Comet Duo World Championships 2021

On Saturday 17 July 2021, we welcomed 12 Comet Duos to the latest Cransley Worlds.  With one visitor (Nigel Ford from Solihull (93)), and five international club members from Wales, it had the feeling of a universal event.  

The wind was light – Force 0-2, with the occasional sudden summer gust catching 2 folk out (Jane and Ian).  The racing was very well organised and led to an enthralling first race, with young Tom Chapman and Georgie Hind (121) chasing and very nearly catching Nigel Austin and Polly Guyett (103).  Our visitor came in 3rd, very happy chappy.   The remaining competitors were not that far behind but to be fair had paired up with crews to get as many out on the water as possible to enjoy this prestigious event, and certainly the trim of some could have been better!

After a lunch that slowed the fleet even more (but wouldn’t have been missed, thanks Claire/Niamh), the 2nd race was more of the same with the leading exchanging hands a few times between 103 and 121, with Tom and Georgie just unable to hold on to the lead on the final leg.  Rhiain Bevan (4) was pursuing hard for a 3rd and thus for the final race an intriguing prospect was set up for 2nd and 3rd place.  

The heat of the day, over 26 degrees on the water led some to go for impromptu swims off the back of the Duos, however there was certainly no cooling particularly on the last five minutes of race 3 where the lead changed hand 3 times between different boats and it looked as if Nigel in 93, would take the honours.  However the wind disappeared 50m from the line for him and Nigel and Polly managed to harness their own zephyr to achieve a clean sweep.

This event was designed to bring together as many of the 180 odd Comet Duos (ever built by Andy Simmons) in a fun and entertaining event and it achieved that again – although we would love to get more visitors, our water is perfect for them, so please if you have one get in touch for next year!  It was also the aim to give our youngsters and less confident adults a chance to race in an event that whilst competitive was also friendly and with lots of banter.  This year young Polly (8 years old) is able to go into school with the trophy on “Show and Tell” and tell her classmates of the day she won the “Worlds”! – creating memories like this is what sailing is all about in my mind!.  

Well done all 


Comet 103

Cransley Sailing Club

Online Forum for CCCA Members

We have created an online forum for CCCA members.

The purpose of the group is to promote understanding about Comet boats, and include answers to technical questions, best practices and a way to easily ask things of other owners. 
One of the problems with Facebook is that information is lost in the timeline, whereas the forum is very much more persistent.

To borrow a guideline from another online forum, drifting off topic is tolerated within reason. Consider it the equivalent of the sailing club bar. The moderators reserve the right to encourage you back on topic so that the quality of the content is kept honest to the values of the CCCA.

New members are very welcome, and for a short period you posts will be moderated while we all test the waters. Please be aware that our total storage limit is only 1GB; that may sound a lot, but it is relatively little per member. There should be no problem with uploading photos, as the platform will automatically re-size them where necessary, but please avoid uploading videos;  we suggest that you put the latter on Youtube, and simply post the link on this site. 

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Sailing Calendar Update

All CCCA events for 2020 are cancelled for the moment.

The CCCA Inlands next year will be on Sat 1st May and Sun 2nd May 2021 at Llangorse.

The Trio Nationals next year will be at Exe SC from Friday 30th July 2021  to Sunday 1st Aug 2021.

Trio Nationals 2020 update

The CCCA Committee have reviewed the situation.

It is too early to cancel this event in the event of Covid Lockdowns being eased further in order for visitors to access campsites  hotels etc. which are closed at present.

Further caveats include:-

  • Non family members crewing together.
  • Rescue Ribs manned with at least 2 people.
  • Social distancing during rescues.
  • Club facilities being open,  changing rooms, bar and restaurant
  • Launch and recovery distancing.

A decision will be made whether or not to cancel the event nearer the time.