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Hansa Class Association UK

French Hansa Nationals

French National Championships 2015 

Friday June 5th to Sunday 7th 2015

at Yacht Club du Meze

will include: Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303, Liberty


HCA(UK) Committee Member Richard Smallwood will coordinate UK entrants so please let him know if you plan to enter.
For any info re UK entrants contact him on richnang@btinternet.com

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Archive of French Nationals events Below


Friday June 20th to Sunday 22nd 2014

at the CVAN, La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, near Nantes in western France

will include: Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303, Liberty

Contact: Nicole CROZET
Association de Classe Hansa
"La Voile, Ensemble"

There is a special site for this event: www.nationalhansa.cvannantes.org Phone:

It's already possible to reserve accommodation:

HCA(UK) Vice-ChairmanRichard Smallwood will coordinate UK entrants so please let him know if you plan to enter.
For any info re UK entrants contact him on richnang@btinternet.com

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There is a report posted in Y&Y at: http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/163981/Access-classes-French-nationals .

Click to see the Lindsay's excellent report and photos of the Report and Photos of the French Nationals 2011, Moisson Lavacourt.

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French Access Class Championships – 26 to 28 June 2009


Held on the river Erdre at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre near Nantes in western France, this event gave the small UK contingent an excellent experience of international competition, with competitors from The Netherlands and Australia as well as the host country, especially as Team-UK all came away with prizes for finishing in the first three.

Racing started with light winds in the late afternoon of Friday, 26 June, with three races, each of about 25 minutes duration. At the end of the day, Keith Harris of New Forest Sailability was at the top of the 2.3 class results with a first and second to count, ahead of last year’s French champion, Barry Coats (AUS), Vera Voobach (NEL) and with current UK champion, Ann Lewis, fourth counting two second places.

In the 303-Solo class Paul Holzherr, Frensham Pond, led with two first places with club-mate Tessa Watkiss next having two seconds to count. There was UK interest in two of the 303-Double boats with Rory Morrison and Tom Glasson sailing a New Forest boat and Mac Stowe of Rutland sailing with Maxime Stephan of France. Mac and Maxime were just ahead after three races, despite losing a protest to Rory and Tom!

Day 2 proved very frustrating for competitors and Race Officer alike as a very fickle wind refused to settle and, after attempts to get a race started in the morning and the afternoon, racing was abandoned for the day. In the very warm weather, the hosts arranged a tour by water along the Erdre into the centre of Nantes as compensation. In the evening a Championship supper was held for all competitors and helpers. Mac Stowe joined the group to play a few numbers on his trumpet.

Sunday, 28th, produced a steady wind and three more races were held. In the 2.3s Ann Lewis found her form, recording two firsts, and a fourth which she discarded. Vera Voorbach who, like Keith, uses full servo control recorded another first place which was enough to give her second place on a tie break with Keith. Barry Coates sailed the wrong course at the end of the last race and this robbed him of a probable second overall pushing him down to fourth. The ability of Vera and Keith to achieve second and third overall should give great encouragement to all who have to use servo control systems!

In the 303-Solos, Paul Holzherr finished with five first places to win overall, but Tessa found the hot conditions very trying and was just beaten for second overall by Cedric Castaldi of France. Mac and Maxime stayed ahead to take the 303-Double class from Rory and Tom. Two Dutch Liberties also competed with Jan Holtrop beating Wilma van den Broch, again on a tie break as they had three wins each.

The day finished with a long distance fun race up the River Erdre and back which was won by Paul Holzherr.

The full results can be found via http://cvannantes.org/joomla/; some photos are attached.

Richard Smallwood

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Read below Richards report on the 2008 event and be inspired

Richards 2008 Report

British Triumph at the 2008 French Access Class National Championships

The 2008 French Championships for the Access Class were held on a lake near Berck, some 50 miles south of Calais, from 27 to 29 June. The closeness to Channel ports led to significant interest from British Access sailors, and 12 boats were entered from Rutland, Frensham Pond, Sussex and Papercourt Sailing Clubs. All the British boats had a Sailability (disabled) sailor aboard but the championship was also open to non-disabled sailors.

