Welcome Leader Sailors and all Visitors!
A warm welcome to the website for the Leader Class Owners' Association (LCOA) 2017!
Here you will find all sorts of useful information about the Leader dinghy, its class association, latest news and event information, plus details of pre-loved Leaders (second-hand boats).
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23.02.17 Updates to Leaders for Sale page - take a look!
23.02.17 RYA Dinghy Show 04-05 March 2017. The Leaders will have a presence in area F26 in the West Hall. The show is a good place to catch up with friends past and present, see a good range of sailing gear at competitive prices and generally enjoy a browse. Make yourselves known to volunteers on the Leader stand.
20.12.16 - Leader Calendar updated with dates for the 2017 season
See Leaders for Sale page here - take a look!
04.11.16 - Leader Open at Milton Keynes Report - see below.
LCOA will be exhibiting at the RYA Dinghy Show 04-05 March 2017 see the RYA web site -
Dates for next year already confirmed are:13th/14th May – Rollesby Broad, 24th/25th June – Hickling Broad.
See Leaders for Sale page here - take a look!
MKSC Open – 22/23 October 2016
08.10.16 - Triple B at Buckenham Sailing Club.
An early start was the order of the
day for the Leaders last visit to Norfolk this year. This was Buckenham Sailing
Club Triple B race (a dinghy equivalent of the Yare Navigation Race held a
04.09.16 - Report on Camp and Sail in Chichester Harbour.
The four Leader crews who joined the MKSC Camp and Sail Weekend at Cobnor Point had an absolutely brilliant weekend. Leaders were represented by William and Amanda Heaps, John and Martha Carron, Dave Pickett with various crews and Chris and Jane Wharmby. The weather could not have been better with beautiful clear skies and warm breezes for the whole weekend – unbelievable! From the base at Cobnor Point some of the merry gang sailed on the first evening up to Chichester Yacht Club and enjoyed a drink on their lawn, sailing back before the wind and sun disappeared. On Saturday, in perfect weather and wind, we sailed on the tide down to Hayling Yacht Club for lunch, across to East Head for a game of rounders and then back to Cobnor. Sunday was a very gentle drift back to East Head, with a quick swim for some, onto Hayling for a bite to eat again, up towards Emsworth, and then back home after a fun water fight while progressing up the Itchenor channel. Some of the crews then sailed on up to Bosham, moored up in a very seamen-like fashion in the little harbour, enjoyed a lovely meal in the Anchor Bleu and drifted/rowed back to Cobnor as the sun set. Wonderful! The weekend finished with a sail up to Bosham for lunch on Monday and a dash back to Cobnor before the tide deserted us. Chichester Harbour looked absolutely beautiful all weeknd. As usual, the sailing was accompanied by food, drink and plenty of chat. A great time was had by all and it will definitely be repeated! - Jane Wharmby.
05.07.16 - Camp and Sail in Chichester Harbour. See report above.
05.07.16 - Leader Nationals Hickling Broad Sailing Club 25/26 July 2016
Hickling Broad Sailing Club was the
venue for the Leader Nationals and a good turnout of ten boats to make this an
eventful North Norfolk visit.
14.06.16 - Leader Open Reading Sailing Club 4/5 June 2016
Another weekend for sun cream with glorious weather and a steady wind. Reading was the venue this time.
We arrived at RSC on Saturday morning to a busy club in the middle of a working party which was well organised. Most of the pontoon had been replaced with new timbers and an excellent rubber edging to protect mooring boats.
Breakfast was tea and bacon rolls before setting off for a couple of races on a beautiful stretch of water. The visitors doing rather well with a first and second each.
A bbq in the evening with Nev and Mike supplying lovely tasty food and drink.
Sunday saw seven Leaders on the water joining in with the club fleets. First race caused a bit of confusion with the numerals on the committee boat not visible to all the starters. However three races followed with the home club making a comeback. There was an excellent performance from the two lady helms Sally and Hadley.
Chris and Jane Wharmby won the event with Newton Anthony/ Bob Lovell, Roger/Sybil Morse, Mike/Sally Newlove, Nev Robson/Issy Jenkins, Hadley Lines/Karen Smailes, David and Ann Lomas all doing well.
Thanks RSC for a lovely weekend.
Good news from the Three Rivers Race taking place on the Norfolk Broads - Ian and Sharon Ayres reporting...
'We were out representing the class (and beating all the Wayfarers!)
3 Rivers 2016 - 13hrs 30 mins (finished at 00:40!) by quite some way the earliest we've got back...... 24th of 78 finishers (about 100 entries).'
19.05.16 - Leader Open Rollesby May 7/8 2016
Sun cream was the order of the day
last weekend but luckily there was good wind for some excellent sailing.
29.04.16 - Leader Open Rollesby May 7/8 2016
This event is rapidly approaching.
19.04.16 - There are updates (Leader I) to the Leaders for Sale page here - take a look!
23.02.16 - Leader events for 2016 are now listed in the Calendar section.
