Pictures and video for now... story coming soon
A terrific days sailing was scored by 4 R crews today. ‘Twas barmy and light at launching time, but the Wind God laid in a nice 10 knots, puffing 12, ENE breeze for the first race.
On Saturday the 24th of December Charteris Bay hosted the first set of races for the R Class Canterbury Champs 2012 - 2013 season. 7 R Classes turned up for the auspicious occasion with a few trusty ring ins called upon to crew some of the boats. 3 races we completed with wind conditions building from a light southerly up to a stonking 20 knot easterly
The fleet is slowly building and we now have 6 hydrofoil equipped boats in Canterbury with one still underway. Thanks to Sutter Schumacher for the photos
L3, Merde and 92 More FM were out adjusting their setup in ideal conditions on 18th Dec 2010.
25th June at Naval Point Club Lyttelton. Club opens 7pm, Awards presntation from 7.30pm.
Consistent racing from Steve MacIntosh and Tony Park has earned them the 2009 Canterbury Champs crown. Points were close at the top, but they showed that outright pace isn't everything. They won the series over two Saturdays at Charteris Bay and NPCL.
October finally put on some decent Saturday weather. Almost all the fleet turned up and a variable 13kts NE made for some nice early season sailing.
Four boats ventured out on the first weekend of the season (26/27 Sept 2009). This season is looking promising, new crews, several more foilers on the water shortly with more to come.
The first non Canterbury set of foils will be started on soon
Sunday May 3rd 2009 dawned cool and clear. Forecast was good if a little light and the water is COLD.
Dave and Tim sail on the foiler and the first set of prepreg foils are nearly complete and the second set are well underway.
Last Saturday, 14th March 2009, Lyttelton came up with a nice steady slowly building breeze. Conditions started at around 8kts and built to a nice 14kts over a couple of hours. Perfect to give a couple of us a try at the foils.
TV3's David Di Somma and his crew filmed a short article on the hydrofoils which was shown during the Thursday 29th of January 3 News bulletin.
Some more testing in fun conditions
Some more notes on development progress, a couple of pictures and some more videos
A couple of new videos from 13 December, 2008
Sean and Dan's latest attempt to get the L3 going on Hydrofoils proves to be a success.
The first brief flight was in about 10kts
An informative article on the new R Class hydrofoils
Construnction of the L3 hrdrofoils are welll underway.
The Squadron has had a mixed season in terms of achieving the objectives we set ourselves approximately a year ago.
Flat water and 18-20kts made for fantastic sailing on Lyttelton harbour
Paul Patrick is the new owner of the very tidy looking L2.
For me the highlight this season has been the performance and interest in the new L3 hull design.
After a dodgy start with no wind and some onshore wiring, tacking and kite fun, the breeze kicked in to 8-10 kts up the harbour.
Racing photos from 18 February at NPCL
Our spies at the classic yacht race have sent us a few photos
Acid Rock were deserved handicap winners, massively improving throughout the contest - Doug Gale Reports...
Thanks to Bart Vuyk we've got a selection of photos from the last two weekends
The second Dan Leech designed L3 is on the water. Jess and Paul launched at NPCL in ideal, apart from drizzle, conditions.
Allan "Rat" Ropers latest winter project has been launched and is on the water.
The Commodores season report tabled at the Annual General Meeting, 1 August 2006
Great evening, good fun and food.
Aucklanders Paul MacIntosh and Kenny Fyfe have won the 56th R Class National Championship from Canterbury's Nuplex Davie Norris sailed by Sean Milner and Dan Leech.
Nuplex Davie Norris out training and testing the new jib on Sunday.
Rhys has finished spraying and she looks hot. Just fittings and prod to organise.
In the best turnout of local R Class boats for some time, there was drama a plenty in the blustery conditons last Saturday.
Paul and Jess steal lead to win race
Photos from racing in early December
Photo showing major change in shape between L2 and L3.
Another perfect Akaroa day, with hot and sunny conditions, a moderate southerly sea breeze and closeup spectator action.
Close summer racing in a pleasant 12-14kt NE.
Wild gusty conditions provided, great entertainment for land lubbers, one hospital trip, and a TY and Zephyr rescue.
Nuplex and Subwoofer enjoyed the solid 18-20kt NE conditions with a moderate chop.
Fun racing and some more Nuplex - L3 testing for last official club day before christmas.
Charteris Bay Yacht Club hosted the final 3 races of the 2005 Canterbury Championships.
The first weekend of the two weekend racing for the 2005 Canterbury Championship was held at NPCL.
Canterbury Show weekend saw the Nelson Yacht Club again hosting the annual Ruddiman Trophy Regatta.
Wednesday provided ideal conditions for the first outing of the new hull.
A couple of light weather races were a good start to the season.
The hull top coat and signage are now on. Looking good.
The hull has been popped out of the mould and looks awesome.
Hull is now joined together
The foam for the port mould has been cut, glued and vacuumed down.
Sea Captain Sean is back from ferrying women round the Adriatic Sea in yachts, so its all go on the new hull.
All finished, and ready to go.
Treasurer and Commodore retiring, New hull mould construction report and Leander 2006.
The new L3 mould is just about ready for painting and final finishing
we have some images smuggled from the lastest project from the Canterbury R Class Squadron hull development lab.
Great end of season racing and exhilarating rides for Paula and Jess.
As we heard the rain on the roof in the early hours of the Saturday morning we thought “great, we can stay in bed”. No Way, this was a day to be out on a trapeze in a 3.7 and an R-class.
