Navigators & General YachtsandYachting.com Navigators & General team up with YachtsandYachting.com for mobile news

YachtsandYachting.com and Navigators & General have teamed up to bring you the latest sailing news on your smartphone. The YachtsandYachting.com app downloads the latest news when you’re connected, leaving you free to read the stories at your leisure – regardless of whether your smartphone is within signal range!

Navigators & General ensure that customers receive more than just a competitive premium for their boat insurance - they put the needs of the customer first. Navigators & General do their utmost to provide clients and business partners with an efficient and friendly service, so that their needs are fully met. Find out more and get a quote today at www.navandgen.co.uk or telephone 01273 863400.

YachtsandYachting.com is the first port of call for racing sailors in the UK and increasingly world-wide. We cover all types of sailboat racing and feature stories from the America’s Cup to the smallest of grass-roots events. Resources on YachtsandYachting.com include clubs, classes, products, calendar, classifieds, forum, photos and much more.

The YachtsandYachting.com mobile website and app will evolve over time with features specifically designed for smartphones.

  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed: Considering a Hunter Impala
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Register Register  Login Login

Considering a Hunter Impala

 Post Reply Post Reply Page  12>
Author
  Topic Search Topic Search  Topic Options Topic Options
Eben View Drop Down Post Options Post Options   Quote Eben Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Considering a Hunter Impala
    Posted: 27 Jun 11 at 10:10am
Thanks everyone,
I'm currently sailing a Sonata, and acknowledge that it is more (much more) of an IRC bandit!
Fair sailing
EBEN
Back to Top
RS400atC View Drop Down Post Options Post Options   Quote RS400atC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jun 11 at 8:45pm
I used to own an Impala, about 10 years ago.

As others have said, there has been drift away from one design.
For instance Celerity and Burhou have different keels.
Some boats have inboards, some an outboard in a well. (This was allowed under one design, with some correctors IIRC).

It's not the only class with different IRC numbers and smaller genoas for IRC, X-99's were a prime example at the time.

It was a great boat, although we did not race it much apart from local club stuff and the inevitable RTIR.
I felt that it needed a lot of fat blokes on board to be competitive for a small boat, although it was very capable as a cruiser and took us to Cornwall and France two up very happily.
I think a lot of the boats moved west to cheaper moorings like Falmouth and Ireland.

A great boat, if a bit basic below, goes upwind much better than most 28ft cruisers.
Our diesel was very noisy so we sailed as much as possible!
Back to Top
Beeste View Drop Down Post Options Post Options   Quote Beeste Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Dec 10 at 5:36pm
I own Impala GBR 9522 Beeste that competed at Abersoch.

The IRC rating is not a necesserily a bandit. It is however competitive under most conditions. If you want a bandit look towards the Sonata's.

I find the problem with the Impala is that different owners have optimised their boats to acheive better IRC ratings as most of their club racing is done under IRC. I have left Beeste in class and the IRC rating is the standard rating for the Impala. If I had the boat measured I know it would have an even better rating as the sails are undersized as the previous owner had optimised its IRC rating. If you look at past Impala events like Ramsgate different boats win in one design to IRC in the same race, this makes one design pointless. You don't get this in other one design boats. Even in Tarbert the two boats had different ratings??????

 The Impala class is aware the class is struggling and have contacted members to encourage a turn out for a one design event next year. The problem is the boats are spread around the country and not easy to tow. A class is only as strong as its members.

I raced Impalas in the mid 90's and have since sailed many sports boats and cruiser racers to a good standard but I have returned back to the Impala and still think they are the ideal club racer.
Back to Top
jonrib View Drop Down Post Options Post Options   Quote jonrib Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Oct 10 at 9:01pm
Having competed in the Abersoch regatta I can tell you the Impala was very well sailed,but the irc number makes it a robber,quite a few sailers left the regatta all looking for impalas ,today its difficult to locate any on the market
Back to Top
yotboy View Drop Down Post Options Post Options   Quote yotboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Sep 10 at 10:14pm

Not to mention box stock Impalas 1st & 2nd in IRC 5 at Tarbert this year too. 'Works' Corby 25 that got done over in Abersoch didn't fare well up North either.

Highly recommended, and much cheapness (if yacht racing could ever be considered cheap).
Back to Top
Juggs View Drop Down Post Options Post Options   Quote Juggs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Sep 10 at 2:55pm
It's still a bandit but I'll agree it's well sailed. How you get a 28 foot boat to rate below .900 I have no idea!
Back to Top
garth weaver View Drop Down Post Options Post Options   Quote garth weaver Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 10 at 9:12pm
Give the guys who sail Peanut some credit as I've seen plenty of Impala's sailed less well.
Back to Top
Jamesd View Drop Down Post Options Post Options   Quote Jamesd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Sep 10 at 12:03am
without doubt a bandit on IRC
Back to Top
garth weaver View Drop Down Post Options Post Options   Quote garth weaver Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Sep 10 at 9:23pm
Have a look at the results for Dartmouth Week.  Peanut (an impala) won IRC 4 ahead of three half-tonners, two of which I race against regularly and know are very well sailed.
Back to Top
Eben View Drop Down Post Options Post Options   Quote Eben Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Sep 10 at 9:12am
Hi Craiggo & Slop-Idol,
Thanks for your replies & advice. That is as I thought.
E
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply Page  12>

Bulletin Board Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 9.665x
Copyright ©2001-2010 Web Wiz