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Last updated: 28 June, 2017

UPDATE yes we are going the SI’s do not mention 4000s but we are starting with the B14s and using usual class rules. All times etc available here

Rutland Training 27-28th May

Last updated: 16 May, 2017

UPDATE – due to a lack of uptake we are not going to be running any formal training. Tim may be at the club over the weekend if anyone shows up ask at reception if he is around. Anyone who does show up will be welcome to sail as visitors to the club and / or in the open event.

We will look to organise something on another occasion should we have people looking for training.

Please see the event details here for further details

Join the Class Association

Last updated: 30 January, 2017

You are cordially invited to re-join the Class Association for 2017. The Association does lots of great work to safeguard the future of the class and ensure another cracking’s season of racing, mostly based on the hard work of the committee, but also with subs provided from you the members. Membership fees remain as follows:

  1. full membership (with voting rights) – £20
  2. flexible membership (with voting rights) where you expect to sail with a number of different partners during the year, without the need for them to join in their own right – £30
  3. associate membership (without voting rights) where you expect to sail regularly with a full or flexible member, or simply have an interest in the class but do not have your own boat – £10
If you have a paypal account you can pay here: https://www.paypal.me/NeilHeffernan. Drop me an e-mail to let me know that you have done with contact details and boat number. If you like (and it reduces my admin!) then you can also pay direct into the class account. E-mail newmembers@4000.org.uk for details.

UK Series Rutland SC, October 2016

Last updated: 2 January, 2017

Rutland Water Sailing Club again provided a cracking venue for the final event of the 4000 season. Saturday saw arriving crews greeted by less wind than had been forecast, but it filled in sufficiently for racing to get underway as planned. John and Fran made a strong start to the event, scoring a first and second in races one and two, with locals Tim and Harry chasing them hard in the first and then winning the second race. The third race of the day was notable for a photo finish between three boats, with Alex and Charlotte, Richard and Alex, and Neil and Jo crossing the line with inches between them after 45 minutes of hard racing. Meanwhile Trevor and Bernoit – visiting from Belgium – continued to finish very strongly.

Day two dawned with much more wind, and with some real snakes and ladders gusts. John and Fran again started strongly with a first in the opening race of the day. Race 5 was eventful – both yellow boats turned back after the start suspecting they had been over, but Tim graciously corrected Neil and Jo and sent them back in the right direction, knowing that it had been he and Harry who had been over. Still the start shenanigans didn’t affect either too badly and by lap three Tim and Harry were in second with Neil and Jo behind. John and Fran in first were clearly enjoying things too much and rather than finishing, set off on an extra lap after their third – followed by Tim and Harry. Grace of their fine counting ability Neil and Jo converted their third into a first by finishing!

The last race of the day turned into two match races. Trevor and Bernoit had secured third, but Tim and Harry had everything to race for against John and Fran, with Neil and Jo fighting Alex and Charlotte for fourth. Some incredibly close racing saw John and Fran keep first and Alex and Charlotte keep Neil and Jo behind them to take a well-deserved fourth.

Special mentions to Dominic and Emily from Penine SC, great to see them at the event, and commiserations to Dave and Matt who spent the event hoping for considerably more wind to regain the big-boy pace that they demonstrated at the Europeans. Thank you to Carolyn (sailing with Russell – welcome back!) for hosting so many of the fleet!

The 2017 seasons kicks off in April at Stokes Bay SC.

UK Series Grafham 10th & 11th September 2016

Last updated: 13 September, 2016

A somewhat depleted 4000 fleet were greeted with a soggy Grafham last Saturday morning. After the exuberance of Garda and the Torbay Nationals, an outbreak of “crews blues” had struck, with some notable absences and last-minute crew substitutions due to illness and injuries.  But the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those who could make it.

Tim Litt was sailing with Alex Cramp, as neither of his sons was available. They were spotted at the weigh-in, stretching the definition of “light clothing” to the limit.  This was in a vain attempt to make rack 4 on the weight chart, to make Tim’s helming position a little more comfortable.

