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111) Committee News: Tributes to Nick Dewhirst (Article Published: 20th August 2013 at 14:48 pm)

Nick Dewhirst's funeral took place on Friday 2 August and took the form of a celebration of Nick's life. There was a huge attendance including many Sprint 15 sailors and the speeches were very moving showing a wide range of Nick's achievements and interests. Sissy and Nick's family were very brave and made the theme the celebration of Nick's life.

The Class Association Committee have been working on the following tributes to Nick to recognise his huge contribution to the Sprint 15 Fleet over nearly 30 years.

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112) General News: Eurocat 2014 (Article Published: 14th August 2013 at 14:22 pm)

This is the premier Cat sailing event across Europe which we can take part in under class C3. 

Eurocat is held in Carnac from 1 May to 4 May

We have managed to obtain some support from Key Camp for accommodation and either the ferry or tunnel; this includes a car, 4 passengers, boat and trailer, or you can make your own way and stay in a local hotel.

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113) Committee News: A message from Sissy Dewhirst (Article Published: 12th August 2013 at 09:58 am)

Dear Friends

Oli, Benny and I want to thank you all for your lovely messages and kind words. So many of you made the journey to Nick's farewell and most of you came such a long way. We were very touched by it and it is great comfort to know that you all wanted to be there say your Good byes. Nick would have loved to know this.

Nick loved his Dart 15 'family' and always looked forward to sailing with you all, occasionally beating some of you. But winning was not the most important thing to him - he always wanted to make sure that everybody had a good race and a good time afterwards.

Luckily Nick has left a wonderful legacy, bringing catamarans back into the Olympics, but sadly will not see it happen. Nick took great pride in doing what he thought was right and we are all so proud of his remarkable achievements in the sailing world as well as with all his other projects.

Thank you all again

Sissy, Oli and Benny

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114) Committee News: Nick Dewhirst Funeral Arrangements (Article Published: 27th July 2013 at 22:31 pm)

Sissy has informed us that Nick's funeral will take place on Friday 2 August at 3.20 at Barham Crematorium, Canterbury Road (A260), Barham, near Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6QU.
and afterwards mourners are invited to meet at Whitstable Yacht club for a drink. All Nick's friends are welcome.

 

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115) Committee News: NIck Dewhirst RIP (Article Published: 20th July 2013 at 12:14 pm)

It is with great sadness we have to let you know of the unexpected death of the Sprint 15 Class Chairman, Nick Dewhirst on Friday 19 July. Nick passed away suddenly whilst at home in Whitstable. Nick has been the leading light of the Sprint 15 Association for more than 25 years. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his wife Sissy and sons Oliver and Benedict at this difficult time.

 

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116) Event News: The Windsport Catparts Sprint 15 Traveller Series Fun Events at Pwllheli Sailing Club - Race Report
(Article Published: 17th July 2013 at 17:07 pm)

Sprint 15 Go-Kart Grand Prix  2011

 

The Go-Kart Grand Prix has become firmly established as a feature of the Sprint 15 Nationals and it is contested almost as seriously as the sailing.

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117) Event News: Windsport Catparts TT at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club - Race Report
(Article Published: 12th July 2013 at 15:36 pm)

All week, the forecast had been grim! High pressure. Little cloud cover! High's of 28'c! Sun splitting the rocks! Not the conditions your average '15 sailor hopes for. Fortunately, the latest instalment of the travelling circus that is the Sprint 15 Summer Series had arrived in Thorpe Bay.

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118) Event News: Windsport Catparts TT at Seasalter Sailing Club - Race Report
(Article Published: 25th June 2013 at 15:41 pm)

Strong winds had been forecast for the weekend and it was not surprising to see a reduced fleet arriving on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Saturday morning saw 13 visitors and 6 home helms looking over the sea wall at flat water but WSW winds 25mph gusting SW into the low 30s.

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119) Committee News: I have to advise as to the recent theft of a memory stick containing our Membership Data Base (Article Published: 12th June 2013 at 14:25 pm)

Unfortunately I have to advise as to the recent theft of a memory stick containing our Membership Data Base which, by its nature, contains personal information on us all.  The stick was seemingly stolen whilst it was in Royal Mail hands and this issue will be explored further with them. 

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120) Event News: Windsport Catparts Sport Nationals at Yaverland Sailing and Boat Club - Race Report
(Article Published: 28th May 2013 at 09:21 am)

The 2013 Sprint 15 Sports National Championships, sponsored by Wightlink Ferries and Windsport International were held at the Yaverland Sailing and Boating Club on the Isle of Wight. With a total of 28 boats taking part, racing took place in the English Channel just south of the Isle of Wight (well actually at the eastern end of Sandown Bay but technically in the channel), and featured winds of various strengths and likewise an assortment of directions which did manage to drain the colour from the race officers’ cheeks.

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