UK Cherub 70th Anniversary Nationals at the WPNSA

Between the 6th and 9th of July the UK Cherub class travelled to WPNSA for it’s 70th Anniversary Nationals supported by Rooster suppliers of high performance technical clothing for sailing, and Allen suppliers of performance sailing hardware. 12 boats made the trip ready for some close racing and find out which team would be fastest in 2021.

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Blowing Dogs off Chains

The scheduled first day was a bit of a blow out, the forecast was for a lot of wind and the reality was white horses within the marina and gusts of up to 35kts. Not many wanted to go out racing. After checking the boats were properly tied down in the dinghy park the sailors left WPNSA for some sightseeing.

Dogs still on Chains but getting blown about a bit.

There was still plenty of wind left for day 2 and with an extra race scheduled to catchup we all headed out for a long hard day of racing. Race 1 got away cleanly with Paul Croote and Andrew Whapshott in Marmite leading the way around the course, followed by Dean Ralph and Simon Jones in Eleanor. After two windy laps Marmite was well in the lead and went for a third lap, but Eleanor correctly went for the finish giving them the first race win. Special mention to siblings Oliver and Emily Goolden for finishing their first race together in Nautilus Pompilius and Emily’s first race in a Cherub in very challenging conditions.

Race 2 was lead by Marmite followed by Phil and Carol Alderson in Zero Gravitas then Andy and Jill Peters in Usagi Yojimbo. Dave Ching and James Hughes in Anatidaephobia had a good race finishing in 5th just after Eleanor. Dave puts this good result down to his Rooster race bib keeping his wayward buoyancy aid constrained and avoiding tangles and snags in this windy race.

3202  Usagi Yojimbo 3209 Anatidaephobia 3218 Zero Gravitas

The first three places in Race 3 were unchanged with the heavy weather speed of Marmite dominating. James Ruddiman and Chris Haslam in EJ had their best result of the event with a 4th followed by Ade and Sven White in the 97 rules+ Pocket Rocket finishing a good 5th. Race 4 was dominated again by Marmite but this time Usagi Yojimbo got ahead of Zero Gravitas. King Tubby the 97 rules boat of Martyn Denchfield and Ellie Craig showed determination to keep going for a best result of fourth place.

3202 Usagi Yojimbo 3206 EJ 2650 King Tubby

Dogs relaxing in a building breeze

Lighter winds greeted the fully restored fleet for race 5 with most boats only managing to single wire. Usagi Yojimbo was enjoying the conditions and pulled away to get their first race win. Closely followed by Marmite then Zero Gravitas. The wind had built slightly more for Race 6 which was again won by Usagi Yojimbo with Marmite close on their heels. Dan’s Boat was showing good pace in the conditions and were able to get a solid third ahead of Zero Gravitas. The two 97 rules boats King Tubby and Nautilus Pompilius were having a good race at the back with Nautilus Pompilius screaming downwind to edge ahead of King Tubby.

2700 Dan's Boat 3202 Marmite 3218 Zero Gravitas

Jamie Pearson and Digby Still on Poppy stunned the fleet with a perfectly executed port hand flier at the start of race 7 and had clear air out to the right side of the course. Everyone else had decided the left side of the course was the way to go and by the top mark this was also obvious to Poppy. Having had a reasonable first lap in the increasing wind Zero Gravitas capsized when Phil dropped the mainsheet letting Dan’s Boat and Poppy through. Although they were able to reel Poppy in quickly and just managed to sneak past Dan’s boat at the finish for a fourth place. However the race win went to Jonny O’Connor and Alex Harris in A&E who foiled their way to their first win of the series followed by Usagi

3202 Usagi Yojimbo Port hand flier 3215 A&E

The steadily increasing wind suited the foiling A&E giving them a second race win in race 8. followed by Marmite and Zero Gravitas. Usagi had a good first lap but on the second went too far left and lost out finishing in fourth on the last race of the day.

