Queen Mary SC, 18 May 2024

There was an excellent turnout for this event. On a day of light and shifting winds, last year’s runner-up, Josh Hamer, became the new Inland Champion after a close tussle with current National Champion Robin Parsons. Two of the lighter H2 helms therefore currently hold the two major H2 titles.

See a full report on Yachts & Yachting HERE.

Dave Barker, sailing ‘Raspberry Ripple’ at the 2024 H2 Inland Championships

Farnborough International Exhibition Centre, 24-25 February

The Hadron H2 Class Association (stand C36) will be displaying one of the latest H2s.
Harken will have Josh Hamer’s H2 as the centrepiece of their stand (G10).
Marlow Ropes have Richard Le Mare’s sparkly purple H2 on their stand (K40).


Hosted by Highcliffe SC, the 20 competitors enjoyed a wide range of wind and weather conditions. It was a championship in which the lightweights dominated.

The competitors at the H2 Nationals 2023 – photo by Tina Little

For details, see these four reports in yachts and Yachting:

Hadron H2 National Championship 2023 at Highcliffe Sailing Club – Preview (yachtsandyachting.com)

Hadron H2 National Championship 2023 at Highcliffe Sailing Club – Day 1 (yachtsandyachting.com)

Hadron H2 National Championship 2023 at Highcliffe Sailing Club – Day 2 (yachtsandyachting.com)

Hadron H2 National Championship 2023 at Highcliffe Sailing Club – Overall (yachtsandyachting.com)


The manufacturer of the H2, Hadron Dinghies Ltd, has entered into a partnership with leading composite boatbuilder Winder Boats to produce the mouldings for the H2.

David and his team of skilled laminators have carved out an excellent reputation building championship winning Fireballs, Merlin Rockets, Mirror Dinghies and Solos, among others. David’s works are situated in Yorkshire and Hadron Dinghies anticipate a further increase in orders due to his excellent reputation for quality and service. The H2 will now be added to their range but Hadron Dinghies will continue to fit out each H2 to customers’ individual requirements.


Two H2s were exhibited at the RYA Dinghy Show, which took place on 25-26 February. The minimalist HH2CA stand (due to misplacing the stand displays) featured an H2 in ‘Gulf Oil’ colours – much admired by many, including a representative of the oil company!

The second H2, owned by Richard Le Mare (current inland champion) was displayed on the Selden Masts stand, sporting the first Selden spars made for the H2.


On Saturday at the RYA Dinghy Show three people came up to me with different questions:
Question #1: I weigh 73kg – am I too light for an H2?”
Answer: “I will refer you to Ian Dawson’s performance at last year’s H2 nationals: he won the lightweights trophy, the Grand Master’s trophy, the Ulysses trophy (for the oldest competitor) and was second over all (to Nick Craig). Ian weighed 75kg in his sailing gear.”
Question #2: “I weigh 110kg – am I too heavy for an H2?”
Answer: “I will refer you to Richard le Mare. Richard was second in the 2021 H2 Nationals (to Nick Craig) and is the current H2 Inland Champion. He is heavier than you.”
Question #3: “I am 70 years old – am I too old for an H2?”
Answer: “Please refer to answer #1. Ian Dawson celebrated his 70th birthday a week after the 2022 Nationals.”