10.11.15 - Leader Open meeting at Milton Keynes Sailing Club 10/11th October 2015
Beautiful autumn colours followed
travellers to and from the Leader Open at MK last weekend.
21.09.15 - Triple B - Buckenhan SC
19th Sep 2015.
07.09.15 - The Leaders at Reading
last weekend turned out to be the most interesting and the most noisy event for
quite a while. Despite light airs there was enough wind to get boats around
without being becalmed. Helms and crews called for water, encouraged each other
and generally made the occasion a wonderful and lively affair. Hugh and Hadey
provide most entertainment but, at the same time, were very competitive and had
a great time.
02.08.15 - This is just a reminder
our next Leader event will be at Reading Sailing Club Sat/Sun 5/6 Sep 2015.
22.06.15 - Hickling Broad 2015
11.05.15 - Leader PY is now asserted at 1117 - see 'About the Leader' for details.
11.05.15 - Rollesby 2015
28.04.15 - Note from Ian Ayers - Rollesby Sailing Club...
We are hosting our Leader Open this year on the 9th / 10th May.
Biggest thing of note for those travelling is that the A47 will be shut, at Postwick, just east of Norwich.
There is a diversion in place but there will be delays!
We intend to run two races on Saturday afternoon (first start approx. 2pm) with a bottle of wine for each race.
Might introduce a handicapping system for the second race to try and spread the prizes around!
Open is on Sunday, three races, two to count first start 10.45 and like last year includes an Eels Foot Race -
bring your paddle to help get through the cut... We are once again sharing with the Bitterns and a mixed multi-sail club fleet.
We intend to go for a meal at the White Horse in Upton on Saturday evening, if you would like to join us please
can you let us know by email by wed 6th so we can book a table.
Entry fee £5 each day, Lunches available on Sunday only, Tea, Coffee etc. will be available at the club on Saturday.,
Sharon and I should be at Rollesby from about midday on Saturday, if anyone needs to get in before that please let
us know. Ian & Sharon firstname.lastname@example.org 01493 750148
09.04.15 - There are updates (Leader II) to the Leaders for Sale page here - take a look!
03.04.15 - Leader events for 2015 are now listed in the Calendar section.
- Winter all but over and the new sailing season beckons. I hope you
have your boats ready and in the case of sailors who sail through the winter
hope it is just a case of checking over the road trailer.
11.08.14 - We are into August already and now we look forward to the re-scheduled Rollesby Open on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September 2014.
Ian Ayres (Commodore at Rollesby) says - 'Unfortunately this won't include an eels foot race but our intention would be to organise a sail to the pub on the Saturday afternoon, probably with dinner in the White Horse, Upton in the evening, walking distance from our house for anyone needing to stay over!'
Rollesby Sailing Club is a little gem tucked away in the Norfolk Broads and the Leaders will be most welcome.
08.06.14 - There are updates to the Leaders for Sale page - take a look!
08.06.14 - We are into June already and the next Leader event is scheduled for 28/29th June 2014 at Hickling Broad Sailing Club in Norfolk. Club picnic race on Saturday 12noon and Club/Leader racing on Sunday.
30.05.14 - Leaders turned up at Rollesby hoping for good racing conditions. However extreme weather conditions meant helms and crews getting in some sailing practice on this beautiful Norfolk Broad. It is hoped to re-schedule this event later on in the season
21.04.14 - The Leaders will be at Rollesby Sailing Club on Saturday/Sunday 10th/11th May 2014. This is the second visit of the Class to Rollesby and is a beautiful setting in the heart of the Norfolk Broads
Please check Rollesby SC web site for full details http://www.rbsc.org.uk/
03.03.14 - The Leaders were represented at last weekend's Dinghy Show at Alexander Palace in North London and the show as a whole proved popular with the general public and Leader members. A number of members visited the stand and viewed Paul Dickenson's beautifully kept Leader 1255 .
Whilst at the show Paul purchased a fid and says he is now proficient at the art of splicing. One of the uses for the Leader is the 3ply halyard to connect to the wire jib halyard.
Check out ...http://www.yalecordage.com/splicing-instructions
The show laid on lectures and talks by top class racers and coaches. These are very informative and the RYA is heavily promoting such events at 'Champion Clubs'.
The Leaders also published the 2014 programme which is on the Leader web site. The first Leader event of the 2014 season is at Rollesby Sailing Club in May.
06.01.14 - I hope you all had a good Christmas and are now looking forward to the New Year.
This year the LCOA is exhibiting at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2014 at the magnificent Alexandra Palace in London over the weekend of 01-02 March 2014.
We will be on Stand Number G42 in the West Hall so keep a look out for us or if you would like to help at the stand please let one of the committee members know.
06.01.14 - There are updates to the Leaders for Sale page here - take a look!
2013 Leader Championships at Milton Keynes Sailing Club 12th and 13th October.
03.10.13 - Don't forget
Milton Keynes Open on 12th and 13th October 2013. Briefing 1pm on Saturday at
MKSC (MK7 8NE).
