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The entry is now open for the 2018 Nationals with a fee structure of:
     Standard up to 24th Aug £125 including TAUK membership
     After the 24th Aug £135 including TAUK membership
Electronic entries can be made from here and dont forget the on site accommodation can still be booked from the HISC office.


TASAR 2018 NATIONALS MEASUREMENT REQUIREMENTS
So 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.
measurement and class rules compliance signoff document for you to print
PRE-Measurement and compliance signoff document for you to print, scan and return by email

Tasar Hull Specification : important notice June 2018
This 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.


Training day at HISC 21st July
A great day at Hayling Island with sunshine and a good breeze. Plenty of local boats and visitors with beginner and advanced groups out on the water, each with a coach in a RIB.
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 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)