The forecast force 2 – 3 southerly breeze duly set in, and racing began promptly. The wind was due to track right by at least 90° during the afternoon as the rain cleared, so would it be a question of simply defending the right on the beats?  We shall see…..  Race officer Nigel Dench set a port biased line, long enough for the 28 D-Zeros holding their Inlands on the start before us, so it was vital to choose the correct end of the line.  Neil and Charlotte Heffernan performed an admirable port flyer, but by the top of the first beat they had been overhauled by Tim & Alex, and David & Matt.  Tim and Alex went on to take the win, but when asked what their secret was later, Tim replied that they were so fired up after making the start on time for once, they couldn’t go wrong!

Despite the U flag, the D-Zeros were a little too keen on the second start, leading to a general recall. The line was again port biased, but 30 seconds before our start, the wind went even further left.  Neil and Charlotte were again closest to the pin, but this time they found themselves unable to make the pin on starboard, as several boats got away over them.  John & Fran spotted good wind at the top of the lake well to the left, so hit the corner hard, reaching the top mark with a comfortable lead over the rest of the fleet which they retained to the end of the race.

The D-Zeros got away cleanly on the next start, but the ominous low dark cloud just to the west signified the weather front was very close. Two minutes before our start, we spotted that the line was becoming starboard biased, so duly lined up for a committee boat start.  We suddenly found ourselves in lighter wind, on a run as the gun went, trying to make it round the back of the committee boat!  Apparently, according to the race committee, the wind veered through 160° – mainly in that couple of minutes!  Nigel had no choice but to abandon the race and completely rejig the course.  Race 3 eventually got away in a north-westerly.  The lighter wind suited John & Fran to a tee, and coupled with a bit of local knowledge, they soon built a large lead, with David & Matt in the other local boat taking second place.

Sunday dawned with bright sunshine and light airs, and we were all at the starting area in time for the published 10.30 start. Unfortunately it took a full hour for the wind to stabilise sufficiently for the race officer to finalise the course.  However, this gave the opportunity for three different helms to try the latest prototype carbon mast (#3)  Steve Cockrell had been planning to trial it in the event, but due to Sarah’s illness, had given it to Richard for the weekend.  Initial impressions are very promising, with the sail setting much better than the previous two prototypes earlier this year, so we will be continuing the trials; watch this space!!!

Racing finally got away in light, shifty conditions, which eventually built to around 7 knots, but with gusts of twice this which would catch out the unwary. At least one boat capsized after being suddenly “tacked” by a wind shift and the helm not making it to the other side in time.  Trevor & Adrien are used to inland sailing in Belgium, and relished the conditions.  They reached the top mark first in race 4, closely followed by David & Matt, but John & Fran pulled through to take the win.

Race 5 continued the “snakes and ladders” theme, and this time John & Fran found themselves stuck in a hole at the bottom of the beat, never to recover, as the rest of the fleet sailed away to the right. This time Martin and Tom Burgess had their best race, and were leading down the second reach; but by the end of the final lap both Richard & Mike and Trevor & Adrien had overhauled them.  For race 6, Nigel had set the top Mark much further right, but inevitably the wind soon shifted back again leading to a rather biased course.  Tim & Alex led the drag race and crossed the line first, only to find that they were disqualified due to being OCS.  This gave Team Peirce their first race win in an open meeting, and second place overall in the event, behind John & Fran.  Well done to Elena for doing her bit on the first day in place of her brother.

Many thanks to Nigel Dench and his wife for their excellent race management in difficult conditions. Let’s hope all the absent crews are fit again in time for the final series event at Rutland next month.

Results can be found here – Results

2016 Nationals

Last updated: 27 August, 2016

RTYCYou know it’s probably going to be too windy to go racing when it takes five people to step the mast, and unsurprisingly racing on the first day of the 4000 Nationals at Royal Torbay Yacht Club was cancelled due to the weather. However, from there things only got better, with Torquay delivering conditions to rival Garda – from where the fleet have just returned.

