Albacore Class

WKSC’s fastest growing fleet is now well into double figures, with interest from many other WKSC sailors.  Strong club racing turnouts and results in 2012 have made the WKSC fleet a real presence. 

At 15 feet in length and 240 pounds hull weight -lighter for example than a GP14 – the Albacore is a great first boat for those who are just learning to sail and a very competitive racer for more advanced sailors. The Albacore is a fast and lively while being relatively easy to learn to sail and race.

Albacore class rules allow an adjustable rig to allow a crew to depower in high winds enabling both light and heavy crews to race head to head, and meaning boats can be sailed by husband/wife and parent child combinations.  The Albacore is a boat that is both simple to get into at first, and one which will challenge your tuning and tactical skills for the rest of your life. There is no spinnaker, but the automatic jibstick system requires careful adjustment – but not brute force – to optimise performance. 

West Kirby Albacores have their own start on Wednesday evenings – please get your boat to the start line as the turnouts are always reviewed after the series and the fleet’s status will depend on how many boats we can field (or float!). There is a big range of Crew skills so you will get a race with someone and definitely won’t be left out.

 Useful links include: UK Albacore Class at www.albacore.org.uk, International Albacore class at www.albcore.org, and Mike MacNamara – Albacore legend, sailmaker and multiple class champion at www.macnamara-sails.co.uk

 If you want any technical input or are thinking of purchasing a boat please feel free to contact any of the existing fleet members through Fleet Captain Stan van den Berg vandenberg@liverpool.ac.uk ,  or WKSC Assistant Sailing Sec. Mike St Paer mjmadsp@yahoo.co.uk

 See you on the water, Good Sailing in 2013. Mike de St Paer (Albacore 8074)