The last Tasar worlds were Japan 2017
The UK is holding the Tasar Worlds in 2019
The 2019 Tasar Worlds are Underway !
All the action can be followed on the HISC web site: Tasar Worlds at HISC
Live Postings are onto the TasarUKSailors facebook group: Facebook Logo !
SailRacer GPS Tracking is here: SailRacer Tasar Worlds
2019 Tasar Nationals - Hayling Island Sailing Club - 25th-27th MayEnough enthusiasm for a Nationals this year even with the Worlds being the main event. Taking place as part of the Hayling Island Whitsun Regatta, where the club hosted racing for over 200 boats on five different course areas. We were on course area "Charlie" out in Hayling bay where the wind was adequate without being hard work. The water was tricky with all the combinations of wind, waves and tidal flow. Just 27 boats entered suggests to me that uk sailors are saving their holiday allocation for the Worlds, but overseas visitors from The Netherlands, Germany and Australia swelling the ranks and once again, like last year, the Australian visitors showed how its done. I took the opportunity to make a good observation of the whole fleet from my position at the rear and I noticed this year the fleet was well packed together, not spread out. Even at the back I was still involved in cross tacking with other boats. At the finish the fleet was like a chain of boats and my 'last' was sometimes with an overlap. So any UK sailors who are thinking of entering the worlds even though they know they wont win... Come and enjoy what will be a great atmosphere with great sailing in fantastic waters and you will have me to compete with for last place.
Ian B 2522
Pictures below from Peter Hickson:
Tasar training 13th April 2019 - Plans...We have Steve Mitchell, multiple National champion, who will be leading the coaching and if conditions are suitable will spend some time in participants boats as required. Please have boats rigged for 10:00, but not in sailing kit. An introductory discussion on objectives will follow with possibility of two groups being set up for a 10:30 start, beginners and advanced. The morning session will be shore based and focused on boat settings rather than race techniques.
Lunch will be 13:00 -13:45
Afternoon session, subject to conditions, will be a series of short races with coaches advising helms and crews with tips building on the morning session.
Cost is free to paid up association members. £10 for non members. Association fee for 2019 is due on 1st April and has been reduced from the normal £20 to £15 which can be paid on the 13th April at the event.
For those that wish to make a weekend of the training it will be possible to take part in the HISC Sunday racing located within the harbour. After Sunday racing some further informal boat on boat coaching could be undertaken if required. A normal day visitors fee payable at HISC office is required for Sunday Sailing.
We look forward to welcoming you to the training. Please keep an eye on web site and face book, as if conditions are too windy it may be necessary to cancel the training.
The World Tasar Committee (WTC) have now(9/4/2019) accepted the rule changes which can be found here.
In particular they have agreed a proposed rule change to the treatment allowed to the existing dagger box. The proposal allows the box to have a similar hydrodynamic performance to the new vertical faced boxes, thereby dealing with concerns of perceived performance differences.
The UK supplied 29er boom is fitted out to original 1970’s specification which results in the spanner de-rotating. After prolonged debate the rules do not specifically talk about the solution of duplicate relocated mainsheet becket. However the WTC measurer is to write to the Tasar UK association and Worlds 2019 Chief Measurer, with a solution that will ensure boats are able to compete without modification in the 2019 Worlds.
To approve the proposed changes we must accept all three modifications to the rules.
It is the Tasar Uk Association committee intention to recommend acceptance in line with their delegated capabilities. Any significant comment’s regarding the changes need to be sent to the Chairman, Tasar Uk Class.
Rod Porteous - Tasar Class Chairman
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.