02.09.13 – We are told it is the start of the Meteorological autumn but we have two more Leader events for this year – The Triple B at Buckenham Sailing Club on Saturday 28th September 2013 . (for SatNav users the club postcode is NR14 6DH. It is situated on the southern bank of the River Yare, approximately 10 miles east of Norwich between the villages of Claxton and Langley and beside the Beauchamp Arms Public House) and Milton Keynes Open on 12th and 13th October 2013.
The Leaders found another gem last weekend in the form of Rollesby Sailing Club
tucked away in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.
24.06.13 - Last weekend was another fantastic
weekend of sailing for the Leaders. In strong winds the Leaders took up the
challenge and sailed to Potter Heigham on Saturday and then sailed with the
club on Sunday again in fairly strong winds. It just goes to show the Leader
is a great boat in all weathers.
25.03.13 - There are updates to the Leaders for Sale page here - take a look!
04.07.12 - There are updates to the Leaders for Sale page here - take a look!
30.06.12 - Hickling Broad Sailing Club welcomed the Leaders last weekend for the annual Open event and the Leaders welcomed a new participant in Ian Ayres and his wife Sharon. They had bought their Leader 1153 a few weeks earlier having surveyed a number of similar boats and settled on the Leader because of its good all round racing and sailing characteristics.
The OOD summed up the weather at the weekend as medium winds with unfriendly gusts on Saturday and friendly gusts on Sunday!
The weekend sailing consisted of the usual picnic race to Potter Heigham on Saturday and the Leaders joining in the Club racing on Sunday (with the Leaders having their own start).
After some very close racing newcomer Ian won the series by a very short margin from Chris and Jane Wharmby and Mike and Val Sherwen. These were followed by (not in any particular order) the Morses, the Rickards, Tricia Hudson and Sarah Cole and the Hobsons.
Thanks to HBSC for another superb weekend both on and off the water.
28.06.11 - The Leader events calendar has now been published - see here for full details!
01.05.12 - Brief report of Leaders at Melton Mowbray - full report to follow:-
A nice fresh breeze welcomed the Leaders at Melton Mowbray Sailing Club last Saturday for the annual Leader Open meeting at the club. The usual fare of good racing, pork pie lunch and excellent company was the order or the day and we weren't disappointed. Chris and Jane Wharmby came first overall followed by Pete Driver and Annette and Richard and Christine Morris. Thanks to Ron Stimpson who organised the event and made us all welcome. Full report on the Leader Dinghy web site in due course. Meanwhile we wish the club good luck in their quest to continue sailing at their present site in light of development proposals by the new owner.
23.04.12 - There are updates to the Leaders for Sale page here - take a look!
17.04.12 - See attached poster for details of the first Leader Open of 2012 at Melton Mowbray - poster.
16.04.12 - Don't forget the first Leader event for 2012 at Melton Mowbray Sailing Club, Saturday 21st April 2012. The first race is scheduled for 11:30am
There are updates to the Leaders for Sale page here - take a look!
30.01.12 - The 2012 series of Leader events will be published soon!
The Leader Class Owners' Association will be exhibiting at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show. So get the date in your diary - the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2012 will be held on the 3 and 4 March at Alexandra Palace, London.
01.11.11 - The last Leader Open event of the 2011 season took place at Milton Keynes Sailing Club on 8/9th October.
The weather was forecast medium winds on Saturday with stronger wind for the club Open meeting on Sunday.
Caldecote Lake is set in lovely surroundings to the south of Milton Keynes with walkways and cycle routes in abundance.
Saturday racing saw all boats participate with an ever changing lead position.
The LCOA AGM took place after racing on Saturday evening and topics included future Leader events, the web site and the Dinghy Show.
The overall results were a win for Chris and Jane Wharmby followed by Mike and Val Sherwin, Roger and Sybil More and Duncan Summerfield and his son Ben. Chris and Jane put in a powerful performance and came third overall in the Milton Keynes Open.
01.10.11 - Report - Leaders at Triple B at Buckenham Sailing Club Saturday 1st October 2011.
This was the 21st Triple B event held at the club and a good attendance of 21 boats entered. There seems to be a resurgence of passage racing especially in East Anglia with the Three Rivers Race at Horning as the jewel in the crown. There had been beautiful weather all week with a blocking high pressure system over the near continent and extended its influence over most of the UK. A lovely welcome on the Friday evening greeted some of the traveling Leaders and discussing of the impending race at the Beauchamp Arms sporting a newly refurbished dining room.
On Saturday morning Phil Webster in his 1897 steam propelled launch, Banjo, motored down to the turning mark which was set at Reedham to time the boats in and then out for the return leg. Two Norfolk Punts and a Javelin were prominent in the results appeared in the top three places. Four Leaders traveled to the event and came a respectable 5th and 6th and two boats just outside the finishing time of 5pm. Saturday evening we returned to the Beauchamp Arms and tucked in to some excellent value food including a 16oz steak for ₤8.99. We were also entertained to jive dancing (with no music) by John Parker and Sarah Cole!
Thanks to Janet Gilmour and all the Buckenham crew for a superb weekend.