What at first appeared a dreary day turned into an enjoyable day all round as a groups of young sailors tried out both R's and 3.7's.
Have a go on an R Class on Saturday April 9th at NPCL
After suffering near certain slow death in a garage, Stealth has some hope at last.
Open day at Naval Point Club Lyttelton, Saturday October 16, 2004. 11am weather permitting.
Rule 1, known as the E rule has been deleted.
At the Annual squadron conference, July 2004, Canturbury proposed: REMIT. 1.0 Round bilge (E Rule) to be deleted.
This season we are a skipper and a crew short on two competitive boats in Christchurch, if you think you've got what it takes to sail one of these high performance machines then now is your chance.
Thanks to Sheryl and the team, Mixed results for the year, Leander at Worser Bay.
Updated R Class Measurement Form/Spreadsheet
on Saturday 26th June at Tandoori Palace
The Canterbury Squadron Prizegiving was held at the Rod Benders Club in the Old Mill Precinct. An excellent night was had by all, thanks to Doug and Team
Will be on 13th June (black friday).
Steve Fortune has written an excellent summary of the Leander 2003 Event
With race 9 abandoned on Sunday morning, the Saturday standings hold...
Loads of pictures taken at the short course Super Cup Sprint Series.
Wellingtons Steve Hogg and Neill Wood extend their lead.
Stronger breezes benefit wellingtons Steve Hogg and Neill Wood.
At last 4 new videos. Some spectacular footage of Stagecoach. As well as some clips of Subwoofer and Pork Sword
Lots of big boats and trying conditions made for tough racing down at Lake Aviemore.
Racing and Social Programme are now available
Chemical Weapon had a good afternoon, taking the yellow jersey with a first and a third.
Club racing 12/10/2002 It was a day straight from a Toyota commercial.
The R-class squadron, normally a bastion of sportsmanship and comradeship, has never seen a scandal quite like this.
article from the Christchurch Star, Friday February 11, 2000 By Nick Tolerton "A Kiwi boat for Kiwis," Olympic champion Peter Mander called the R class in his autobiography.
Southerly gusting 24 knots, no rain, luckly. Saturday the 5th saw the first good southerly of the season.
Well here is an awesome opportunity to take life into the extreme...
THE GREAT PRIZEGIVING
Canterbury R Class Squadron AGM. Tuesday, 11 June 2002 at 19:30
Canterbury R Class Squadron 2001/2002 Season - Awards Evening. All Welcome.
Minutes from 2002 Annual conference held during the 2002 Leander Trophy at RPNYC are now online.
The first race of the season for single handed R racing was taken out in style by Sean.
Telemetry from Chemical Weapon - Racing report from 2002/02/16
Racing Report for 9/2/2002
Invitation Race of 2002 12' Skiff Interdominion Championships
Macintosh and Fyfe win 2002 Leander Trophy
Super R Sleuth Philip "Asti" Royds has tracked down the whereabouts of R 134 "Tarka"
Dolphin Cafe Pegasus Crest Sprint Series
Logs from the Battle of Kolombangara, 13, July 1943, and a picture of some officers from the HMNZS Leander taken shortly before she was torpedoed.
Drama at the NPC - 6 October 2001
Mid-winter Dinner and Prizegiving
Mid-winter Dinner and Prizegiving. All welcome!
2002 Leander and Interdominions Forms and Documents
After last nights AGM we have a new Commodore and Secretary/Treasurer
Locally the Canterbury R Class squadron dominates the dinghy fleets at Naval point Yacht Club. This is unfortunately a sad reflection on the state of yachting in Canterbury rather than a thriving R Class fleet.
A rainy day - I mean who wants to go sailing on a rainy day! Ya get wet.
Meridian Energy has a new crew member.
Comments from the retiring commodore on the 2000/2001 Season
Smit Millars Alex Vallings and Andy Meiklejohn win Leander 2001 in fine style.
This year the R Class Skiff National Championship is being held at the Auckland Sailing Club.
2000 R Class Skiff National Conference Minutes.
Light winds and hot sun greeted the six keen skiffs. Saturdays snail pace racing was cutshort for some exciting singlehanded skiff sailing which provided the highlight of the weekend.
Rocks 3 - R Class 0. Three of the contenders for victory on saturday were severely damaged by unmarked rocks.
This seasons Ruddiman was held in Nelson (again).
With three wins from four races, Sean Milner and Steve MacIntosh, have comfortably won the Sydenham Bakery Canterbury R Class championships.
Over the weekend of the 10/11 March the R Class Skiff Circus will be southbound to lovely Wanaka.
Perfect conditions for the Meridian Energy sponsored Aviemore Classic.
Next Stop - Victory. The Bus' takes the Dolphin Cafe Sprint Series
by Philip *Asti* Royds
Our Globe-trotting Foreign Correspondent, last heard of on Vancouver Island and since then recorded as possibly MIA, has at last filed a slightly inflammatory report on the state of skiff sailing around the world. If you think that hiking is fun or that reversing while tacking is acceptable, this may not be the article for you.
2000 Annual Conference
Yet another Season bites the dust and what a season it was! 3 new boats on the water, Montana, Liquid and Subwoofer.
Having just read Onlookers second letter, I feel that a few remarks are called for to answer some of his so-called points.....
I was surprised to see the amount of space devoted in the July issue to an overseas class which offers so little in comparison to an already established local class....
As a yachtsman who has built three Leander R Class dinghies, designed several more and....
Letters To The Editor
Leander Trophy Results and Report Christchurch Yacht Club
Leander R. Class
Canterbury sponsors the new "Leander R. Class" on a National Basis