Please select your home edition
CoastWaterSports 2014

Catapult Nationals at Bala Catamaran Club

by Stuart Ede 16 Aug 2010 09:35 BST 7-9 August 2010

Newcomer John Terry sent a shiver through the fleet of 13 Catapults assembled at Bala Cat Club over the 7-9 August long weekend, when he won the first two races in a shifty Force 2. However, 2009 champion Paul Ellis finally established his mastery to retain the trophy.

George Evans was first to the windward mark in Race 1, but Terry overtook downwind. A good beat on Lap 2 helped Ellis to the front at the windward mark just ahead of Evans, Gareth Ede and Terry. However, Terry and Ede got through downwind to take the first two places from Ellis and Evans. The racing was so close that the first 7 boats all finished within two minutes.

Stuart Ede led from the start of Race 2 to the windward mark by going up the middle. However, he was caught downwind by son Gareth, Nigel Harrison, Ellis and Terry. At the beginning of Lap 2 Gareth was just ahead of Ellis and Terry. However Terry stole a march at the windward mark when the other two got stuck in a hole. Dave Jennings and Cliff Antill also capitalised on their misfortune to sneak through and grab second and third places.

Terry was leading Race 3 when a hull leak forced his retirement. Gareth Ede took over at the front and built a large lead, only to get stuck in a hole at the last windward mark. Ellis caught up and then sneaked ahead downwind. These two duelled all the way to the line with Ellis just taking the gun. George Evans took third.

At one stage in Race 4 Gareth Ede had a large lead, but it evaporated as the wind died and the chasing pack led by Ellis caught up downwind. To hang on to victory Ede had to tack close inshore on the beat for the line and just managed to cross it ahead by taking out a daggerboard before running aground in front of the race committee! Antill came in third.

Ellis, Justin Evans and Terry got away from the fleet at the first windward mark of Race 5. The chasing pack caught Evans downwind, but Ellis and Terry got away again. Gareth Ede gave chase but could not overtake Ellis and Terry who took first and second. Tony Costall had a great last beat to grab fourth.

Going into the last race, Ellis had a one point lead over Gareth Ede, and these two fought toe-to-toe all the way round in a gusty force 3 with Terry adding some spice to the combat. In a surprise charge on the last beat George Evans came through to pip Terry for third, but Ellis confirmed his champion status by taking his third race win from Ede.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1Paul Ellis50734*12118
2Gareth Ede9125*213210
3John Terry53311DNF*82416
4George Evans51047*377324
5Stuart Ede531564559*25
6Dave Jennings20909*2566827
7Cliff Antill176363910*27
8Tony Costall5111*1111114542
9John Peperell530781010DNS*742
10Justin Evans5188129410DNS*43
11Neal Graneau51212*107911643
12Nigel Harrison522109812*81146
13Norman Taverner269DNS*13DNFDNSDNSDNS69

Related Articles

Catapults at Bassenthwaite
The fleet has been returning year after year since 2007 There are good reasons that the Catapult fleet has been returning year after year since 2007 to Bassenthwaite Sailing Club, namely the great sailing, wonderful scenery and the warm welcome. Posted on 10 Jun
Catapults at Yorkshire Dales
A joint weekend open meeting with the Vortex fleet The Catapult fleet made its annual visit to Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club over the weekend of 28-29 May 2022. This year the club had kindly offered to host a joint open meeting with the Vortex fleet. Posted on 6 Jun
The Grafham Cat Open is back!
Set to take place on 30th & 31st October The annual open meeting for catamarans at Grafham Water is back and will take place on 30-31 Oct. Over 70 boats are expected. This event has a reputation for being extremely sociable with highlights including an evening meal, open bar and on-site camping. Posted on 7 Oct 2021
Felixstowe Ferry SC Cat Open 2019
30 boats arrive to double the previous year's entry FFSC held its second ever catamaran open last weekend hosting a wide variety of catamarans. The event included the Dart 16 National Championships and was a part of the Formula 18, Shearwater and Catapult Traveller Series. Posted on 5 Aug 2019
The Grafham Catamaran Open
Seventy catamarans take part Seventy catamarans took part in the Grafham Cat Open which happily (after the storms of last year) took place on a sunny weekend in a force 2-3 light Southerly breeze. Posted on 28 Oct 2018
Catapult Nationals at Bala
The class return to their favourite club again Catapult again welcomed the hospitality of Bala Sailing Club for the 2018 Nationals, June 30th – July 1st. A ENE-NE breeze off the land at the top of the lake built as each day went on, still with lulls and gusts, and 20-30 degree swings. Posted on 30 Jul 2018
Grafham Cat Open rescheduled
Storm Brian pushes event back to March The Grafham Cat Open that had to be postponed due to Storm Brian has been rescheduled to 17/18 March 2018. Posted on 29 Oct 2017
Catapults at Bala
Figure-of-eight courses in a great breeze Catapult sailing returned to Bala on 1st-2nd July. This year Bala Sailing Club stepped in to host the TT racing, at the top of the lake, with wide sailing water, and breeze from the SW and NE unobstructed. Posted on 19 Jul 2017
The Grafham Cat Open 2015
93 boats took part, some competing for Inland titles A total of 93 boats took part in the Grafham Cat Open which was open to all Catamaran Classes making this the biggest 2015 Cat Open in the UK. Many classes used the event as their last traveller of the Summer or an Inland Championships. Posted on 21 Oct 2015
Catapult Association Travelling Trophy Series
Summary of the 2014 season Catapult Catamarans' successful 2014 Travelling Trophy campaign ranged from Kent to Wales and the Lake District, and the competition for the Jon Montgomery Travelling Trophy came down to the last race of the last event. Posted on 10 Jan 2015