K1 Inland Nationals, Rutland Water

K1 Class Association Inland Nationals 2015. Open 5/8

20th - 21st June 2015


For those turning up the practice day the conditions were perfect, whether it was for preparing new boats or new sails, or simply to become accustomed to the lake conditions, the sunshine & steady F1-2 were ideal.

The conditions for the nineteen competitors, from as far afield as Somerset, Sussex & Windermere together with representatives from around the country, for first days racing was far from ideal. There was everything from gentle zephyrs to near calm, which gave the RO plenty to agonise over, but eventually the breeze began to grow & the first of three back-to-back races was held after an early lunch.

Race 1 was held in that gentle breeze with nineteen competitors. Interestingly the first six places were in exactly the same order as the results for the complete completion. Perhaps an indication that the conditions were ideal for the class, everyone sailing well within their physical limits & the steady shifts rewarding those with a wide range of racing skills.

Races 2 & 3 were held in very light to drifting conditions which favoured the lighter helms & allowed two newcomers with new boats, David Liddington from St Mawes & Gordon Harris from Waldringfield, to make an immediate impact on the fleet taking first & third places with Mike Ball from Papercourt taking second place.

The second day brought a complete change, with white horses pushed along by a heavy Force 4-5. This gave David Hulme the chance to excel once more, taking two firsts & a second to win the overall Championship ahead of David Liddington & Mike Ball, with David taking second overall on countback.

Mike Deane from Windermere redeemed his light weather results by securing a first & two seconds in the heavier conditions to take fourth overall.

Unfortunately the heavy conditions deterred half the fleet from competing on most of the second day, but those that persisted were able to reverse some of the results from the first day, which had favoured the lighter helms.

The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all & the final results reflected how well the class continues to copes with such a wide range of conditions, regardless of age, the latest member buying his new K1 in his eighties & taking 5th place overall.

Thanks to John Shimmel for the race report.

 Results attached below



The first time the K1s have visited Rutland Water, this will be a super weekend for us. There is the option of a practice race on the Friday.

With thanks to the water board we have plenty of pontoons and slipways, so beach launching will not be necessary.

Accommodation is available in the form of adjacent camping, bunk rooms (ensuite) or nearby B&B/ hotels. These are very popular so early booking will be necessary. After Shoreham I will forward details of these.

Preliminary planning is for an informal BBQ Friday night and a meal in the clubhouse Sat night.

Details and any further information available from Alan Russell ( alanrussell13@gmail.com )

An exciting venue for the Inland Nationals.

Note: Rutland Water require that all boats are cleaned (preferably with hot water) and dried before arriving at the club. Read more on the Rutland SC website.