The last Tasar worlds were Japan 2017

The UK will hold the Tasar Worlds in 2019
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At the Tasar UK AGM we chose to hold an on line vote of the members for changes to the World Tasar Association rules on use of a compass in racing.
The voting form is here.

After much hard work we have completed the Tasar UK pre-owned boat buying guide.


2017 Tasar Nationals - Porthpean Sailing Club 1st-3rd September
After a 5 year break the Tasar fleet assembled for another attempt to conquer the infamous slope at Porthpean. What a pleasant surprise on arrival to find a loaned 4 wheel drive tractor unit that towed all the boats up 3 at a time. Not that the slope is that bad but after a long hard day sailing the help of the tractor is very welcome.
This was the 6th Tasar National Championships to be held at Porthpean since the first in 1991. Scheduled to be a 3 day event with 3 racing sessions for the 8 race series. The advantage of having racing sessions is that the RO can decide on the day from the conditions as to how many races he runs. The 3 day weather forecast promised good sailing conditions for the first 2 days but the heavy rain and strong winds forecast for Sunday made the likelihood of racing rather dubious. So on Friday we had 3 races, back to back. The forecast for Saturday was good and so 4 more races were run, leaving only 1 required on the Sunday if racing was possible. The weather forecast was spot on. Very heavy rain and strong winds came sweeping in overnight and continued well into the morning building the surf onto the beach. The fleet voted not to launch and with 7 races in the bag the leader couldn’t be caught, 2nd & 3rd positions were also decided. Prize giving was brought forward and boats were packed away in good time allowing the visitors to make an early start on the long soggy journey back home.
A full report by Sarah Desjonqueres is here on Yachts and Yachting.




Tasar Training Day - Hayling Island Sailing Club - Saturday 29 July 2017
We are pleased to be able to offer a one day Tasar training course at HISC, the venue for the 2018 Nationals and 2019 World Championships. The training will be focused on Tasar specific boat set up and manoeuvres, such rig tension, use of sliders, differing gybe techniques, tacking in front of main sheet, use of pole and other wonderful Tasar tips from your current National Champion!!!!!
Cost in the order of £10-15 per boat , may be less!
Class racing available on Sunday at visitors rate of around £20 per boat.
Rod and Maureen, subject to numbers, will host an evening meal, just bring drinks and they are able to provide accommodation for up to seven people in beds, back garden camping an option for the hardy.
Please contact Rod Porteous to register interest.
A boat that missed the last Tasar Training Day...


Tasar's Windy Nationals at Whitstable 8th/9th/10th July 2016

Strong winds and gusts of up to 35 knots proved challenging for the 52 sailors who braved the water for the 2016 Tasar Nationals at Whitstable Yacht Club. However, a little determination and a lot of impromptu on the water repairs saw 26 boats battle it out in a fast and furious weekend of sailing.
The first day of racing saw the least wind of the series and a good start for Liz and Roger Pescod who sailing their new boat won the first race after starting 3rd off the line. Whilst Constantijn Udo and Jan Slotemaker, one of the two Dutch crews to sail in this year’s competition, managed to secure an easy win with a lead from the start in the second race.
On the second day, despite starting in 6th and lying a close 3rd around the last gybe mark one of strongest gusts of the weekend hit seeing the two leading boats capsize allowing Rod and Maureen Porteous time to slip through and blast down the final reach to win race three. Although being one of the boats hit by the gust, impressively, Neil Spacagna and Steve Gustice managed to limp over the line to 9th position with a 45 degree bend in the top 3 foot of their mast.
With only 11 boats still out on the water (some without full rigs) and the wind speed continuing to increase, racing for the day was abandoned.
On the final day, the first start was brought forward to take advantage of lighter winds. On race 4 the Porteous’s made a brilliant clear start leading the fleet from the line, picking the shifts correctly on the favoured left hand side of the course to take a convincing win. The Porteous crew continued their success to take the next race. Neil and Steve sailed a consistent race 4 and 5 holding Udo and Jan off to take second place in both races. With strengthening winds the final race was abandoned.

Overall results, after 5 out of the 8 races were sailed with one discard, were:
1st – Rod & Maureen Porteous
2nd - Constantijn Udo & Jan Slotemaker
3rd –Neil Spacanga & Steve Gustice
4th – Liz & Roger Pescod
5th – Stephen Nation & Julie Puckett
Junior Cup – Luna Schutte
Ladies Cup – Liz Pescod
Rolling Pin and Masters Plate - Rod & Maureen Porteous
Grand Masters Plate - Constantijn Udo & Jan Slotemaker
Black Horse Trophy (Club Team) - Whitstable YC
Full results.

In his winner’s speech, Rod said that in spite of the very tough conditions, the good courses, stiff competition and great sportsmanship demonstrated throughout the Tasar championship made for brilliant and rewarding racing across the fleet. Big thanks are owed to Race Officer, Tom Bruton and the rescue boat crews, who were heavily occupied ,as well as the catering team and event organisers.
Sailors are now looking forward to the Tasar Nationals at Porthpean, Cornwall next year and the World Championships taking place in Gamagori, Japan in 2018.
Ella Gibson (Clevedon SC)