Deben Yacht Club hosted its first open meeting for H2s last weekend. Here is the report as published in Yachts and Yachting. https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/239493/First-open-meeting-for-Hadron-H2s-at-Deben
The 3 day event scheduled for May 21-23 was severely impacted by some very unseasonable weather. Nonetheless it proved to be the largest open meeting so far for the class, with 18 entries.
A full report appears in Yachts and Yachting online HERE.
The 2021 season kicks off with a return to the club that hosted our first National Championships in 2017. Warsash SC provides excellent courses and great hospitality, to be kicked off with a training day, supervised by current H2 champion, Ian Sanderson.
See entry details and the Notice of Race here
The HH2CA now has its own YouTube Channel, which features videos of H2 events as well as interviews with H2 owners and a ‘Reasons to Sail an H2’ video.
See our YouTube Channel HERE.
The Hadron H2 Class Association is ready to welcome you to their stand at the Virtual Dinghy Show, taking place on 27 and 28 February.
You will need to register in order to attend the Show. Registration is free – just go HERE
Royal Torbay YC, 11-13 September
Report on the final day’s racing.
Another lovely sunrise over Torbay – but a flat calm. Not good for sailing. The H2 fleet launched on time and spent an hour or so waiting for some pressure – which duly appeared from the south at about 11:30. The final two races took place in a 10 knot breeze amid sparkling seas – superb sailing weather. If Richard Leftley could win the last two races he would be the champion but Ian Sanderson was determined to keep his slender overnight lead. Richard’s windward superiority in a breeze was soon made apparent as he rounded the weather mark in first place, followed by Adrian Williams and Andrew McGaw, with Ian Sanderson trailing in seventh place. Ian made up several places downwind and was second at the leeward mark but he could not catch Richard, who scored his fourth win of the event. Simon Hipkin sailed consistently well for third place, with Ian Dawson fourth.
The 8th and last race soon started in similar conditions to race 7. Again, Richard was first to the windward mark but this time Ian was a little closer. Nonetheless, Richard maintained his lead and at the start of the final run had a 100 metre lead over Ian, followed by Andrew McGaw and Ian Dawson. With just a few hundred metres to the finish, Ian had narrowed the deficit to 50 metres but it seemed that he would have to relinquish his title to Richard. But Fate likes to play tricks – whether it was a gust from astern or Ian finding another gear, the gap narrowed rapidly in the approach to the final mark and Ian reached across Richard’s stern, did a smart gybe and took the inside berth at the mark. Ian rounded ahead of Richard and received the winning gun just 3 seconds ahead of his rival. So after three days, 8 races and several hours of racing, the Championship was won by a margin of 3 seconds. It was a fitting climax to a great event in which all competitors played a full part – there being no more than 3 minutes separating first and last in most races.
Ian Sanderson’s H2’s sail number – 111 now matches his championship wins – 3 in a row.
Special mention must go to Ian Dawson, who finished in third place over all and also won the Grand Master’s Trophy for the first helm aged 65 to 69. In fact he finished ahead of the winner of the Master’s Trophy (60-64) – Andrew McGaw, who finished was fourth. But all competitors sailed very well and almost all finished within shouting distance of the two front runners on occasion.
Back ashore the distanced prizegiving provided multiple prizes for all competitors – thanks to our sponsors, Allen Brothers.
The Hadron H2 Class Association thanks all the volunteers and staff of the Royal Torbay YC who provided us with a great courses and fine hospitality. Special thanks go to PRO Bob Penfold and his team, who always managed to second guess the shifty conditions and set perfect courses. The launching and recovery in a busy harbour was very efficiently managed by Richard Walden – a master of diplomacy and persuasion.
The 2020 Nationals, hosted by RYA Club of the Year Royal Torbay YC, will take place from 11-13 September.
A ‘runners and riders’ review has been posted in Yachts and Yachting at https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/231207/Allen-Hadron-H2-National-Championship-preview
Our National Championships will take place on 11-13 September, hosted by RYA 2019 Club of the Year, the Royal Torbay YC.
Although it is anticipated that numbers will be down on previous years, this event is much anticipated by H2 owners, who have had little opportunity to hone their skills so far this year. The club and facilities are second to none and we can expect a great 3 days’ sailing.
Full details and entry forms are available at https://rtyc.org/event/hadron-h2-national-championship/