The last Tasar worlds were Japan 2017
The UK will hold the Tasar Worlds in 2019
2018 Tasar Nationals - Hayling Island Sailing Club - 7th-9th SeptemberGlorious weather for the UK nationals this year at Hayling Island with steady westerly wind for all three days and racing out in the bay. This year was not just a nationals, but also being used as a test run for the organisation of the worlds to be held next year. The event started with a full measurement process, The Hayling club then ran a magnificent race team with over 30 people out on the water, guiding the fleet to and from the course, starting the races on time and laying a course with superb angles. It was all a little windy for me, so we were trailing at the back of the fleet most of the time, but still injoying the racing with those around us.
The entry of over 40 boats, including visitors from The Netherlands, Germany and Australia comming to test out the waters and we hope they went home to give back glowing reports. The photographer, Peter Hickson, out on the water took some stunning pictures and these can be seen here. The results can be seen here.
A full report by Sarah Desjonqueres is here on Yachts and Yachting.
TASAR 2018 NATIONALS MEASUREMENT REQUIREMENTSSo far we have 30 boats paid to attend the nationals and we hope more will consider coming ( It should be noted that the next price escalator occurs on the 24th August) The event is being billed as a warm up to the worlds to be held at HISC in 2019.
The Worlds are generating a healthy interest in Australia with potentially four containers being shipped. In preparation to this event we have agreed to run the 2018 nationals measurement process more robustly than the recent past to ensure competitors boats are in line with current class rules which can be found at http://www.tasar.org/the-tasar/class-rules.aspx
Boats will be measured for the 2018 Nationals. The winning boat of each race will be re-measured and also one other boat randomly selected. Details of this will be added to the sailing instructions.
Boats will be measured prior to Registration and in order to ease congestion on the day we are allowing pre-measurement by the owner of the boat. This will be scrutinised and certain items checked.
The attached documents set out how owners can pre-measure.
We have also prepared some “You Tube” videos in a “how to” approach, to make understanding the rules a little easier. How To Video
We would encourage every sailor to study the documents below and prepare their boats to ensure a hassle free registration process.
[24/08/18] measurement and class rules compliance signoff document for you to print.
[24/08/18] PRE-Measurement and compliance signoff document for you to print, scan and return by email.
Spanner De Rotation: A Simple Solution with WTC DispensationOver the years the position of the dagger board box has slowly moved back in the boat. Early performance craft boats had a 15mm gap between the front tank bulkhead and the leading edge of the front face of the dagger box. In the most recent Bethwaite boats the position has moved rearwards by a total of approximately 100mm.
The 29er boom was introduced in around 2006, the gooseneck fitting in comparison to the original rectangular boom was shortened.
The net effect of the centre board box and consequently the traveller track moving backwards and the boom moving forward was the relative change of the position of the mainsheet attachment point on the boom to the traveller. The resulting modified geometry means under heavy mainsheet loads, required when beating, the boom is dragged backwards and de rotates the mast with the spanner popping out of rotation. A frustrating problem to the uninitiated. The position of the mainsheet becket on the boom is not a measurable item and the problem is easily solved by fitting a new boom becket bracket approximately 100mm rearwards on the boom. When replacing an old boom type with the new 29er boom the standard fitment of the mainsheet becket may give rise to this problem. The rules do not permit additional holes or fixings to the spars which theoretically means moving the becket is out of class.
After much hard work I am pleased to confirm that WTC will be giving a written dispensation for the UK 2018 Nationals, ie: A second becket appropriately located is class legal. This will be posted at the Nationals and rules changed for the worlds 2019.
A de rotating spanner may also be caused by insufficient mainsheet tension, differing diamond tensions, bent top mast, or shrouds of different lengths. Don’t be tempted to increase kicker loads to prevent the problem as you will unnecessarily de power the boat whilst masking the basic problem.
We are aware that many owners of the more recent Bethwaite boats are living with the derotation problem.
Rod Porteous   -   Chairman Tasr UK Association
Addendum: 04/09/2018 We have received the letter !
Tasar Hull Specification : important notice June 2018This Tasar World News Hull-Specification-Changes announcement explains how the WTC came to the position we find ourseleves in with respect to changes to the dagger box design including the use of the 29er dagger.
Regretfully the UK tasar association were not consulted in the matter. Julian Bethwaite pushed the changes through under his ability to change the specification of the boat. There was a challenge by the Australians that argued this was a design change, not specification. It ended up with world sailing to announce a view, hence the announcement link above.
To put it in context a limited number of boats have been built and the highest placed was 13th in the Australian nationals.
The real difference is the reduction of turbulence around the Board. Tasar UK are working with the WTC to get a rule change to the treatment and finishing of the resilient foam filler.
Currently the filler must be made of a resilient material, ie: One that deforms, bounces back, and recovers its orginal form and can not be faired in. A rather clever, cheap and effective modification to reduce turbulence has been developed by the Hayling sailors which is currently according to confirmation from the Chief WTC measurer not legal. It is higly unlikley to be accepted in time for the nationals, but we may get an exemption and will keep posting progress of current discussions.
Big thanks to Rod for organising, Tom in a RIB and Steve for driving a long way to help with the coaching. He didnt have a lot to say to me on the water, which I take as a good sign although this is not reflected in my racing results yet and I notice on the video footage I always cross the line long after all the other boats. Might have to consider being keener to get started. ( Ian B 2522 )
Our Tasar UK pre-owned boat buying guide is still on line.
2017 Tasar Nationals - Porthpean Sailing Club 1st-3rd SeptemberAfter 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.