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General National 12 chat / Re: N3505. Chunky monkey
« on: October 18, 2021, 12:41:17 PM »
Hi Steve

I am sure that if you talk to Tim Hampshire, at Ripon,  he will Go through all the controls with you and give you some tips.

Also if you register the boat in your name and join the Class Association ( use the membership Tab on the website) this will give you access to the Members area of the website , then you will be able to access the Tuning guide and other useful articles on sailing techniques and info etc.

I see Chunky Monkey still has its Alverbank sails, I made way back in 2006 when the boat was first built. She was also exhibited at Falmouth Maritime museum for an special event.
When you register the boat you will get a  Measurement certificate which you will require to compete in open event and Championship races.

By the way do you still have  2708 in your ownership?

Kevan Bloor Hon Certification Officer NTOA

General National 12 chat / Re: PHOTOS FROM THE 85TH
« on: September 19, 2021, 08:45:23 PM »
I have edited most of the better images from the 85th maybe some more may work out and be added.

I have re-sorted the Images into three different Albums  The original Link goes Saturdays Images.

The Sunday Images all taken from the shore are  at  Not too many of these.

I have rendered some of the images as black and white Images these are at

All images can be downloaded for your use by downloading directly from Flickr using the down arrow.


General National 12 chat / PHOTOS FROM THE 85TH
« on: September 17, 2021, 05:20:20 PM »
Any one wanting to download any of my photos from Flickr can do so.
For best reproduction choose the ^original Size"

Go to the Bottom Right of the image ad tick the Down Arrow and choose which the size and the image file will be downloaded to your downloads folder on your computer.

I am also doing some Black and white versions of some of the pics

Kevan Bloor

General National 12 chat / 85th Anniversary event Photos
« on: September 13, 2021, 03:10:13 PM »
See Flickr Album of Photos from The Anniversary even this last Weekend at Pitsford

I am uploading more pics over the next few days ( over 400 to go through!)


General National 12 chat / Re: BURTON WEEK RACE RESULTS
« on: August 31, 2021, 08:00:58 AM »
Last day two races sailed in similar conditions with the points very close at the top quarter of the fleet.

Results for Races 6 and 7 attached as well as the overall results.

The Subsidiaries will be published later when the when the have been worked on.

General National 12 chat / Re: BURTON WEEK RACE RESULTS
« on: August 30, 2021, 09:46:16 AM »
Sundays Races in lighter wind and very shifty, very easy to lose or gain a lot!

Results attached along with overall standings at the end of race 5 ( ties not resolved)

General National 12 chat / Re: BURTON WEEK RACE RESULTS
« on: August 29, 2021, 08:01:31 AM »
Day 2 Burton Cup Race sailed in a good breeze. Using the new format sailed on a trapezoid course. the 2 hour duration meaning 4 plus rounds were completed.

Race result attached.

General National 12 chat / BURTON WEEK RACE RESULTS
« on: August 27, 2021, 08:37:24 PM »
First day of Burton Week started with a chill wind, but bright and became sunny and warm with a light breeze. 
There was a short postponement before the boats were allowed afloat followed by a wait while the wind shifts settled.
Both races were sailed in a light to medium shifty breeze. 
See attached the results for races 1 and 2.

General National 12 chat / Re: Jib Sheeting Set Up
« on: May 07, 2021, 08:15:19 PM »
Getting the jib sheeting is one of the most important settings for any boat and the 12 is no different.

There are variation in set up but the end is usually the same.

Most current boats sheet the jib using tracks on the floor these are usually 300-350 mm from the centreline of the boat  turning blocks( usually ratchet ones ) are used as the jib tension is often adjusted to suit variable wind strengths  and sailing modes ( Footing or pointing).  parking cleats are handy and mine are on the windward side deck so easy park the jib if something crops up.

The Jib tracks should be positioned so that when the jib is sheeted in the line of the sheet extended from the tuning block through the clew of the sail to the luff would intersect the luff around 45% of the luff length, measured from the tack. When setting this up initially the block on the track should be positioned about 3/4 forward on the track. Different conditions require changes of sheeting angle and these can be changed by moving the turning block fore or aft. Mast rake also changes the sheeting angle.

So you have a reference as to where you are with sheeting the jib, I always advocate marking the the clew of any jib you use, with three lines, all bout 300mm long, radiating from the clew pointing to the 30%,40%and 50% points on the luff so you have an instant visual check. If you find a magic setting you can mark this on the sail as well.
 It is important hat you can achieve the range of setting particularly the 40/45 % range in most rake modes.

I am sure other will add to this..

Kevan NTOA Certification

Dangly poll much better than the standard system. Safer to operate, particularly in a big breeze as the crew doesn't have to go forward.

Quicker gybing and is more sophisticated when controlling the jib on reaches.
You also keep the jib goose-winged longer as the pole can be released as you go round the leeward mark.

Even a retractable pole on the boom is better than a manual one, but does require barber haulers for the reaches.

Kevan Bloor NTOA

General National 12 chat / Re: AGM
« on: August 15, 2020, 06:42:36 PM »
Mike and all
We will be using the email circulation list to advise members of the details relating to the virtual AGM, and this will include the Zoom link.  This should be early next week.
Janet Bloor
Hon. Secretary

General National 12 chat / Interesting video of winter sailing
« on: July 25, 2020, 02:36:07 PM »
I had an email from Paul Shingler  of N2679 Dolly Blotter fame - the original owner. He said he had found the 12 website via the Landamore's site.
I decided to look at the site and in their archives was a link to Winter sailing in Norfolk.

See below
I think we need to have a big change in global warming to replicate this.


General National 12 chat / Re: Sailmakers - any recommendations?
« on: March 30, 2020, 07:18:38 PM »
Roland , When Graham had 3492 he used Alverbank Sails. The P&B's were probably purchased by later owners.  When I finished  sail making in 2009 /10 our design pattern info went to HD Sails.

The rig listed on the certificate seems to be the original dimension With a minute change in 2008.

The usual P & B rig is different with a much smaller jib area.

Kevan Bloor ( Hon Cert) ex Alverbank

Boats / Re: N2013 Sparklet
« on: March 13, 2020, 08:43:58 PM »

Last heard of Feb 2010 in Ilkley, unfortunately the boat has not been re=registered.


Patrick Pym sadly died on 4th December. Since he started his successful sailing career in National 12’s, designing and building the first of the wide breed of 12s that are seen today, you may wish to inform your members and / or post the short obituary below on the National 12 website. The full obituary may be found on the HRSC Website.
Best regards,
Stephanie Merry
Patrick Pym: 6th September 1936 - 4th December 2019
Patrick’s funeral took place on 30th December 2019. He was a long time National 12 competitor with half a dozen boats to his name, starting his career in Sidmouth back in about ’58 and then culminating in the 1965 ‘Lucky Number’ in which he won both the Burton Cup and the overall week at Thorpe Bay. That boat was particularly notable as the first of the wide breed of 12’s that we see today – a joint design and build effort together with Martin Jones.
Patrick was a long standing member of Hamble River Sailing Club and one of the six HRSC members selected for the 1972 Great Britain Olympic sailing team, competing in the Finn single-handed class.
The funeral was attended by an eclectic mix of people from the world of sailing: from ex-international Olympic sailors to those who had regularly competed with or against him in HRSC Wednesday evening races. Hugh Welbourn, who describes Patrick as “the one that welcomed an awestruck young (National) 12 sailor to the Club”, has written a full obituary, describing Patrick’s multi-faceted life, which focused throughout on boats and sailing.
Heartfelt condolences go to Patrick’s family from HRSC members.

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