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General National 12 chat / Spinnaker Coaching & BBQ - Sat 19th June
« on: June 10, 2010, 01:18:39 PM »
Spinnaker's second coaching day will take place on Saturday 19th June. Burton Week winners Graham Camm & Zoe Ballantyne have kindly offered to lead the session, so this really is one not to be missed!

An evening BBQ will follow the coaching day, with food served around 6pm. This is open to all and not just those attending the coaching so if you are planning to attend the Open on Sunday, why not make a weekend of it?

Rigged and ready by 10:00,  see you there.......

General National 12 chat / Spinnaker Open - Sunday 20th June
« on: June 10, 2010, 01:01:30 PM »
The 2010 N12 Spinnaker Open will take place on Sunday 20th June alongside our normal club racing.
This will convince any Spinnaker members who hadn't figured it out already from the ear to ear grins on those returning from Weymouth what a fantastic class we have!

Entries from 10:00
Briefing       11:00
First Race    12:00, with a break for lunch and two afternoon races back to back.

Full catering will be available from the clubhouse during the day.

Entries on the day, but it would be good to get a feel for numbers - so please post here to confirm you are coming

General National 12 chat / Spinnaker Invitation Weekend
« on: May 14, 2009, 11:23:00 PM »
Advance notice of a Weekend not to be missed!

Saturday 20th June - Coaching Day.  We have an enthusiastic and expanding 12 fleet and this promises to be a well attended day with a chance to hone those Inland sailing skills. 10am rigged and ready to sail.

Saturday 20 June - BBQ at Spinnaker.   A chance to stoke the boilers after a hard day’s sailing. Start soon after sailing is finished; with good food, lots to drink and 12 chat long into the evening!

Sunday 21 June - Invitation Day.  This replaces our normal open meeting but gives an opportunity to put into practice all that was learned the previous day. We’ve already promises of attendance from other clubs and it will be a fantastic display of N12 sailing. First race at 11:00, with two more to follow after lunch. Full catering available at the club.

All are welcome and we hope a good number will make a weekend of it. The New Forest really is a great place to spend the weekend, there are plenty of really good B&B's, Pubs or Campsites locally and as well as the BBQ on Saturday evening we will have full catering available on the Sunday - so no need to cook at all!

It would be helpful to know who is planning on attending and for which parts of the weekend, if you have any questions or need more info please either post here or email
Look forward to seeing you at Spinnaker

General National 12 chat / Spinnaker Coaching - 25th April
« on: April 08, 2009, 02:09:28 PM »
We are holding the first of our training days at Spinnaker on Saturday 25th April.

We will have expert coaches on hand to help refine your skills ahead of Burton week and anticipate a combination of classroom discussion and on the water coaching.  We will tailor the coaching to suit everyone so whether you are a 12 novice or championship winner there should be something for everyone.

All are welcome and we hope to see a few new faces (and boats!).  Follow the link for directions [], if you have any questions you can post here or email

General National 12 chat / National 12 Class Rules
« on: July 25, 2008, 10:17:30 PM »
All this discussion about changing, relaxing or deleting rules in their entirety seems rather inane……..   did we not all sign up to a 12ft long dinghy developed within a known set of parameters resulting in close fleet racing at a wide range of suitable venues around the country and sufficient freedom within these rules to experiment a little whilst ensuring the front of the fleet is not entirely dominated by those with the biggest wallets??
The rules controlling overall length, beam, minimum weight, sail area, mast height, rise of floor, sheerline et al make the 12 what is….  A 12 foot dinghy, responsive, competitive, fun and capable of being sailed by parent/sibling combination without the complication of trapeze or spinnaker.
Statements in various discussion threads that these things are self limiting are misguided, there may be the odd redundant clause but generally extremes of almost any one of the parameters controlled in the rules results in a performance improvement within a narrow envelope, resulting in boats optimised for a certain location, conditions or crew weight combination.
I for one do not want a National 13, or a Regional 11.5!! (or an International 14, Canoe or Moth for that matter) The proper place for rule debate is within the technical committee of the NTOA, in a calm considered and thoughtful manner, with due regard for the competitiveness, and therefore value, of existing boats. What will continue to make the 12 an enduring success is not wacky development at the extremes of (or beyond) the existing rules, nor constant tinkering with these rules, but affordable boats designed within a stable rules framework resulting in competitive fleet racing at a large number of venues and most importantly large numbers of us out there on the water visibly having fun; making 12 sailing something others want to get involved in!! That sounds like the class I signed up for, not a class in which the rules could change at any minute making our hard earned and modest investment in sailing completely valueless.


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