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2017 Nationals this Weekend!

The Cherub Nationals 2017 are being held at Stone Sailing Club 19th - 22nd August, the cherubs return to the east coast a fondly regarded area for many cherub past and present cherub sailors, this event promises to drag a few boats out of storage and back onto the water for a weekend of sun sea and wind.

Last year’s national champion Paul Croote is returning to defend his title, and has shown good form in the build up to this year’s event. The other normal strong contenders within the 05-rule fleet have also been showing great form in the build-up events. Green bananas have been busy optimizing and the results from the open meetings show great improvements in terms of boat speed. Last year’s foiling duo A&E are back to prove a point, whether they will be joined by other foilers is still unknown.

The 97 rule boats have seen somewhat of a resurgence with several the boats resurfacing its anyone’s guess how many will be at the nationals, Madge the current champion not able to attend and her helm sailing Comfortably Numb who has come out of long term storage, previously active boats King Tubby and Squid have been out on the water and making modifications no doubt will show pace on numb.

There are a number of prizes up for grabs at this years nationals including trophies for positions in the two categories, and then further prises for classics, best looking, restoration, improver and many more.

The weather promises to be a typical British summer looking forward to seeing you all there.


2017 Nationals Entry Now Open

The 2017 UK Cherub Nationals at Stone from the 19th - 22nd of August are now open for entry.

This year we will be using an online entry form paired with Paypal to take all entries.

Click here to be taken to the Online Entry Form

The Notice of Regatta can be found here.

We look forward to seeing everyone there. Anyone needing help to get to the event please reach out to Nick and Jamie who will be able to help.


Welcome to 2017

Spring is coming and our Open Meeting Calendar and NOR has been published. These can be found here:,2249.0.html

We have 6 open meetings scheduled all kicking off with the Season opener in Rutland on the 25th/26th of March. Rutland Event details can be found for this here. Please note the Clean and Dry requirements for your boats.,2271.0.html

The Feature event for this year will be the Nationals. This year they are being held at Stone Yacht club from the 19th till the 22nd of August. We look forward to seeing a large fleet at this event as it’s the first time the nationals have gone east in a good few years.

Class memberships are also due for the 2017 season. We will be implementing the membership structure that was voted on at the AGM last year. The main difference here will be the Event Membership. As per the updated Open Meeting NOR all competitors (helm and crew) will be required to be class members. The event membership is reduce single event member option for new cherub sailors. Once this type of membership is paid at 3 events the sailor will become a full/student member of the class for the rest of the year. The goal behind this is to position the class in a better financial position for future years. Details on how to pay membership can be found here.

Last not but least we would like to wish all classes attending the boat show this weekend the best of luck. We have decided that as a class we will not be attending this year as a break was needed to solidify our footing financially to be ready to grow in the years going forward. A few of our members will be at the show observing while others will be hard at work prepping for the first event.

Happy sailing


Cherub Inland Championship at Queen Mary Sailing Club

With the season drawing to a close, ten UK Cherubs took the opportunity to take to the water for the Cherub Inlands at Queen Mary Sailing Club for two days of racing in sunshine and light and variable winds.

Along with the usual suspects were a few more 97 rules boats than we have become used to in the last few events and with around 5-10 knots of wind, close racing was on the agenda.

From the start it was clear Eddie and Sam, sailing Riot van, were here for business, pulling a port flyer off the line on the first race to take a comfortable lead up the first leg as the fleet chased, Conditions proved tricky, with a few ladders and plenty of snakes to be found on the course. Wriggling your way through the elusive lifts paid in a big way and it was the local favourites Andy and Jill Peters on board Usagi that made the most of local knowledge to win the first race with Riot Van second and Ronin third. Special mention to Jamie and Rosie who tore through the field on board The Shiny Beast after being late to the start to finish in a solid fourth. By race three momentum had shifted and it as Riot Van that went into the overnight break with two wins from three races and the event lead.

Just as interesting was the battling for position in the 97 rules boats with three boats challenging for position. Saturdays racing for the 97 rules was tighter than the leaders and certainly closer than it looked on the score boards at the end of the day. After the days racing it was Greg and Stephen sailing Madge that headed the 97 field, but with crew Stephen unable to make Sundays racing that was all to change.

After the now seemingly mandatory Saturday night Curry and road cone foolery along with some well-earned rest, Sunday initially brought twin wiring conditions for the 05 rules boats, with wind gradually reducing throughout the day.

As race four started the leading trio once again found their feet and team Riot Van continued to stretch their legs and pulled another two wins to confirm the series win. With Ronin struggling to get off the line in race five, Usagi was all but confirmed to finish second and Ronin to be third. This had the interesting effect of two boats finishing the travellers trophy on equal points forcing the results to be decided on count back. Meanwhile Elanor and Jimmy managed to sail a consistent regatta to wind up with honours in the 97 rules Category.

With another season of cherub sailing coming to a close, in terms of open meetings, it would be easy to try and look back and try and establish things we have learned over the year, this can sometimes get too thorough for my liking so I'll keep it simple:

Firstly foiling is clearly faster once there is enough wind. Second, and most importantly, Cherubs in whichever configuration you have, are still a huge amount of fun to sail. I would like to congratulate Eddie Bridle and Sam Curtis on winning the 2016 Cherub Inlands and Andy and Jill Peters on taking the 2016 Travellers trophy. Also, I would like to thank Queen Mary Sailing club for hosting the event and getting races managed so well, the Rs700 class for sharing the event, as well as all the competitors who came along. I hope to be seeing you all again next year.

Overall Results:

Pos Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1st 3204 Eddie Bridlie Sam Curtis Brightlingsea SC ‑2 1 1 1 1 2 6
2nd 3202 Andrew Peters Jill Peters Queen Mary SC 1 2 2 ‑3 2 1 8
3rd 2698 Jonny Harris Alex Harris Dee SC 3 3 3 2 ‑4 3 14
4th 2676 Jamie Pearson Rosie Williamson Draycote Water SC ‑5 4 4 5 3 4 20
5th 3217 Nick Pratt Jo Hutch Hayling Island SC 4 ‑5 5 4 5 5 23
6th 3213 Jay Williamson Simon Jones Draycote Water SC 6 6 6 6 6 ‑7 30
7th 7 Ade White Joseph White Draycote Water SC (DNC) 7 DNC 8 7 6 39
8th 2677 Eleanor Craig Jimmy Ruddiman Draycote Water SC (DNC) 107 7 8 8 40
9th 2646 Greg Paton-Kerr Stephen Carver 7 9 9 (DNC) DNC DNC 47
10th 2650 Martyn Denchfield Una‑Mary Rudman Staunton Harold SC (DNC) 8 8 DNC DNC DNC 49

Cherub Nationals Entry Now Open

On-line entry is now open for the Cherub Nationals being held as part of the Royal Torbay Regatta from the 20th till the 24th of August

Please enter at the below link.

Please get your entries in. At £55 this is the best bargain you will get for a sailing event this summer.

Please remember at least one of the crew must be a current paid up Cherub class association member.

You can join the class on-line via the main site

Currently Cherubs are leading the charge with entries with 7 confirmed. Lets get this above 20.


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