Please select your home edition
Edition
Pinnell & Bax 201709 728x90

Five boats, sails, masts, chandlery and clothing for P&B at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show

by Mark Jardine on 1 Mar 4-5 March 2017
The P&B Team busy getting ready for the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show © P&B

The week before the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show is always a busy one for the team at P&B, but for 2017 they have pulled out all the stops, with no less than five boats showcased, and sails on a range of boats throughout the show. They'll also have a massive range of chandlery available to buy, basically moving their Northampton store to Alexandra Palace for the weekend! We spoke to Dave Wade to get the details...

First up is the re-launch of the JP / P&B Solo, which is being made by highly experienced and respected boat builder Richard Wagstaff. Dave explained some of the differences: "It has a finer nose than some of the designs and the stern is flatter, with the aim of making it quick to tack, faster through the chop and promoting earlier planing. It will be on display on the National Solo Class Association stand (B46 in the Great Hall) with a P&B sail together with a foil choice from DEM Foils."

The P&B Optimist on display on the IOCA UK stand (G46 in the West Hall) will be fitted out to exactly the same standard as the P&B / Winner Race Team boats.

Ian Pinnell's new 505 will be on display on the International 505 Class Association stand (B34 in the Great Hall). The foils which we talked to Ian about this time last year have been selling exceptionally well in the UK, America, Australia & Europe.

The P&B Fireball which will be displayed on the UK Fireball Association stand (C31 in the Great Hall) has a new mainsheet system which Dave explains the details of: "We've had a standard aft bridle system for years and years. With Winder I've developed a system where you can crank it over to windward by 20mm, similar to the bridle system on a Merlin Rocket. I first fitted this to my boat, but we've now fine-tuned the system. We have also developed a rudder for the Fireball which uses what we've learnt from the 505 foils."

The Flying Fifteen - which is currently celebrating its 70th Anniversary and the World Championship taking place in Napier, New Zealand - has a new jib design which will be used straight after this Worlds. Dave describes the main differences and why the class has made the change: "The class have shortened the foot and increased the luff length so that the sheet loads are lighter and it's easier to handle. This will really help the mixed teams in the class. Ian Pinnell's boat (which is Alan Bax's old boat) will be on display on the UK Flying Fifteen Association stand (C2 in the Great Hall) with all the tweaks that you'd expect from a P&B boat."

On the sails front, P&B will be displaying their new Osprey sails which have a zip luff on the jib and Ian Pinnell will be giving a talk on how to tune the boat (Saturday 3.30pm, Stand A4 in the Great Hall).

The Merlin Rocket class (Stand B16 in the Great Hall) is going from strength to strength and P&B make both sails and masts for the class. Dave says, "We've made some tweaks, especially around the head of the mainsail, and on the Paragon mast we've tweaked the spreader bracket, the track and the construction technique."

Another class enjoying a resurgence is the Streaker (Stand C52 in the Great Hall), and P&B will have their championship winning sails on display. Dave commented on why the class is proving so popular, "It's singlehanded, which is proving popular at the moment, and caters for helms in the 11 stone range, whereas many other designs don't suit the lighter weight helms."

Moving onto the heavyweights, P&B won the 2016 Phantom Nationals with their sail and their Paragon mast, which they made for the first time. Dave says, "Our cross-cut sail won the championship and our radial sail finished second."

The P&B Team will all be available to talk, with chandlery galore, on stands A10 & B48 in the Great Hall. They will have a massive range of Dinghy Clothing for sale, as well as being the only retailer at the show with the new Musto Dinghy Range.

P&B are also be selling the Red Paddleboard range at the show, for those who fancy doing something slightly different on the water!

Related Articles

America's Cup AC75 boat concept revealed
Bold new high performance fully foiling monohull Here it is! The ground-breaking new America's Cup class race boat concept. The AC75 is the bold new high performance fully foiling monohull. Posted on 20 Nov
DAME Award again
We speak to Drue Kerr, Senior Designer at Zhik We caught up with Drue Kerr, Senior Designer at Zhik, who have just won the DAME Award in the clothing category for their Isotak X Ocean range. Posted on 15 Nov
I am not a number
David Henshall looks at dinghy handicapping You probably have to be at the very least middle aged to fully appreciate the tag line reference to 'The Prisoner' TV series, but as that means you're in the demographic majority it is okay to continue. Posted on 14 Nov
Mixing Work and Play
We speak to Alpine Elements MD James Hardiman We spoke to James Hardiman, the Managing Director and founder of Alpine Elements and Ocean Elements, about his life in business, the overlaps between his work and play, his own sailing and the Solo Wolf Rock Race he took part in this year. Posted on 10 Nov
Interview with Mike Sugden
About the latest B&G software version 4.5 features We spoke to Mike Sugden, Instrument Product Expert at Navico, about the latest B&G software version 4.5 which now includes full integration with PredictWind, and how advanced start line features are now standard on Zeus and Vulcan chart plotters. Posted on 8 Nov
Graphics, Coatings, Creative
A year of diversification for Grapefruit Big changes are happening to Grapefruit this year as we speak to Andy Yeomans, Founder and CEO to find out more. Posted on 2 Nov
Growing classes and exports at Ovington Boats
We speak to Nathan Batchelor about the 2017 season Ovington Boats has had a great season, supporting the classes they build, while adding a couple of new ones to their roster. We spoke to Ovington's Nathan Batchelor to find out more... Posted on 19 Oct
60 years of Crewsaver, 30 years of Crewfit
And the 'beautiful art' of simplification Crewsaver has come a long way since the original hand-welded, orally inflated lifejackets and buoyancy bags sixty years ago. Along the way they've introduced automatic inflation, dual chambers and then in 1984 Crewfit came along. Posted on 18 Oct
Endeavour Trophy 2017 overall
Hat trick for Saxton and Lewis Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis today added another three wins to their already impressive haul of first places from yesterday to win the 2017 Endeavour Trophy series with a race to spare writes Sue Pelling. Posted on 15 Oct
Endeavour Trophy 2017 day 1
Red hot racing leaves reigning champs just one point ahead With three wins in the bag after today's Endeavour Trophy opening five races, Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis (reigning Endeavour champions) lead the Endeavour Trophy series by just one point from Nick Craig and Holly Scott (D-One) writes Sue Pelling. Posted on 14 Oct