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Here are the details for the Henley Open Meeting.

There is a supper the night before at 19:30.  3 courses for £10. Camping is available on the club grounds free of charge, details from Jeff Manning

First start on the Sunday is at 11am.

Entry for the meeting is £5, lunch will be £3 per person and teas will be available as usual after the event.

See the club website for directions
The Dinghy Shack Meeting at Yorkshire Dales SC is on Sunday 17th September. The format is the same as recent years, linking in to the Club's normal racing programme but with our own fleet start. That is 2 races in the morning, first start 11.00am, come in for lunch, then 2 races after lunch, 3 out 4 to count.

Currently their website doesn't show us having an Open however that is a slip of the Web, their Sailing Secretary certainly knows we are coming 🙂

As normal please can let me know if you are planning to attend so I let the Club know numbers before hand !

All the best,


Venue: Hunts Sailing Club, Harrison Way, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 4YA
Date: 9th September 2023
First race: 11:00
Number of races: 3, 2 to count
Entry fee: £20
Sailing Instructions:
Contact details: Paul Jefferies N3394 Annie Oakley 
Phone 07976 354567 

I look forward to welcoming the N12 fleet. The event is shared with the ILCAs, separate starts for each fleet.

Any questions do let me know.

There are now 3 DCBs resident in Scotland and recently two of them were racing at Tummel Week. I was approached by one of them who suggested organising an event at North Berwick (East Lothian Yacht Club). This is quite possible to do in conjunction with the ELYC regatta which is usually held in early June. It would be really good if we could get sufficient numbers to get our own start and then we could make it the Scottish Championship and a Dinghy Shack event.

North Berwick is just a few miles up the A1 from Newcastle and is easily accessible from the south coast. The sailing is on the sea but does not normally require a long sail out. Launching is easy off a sandy beach. With Global warming temperatures in the 20s can be expected and the water is renowned as the warmest in the North Sea! It is a big holiday area so there is lots for any none sailors to do if you want to bring the whole family. This would be an extra event if there is sufficient interesting not replacing Annandale or Solway.

Another event that people may be interested in is Tummel Week which is held in the last full week in July. This is a fun week with lots of fun things going on besides the sailing (which is fairly relaxed). It is especially good for young families. Camping is available on site and camper vans and caravans can be accommodated. Loch Tummel is in the heart of the Highlands in the shadow of the 3000ft Schiehallion (photo below).

Please post here or contact me (details in the handbook) if you would be interested in attending these events

Angus Beyts
We'll be posting the results from Burton Week - Felixstowe Ferry 2022 here as the event progresses
The Commodore of Trent Valley SC has been in touch to let us know that Ken Goddard passed away peacefully on Wednesday 25th May.  Ken was in in his mid eighties, and has been a NTOA and Trent Valley SC member for many many years. Ken was a keen vintage 12 sailor and led the vintage wing of the class for many years. During his time at the Trent Valley he held many committee posts all of which he conducted with the utmost diligence. He was reaffirmed as an honorary member at the last AGM in recognition of his service.

Ken introduced me to 12 sailing back in the mid 80s and the first open meeting I sailed was with him in N2300 at TVSC which is where I got the bug for 12 sailing. So I am personnally sad to see him pass away.

Entries into double figures already  :)

HelmCrewSail NoBoat NameDesignClubNotes
George FinchLucy Finch3551Over The RainbowDead Cat BounceRoyal Harwich YC
Tom StewartIsobel Stewart3544WhitebaitDead Cat BounceRoyal Harwich YC
Robbie StewartCharlotte Stewart3501SilverfinFeeling FoolishWaldringfield SCU21 Helm
Graham CammFelix Camm3530The Very Hungry CatepilarDead Cat BounceBurghfield SC
Bernard ClarkEllie Clark3406Agent OrangeFreakoutRipon SCAdmirals Cup, No T-Foil
Phillip DavidEmma Hampshire3499Out of the BlueFeeling FoolishYorkshire Ouse SCNo T-Foil
Stuart WalshTheo Covi-Walsh3546Shades of GreyDead Cat BounceArdleigh SC
John MeadowcroftAnya Camm3543D.B. CooperHijackUpper Thames SC
Dan MeadowcroftZoe Ballantyne3471Lars Porsena of ClusiumFinal ChapterUpper Thames SCU21 Helm
Ollie MeadowcroftSophie Edwards3431ZippyFeeling FoolishUpper Thames SCU21 Helm
The N12 Open meeting at Henley is on Sunday 26th September, first race not before 11:00 for the Henley Challenge Cup.

