Ocean Elements to sponsor this year’s Blaze Nationals
8 - 10 June, North Devon Yacht Club, Instow

Ocean Elements, one of the UK’s largest sailing, yachting and water sports holiday specialists, is sponsoring the Blaze Nationals for the first time this year. It also sees the company’s MD and keen sailor, James Hardiman, join the race as he takes up the challenging of learning how to sail a Blaze despite still recovering from shoulder surgery earlier this year.

This year’s Blaze Nationals is being held at James’ local yacht club, the North Devon Yacht Club, in Instow on 8 - 10 June. The Blaze Class Association and NYDC are excited about this year’s event and look forward to welcoming you to the Blaze, Fire and Halo National Championships.

The Blaze Nationals is a three-day race with a social, or perhaps it’s a social with a race attached!? There’s a dinner on Friday night with the band Gypfunk - a quirky quartet from North Devon performing curiously engaging French songs - ideal for a romantic night out albeit with a few of your mates around! And Saturday is barb-e-que night. As many of you will already know, North Devon is a great place to visit not just race, with miles of beautiful coastline and long sandy beaches to explore, it’s the perfect break.

Each racer will receive a GPS tracker record of their race or races and Ocean Elements will be providing each sailor with a free t-shirt. Hartley Boats provided a £25 sponsorship towards discounted entry for every early registration, and the Blaze Class Association, Allen Brothers and ADM sails have also agreed to sponsor the prizes.

James, who is also racing in the Solo Fastnet and the complete Offshore series with the Solo Offshore Racing Club (SORC) this summer, comments on the event, ‘The Blaze happens to be a boat that is raced a lot at my local club, the North Devon Yacht Club. The Club asked if Ocean Elements would like to come on board as one of the race sponsors so I’m delighted to help. I have an interest in the boat because (although I don’t sail one yet!) they’re always ahead of me and we work with Hartley Boats at our Beach Clubs in Greece.’


Blaze training 2018 - photos and videos

For all those who attended the recent sail training at Burghfield SC last month (and those who couldn't make it this time), Paul at the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre has sent a link to the photos and videos that were taken on the day.

They can be found on Dropbox at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sh2bi4blq4cs300/AABg4B0u7ebLkszckUH2J2K0a?dl=0

Enjoy :-)



Hartley boats Special National Championships offer

Hartley boats are offering 20% discounts on Fire, Blaze and Halo sails during May 2018, to mark the run-up to the National Championships.

Their poster is on the 'For sale' page and the offers can be found at: https://www.hartleyboatschandlery.co.uk/index.asp?selection=Fleets&findfleet=blaze&ordering=&fsc=Sails



Nationals Update 

Ben Harden, a Blaze sailor from Allen Bros has worked his magic with his colleagues and they have agreed to sponsor some of the prizes at the Nationals: 

allen logo

Allen Brothers has, for the first time, announced they will supporting the Blaze Class by sponsoring the 2018 National Championships at the North Devon Yacht Club on 8th to the 10th June.  

Event organisers are hoping for a record year and with 42 competitors already entered it looks likely. Liz Adams, Managing Director of Allen Brothers said “We have been supplying the Class boat builder, Hartley Boats, with our hardware for some time and it’s good to see that we have become the go to choice for hardware within the Blaze fleet. We hope that with our support we can continue to help the class grow to new heights.”

Allen have kindly provided plenty of vouchers for overall winners including the Halo and Fire Fleets. There will also be other prizes for the highest recorded speed over the 3 days of racing as well as a prize for the most improved sailor.  

Allen Brothers manufactures performance sailing equipment from its headquarters in Essex, UK which it exports around the world. The company has a 60 year heritage and has a reputation for innovation by incorporating feedback and development from its sponsored sailors into its products. 

For more info on Allen brothers visit www.allenbrothers.co.uk or https://www.facebook.com/AllenBrothersSailing/

Thanks Ben ! 


Blaze/Halo/Fire Traveller Event 7/8 July at Warsash SC

Details of this event have now been published and are available on the Warsash SC site. Early Bird entries up to 24 June are just £25 and include a free drink, free tea and cake on both days and a band on Saturday evening with dinner available. Look forward to seeing lots of you at the event. We always put on a great weekend so enter now.

More Information at:


The East Coast Championship

The Notice of Race for each event will be published a month in advance and will appear in the list below  


2018 Blaze Nationals 8/9/10 June

The Blaze sailors at North Devon Yacht Club and Sailing Southwest look forward to welcoming you all to Instow for the Blaze, Fire and Halo National Championships.
​Goto https://www.sailingsw.co.uk/blaze-2018-nationals to signup, and get the latest accommodation list

The sailing instructions have just been published, and the joining instructions are available now too

We look forward to seeing you there ! 


Blaze Inlands Results

To read Andy McIvor's excellent write-up of the event, click here

Winner Andy McIvor showing us how it is done upwind.


Blaze Nationals results 2017

The Blaze / Hadron Nationals at Warsash were a big suceess. The results are now published, click here to see them.

There are three Nationals photo links:

Plus the direct drone footage… Initial edit here:

The images and video are also on his facebook page at:


Race report

The 2017 Blaze National Championships for 2017 were hosted at Warsash Sailing Club over three days from 2nd to 4th June.
61 boats were pre-entered of which 3 were Fires.

After a light-winds induced 1.5 hour delay, the Friday began on a calm note with the sailors at times struggling for breeze on the 1.5 mile trip out to the sailing area between Solent Breezes and Lee-on-Solent. This included a 90 degree wind shift just prior to the start.

