2019 Splash Worlds

2019 Splash Worlds

The 2019 Splash Worlds took place on July 22-27 in Kamperland, Netherlands. Though the Splash is not a class sporting carbon masts, other products and services proved their usefulness during the week.

Congratulations to Finn Snijders, who clinched the title in the very last race and another outstanding performance by Jules van Raaij, who ended third. Both were sailing with the Ceilidh vang system and halyard, confident that both give them more flexibility in changing their setup mid-race to adjust to changing conditions.

However, there is more to winning a race than equipment. Ceilidh Composite Technologies also provided coaching for the sailors of Splash Team Zeeland. Knowledge of the area and conditions proved to be essential: where other teams were struggling, Team Zeeland was able to sail well consistently thanks to constant updates on tide and wind situations. Focus on race preparation and tactical awareness coupled with an analytical approach to the mast and sail combination teaches the team members ‘skills for life’ within the coaching program.

Soling Europeans 2019

FIN46 (Heinonen-Helmhout-Heinonen), European Champions 2019

This year, the Soling European Championships were held in Torbole, Lake Garda. This year saw the introduction of carbon masts to the Soling class, as developed by Ceilidh Composite Technologies and ‘Group Orion’.

Four challenging days with both light and heavy winds made for an interesting and balanced championship. Congratulations to Eki Heinonen, Gabor Helmhout and Matias Heinonen of the FIN 46 for winning the Europeans with the Ceilidh Composite Technologies mast.

OK Dinghy Worlds 2019

OK Dinghy Worlds 2019

With the OK Dinghy World Championships beginning next week in New Zealand the fleet sailed a Pre-Worlds during the weekend of 2-3 February. This event is always useful to get an idea of how the different mast /sail combinations are working with most of the top sailors in the class taking part.

Jan Kurfeld (GER 18) on day 1 (Robert Deaves)

Our congratulations to Jan Kurfeld (GER) who won the event, closely followed by Nick Craig (GBR) in 2nd both using Ceilidh Composite Technologies PRO masts.

For further information on the Worlds please use one of the links below.

Event website including results and notice board: 2019.okworlds.org
Wakatere Boating Club website: www.wakatere.org.nz
 
Social Media
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OK_Dinghy_Class
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OK-Dinghy-197171683649284/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxRW4POh1vghfqFhFIP2Bqw

OK Europeans success

OK Europeans success
Fredrik Lööf, European Champion 2018.

Having placed 2nd at the World Championships earlier this summer Fredrik Lööf from Sweden has won the European Championships after a thrilling final day of racing. After changing material supplier after the Worlds, Fredrik has been working together with Ceilidh and Green Sails to find the best combination to suit him. Racing was close, with 3 sailors  challenging at the top in the great conditions of Bandol. In the last race Fredrik pulled away to secure his first title in his class. Congratulations.

Postma takes bronze at Finn Worlds 2018

Postma takes bronze at Finn Worlds 2018
Finn Class Medallists Aarhus World Championships 2018

Congratulations to the medal winners at the 2018 Finn World Championships which just finished in Aarhus, Denmark. 

Especially rewarding for us was the return of Pieter Jan Postma to the Finn fleet. Having approached us exactly 90 days before the start of this event to work together the team has further developed a new concept of mast performance and control which had given us some success in 2016. At that stage the sailmakers were struggling to keep up with our developments which came too close to the Olympic Games.

With a short but intensive preparation together with PJ, Ed Wright, North Sails UK and Dinghy Racing Centre this time the performance improvement is marked. Our thanks to everyone involved for the enthusiasm, belief and confidence in our design. Also our thanks to the sailors for keeping us on the edge of our seats for the last week.

We are looking forward to the next stage of development to support our sailors during the selection process for Tokyo 2020.

OK Dinghy Worlds 2018

OK Dinghy Worlds 2018

The Ceilidh Composite Technologies OK Dinghy mast dominated the recent OK Dinghy World Championships 2018 held in Warnemünde, Germany. With André Budzien (GER) taking first place after a very closely fought event (Taking Gold with the tiebreaking last race win) our masts were used by 7 of the top 10. The mast has been developed to suit each sailmakers requirements which helped to ensure 3 different sailmakers were represented in the top 10. This year has seen the introduction of our PRO mast, which with added High Modulus material to modify the response of the mast in wind and waves. While this mast suits the more physical sailor our standard mast proved also to be a race winner.

 

Results

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Soling Mast Prototype

Soling Mast Prototype

Ceilidh Composite Technologies and ‘Group Orion’ are currently developing a new carbon fibre mast profile for the Soling Class. With approval from the Soling Class the first 5 sections have been manufactured to show the possibilities. Including a bend curve which is as good as identical to the current Aluminium spars and detailed finishing to increase reliability and ease of installation the group looks forward to class approval of this exciting development.

 

Carbon fibre Soling mast
Carbon fibre Soling mast

For further information please link here to the dedicated web page.


Carbon Yard for Norfolk Broads

Recently we supplied a new carbon fibre yard for the 94 year old ‘topsail’ rigged ‘Breeze’ on the Norfolk Broads. In order to achieve the required stiffness fore-aft to ensure suitable leech tension on the mainsail the new Soling Mast profile was chosen. At 105mm * 70mm with an integrated sail track this profile gave an improvement of around 50% of stiffness compared to the original carbon tube while weighing in at 13kg for a 7.5 meter spar. 

With a turn-around time of 22 days including transport to the UK the customer was pleased to get on the water at one of the important races in the Broads calendar.

 

For more information and enquiries, please contact us here.

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