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by Maxine Oliver 4 Aug 2013 11:50 BST 14-17 September 2013
Action from the 2010 Hurricane at Thorpe Bay © Nick Champion /

The Hurricane 5.9 Class Association would like to invite you to attend the pinnacle event in the Hurricane calendar - The Hurricane National Championships which are being held this year at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy. We are expecting a huge turnout to sail in these fabulous waters following in the footsteps of the Olympic sailing team.

Racing will take place from Saturday 14th to Tuesday 17th September and will be held outside the harbour unless weather conditions necessitate sailing inside the harbour walls. Two races per day have been scheduled with the opportunity for a speed race in the afternoon for fun!

Help launching and coming in will be available as will a first class race team and safety ribs.

A pro-am and a sweepstake will be arranged along with tuning and coaching sessions by Andy Webb and John Ready so that from beginner to winner everyone can take advantage of becoming a better sailor. This event is open to all members of the Hurricane fleet no matter how experienced or inexperienced you are – so come along and enjoy the sailing and fun.

All Hurricanes will be positioned together next to the area in front of the Academy with the Spinnaker Bar and sundeck overlooking the boats and the harbour which we have for our use for the entire duration of the event.

The superb facilities at the academy include extensive changing rooms, showers and drying room open 24/7 for competitors and supporters.

Ample free parking is available at the front of the academy providing a secure and car free environment in the dinghy park and launching area. Overnight parking for campervans/caravans with hook up points to electricity and good local accommodation and camping is close by.

In the unlikely event Andy Webb cannot fix your boat then there is also a chandler on site. Early arrivals on Friday can look forward to a Beer and Curry night in the comfort of the Spinnaker bar and if you fancy staying over on the Tuesday night before heading home then the bar will be open and a Chilli night has been lined up.

The cafeteria/galley will be open and serving breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the event.

Après sailing will start in earnest on the Saturday night with a happy hour, hog roast and all the trimmings. A rock band and disco until late has been booked so bring your rock chicks and your dancing shoes. A carvery with all the accompaniments will be held on the Sunday and on Monday evening we have steak pie, potatoes and vegetables all of which are included in the price for both crew.

In typical Hurricane tradition, the social events promise to be great fun, with lots of banter and craic in this open and friendly fleet, where you will be given all the help, tips and advice to sail faster, better, stronger.

The prize giving will be held as soon as possible after the last race and the many trophies on offer for the winners, the oldest and youngest crew members, the best placed newcomer, best placed mixed crew will be announced, not to mention the issuing of the numpty hats. Our sponsor Typhoon will again this year be providing fabulous prizes.

Entry Fee £172.00 until 31st July and £185.00 thereafter.

To enter please download the entry form available form or book online.

Full details are available from the website.

Families & Friends

Supporters, spectators and families not taking part in the racing will be well catered for with sailing and windsurfing lessons available at the academy, whilst there are many local attractions and activities close by along the Jurassic coastline, further information is available at

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