85th anniversary regatta 2021

11th - 12th September 2021
Northampton SC

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Venue & entry

On 11th and 12th September 2021, at Northampton Sailing Club, the National 12 class are holding a celebration weekend event for our 85th birthday and we are calling on all current, past and future N12 sailors, enthusiasts and supporters to enjoy a weekend of National 12s. We are planning for one day of fleet racing and then a ‘Grand Pursuit Race’ with the oldest N12s starting first. Previously this race has been won by iconic or vintage N12s:

12 50TH Event – N153 – Uffa King – Robin Steavenson
N12 70th Event – N3012 – Nigel Waller and Tom Barford
N12 75th Event – N326 – Nigel Waller and Sophie Mackley

The aim for the weekend is to celebrate the class, whilst there will be racing, the focus will be National 12s generally and the class welcomes everyone who has a N12 to attend and bring their boat along to enjoy their time ashore and on the water. Even if you are unsure or new racing, please bring your N12 along and show it to the enthusiastic members. There will be a Concours D’Elegance Trophy and the judges will consider the ‘story’ of the N12 as well as the overall condition.

We are hoping that National 12s from N1 to N3551 (or newer!) will be taking part or at least on display throughout the weekend.

There will be plenty of crewing opportunities available and also a wide range of boats from vintage to modern available to borrow for competent helms for the weekend.

Register using the form below. Entry is £45 per boat and can paid on the day or in advance by bank transfer to the NTOA including your sail number as a reference.
Sort Code: 30 95 21 Account No: 00163077


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Date Race Warning Signal
Saturday 11th
Briefing at 11:00

First start planned for 12:00.

The intention is to run 3 races, back-to-back.

Prizes throughout the fleet, for 1st Admiral’s Cup, 1st Non-Foiler, 1st U21, etc

Results from the main fleet will be extracted for the N12 Vintage Championships 2021.
Sunday 12th
 "Mary Deare 85th Grand Pursuit Race"

First start for the oldest National 12 will be 10:30. Start times, based on boat design will be fairly calculated by Graham Camm and available on the Saturday evening. Vintage N12s will also be racing for the Derwent Handicap Trophy during this race.

Junior Race 12:45

For those aged under 21, race for the Midland Area Junior Trophy. Just one race to secure the title for 2021. For those aged over 21, spectate on shore or use this opportunity to have a sail in the different National 12 designs attending the event.

Followed by an opportunity to join in with NSC’s club racing or try a different N12 out.



DINGHYSHACK are sponsoring the event.

Camping Available on Site

Camping Available on site

Concours D’Elegance 16:00
This will be judged by multiple Burton Cup winners Will & Mandy Henderson, but we invite all attendees and spectators to enjoy the stunning range of National 12s on show which will include N1 ‘Gipsy’ through to N3551 ‘Over The Rainbow’.

Informal Outside Games
These will be available all day and will feature ‘giant noughts & crosses’, ‘giant Jenga’ and much more.

National 12 Bits & Bobs Auction Results 17:30
A list of items available at this auction will be published online on 6th September 2021. The aim of the auction is to raise funds for the N.T.O.A. Anything related to the National 12s, sailing, or just something fun you’re able to offer members of the class is welcome in this auction. 
Please submit the details of any items you wish to donate to this auction to chair@national12.org before 5th September 2021.
Sealed bids accepted via email to chair@national12.org before 22:00 10th September 2021.
Sealed bids accepted on the day. There will be a collection box near the table with a catalogue of items available.

NSC Club Meal 18:00 - 20:00
Catch up with old friends and meet new faces, reminisce about previous races, and think about future class developments…we have opted for an informal dinner, which will be at Northampton Sailing Club. Tables are available inside, and a well-stocked bar will be waiting to be enjoyed! No need to book in advance for this, please pay when you order. If you are planning to attend for the social side without a boat, just let chair@national12.org know, so we can arrange numbers with the club.

National 12 85th Cake 19:30 – Kindly sponsored by HD
To be ‘cut’ by N.T.O.A Life member and dinghy designer Mike Jackson. Mike designed his first National 12 (N1516, a Lucia) in 1957 and his 1987 Final Chapter design remains competitive in the fleet to this day.

Food served all day.
N12 85th Event Prize Giving 14:15

Prize Giving for the whole weekend, including N12 Vintage Championships 2021, Midland Area Junior Trophy and Concours D’Elegance. Thanks to Dinghy Shack for their continued sponsorship of the National 12 National Series.

Getting there

The Clubhouse is on the western bank of Pitsford Resevoir which is, north of Northampton. Directions can be found at https://www.northamptonsailingclub.org/contacts#


Prizes will be awarded for the following:

Concours D’Elegance

85th Grand Pursuit Race:

  • 1st Vintage
  • 1st AC
  • 1st Non-T Foil
  • 1st T-Foil
  • 1st U21
  • 1st Burton Week Race Winner (but not Overall Winner of Burton Week or Burton Cup)
  • 1st Burton Cup / Burton Week Winner
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

85th Fleet Racing (3 Races);

  • 1st Vintage
  • 1st AC
  • 1st Non-T Foil
  • 1st T-Foil
  • 1st U21
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd


Please get in touch if you want to know more about the event or arrangements, need a crew or need technical / measurement advise.

Class Chairman

Northampton Sailing Club
Pitsford Reservoir

(01604) 880248


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