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The Cherub is a two-person 12 foot racing dinghy with asymmetric spinnaker and twin trapezes. Just twelve feet long, weighing around 70kgs fully rigged for sailing, the Cherub combines spectacular performance with the “on the edge” handling characteristics only found in true lightweight skiffs.
Originally created in New Zealand by John Spencer in 1951, Cherubs are mainly sailed in Australia and Great Britain, with a growing fleet in France. As well as this, boats can be found as far away as Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, the USA and Portugal.
The Cherub rules are simple and allow for maximum flexibility for designers, allowing boats to be created to incorporate sailor's own ideas. Also meaning the class develops over time as techniques, materials and ideas improve. All this makes the Cherub one of the most interesting and innovative of all dinghies: The challenge extends from the sailing skills to setting up the boat to suit the sailor, and maybe even designing and building, too.
Cherub sailing is the real thing: True planing performance upwind, but then turn the corner and you’re in for the ride of your life…
Saturday June 14th saw 7 Cherubs make the trip to Weston for the 4th round of the travellers trophy. (or maybe a little pre nationals practise) Also a welcome return to the scene for Fuzzy Logic after some major TLC by new owners Ade and Joe. Wind guru had a northerly wind at 6 knots gusting 13 and was surprisingly accurate. Race one had the start up by the shipping channel with a beat towards the shore, where the already challenging conditions were made worse by some serious direction changes just prior to a gust hitting. At one point Eleanor managed to tack twice without changing direction. Clive and Alex set the pace for the weekend with a race win followed by Dean and Simon then Andy and Jill.
Race two saw much of the same with an abandonment as the Cherubs were twin wiring at the windward mark and the 4000's were becalmed on their start. When the race was restarted Andy and Jill showed why they are the current national champions with a win relegating Clive and Alex to 2nd. Dean and Simon had what could only be described as swimming lessons and were indeed very lucky to end up 3rd.
Race three saw Clive and Alex back on top, Andy and Jill 2nd and Dean and Simon again 3rd although somewhat drier this time
The evenings entertainment was provided by the B14 fleet and a large amount of alcohol. The games involved limbo on space hoppers then spinning round and round a B14 pole before throwing a hoop over a man with a rubber unicorn mask on and downing a drink of your choice. (non alcoholic for the youngsters of course) this was run as a relay with teams from the Cherubs and B14's
Sunday dawned with slightly more breeze although it was still a gusty northerly. Clive and Alex carried on where they left off in race 4 with Dean and Simon in 2nd and The hobbits in 3rd. Race 5 saw a return to the top 3 for Andy and Jill and although it was clear that Clive and Alex had this open won it was down to the last race for 2nd place with Andy and Jill sneaking it by 1 point from Dean and Simon.