Friday, September 30, 2011
If you were thinking of having a quiet year, think again! Sailing Logic have a superb calendar of inshore and offshore events lined up including a few new events such as the Spi Ouest regatta as part of the new Inshore Campaign, as well as a return to the Caribbean on a gorgeous new Grand Soleil 46 plus all the usual favourites including Cork Week!
The major offshore campaign for 2012 is the Round Ireland Race, but you can also sign up to the new 'RORC Series' of all 6 weekend races. Plans are still in progress but we are also looking at the Middle Sea Race too!
We're also planning to enter some of the popular JOG races - so as soon as they announce their dates, we will let you know!
For inshore racers, join the new Inshore Campaign, which for the includes for the first time the exciting Spi Ouest regatta in France, as well as the Spring Series and IRC Nationals. 2012 is also a Cork Week year - hurrah, which along with Cowes Week and Dartmouth will keep the social scene in full swing!
We're also looking at how we can offer more weekend only inshore racing (like the Spring/Winter Series but in the summer too - keep an eye out for updates on this.
We have more dates for the 3-day race development course (first one is pre-Spring series for you keen-beans), as well as a new Racing Sail Trim weekend masterclass - covering both upwind and downwind (kite) trim.
We're also looking to offer more beginner race training weekends in the summer months and to run a bespoke offshore course including advanced meterology.
For anyone working towards their RYA tickets, we have a number of exciting milebuilding delivery trips as well as new milebuilding offshore cruises - great for logging miles - or as a first taste of offshore sailing. See our new milebuilding calendar.
Plus add a couple more ICAP Leopard days into the mix and there are plenty of new and exciting opportunities to get out racing next year, and even more still in the pipeline. If you want to be the first to know as plans develop, make sure you are on our newsletter list.
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We hope you like our new schedule - please let us know your thoughts or if you know what you want to do already - drop us an email, call us on +44 (0) 23 8033 0999 or come and visit us at our monthly social at the RORC on the first Tuesday of the month from 7pm.
We look forward to seeing you soon
the Sailing Logic Team
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
For 20 individuals, one Sunday back in August represented a truly unique opportunity - to sail on ICAP Leopard, one of the fastest yachts in the World. Sailing Logic have teamed up with ICAP Leopard to exclusively offer individuals the chance to sail on board for a day in the Solent - getting involved in everything - from trimming the sails on the enormous electric winches, to helping pull down the gigantic headsail once the spinnaker was launched - and even taking the helm!
Conditions were perfect and everyone was astounded how the 100ft ICAP Leopard comfortably cruised along at 15 knots boats speed with only 10 knots of breeze! The canting keel is equivalent to 200 people hiking hard - which meant that we were racing along with the yacht barely heeled over at all - an incredible sensation!
Before departure, the skipper took time to talk through the huge number of controls at his disposal, explaining how he can even tack the yacht from home via email! Pressure forces on everything are measurable, so he can keep a close eye on the balance of loads to avoid accidental damage whilst acheiving maximum boat speeds. The computer processor is the size of a small car, with no less than three waterproof covers!
On the water, she is a jaw-dropping sight, with many local boats in the Solent pausing to take photos as we screamed past. We ducked a small dinghy (port tack does give way after all!) whose two crew were so excited by that story to tell in the bar later, they promptly capsized!
ICAP Leopard is a true powerhouse, and sails like she is on rails. As you clasp the helm you can feel the potential. To race on her as a professional must be an incredible experience, and it comes as no surprise that she finished the Rolex Fastnet in under 2 days (it took our yachts more than 4!), to secure 2nd place overall.
The day proved so popular that Sailing Logic are already in discussion with ICAP Leopard to book in two days for next year, so if you'd like to have the once in a lifetime chance to sail on her, do let us know and we'll advise you as soon as the dates are fixed (probably one Saturday in June and one Sunday in August).
More photos on our facebook album
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Quokka set sail on the 2011 Rolex Fasnet, with a podium position firmly in their sights. After having won St Malo overall, 1st in class in DeGuingand and secured a 3rd place in the Channel Race these weren't unrealistic expectations and the team led by Philippe Falle, secured line honours in class IRC 2.
The team worked tirelessly throughout the race, and the entire crew stayed on the rail for the final evening, even throwing their cutlery overboard to keep the boat light (oh - no, apparently that was accidental).
Philippe's personal blog records the atmosphere on board; "Throughout the night a dedicated, loyal and determined group of individuals showed that they had the qualities to win. The singing, laughing and enthusiastic chatter was testimony to the commitment of the team onboard Quokka. Winning the Fastnet Race with only 14 hours to go was a dream that was quietly slipping away as the distance we needed to pull out on the chase group was becoming an almost impossible challenge. That night Quokka was alive and we felt at one with her. The trimming was relentless and the energy on board was astonishing, giving us the drive to keep pushing all the way to the finish."
A fantastic result for Team Quokka, who also took home the Rolex Fastnet Race Schoolboat Trohy. Pictured here are the team after collecting their trophy at the end of race prize-giving. The team also collected a RORC Medallion for their corrected finishing position of 3rd in division 2A (5th in Class 2, 10th overall).
Well done to Team Quokka as well as the crews of the six other Sailing Logic yachts, many of whom had very little offshore racing experience when they signed up, and have dedicated so much time and energy to the entire campaign. If you fancy being part of something amazing, which represents both a mental and physical challenge, join us for the next Fastnet Race in 2013!
And if you can't wait that long, the Round Ireland Campaign in 2012 could be perfect for you!