The clubhouse, bar and refurbished changing rooms will be open. There is a marquee outside for those not wanting to go in the building.

Please bring your own lunch as the kitchen is not fully open yet, tea will be available after racing though as usual.

Come along for some lovel River Thames sailing
It was great to see so many N12 sailors at the championships this weekend  :) and thank you to those who purchased the new 85th Anniversary clothing. We have a few medium ladies' T-shirts left which we will bring to the 85th, but all other clothing is now only available online at

If you would like to order some clothing in time for the N12 85th Anniversary event at Northampton, please place your orders by 12.00 p.m on Friday 3rd September.

We have the following range available:

Gents T Shirt

  •     Graphite
  •     Heather
  •     Midnight (teal green)
  •     Navy
  •     Cardinal Red
Ladies Crew Neck T Shirt

  •     Heather Grey
  •     Royal Blue
Ladies V neck T shirt

  •     Sports Grey
  •     Light Blue
Unisex Two Tone Hoodie

  •     Heather Grey/French Navy
  •     French Navy/ Heather Grey
  •     Sapphire Blue/Heather
  •     GreyHeather Grey/Sapphire Blue
Unisex Crew Neck Sweatshirt

  •     Turquoise Surf
  •     Navy
  •     Charcoal
  •     Heather Grey
So don't delay, please support the N12 Association and head over to and select N12 under Association Kit to order. (For every item of clothing that is bought, the N12 association receives a small percentage.)

If you have any queries regarding the clothing please don't hesitate to contact Alex on 07771697755.

See you at the 85th!

Alex and Jen
It is with much excitement that the N12 Class are able to share details of the planned 85th Anniversary Event in 2021. 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. See the 85th Anniversary website for more details.

Please add your name to thread if you are planning to join us
General National 12 chat / Ewen Stamp
21 Mar 2021, 08:51
It is with much sadness that yesterday I learnt of the news that sadly Ewen Stamp has passed away following a short illness. Ewen had a very keen interest in the National 12 and the NTOA, spanning over 6 decades, from joining as an associate member in 1962 and even after selling his last N12 in 2003, continued as a member. More recently he enjoyed sailing his yacht and then his motor cruiser 'Imke', both were kept at RHYC on the River Orwell. Moreover, Ewen was still racing his Solo in club racing last year and won the RHYC's RNLI All In Race, during late October 2020. This was the maiden outing for his newly acquired Keyhaven Scow.

It is impossible for me to give full credit to Ewen's contribution to the National 12 Class and there are many who knew him for longer than I did, however in recent years we enjoyed many a discussion in the bar after racing at RHYC. Ewen would fondly recall National 12 events from 15, 20, 30 and even 40 years ago in great detail and these stories were fascinating. He took an interest in our new National 12, (N3551) and was certainly pleased to see a growing fleet at RHYC last year.

In the 1960s, as crew, Ewen sailed with Robin Steavenson in N2053, N1153, N153 and attended many opening meetings. They were an unbeaten team in 1962 until the first weekend of North West Norfolk Week in August of that year. Robin referred to Ewen as a "gentleman's gentleman". Ewen would tow the National 12 or International 14 to open meetings, allowing Robin to save time by going straight from his surgery to the event!
Ewen later went on to helm with his wife Mary as crew, with a number of race and trophy wins collected over the years, including finishing 2nd in the Burton 50th Anniversary Regatta in Poole, 1986 sailing N1153 and winning the Corrigan Cup at Burton Week. Like many N12 sailors, over the years Ewen enjoyed owning a number of National 12s including:

  • N 2382 – Sutler – Proctor Mark 14
  • N 2477 – Watermark – China Doll
  • N 2650 – Paper Chase – Paper Dart
  • N 3211 – Philatelist - Crusader
  • N 3292 – Mailstrom – Design 8
  • N 3453 – E Mail – Final Chapter
Ewen was of course one of the rare individuals who have held the office of NTOA Secretary and NTOA Chairman, which he carried out with rigour – as one would expect from Ewen. He was the NTOA Secretary from 1969 – 1972 and NTOA Chairman from 1980 – 1982.