3215 A&E 2683 Pocket Rocket 3212 Marmite

Dogs fast asleep with their fur barely ruffled by the wind

Very light winds for the start of the final days racing, after a short postponement race 9 got going in marginal single wiring conditions. Having broken his previous helm Ade White found a light wind helm in Chris Halsam for Pocket Rocket getting them a good fifth place result. Usagi showed that they are light wind masters with another win. Also going well in the light wind was Dan’s Boat who scored second.

Another light wind race again suited Usagi and Dan’s boat, Marmite held onto third with Eleonor getting fourth place. There was a very tight finish between Poppy, Pocket Rocket and Zero Gravitas all finishing within seconds kites up twin wire reaching to get through the finish line. OK Technically Pocket Rocket were only single wiring but as a 97 Rules+ boat they only had one wire and were using it as much as they could. However, it is hard to write that bit concisely without breaking the flow of the story.

3216 Poppy 2683 Pocket Rocket 3218 Zero Gravitas

The wind was starting to build into twin wiring conditions for the final race where the championship could be decided depending on the order of Usagi and Marmite. In Dan’s Boat Luke Hartley and Oliver Morrell found their best pace to get there first race win. Followed closely by Usagi then Marmite giving Usagi the championship.

2700 Dans Boat 3202 Usagi 3212 Marmite

Many thanks to Rooster and Allen for sponsoring the event and to all at WPNSA for running an efficient and fun event despite the challenges of COVID restrictions. And Congratulations to Andy and Jill for a very closely fought nationals win.

3202 Usagi

The full results including details from each race can be seen on the Sailwave website a summary of the finishing positions is below:

Rank Sail No Boat Name Helm Crew Club Total Nett
1 3202 Usagi Yojimbo Andrew Peters Jill Peters Queen Mary SC 24 17
2 3212 Marmite Paul Croote Andrew Wapshott Hawley Lake SC 30 17
3 3218 Zero Gravitas Phil Alderson Carol Alderson Largs SC 37 26
4 2700 Dan's Boat Luke Hartley Oliver Morrell Stokes Bay SC 60 34
5 3208 Eleanor Dean Ralph Simon Jones Isle of Sheppey SC 75 49
6 2683 Pocket Rocket Ade White & Chris Haslam Sven White Mountbatten 87 64
7 3215 A&E Jonny O'Connor Alex Harris Dee SC 92 66
8 3209 Anatidaephobia Dave Ching James Hughes Poole YC 93 67
9 3216 Poppy Jamie Pearson Digby Still 96 70
10 3206 EJ James Ruddiman Chris Haslam Stokes Bay SC 97 71
11 2650 King Tubby Martyn Denchfield Ellie Craig 113 87
12 2680 Nautilus Pompilius Oliver Goolden Emily Goolden 121 95
  • Simpson Trophy
    • Andy and Jill Peters in Usagi Yojimbo
  • Rosebowl
    • Paul Croote and Andrew Wapshott in Marmite
  • LOSSC Plaque
    • Phil and Carol Alderson in Zero Gravitas
  • Ladies Teapot (First Lady)
    • Jill Peters

2020 Nationals cancelled

Unfortunately due to the on-going Covid-19 situation we have sadly agreed with Mumbles Yacht Club and the 4000 class to cancel this years nationals. We left it as late as we possibly could in the hope we could run but Mumbles have not yet returned to sailing and although they plan to do so for a small number of members soon they are not in a position to run a nationals. They will however run our Nationals in 2022 so some silver lining there.

The class committee realise this will be disappointing for Cherub sailors but please watch out for announcements soon as we build up to our 70th anniversary Nationals next year at Portland Harbour, arguably the best place to sail Cherubs in England.

We hope to have a bumper turn out of Cherubs for this event so please put the 6-9th of July 2021 in your diaries now. Even if you haven't done an event for a few years it will be great to see you again and we will have a few warm up weekends announced soon to get you and your Cherub Nationals ready.

