Jonathan’s Blog 23rd June

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Edinburgh cup South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club  – Dragons

The preparations for the Edinburgh cup at the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club are proceeding at a hectic pace. Rob, the owner of JK Sailmakers is the class captain at the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club and has been coordinating all the activity and there are some 35 Dragons entered so far. The Dragons have come from as far as the south coast and from Ireland. There’s going to be Dragon regatta dinner so I’m just waiting for the invitation from the Dragon committee to drop through the letterbox. We have just sold a wot-tac to a Dragon sailor in Italy and we’ve got a couple of dragons in the Royal St George yacht club in Dun Laoghaire using the wot-tac as well. Keep reading my blog for more details about the Dragon sailing and the Edinburgh cup at the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club. The Edinburgh cup is a really big prestigious event for the Dragons and it’s sponsored by Aberdeen asset management.

Newquay regatta

I started sailing in Newquay as a youngster and every year I go back for the annual regatta where I sail a Westerly Fulmar and although it’s cruiser the racing in Newquay is very competitive and we have a fantastic few days racing in Cardigan Bay.

JKA Sailmakers

This week we’ve been working hard on a number of different projects. We’ve been working on a Beneteau 51 which is a really neat looking and very popular French yacht which has twin steering wheels. There are very few Beneteau 51 yachts around and it’s black mast and black boom that makes the Beneteau 51 standout. We’ve been working on a Parker 27 and an Westerly Konsort as well and of course this time of year is the busiest for us in the sail making industry. With the racing ongoing on a regular basis throughout the UK JKA Sailmakers get lots of orders.

Rough seas

A good friend of mine John Rickards was sailing his Moody 39 to Baltimore Ireland but because of the rough seas he turned round and came back to Pwllheli. When I was in Crosshaven recently for the Cork 1720 Irish nationals it was certainly very cold out on the water but we managed to do all the races.


There were lots of Toppers in Pwllheli early over the weekend. It’s great to see the kids learning to sail and once they get to grips with how to read a compass wot-tac will be the ideal device for them to use. Wot-tac has a built-in compass that can be used to help everybody who races establish start line bias and it gets the youngsters thinking about where the wind will be over the side of the boat. Later when they’ve moved on to larger dinghies and doing Olympic and Trapezoidal courses in the compass on wot-tac can be used to predict the bearings for those courses.


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wot-tac explained

Using the wot-tac is simple.

  • First, find the bearing of the true wind direction.
  • Second, set the bearing into the dial, which clicks every five degrees and then
  • Move the pointer arm to the same bearing.

wot-tac is ready!

Use it once you’ll never sail without it