The breeze filled in nicely once round the Warsash foreshore, ample for a pleasant couple of Friday afternoon races. Both races using the trapezoid course. The races were completed without any black flags, and many complementary comments from Peter Knight the RO about what an orderly fleet we are.
Mike Lyons (Burghfield SC) secured two victories with Eden Hyland (Chase SC) and Andy McIvor (Blackwater SC) trading 2nd and 3rd for both races. With David Angwin and David Entwistle (both Burghfield SC), Tim Freeman and Richard Hill (both Warsash SC) and Gareth Davies (Blackwater SC) not far behind, the scene was set for the weekend.

The tea and cakes (excellently collected from the supermarket by Richard Hill) were served (also excellently by Petrina & Amanda) to returning competitors in exchange for tally wrist bands. There then followed a commodore’s welcome, food, refreshments (including a free drink from Kayospruce), skittles and a quiz (won by The Lobsters).

Saturday dawned with a distinct lack of wind. A sea breeze won it's battle with the gradient wind in time for the scheduled 12:00 start.

Conditions were breezy as the boats lined up on the (again well disciplined) start line. A committee boat anchor issue necessitated a restart of race 3. A trapezoid course with two laps gave plenty of lively racing, with the strong easterly tide causing more than a few issues at the windward mark. As the south westerly breeze picked up, so did the swell. Conditions that seemed to suit Gareth Davies (Blackwater SC) well, recording two first places in races 3 and 4. Bob Cowan's brand new Hartley Blaze (on it's second outing) managed to keep ahead of his old boat now sailed by Tim Freeman with 2nd and 3rd places respectively in race 3.

With wind and swell building, a two lap trapezoid course was set for race 4. More excitement at the windward mark saw a couple of Warsash boats (Peter Knowlden and Lloyd Exley) dis-masted. A combination of approx 16ft of water depth + 3ft of swell. With six rescue boats in attendance, they were quickly dealt with. Nick Thorne (Warsash SC) also suffered some mast damage, and with a pronounced bend to port spent the rest of the championships empathising with Alex Thomson. Final results of this exciting race were again Gareth Davies in 1st place, Eden Hyland in 2nd and Hugh Kingdon (Burghfield SC) in 3rd. Hugh also in a brand new Hartley Blaze.

Following a 90 degree wind shift on the final lap and with several boats retired, two dismasts and a rising breeze, the RO cancelled the third race of the day. Sailing finished on schedule for tea and cakes, again excellently served at around 5pm.

Too Drunk to Dance (the WSC band) played a selection of music during the evening meal. The competitors made full use of the temporary downstairs bar/beer tokens in the pleasant evening sunshine. One or two sailors sporting new sticky plasters since the morning.

An early start on the Sunday saw a windy forecast. Steady Force 5. Thanks to some nifty trolley help, the fleet headed out for three races starting at 11am. With the wind picking up all the day, Gareth Davies continued his dominance at the top of the fleet by winning all three races. Races 5 and 6 being two laps of a trapezoid with race 7 being a 3 lap triangle sausage. Eden Hyland secured a 2nd place in race 5. Mark Hartley bagged a couple of 2nd places in races 6 and 7. Richard Hill and Andy McIvor taking 3rd place in races 6 and 7.

Following more excellently served tea and cake followed by a buffet, many prizes were awarded with Gareth Davies winning overall with 5 points, Eden Hyland taking 2nd place with 13 points and Andy McIvor in 3rd place with 16 points. Engraved glasses were provided to the first 10 Blazes. David Angwin was Grand Master and Nick Ripley was Master

In the Fires class, Catherine Helmsley took 1st place, Laurence Marshall 2nd and Paul Taylor 3rd with all receiving engraved glasses.

Eden Hyland won the youth prize, the Master trophy went to Nick Ripley, Grand Master to David Angwin and Great Grand Master to Bob Cowan.

Warsash SC won the club prize. Mark Turner won the Endeavour prize with the tiller trophy.

Many thanks go to the organisers, the shore crew lead by Hannah Freeman (including the many trolley helpers), rib drivers & crew, race office & helpers, tea/cake ladies and all the competitors for coming to a very much enjoyed event.

We are also grateful to the sponsors, Hartley Boats who provided many chandlery items, Kayospruce for the beer tokens and trolley tags, Rain & Sun for some quality rudder bags. Thank you to the Blaze Class Association for their assistance and for providing the trophies and engraved glasses.


Worth a check....

When you are packing your boat, ready for POSH or the Nationals, have a quick look at your shroud terminals. A Burghfield boat suffered a broken carbon mast today, following failure of a shroud.

Below is a picture of the remaining shroud, looking as though it's also on borrowed time.....

Carbon mast shroud


AGM Final Agenda

The Annual General Meeting of The Blaze Class Association will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday 3rd June 2017 at Warsash Sailing Club (postponed from 8th October 2016)


Minutes of previous meeting (http/blaze-sailing.org)

Chairman's Report

Secretary/Treasurers Report

Event Co-ordinator's Report

Election of Committee

Any other business - Open discussion on future sailing programme


2019 National Championships


Brixham Yacht Club will be the location for our 2019 Championships on 31st May, 1st and 2nd June. Put the dates in your diary and 2018 will be at North Devon Yacht Club, 8th, 9th, 10th June 2018. We return to Paignton SC in 2020


Joint Open Meetings with Fire and Halo

The Class Association would like to make everyone aware of how the multiple class open meeting will work. There will be a separate start for the Blazes and a combined start for the Halo and Fire. We would like to be as inclusive as possible but need to ensure that rig swapping is not used to distort the results. So it has been proposed that which ever class you cross the startling line for your first race of an open meeting will be the one that is used for your results. If you subsequently change rigs you will be allowed to race but your results will not be counted for your second rig. Whilst this may not make all of you happy it does allow people to sail rather than sit on the shore when conditions change.