Make a week of it in Weymouth by doing the always excellent dinghy regatta the weekend immediately before.


Nationals 2020 and 70th Anniversary Nationals in 2021 plus a special Carnac visit

Your events team are delighted to confirm the 2020 Nationals will be hosted by Mumbles Yacht Club in South Wales from August 22 - 25th. We had a great Nationals there a few years ago so I expect another fantastic event next August. Other events are also now posted on the events page - link top left of the page.

The Nationals in 2021 are planned to be at the National Sailing Academy at Portland with sailing in Portland Harbour arguably the best place to sail a Cherub in England and maybe the whole UK. The dates are just after the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta so we can make a week of it. The planned dates for our 70th Anniversary Nationals are Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th July 2021. The Weymouth Regatta will be the 3/4th July.

For our 70th year we are also planning a special visit as a class to the Carnac skiff event in early September 2021 so make sure this is in your plans and calendar


Cherub Blast this Autumn

Your tireless events team (well Martyn) has posted regarding a Cherub blast this Autumn at Queen Mary on October 12/13th . Please check the events section of the Forum. You are welcome to leave the boat at QM (and sail if you wish) for the intervening couple of weeks until our Inlands also at QM over the weekend November 2/3rd.


Weymouth Regatta 2019 - 13-14 July

Day one was a day of three halves… The fleet was sent out into the bay in hope of catching some breeze and was greeted with flat water and no wind. After a brief postponement, racing got underway. EJ had a late start as she was stuck in irons with ten seconds to go until the start. Poppy finding gears, and Marmite and Usagi both fighting for first place with King Tubby left behind looking at bums. After a becalmed kite run the wind picked up, a very small amount, for the second race. Marmite and Usagi have a close start, fighting to keep their lanes. Poppy takes the pin end of the line hoping for clear air, taking the right side up the beat, neck and neck with Usagi for much of the leg. Poppy reaches the top mark first, closely followed behind Usage and Marmite. Poppy keeps her lead for 1.5 laps but unfortunately decapitates an enormous Jellyfish at the bottom mark, resulting in a near capsize! Both Marmite and Usage overtake and Poppy settles for third. Race three, the sea breeze kicks in and all boats have the best starts of the day, Poppy out back as her main sail batten pops out of the luff on the first beat and EJ has trouble with ….. something …… which forces her to retire and head in early, beating the rush for the showers. At the end of day one, Usagi sits in first place, with Marmite one point behind, poppy third, EJ in fourth and King Tubby fifth. The sailors were greeted with a well deserved lasagne back at the club, followed by a fleet trip to dominos.

Day two brought us more wind, only a little bit more. Racing commenced in the harbour bright and early. Poppy begun the day with an impressive port hand flyer above the rest of the fleet with Usagi and Marmite chasing hard on starboard. It was close racing for the top three to the windward mark. Poppy was going very well when pointing in the right direction, but not far behind marmite and usage for most of the race. EJ didn’t manage to start due to poor execution of kite rigging, but was well prepared for race five. EJ finally showed up with a decent start for race five and was quick but in the wrong direction! There was a loud bang as Marmite’s clew strap came undone, poppy took her chance to overtake and push for second, however once fixed, marmite quickly caught up to regain their place in front of Poppy. Everyone with current rules met up at the bottom mark of the first lap in hope for a fleet photo! After a shifty second beat Usagi was comfortably in first place with Marmite in second. For the final race, Poppy, again, takes a port start at the committee boat to get into the fresh breeze. Close racing for much of the duration of the race with a near miss between Usagi and Poppy as both boats narrowly avoid a collision close to the bottom mark due to not being able to see each other, otherwise much of the same.

Overall results: Andy Peters’ Usagi 1st Paul Croote’s Marmite 2nd Jamie Pearson’s Poppy 3rd Martyn Denchfield’s King Tubby 4th Jimmy Ruddiman’s EJ 5th


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