Ewen Stamp - August 1939 – January 2021

Our thoughts are with Mary and the family at this sad time.
George Finch
The Dinghy Shack National series at Royal Harwich might be cancelled but we can still have some fun and go racing! We filled all 20 places at the last virtual regatta so we'll be using the same format running four short races followed by a quiz with a Zoom video conference to keep people connected. We'll we using Zoom Breakout rooms to host virtual quiz teams so you can team up with other households - teams are welcome to join just for the quiz.

  • 19:00 Briefing
  • 19:15 First start
  • 20:15 Quiz
  • 4 races with 3 to count
  • Racing will be in a combination of J/70, F50, Nacra 17 and Offshore racers (disappointingly they still don't have National 12s but the F50 is almost as hard to control as a 12!)
  • Races are limited to 20 boats
  • Entry fee: Free
Please register your entry and virtual quiz team by replying to
Come and join the fun.

Virtual Regatta in-shore can be played as an Android and iOS app or through the browser. Races are typically under 10 minutes and held in a variety of venues according to the whim of the race officer.
Dear all
In anticipation of the government reviewing its guidance on 4 July 2020, the Burton Week committee will aim to make a decision on whether it's feasible to go ahead with Burton Week 2020 shortly after that date in consultation with Shoreham SC. Our priority in making the decision will be to ensure any event can be run safely and in accordance with RYA and government guidance. If it is feasible to run an event, it is very likely that changes will need to be made to format and facilities, so it won't be like any championships we've run before and we are likely to need a lot of volunteers to make it happen. Please ignore the planned entry fee increase on 28 June, we will notify a new date for the early entry cut-off fee at the time of making a decision, if it's a positive one.

I hope you are all enjoying being back on the water and staying safe while doing so. 


The Dinghy Shack National series at Brightlingsea might be cancelled but we can still have some fun and go racing! We'll be holding a virtual open meeting on Saturday 6th June using Virtual Regatta In-shore to run a series of short races and a Zoom video conference to keep people connected . Virtual Regatta in-shore can be played as an Android and iOS app or through the browser. Races are typically under 10 minutes and held in a variety of venues according to the whim of the race officer.

  • Briefing at 19:00
  • First start at 19:15   
  • 4 races with 3 to count
  • Racing will be in J/70, F50, Nacra 17 and Offshore racers (disappointingly they don't have National 12s but the F50 is almost as hard to control as a 12!)
  • Races are limited to 20 boats, we will use a flight system if we exceed 20 boats
  • Entry fee: Free
Install Zoom
Install  either the iOS or Android app ahead of the event (
Play using the website

Racing will be followed by a short pub-style quiz.

Spaces are limited so please register by replying to We'll send you the codes to join the Zoom call and VR inshore races nearer the time

Come and join the fun.
After three failed attempts to complete the Burton Cup (due to light winds) at Pevensey Bay last year, the Committee was asked at the AGM to consider changes to the Burton Cup format for 2020. The Burton Cup has traditionally been a long distance race held on the open sea of at least 12 miles, being four laps and often, but not always, around a triangular course. However, since the "week" is now eight races run over four days, it's become increasingly difficult to accommodate this format within a four day event.

The key challenges with the current format are:

1. the differing speeds of boats in the fleet and the use of a triangular course mean that large gaps can develop between boats during the race;
2. the duration of the race means that it is difficult to add in additional races on that day if any are lost due to adverse weather;
3. if the course is shortened, it ceases to be the Burton Cup race, and the Burton Cup then has to be sailed for on a subsequent day, which causes difficulties for the race committee in trying to complete the remaining scheduled races

The intention of the format change is to retain the special character of the Burton Cup as a premier long distance race but to make it more enjoyable by increasing the chances of most boats having close racing and being able to finish, encouraging older boats to take part as well as giving the race committee more flexibility. The Committee has therefore decided that for 2020 the Burton Cup race will continue to be a long distance race, but will finish on the leg that the leader is on after 2 hours have expired (the average length of races at Burton Week is 50 minutes-1 hour). While it will be scheduled as the only race of the day, with the shorter race duration it will be more realistic to add additional races on that day if necessary. There will not be a minimum leg length (although there will be a minimum number of legs) or a requirement that the course is necessarily triangular, but the guidance given to the race officer will be that the course should be longer than the regular races.

