2018 Wilkinson Sword Trophy

The current standings with two events left in the series:

  • End of Season Final Fling at Rutland SC on 29th & 21st October [joint meeting with 420, Contender & Hornet classes]
  • Shoreham Open on 28th October, [this is a rearranged date after original event was cancelled due to strong wind forecast]

Shoreham rerun is happening on the 28th October as a one day event everybody is welcome. I will open the bar on Saturday if people want to come the day before. We are planning an 11 o'clock start.
John & Caz

The headline sponsor of the Mumbles Nationals will be Hartley Boats.

We also have a dazzling array of other sponsors supporting the event. They include Rain and Sun Covers who kindly donated a cover to encourage early entries. The draw has been made from everyone who had entered by May 31st 2016, there were 24 boats who made the date. See press release for winner.

Entry List is up to 25 entries as of 13th June

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Mumbles Yacht Club is very pleased to have been invited to host the 2016 UK National Championship.

Back in Wales for the 15th time and 4th time at Mumbles YC; the previous years being 1966, 1973 & 1978 with 69, 93 and 110 boats competing respectively. So some challenge on numbers!

Reading through the December 1973 edition of the Class Magazine I note that the MkIII Osprey was approved at the AGM held during the Nationals at Mumbles. Then in 1978 again at Mumbles the MkIII composite was competing. This leads to 2016 where hopefully the first MkV Ospreys will be competing.

The results for the 1978 Nationals were produced using a computer at Swansea University; the full results are in the 1978 December edition of the Class Magazine. Interesting to see that at least one name, a local boy, is still competing after nearly 40 years.

First some key reasons to come to Mumbles for the Nationals:-

  • Fabulous Sailing Waters in a wide bay.
  • A helpful and friendly club, who have a long history of Osprey sailing and are looking forward to the event.
  • Experienced and fully resourced race and support team.
  • Easy launching with four slipway options and lots of hard standing for boat storage.
  • A lovely clubhouse with great facilities and a rooftop decked area with panoramic views of the bay.
  • Lots of accommodation options.
  • Plenty for the support teams to do off the water, why not make a week of it?
  • Easy access to the M4 motorway.
  • The first Nationals with the Mark 5 Osprey, so we are expecting a great turnout, the more the merrier.
  • Support from Hartley Boats and the Class Association will mean outstanding value for money.
  • The Welsh fleet is already building and looking forward to some great sailing and socialising.


Looking forward to welcoming the fleet back to Wales.

Oscar Chess

I have attached some photos from the Mumbles Yacht Club archives.

Three are from the 1978 Nationals, and the other three relate to Osprey activity in Mumbles back in the day, when small spinnakers and fixing boats in your bedroom were commonplace. Peter Frith used to keep Pieces of Eight in his lounge!