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2020 Nationals cancelled

Unfortunately due to the on-going Covid-19 situation we have sadly agreed with Mumbles Yacht Club and the 4000 class to cancel this years nationals. We left it as late as we possibly could in the hope we could run but Mumbles have not yet returned to sailing and although they plan to do so for a small number of members soon they are not in a position to run a nationals. They will however run our Nationals in 2022 so some silver lining there.

The class committee realise this will be disappointing for Cherub sailors but please watch out for announcements soon as we build up to our 70th anniversary Nationals next year at Portland Harbour, arguably the best place to sail Cherubs in England.

We hope to have a bumper turn out of Cherubs for this event so please put the 6-9th of July 2021 in your diaries now. Even if you haven't done an event for a few years it will be great to see you again and we will have a few warm up weekends announced soon to get you and your Cherub Nationals ready.

Make a week of it in Weymouth by doing the always excellent dinghy regatta the weekend immediately before.


Nationals 2020 and 70th Anniversary Nationals in 2021 plus a special Carnac visit

Your events team are delighted to confirm the 2020 Nationals will be hosted by Mumbles Yacht Club in South Wales from August 22 - 25th. We had a great Nationals there a few years ago so I expect another fantastic event next August. Other events are also now posted on the events page - link top left of the page.

The Nationals in 2021 are planned to be at the National Sailing Academy at Portland with sailing in Portland Harbour arguably the best place to sail a Cherub in England and maybe the whole UK. The dates are just after the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta so we can make a week of it. The planned dates for our 70th Anniversary Nationals are Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th July 2021. The Weymouth Regatta will be the 3/4th July.

For our 70th year we are also planning a special visit as a class to the Carnac skiff event in early September 2021 so make sure this is in your plans and calendar


Cherub Blast this Autumn

Your tireless events team (well Martyn) has posted regarding a Cherub blast this Autumn at Queen Mary on October 12/13th . Please check the events section of the Forum. You are welcome to leave the boat at QM (and sail if you wish) for the intervening couple of weeks until our Inlands also at QM over the weekend November 2/3rd.


Weymouth Regatta 2019 - 13-14 July

Day one was a day of three halves… The fleet was sent out into the bay in hope of catching some breeze and was greeted with flat water and no wind. After a brief postponement, racing got underway. EJ had a late start as she was stuck in irons with ten seconds to go until the start. Poppy finding gears, and Marmite and Usagi both fighting for first place with King Tubby left behind looking at bums. After a becalmed kite run the wind picked up, a very small amount, for the second race. Marmite and Usagi have a close start, fighting to keep their lanes. Poppy takes the pin end of the line hoping for clear air, taking the right side up the beat, neck and neck with Usagi for much of the leg. Poppy reaches the top mark first, closely followed behind Usage and Marmite. Poppy keeps her lead for 1.5 laps but unfortunately decapitates an enormous Jellyfish at the bottom mark, resulting in a near capsize! Both Marmite and Usage overtake and Poppy settles for third. Race three, the sea breeze kicks in and all boats have the best starts of the day, Poppy out back as her main sail batten pops out of the luff on the first beat and EJ has trouble with ….. something …… which forces her to retire and head in early, beating the rush for the showers. At the end of day one, Usagi sits in first place, with Marmite one point behind, poppy third, EJ in fourth and King Tubby fifth. The sailors were greeted with a well deserved lasagne back at the club, followed by a fleet trip to dominos.

Day two brought us more wind, only a little bit more. Racing commenced in the harbour bright and early. Poppy begun the day with an impressive port hand flyer above the rest of the fleet with Usagi and Marmite chasing hard on starboard. It was close racing for the top three to the windward mark. Poppy was going very well when pointing in the right direction, but not far behind marmite and usage for most of the race. EJ didn’t manage to start due to poor execution of kite rigging, but was well prepared for race five. EJ finally showed up with a decent start for race five and was quick but in the wrong direction! There was a loud bang as Marmite’s clew strap came undone, poppy took her chance to overtake and push for second, however once fixed, marmite quickly caught up to regain their place in front of Poppy. Everyone with current rules met up at the bottom mark of the first lap in hope for a fleet photo! After a shifty second beat Usagi was comfortably in first place with Marmite in second. For the final race, Poppy, again, takes a port start at the committee boat to get into the fresh breeze. Close racing for much of the duration of the race with a near miss between Usagi and Poppy as both boats narrowly avoid a collision close to the bottom mark due to not being able to see each other, otherwise much of the same.

Overall results: Andy Peters’ Usagi 1st Paul Croote’s Marmite 2nd Jamie Pearson’s Poppy 3rd Martyn Denchfield’s King Tubby 4th Jimmy Ruddiman’s EJ 5th


Nationals Entry Open

The entry is open for the nationals. Please follow the link below, put in your details and click on the pay now button which will take you to PayPal for your entry fee payment. Remember you will also need to join the class association for 2019 if you haven't already.

£103 inc meals on Friday and Saturday for both helm and crew.

The AGM will be held after racing on Thursday followed by a fleet curry at a place TBC


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