The committee appreciates that the Burton Cup holds a special place in the history of the class, so any thoughts or feedback are welcome.
There is a problem with posting images and attachments to the forum. They don't upload and may cause your post to be corrupted (the post ends up blank). We're investigating why. Please don't post images the forum for now
General National 12 chat / Barry Jones
05 Apr 2020, 09:00
We have received the following email from Caroline Oldham, Barry's daughter with news about her father.  She has asked us to post this for her. We are sure that many Twelve sailors who new Barry will be thinking of the family at this sad time.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, passionate N12 sailor Barry Jones, on March 30th.

Dad built his first National 12 No:1314 whilst at Newcastle University, launching it at Tynemouth Sailing Club in 1955 where he became part of the strong local fleet with the likes of Robin Stevenson and Hedley Robinson. Crewed by his wife Angela in the early days; followed by his children Martin, Caroline and Kate as they grew up; he introduced them to sailing and the delights and challenges of racing at Tynemouth or in the river Tyne at Ryton in the winter.  As a father he engendered a passion for sailing which lives on today with his children and grandchildren.

Dad became Chairman of the association in the late 70's taking over from his friend Brian Miatt, it was a particularly vibrant time for the National 12's who according to his Chairman's introduction to the 1978 Nat12 newsletter "displayed three new designs at the dinghy exhibition and were seeing 50-60 new boats per year". As a Naval Architect by training he has always wanted to design his own 12, his last boat " Micro Clipper" was his own design of which two were built by Dave Ovington.

A regular attendee at North Norfolk week and Burton weeks, in his late 60's when crews became harder to find and following a move to Waldringfield he started sailing Lasers and on his 70th birthday competed in the Laser Master Worlds in Brazil, his first World championship.
We're gearing up for the RYA Dinghy Show on 29 Feb-1 March and we need YOUR help.
If you are coming to the Dinghy Show, we would appreciate your help on the stand for an hour or two. Help is also needed with build up on the Friday and/or breakdown on the Sunday evening after the show closes. Please select any slots you can do on the Doodle poll at or post here and we will make up a rota.

The N12 stand will be J20 in the West Hall of Alexandra Palace, and the star attraction will be a brand new 4 plank Dead Cat Bounce, fresh out of the boatyard of Simon Hipkin. N3551 is a Keith Callaghan modification of the Jo Richards' original DCB design, with a hull made from 4 glass/foam planks and a full Allen fit-out.
Slots are:

Saturday Feb 29th

  • 09:00 - 11:00
  • 11:00 - 13:00   
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • 15:00 - 16:30
  • 16:30 - 18:00
Sunday March 1st

  • 09:00 - 11:00
  • 11:00 - 13:00
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • 15:00 - 16:30
  • 16:30 - 18:00   
  • 18:00 - 19:30 (Breakdown)
Happy 12 sailing in 2020
Zoe Ballantyne
It's my regret to inform you that Dad succumbed to illness yesterday morning. It was quick, peaceful and we were with him at the end. Further details of his funeral will likely be published in the local press but please inform those you feel appropriate.

Joe Reubin

Jonathan was a great vintage N12 enthusiast owning at least two with N443 "Cygnet" his particular favourite which he donated  to the NTOA in the last few months of his life. He had trailed "Cygnet" around the Vintage N12 and CVDRA circuits as far as Yorkshire Ouse SC in years past. He was a longstanding member of Brightlingsea and Ardleigh Sailing Clubs, serving as Commodore at Ardleigh quite recently. He had a great sense of humour as anyone on the receiving end of his emails will know. Our sincere condolences go to all his family at their sad loss.

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