Racing was for the single sail Access 2.3 dinghies, with separate single handed and double handed classes, and a similar arrangement for the two-sail Access 303 class. The French Access Class Association also invited participation by the larger Access Liberty class, for which the sole entrant was Simon Harle from Rutland in his electrically-assisted boat. He therefore sailed with the 303 solo group.

Although the British entrants all brought and sailed their own boats, entrants from Spain and Australia needed to borrow boats so racing was initially arranged in five groups with some 303 boats being used in three different groups both single and double crewed. This was an unusual arrangement for the British contingent, and it took some time for them to appreciate exactly how it would work.

When racing was due to commence on Friday afternoon winds were around 25 knots, the limit of what is allowed for Access Class events. As a result only 4 races were held, two for the 303 solo, one for the all-French 2.3 doubles and then one for the largest fleet, the 2.3 solos, which had 7 British competitors. Each race was just two laps of windward/leeward and took 12 to 15 minutes, rather shorter than the UK Access Class norm of 45 minutes. The wind increased for the 2.3 solo fleet, and Chris Emmet of Rutland was tipped out of his 2.3 but promptly rescued. Other boats returned to the jetty full of water and the Race Officer wisely abandoned this race and cancelled racing for the rest of the day. The final drama of the day was a protest by a British 303 solo competitor against a French sailor for barging at the leeward mark. This was upheld but, rather than creating an international incident, was concluded with a friendly handshake!

Saturday morning again heralded strong winds and the start of racing was postponed until after lunch. With a slight easing of the wind, racing commenced with the 303 double class. As there were 8 entries (one British) and only 5 boats available, they were divided into two separate groups for their first pairs of back-to-back races. At the end of the day group 1 was headed by a Spanish crew with Andy Sheath and Kate Lintott from Frensham Pond leading group 2 with two wins.

The 2.3 solos managed 3 races back-to-back with Clare Andrew of Rutland winning two of them and Barry Coates of Australia the other. Alex Hovden of Papercourt provided the drama in this class as his steering system broke when lying third approaching the finish of the first race and he drifted over the line in fifth place. It was all hands to the pumps to repair this and get Alex out for the third race which was just achieved. With no discards yet, Clare and Barry were tied on points at the end of the second day. The 303 solos also held 3 more races, and David Harris of Frensham Pond was leading the fleet by two points overnight.

The third and last day gave the best conditions with sunshine and moderately strong winds. In the 2.3 solos Clare won one race but Barry Coates of Australia won the other and, when discards were considered, just pipped Clare overall. Janet Lee of Sussex Yacht Club was third, and UK and Australian sailors filled the next 7 places.

David Harris held onto his lead in the 303 solo class with Paul Holzherr, also of Frensham Pond, winning a race to claim second place overall. In the 303 doubles the groups from day 2 were split into Gold and Silver fleets for their second pair of races. In the Gold fleet Andy Sheath and Kate Lintott were just beaten by an expert Spanish crew and had to settle for second place overall.

The international nature of this event was illustrated by the fact that the four classes were won by different nationalities, 2.3 solo Australia, 2.3 double France, 303 solo Great Britain and 303 double Spain.

Over the three days 26 races were held, and the arrangements afloat and ashore were excellent, despite the difficult conditions. The Saturday Regatta Dinner was enjoyed by all, with the UK team of sailors and helpers forming a choir, accompanied by Mac Stowe’s trumpet, to sing the French and British national anthems to the surprised and appreciative locals. This was followed by wheelchair dancing to an excellent band! All the UK competitors and helpers greatly enjoyed the experience with many saying they intended to return for the 2009 French event to be held in Nantes.

2008 Prizewinners

Access 303 one person:
1st – David Harris, Frensham Pond Sailability
2nd – Paul Holzherr, Frensham Pond Sailability

Access 2.3 one person:
1st – Barry Coates, Australia
2nd – Clare Andrew, Rutland Sailability
3rd – Janet Lee, Sussex Yacht Club

Access 303 two person:
2nd – Andy Sheath and Kate Lintott, Frensham Pond Sailability

Access Liberty:
Special Prize – Simon Harle, Rutland Sailability

Oldest Competitor:
Bill Mitchell, Rutland Sailability

Click on these links to see the full results. Results sheet 1 Results sheet 2

Click on this link to see photos of the event

Click this link to read Alex Hovden's report on the 2008 event

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