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2021 Tasar UK Nationals at Whitstable YC – 5th & 6th June 2021

Report by Ali Nicolson / Rick Perkins
Photos by Sam Turner WYC

After a fallow year caused by lockdowns the 2021 UK Nationals was the first event for both the class and the host club, Whitstable YC, since the end of 2019.

For many there were still concerns, but with covid protocols in place a safe event was planned for the Tasar class with the event shared with the Merlin Rockets.
The visitors started arriving in torrential rain on the Friday but the forecast for the weekend was for dry and warm weather, but with light winds predicted.
The forecast proved correct on Saturday and as the boats prepared for sailing, the wind was stable but very light ... the fleet launched on time but were soon send ashore by Race Officer Tom Bruton as the breeze had faded and his preference was to hold people ashore whilst the breeze built.

After a short delay the fleet were again launched and this time we were quickly into a start sequence and the championships was underway ... all starts were under a black flag and so there were no general recalls.
Early in the race the boats that started at the port end of the line were favoured but as the first beat progressed it was clear that the boats to the right had gained an advantage and at the first mark it was John Rees and Ming Speyer (HISC) who lead from clubmates Rod & Mo Porteous with a chasing pack hot on their heels.
The leaders then got into a battle working high on the reach creating an opportunity for Rick & Sarah Perkins (WYC) to slip through at the gybe mark ... the second reach was quite tight offering little opportunity for passing and with the light breeze fading the course was shortened to one lap with Rick and Sarah taking the win from John Lawton and Andrew Probert (Babbacombe Corinthian Sailing Club) who just pipped their club mates Neil Spacagna & Steve Eustice. With the wind fading the fleet were then sent ashore after a single race.

Usually at that point the legendary WYC hospitality would have kicked in with a BBQ & Band or other similar entertainment, but as we were operating under covid restrictions, socialising was limited to groups of 6. WYC table service did their best to keep sailors well catered for.
Sunday dawned bright but with very little wind and so the AP was soon raised. However, after a relatively short delay the wind had filled in enough for racing to start.
Race 2 got away with a tight start with boats crossing tacks frequently to gain advantage as the wind was very stable in direction but still light. Rick & Sarah Perkins lead at the first mark closely followed by Dave & Fiona Sayce (HISC) and Ian Swann and Graham Williamson (HISC). These positions held for the following two laps.
Race 3 was quickly turned around and again the fleet got away first time under black flag with a very even spread. At the first mark, Rick & Sarah Perkins lead from Stephen & Mei Baker (WYC) with David & Fiona chasing hard but with a pack behind ... David & Fiona managed to pass Stephen & Mei on the reaching leg and at the finish it was Rick & Sarah from David & Fiona with Stephen & Mei in 3rd.

As the remaining boats finished race 3 the wind turned to the south and so the race officer quickly pivoted the course around the committee boat to start the 4th race.

With a new direction came new challenges as the fleet needed to recalibrate their lay line judgement with the tide. First around the windward mark was Rod & Maureen followed by Jim & Jan Taylor (Hastings and St Leonards SC) with a pack chasing ... the pack however got in a bit of a log jam as the tide pushed the boats onto the mark ... the resulting melee allowed the leaders to create a bit of a gap.

On the second beat Rick and Sarah managed to pick a few good shifts and pull through into the lead followed by David & Fiona and Jim & Jan ... the positions were maintained on the run but on the final beat to the line Jim and Jan slipped past David and Fiona for 2nd.
The fleet were then sent ashore as the breeze was fading. So, with 4 races complete Rick and Sarah were crowned the 2021 National Champions with a score line of four bullets.
The fleet was very pleased to have completed 4 races; at 10am on Sunday that prospect looked distant. Credit must go to Whitstable Yacht Club and their army of volunteers who ran a faultless event from the on-line briefing prior to the event, through to the sound race management on the water and the regulation compliant prizegiving at the end ... a fine performance and a massive thank you from all the Tasar sailors.

The Tasar class enjoys a wide range of competitors and so a number of category awards are also made at the nationals.

1st Master (combined age > 100)
John Lawton and Andrew Probert

1st Grand Master (combined age > 120)
David& Fiona Sayce

1st Female Helm Liz Prescod

1st Couple Rick & Sarah Perkins

1st Junior Helm Felix Goodman

1st Junior Crew Jan Taylor

1st Club HISC








Overall Results:


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2019 Tasar Nationals - Hayling Island Sailing Club - 25th-27th May
Enough 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.
The uk association has worked tirelessly with the WTC, tasar experts, local boat builder, and Julian Bethwaite to ensure the rules reflect UK requirements.
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 September
Glorious 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.

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

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 Dispensation
Over 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 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.

Our Tasar UK pre-owned boat buying guide is still on line.