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2012 Round Up. A Tim-Chippie-Tim results sandwich

After another great year in 2011 with more top racing results we secured the RORC Schoolboat of the Year trophy for the 7th consecutive year, so for 2012 the pressure was on to continue this trend!

However, we needn't have worried! 2012 has been another incredible year - winning the RORC IRC2 series, retaining the Scoolboat of the Year Trophy and winning Round the Island Race! We've also welcomed many regular and new faces aboard and in to the Sailing Logic family.

We couldn't do all of this without you - so we'd like to say a huge thank-you to you all for choosing to race with us!

Some of the years highlights include...

Regular Sailing Logic skipper Tim Thubron started off the 2012 season in style by storming to an impressive class victory in the RORC Caribbean 600, and after leading Overall for much of the race gave all the super-yacht boys a great run for their money too! 

Tim promptly followed this with a 2nd place finish in the Heineken St Maarten regatta! Tim is back on Scarlet Oyster for the same two events in 2013 - so let's hope he can repeat the performance!

Back in the UK despite fierce competition in the Warsash Spring Series, Tim secured an impressive 3rd place for the crew of Visit Malta Puma.  The same crew also ventured to France over Easter to race in the Spi Ouest regatta - although the conditions were fantastic unfortunately a bout of boat flu wiped out several of our team and racing was abandoned. Probably the less said the better! 

Meanwhile James 'Chippie' Gair had been recruited to the Sailing Logic family. A top skipper with an excellent track record , he signed up to complete the year's main offshore campaign on Visit Malta Puma - the Round Ireland Race along with training weekends.  Along the way we came 2nd in the Cervantes Race and then after an epic match race around Ireland with another Reflex 38 he led the team to a well-earned 2nd place finish. 

The same crew from the Spring Series reunited for the IRC National Championships in June and after a long weekend of furious battling secured an amazing 3rd place amongst some of the very best teams competing at a National level!

The ever-popular Round the Island Race sold out very early in the year and the team on board Jaguar Logic skippered by Tim were delighted to win in Division!  Dame Ellen Macarthur presented the trophy to Tim - and it was on his birthday too - what a great present!

Tim was back on the helm for Cowes Week, and the crew dynamics just worked. Many of the crew commenting it was some of the best racing they'd ever done. It was smiles all round when they won line honours on the last day and finished 4th overall - against some of the best race crews in the Solent.

Chippie's impressive offshore results in the Round Ireland campaign secured Visit Malta Puma as the class winner in RORC IRC2, just pipping the season's rival La Reponse, the First 40 owned by the ex-commodore of RORC. We are so proud that our team of relatively inexperienced racers can compete at such a high level!

In fact Chippie had secured the win without even competing in the final race of the RORC series, which was lucky as Visit Malta Puma was due to be racing in Dartmouth on the same dates - which would have posed a real dilemma!  

The Royal Dartmouth Regatta is always popular and again sold out early in the summer and Tim on Visit Malta Puma came away with a 2nd place - a improvement on last year's 3rd! It was such a popular regatta that the entire crew of one boat has rebooked for 2013 already! 

Sailing Logic In between all the racing events, we also ran 4 x Race Development Courses, welcomed some top Olympic sailing coaches to our humble classroom for the Race To Win course and provided corporate racing opportunities for several leading city firms.

Finally, the season came to a close with Tim winning the Hamble Winter Series by an enormous margin (and keeping that ole dog Old Mother Gun at bay!). 

Port Hamble Marina 

So in summary the year was a Tim-Chippie-Tim sandwich of fantastic results! 

Sailing Logic at RORC Prize-giving

The Round Ireland crew along with Chippie and Leanna joined us at the RORC Prize-giving Dinner to collect the Emily Verger Plate for winning RORC IRC2 and the David Fayle Memorial Trophy for winning the RORC Schoolboat of the Year - for a record breaking 8th consecutive year!!

In the background, Allie has done her usual fabulous job of ensuring all the boats and people are in the right place at the right time. 

None of these great results would be possible wthout our pool of first mates - so a particular thanks to Mike Martin as well as Leanna Hill, Rich Burrows, Fi Walker and Ben Forbes.

January Social  

We look forward to seeing many of you back next year - and hope that you will join us on Saturday 12th January for drinks in the Guinness Bar from 4pm at the London Boat Show, or later on in Dickens Inn, St Katharines Docks from 8pm!  Invite Here

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