshold, so Nik explained to us that we would be sailing without the wings. The resulting reduction in width decreases the righting moment, but at the same time the weight goes down by 15 kg. This way the differences in overall weight and
righting moment of different crews are compensated for.

After the briefing the three groups Pirat (traditional German double handed hiking dinghy with kite), ISO and Yardstick launched. Thanks to Nik’s never ending efforts 10 crews from Italy, the Netherlands, England and Germany battled it out on the water. Unfortunately we usually were quite a bit behind the leading pack so we cannot report what happened at the front. We
did spot that ISOs CAN capsize, though :).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:52
ISO Nationals @ Calshot PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Gill   
Saturday, 18 October 2014 19:45

This year's Championship was held as part of Sailfest's GWJ Direct sponsored Calshot event. The Friday was given over to a very successful coaching day laid on by Sailfest and run by Charlie Cumbley from the North Sails' stable and fresh from his Solo National Championship win.

The Saturday was forecast to be 10-12 knots and the ISOs set off to the race area in Calshot reach wearing summer attire and accompanied by a mix of classes ranging from 18' Skiffs to

Bytes, with an array of classes in between including a few new designs including the D-Zero, Supernova, Alto and Icon.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 October 2014 20:17
ISO Inlands @ Northampton SC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rob Howlett   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 20:48

Saturday met the fleet with a rainy launch in a light breeze. After a short downwind sail to the start line proceedings were soon underway. A shortish windward course with 5 laps to go, the whole fleet got off to a clean, well behaved start and worked their way up the shifty beat. First mark rounding lead by Jon and Juliet Gill, a trend that was due to stay for most races. In the second and third laps the wind became very shifty specifically nearing the windward mark. Rob Dunkley 550 had great boat speed but a few problems with the kite caused for a disappointing finish after a good race. Also a disappointing finish for newbies to inland sailing Chris and Kyle who had coped with the shifts and then went to the wrong finish mark.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 October 2014 20:22
ISOs at Langstone Harbour Race Weekend. 3rd - 4th May PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Ladell   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 06:14

Three clubs bordering Langstone Harbour, Langstone, Tudor and Locks SCs hosted the 6th annual Race Weekend, preceded by the Friday night Curry Night at Tudor SC.

With a cold light wind weekend forecast the 55 pre-signed on plus some on the day took to the water at about 12.30 in glorious sunshine. It was looking like a slow sail out down the channel to the course located near Lock SC. The 6 ISOs were given their own race results extracted from the fast handicap fleet.

Course A, windward / leeward set in amongst the yachts and the mooring mines providing an interesting obstacle course. A keen start line all rafted up around the pin in the reasonable breeze for Race 1. 814 with novice crew Paul took the safe option and let the raft get away. Colin and Alison in Serenity were more aggressive leading Vantage Sailing and Tinky Winky to win on their home turf. The runners up enjoyed a joust for their places.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 06:36
ISO in Y&Y - biggest grin factor ever ! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Barton   
Friday, 02 November 2012 15:50

Y&Y ISO - The Best!

It's now November with a terrific sunny day after a rather miserable October. The Y&Y December edition has just landed on the mat delightfully distracting away from the day job.

Turned through to the Racing Classes section, having admired the Oracle AC72 - if you've got to break something do it style !! Note the Spider Man pic on the last page too !!

The numbers table makes for some dim reading for sailing overall having declining numbers, with notable exceptions. So whilst our event attendance isn't what it was, we can at least be encouraged by the fact that so many other classes have reduced numbers too. The message - it isn't us and it isn't the boat. Even the RS200 has halved its numbers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 06:38

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