Day 2, the first day of racing, saw Steve and Sarah Cockerill establish a dominant lead, holding off French crew Michael Duflos and Anthony Scournec, and Neil Heffernan and Jo Morrison, clearly enjoying the breezy conditions. Despite the breeze (15-20knots and gusting more) racing remained very tight throughout the day – with places being swapped right up until the finish line, and in some instances even on the line.

Day 3 saw Steve and Sarah keep first, Michael and Anthony second, whilst John Reynolds and Fran Howell pushed Neil and Jo back into fourth. Special mention for the second race of Day 2 which saw Richard and Jo de Fleury pull off a port end start, cross the fleet and adopt a commanding lead for the first lap, which they held until Steve and Sarah managed to overhaul them. Day 2 also saw things come together for Alex Cramp and Charlotte Heffernan, racing together for the first time, and holding third in the last race of the day right up until the last gybe that saw John and Fran take the inside.

Day 4 brought glorious sunshine but much lighter conditions. Racing was nevertheless focussed, and whilst Steve and Sarah, and Michael and Anthony, could be confident of keeping first and second respectively, there was some pressured racing immediately behind. John and Fran had a strong day to keep Neil and Jo in fourth, in turn managing to stave off Neil and Sarah Davies pushing hard from fifth overall.

Special mention to Kevin Reed and Mark Stitson competing in their first Nationals, and getting faster and faster through the event, and also to Russell Mead with Mike Gray and then Ade guesting from the Cherub fleet – finishing the event with a hard-won 4th in the last race.

So what did we learn from the event? Undoubtedly the 4000 remains a boat that rewards skill not spend – with the weight equalisation ensuring a level playing field no matter the wind conditions, the new Rooster sails delivering the same performance as the originals, and with even the earliest boats showing no speed disadvantage against newer. It is also a very robust skiff – in 12 races, sometimes in very challenging wind and wave conditions, there were no retirements across the fleet due to gear failure. Most importantly though the 4000 is accessible, huge fun to sail and the class association remains as friendly as ever!

Thank you to RTYC for a great event, congratulations to Steve and Sarah for retaining their title, and we look forward to the next open at Grafham 10th 11th September. Newcomers are always welcome!

URGENT – 2016 Nationals – Royal Torbay

Last updated: 26 July, 2016

Please get your entries in asap to get the reduced fee (must be done by noon 6th Aug for early bird fee)

NOR is here www.rtyc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2016-Notice-of-Race-version-2.0.pdf

entry form is here www.rtyc.org/torbay-royal-regatta/4000-nationals/

STOP PRESS – 9th 10th July is now Poole YC

Last updated: 7 June, 2016

We are now sailing at Poole YC for 9th 10th July, joining the Asymmetric Fleet as part of their annual club regatta. First start Saturday is 11am briefing at 10am. Registration is now open on their website https://webcollect.org.uk/pycracing/category/poole-yacht-club-regatta-2016.


Yorkshire Dales Event

Last updated: 22 May, 2016

UK Series Round 2 – YDSC


Registration open from 9am

Briefing 10:30am

Racing starts at 12pm and will consist of 3 back to back races


Racing begins at 10am and will consist of 3 back to back races which should be done by lunchtime allowing people to get away at a reasonable time. Race 4 – the 4000 will be the only ones racing and for races 5&6 there will be club racing on the same racecourse but with a separate start.

Entry Fees

Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club is a Charity and operates a donation system for open events. Typical donations made for a 2 day open are in the region of £30 Forms will be available at Registration

There is a £3 fee to the Association

If you are not already you must also be a member of the 4000 UK Association (£30 for the year but a reduced fee may be available for people wishing to only do this event). You can join on the day at registration.


Langstone Race Weekend – registration now open!

Last updated: 18 May, 2016

Yorkshire Dales is still to come (28th-29th), but registration for Langstone Harbour the weekend after is now open – www.langstonerace.com. It is an early start (10am first race on Saturday) but there is free camping at Langstone SC…