Future UK National Championship Venues

 

Event Reports

It is important for the class profile that we regularly and promptly send out reports of Osprey Class Open Meetings and other sailing events in which Osprey owners compete.

The order for report writing of an Osprey Class Open Meeting or a mixed classes regatta is:

1.
Highest placed Osprey Class committee member writes the report        
2.
Whoever is third overall in the Osprey Class writes the report                            
3.
If less than 3 Ospreys participating in the event then the last placed Osprey crew to write the report.   
Reports are always welcome from others as well, it gives an additional perspective of the racing.

The report to be submitted preferably with a photograph or two of the sailing & the results by the Tuesday after the event. That gives a chance of the report being used by Yachts & Yachting magazine as well as https://www.yachtsandyachting.com. The guidelines for how it is done are at https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/…/Guidelines-for-submitti…

You should also copy the report, photographs & results to Huw, and do some blogs on Facebook. Be sure to ask at the host club to find out if photos are available. If not, Angela Mamwell often has photos. Taking a photograph of the results sheet on your phone and posting it on Facebook during the weekend is also good - please check it is a readable image before posting. Facebook is good for internal communication within the class, but we need https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/ and our website for external comm, in the hope of attracting new people to the class.

Online electronic calendar

Events POSTPONED or CANCELLED

Sunday 17th May 2020 at 14:15 BST
Another cancellation, this time it is the Sheppey Open scheduled for 21st & 22nd June 2020.

09:00 BST Friday 15th May 2020

Unfortunately Shoreham SC have had to cancel their Open Meeting scheduled for July 4th & 5th 2020. There are no plans to rearrange this year but we will be exploring a date for next year in due course.

14:30 BST Thursday 7th May 2020

Poole YC have regrettably, due to the current uncertainty around lifting of restrictions due Covid-19, taken the decision to cancel the Southern Area Championship. This was scheduled to be held on the 6th & 7th June 2020. Poole YC will see if there is an alternative date later in the year suitable to both club & class and has acceptable tide.

13:00 GMT on Wednesday 18th March 2020

CONISTON REGATTA - Just in case anyone was thinking of coming this will not take place on the second bank holiday in May.

 

Osprey Class Association Statement – Covid 19 (2)

09:45 GMT on Monday 1st June 2020


Subject – 2020 National Championships

Today confirmed that it will not be possible to hold the Championship as planned over the period 25th -28th July 2020. Full statement in news article below.

The statement was emailed to all entries for whom the class have an email address. Some of the email addresses the class membership secretary bounced, i.e. are no longer valid.

 

Class Boat Ready for Use

Osprey 1360 powering upwind during a windy 2020 Bloody Mary

The class boat is now ready to be loaned out.

We need to look to the future of the class and the new blood that can be welcomed into the Osprey family. The details (application form and loan agreement form) on how to acquire the boat for a defined period are now available. The forms can be filled in electronically.

The Osprey Class Committee are actively looking for  the first crew to take her on and join us. If you know of a suitable crew then get in touch with your committee members or local Osprey representatives.

Osprey Nationals 2018 Poster
© Jess Douglas

With only a little under three weeks to go and the entry already at a point that will surpass the previous Weymouth best of 40 boats it's time to look down the list of competitors and pick out some teams that are likely to be fighting it out at the top.

1. 1322 Peek a Boo, Matt Burge & Stuart Maunder
This team are always a welcome regular at the Osprey Nationals and have had a very successful track record over previous years. Matt seems very at home in Stuarts Hartley Mk IV and as such is predicted to be a top 3 contender. The club have put in additional supplies at the bar to keep Matt hydrated during the evening socials.

2. 1234 Plan B, Terry Curtis & Peter Greig
Current National Champions, this hugely experienced team will take some beating. Having restored an older Mk III for this campaign there are still some tweaks to be made and a few more open meetings would have helped the preparation but it's still very likely that they will have found the fast button in time. Terry having just returned from a great performance at the OK dinghy Worlds is also match fit and keen to prove the new boat.

3. 1356 Shippy McShip Face, Ben & Simon Hawkes
Well known father and son combo that have really dialled in the boat and teamwork this year, so far they have been in great form sweeping up a number of Open wins on the bounce and looking ever more dominant. Simon has returned to crewing duties and has sacrificed some Phantom ballast for a leaner meaner look. Over time they have helped develop Exe sails for the boat and now look to have the speed and height needed for the big one. This pairing is anticipated to be right up there at the front.

4. 1290 Swiftwun, Martin Cooney & Peter Frith
Great ambassadors for the class and Multiple Nationals winners, this team know all there is to know about the Osprey and will be keen to teach the new generation a few lessons. Still super consistent they last won the trophy in 2015 but are more than capable of putting that right especially if they get away from the pack.

5. 1116 Lethal Weapon, Sam Barker & Mikey Greig
A newly formed team for this year, Sam is well known locally and beyond for his exploits successfully helming pretty much anything that floats and will get the most out of the Osprey, Mikey is a hugely experienced crew and the owner of the legendary Lethal Weapon, so especially if it's a windy event these could well be the surprise package.

6. 1363 Robbers Alley, Alistair Raynard & Rob Burdekin
Another relatively new team to the Osprey these boys hail from Carsington and have quietly set about refining the new Mk V boat to great effect. They have been ever present in 2018 especially in the favoured lighter winds and have claimed several Open wins to help boost the confidence. If conditions suit them they will be ones to watch.

Rumours abound that Adam Bowers will return this year in Blue Moon complete with new paint job and if this is the case then yet another former Champion will be sure to mix it all up.

Preparations are now well in hand, the social programme is being finalised and plenty of beer is on order. If you own an Osprey, new or old and have never attended a Nationals then this would be the year, we are a friendly, family orientated class that enjoys exciting racing and relaxed socials, find out more at www.ospreysailing.org. The class would like to take this opportunity to thanks its generous sponsors for their continued support: Hartley boats, Sea Sure, Allen, Marlow Ropes, Rain and Sun, Moatt Sails, Gul and Clam Cleat.