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General National 12 chat / Re: Burton week 2019
« on: September 04, 2019, 12:01:55 AM »
Please find link to Flickr Gallery for pics from Pevensey ( Taken From the Beach ) some more will be added later ) Some are on the Twelve group pool .


General National 12 chat / Re: Burton week 2019
« on: August 28, 2019, 07:53:43 AM »
Another day of sun sand ( pebbles really ) and sea, with little wind.

Burton Race still not completed..So 6 races sailed.

Overall results provisional below.

Also some of the Subsidaies.

General National 12 chat / Re: Burton week 2019
« on: August 27, 2019, 02:04:58 PM »
Further races  below.

Condition still light with spell of constant breeze.

3 races sailed Monday no Burton Races  as yet

General National 12 chat / Re: Burton week 2019
« on: August 26, 2019, 12:06:12 PM »
Sunday  Another hot day with a light breeze.

Race started as the Burton Cup Race but as the breeze reduced it was shortened so became the second points race.  (results attached)

Hoping to get more races in tomorrow. 

Photo added Sailing out to the start today

General National 12 chat / Re: Burton week 2019
« on: August 25, 2019, 09:36:31 AM »
Race 1- Marlow Ropes Salver

Hot, very light winds.  only able to sail one race. results

Sausage triangle course. The breeze died away  on second lap and by the second reach of the second lap the fleet was barely stemming the tide.
The Race officer shortened at the next mark but it still took 30 plus  minutes for the fleet to finish.

Please note that the two emails addresses for Pevensey Bay SC shown at the end of the NOR have changed since publication. To book camping use or to contact the club use


Now less than one month to the Pevensey Bay Championships!!   Please don't wait until the last few days to send me your entry!

Have you booked all the tickets you need for the Burton Week dinner?  The venue will be wanting to talk numbers with me soon!!

Crews are still needed.  Is there anyone out there who would like a weekend in the front of a Twelve, please get in touch.

Have you booked you camping space with Pevensey Bay yet?

See you at Pevensey Bay.

Hello all prospective Burton Week contenders.

Just over 8 weeks to the start of the event at Pevensey Bay SC and we need you to enter so we can get a plan going.
We particularly need to know numbers for the Burton Week dinner much earlier than usual as this will be at a hotel in Eastbourne and we therefore have less flexibility.
Also the end of the early entry discount is fast approaching!


with all the FLICKR chaos now seemingly sorted some of you might have got fed up with trying to view the sunday Gallery!

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FLICKR now up and running again  above links now working.

I am adding some more sunday pics today.


If you have tried to view the pictures on Flickr they are currently doing maintenance and a major upgrade to their site.  If you are a Flickr member you see a black and white Panda with a detailed explanation and timeline.  If you are not a member you apparently just see a sad Panda!!  Not very informative!
Hopefully the site will be back up shortly.

Some Sunday pictures added see  new Link 


Please see link below to the FLICKR Album of Photos from The Vintage event on saturday at TVSC.

More pics will be added as I process them. and Sunday will be on another Album link which I will advise later. 



If the boat does not have a forestay then the mast must have a pin or bolt through the heel and mast step to prevent it jumping out, and also the mast gate should be  strong enough to retain the mast after a jib halyard failure.
If this is not the case then fit a wire forestay with a rope lanyard to the stem fitting. This lanyard should be quite slack and not be under tension except in a halyard failure. In other words the rig tension is derived from the shrouds and jib luff wire/halyard with the forestay always slack and not taking any of the tension off the jib luff.

Re: the boom droop:The roping ( Luff and Foot) in old sails often shrinks and prevent the sail from being set to its proper dimensions. This makes the boom droop at the transom.  To check this, first make sure you can hoist the mainsail right to the top of the mast ( there should be a black band painted at the top). If you can't hoist the sail right to the top then the luff rope in the sail may well have shrunk. To verify this, with the sail off the boat, hold the head and tack of the sail between two people ( or tie the head to a post), you should then be able, without too much effort, to pull the luff taught with no wrinkles left in the sail. If you cannot do this then the rope needs to be released at the tack.
Depending on the age of the sail you may be able to undo the stitching, near the tack or cunningham hole, which is holding the rope in place.
With the rope free at the bottom you should then be able to stretch the sail taught. The rope will then probably run up the luff tape and you can use a needle and whipping twine to sew it in it's new position. You may also be able to insert below the end of the existing rope, and stitch, a short bit of rope to keep the sail strong.  If the sail is not loose footed you should do a similar exercise on the foot of the sail. If you don't want to do this work yourself a sailmaker would be able to do this for you.

When the rig is set up the rigging should be pretty tight, the rake should be 200-250 mm measured at the gooseneck.

Please re-post if you have any other queries.


General National 12 chat / Re: Top batten tension
« on: February 26, 2019, 07:25:54 PM »
Yes you could ease the top batten in light winds, but only to allow 3mm of movement more than this starts to allow creasing at the top batten. However looking at the sail it does not seem that full at the top batten to warrant easing the tension.

As Tim says getting enough twist in the sail in light winds is the secret, the Kicker should be slack enough to allow the boom to lift 200mm at the clew before the kicker limits the twist.  Also a heavy aluminium boom can be too heavy in very light winds,  preventing the  leech from twisting open. 
I have always thought that having a carbon boom in light winds is a great in light winds. In these conditions a carbon boom is a better investment that a carbon mast!

In the 70's I tuned up with a then top sailor at Rutland in light winds. We started a test race and I sailed away left the other boat standing - re started  with the same result. sailed back to look at his boat and realised the kicker looked too tight. Asked him if it was all the way off? The answer was yes. I then asked if he had a spare shackle, which he did have, and he inserted it at the boom attachment point of the kicker.
After that we never saw him -- he went on to win the Burton Race and was 2nd in Silver National series that year.

Kevan Bloor

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