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Jul 19 2021

Disco – Sandhopper 162 – For Sale

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Disco is for sale!

• S162 – Disco
• Last Sandhopper ever built, 2010
• New sails used 3/4 times
• Full refit last winter, over £700 spent on new string and Harken blocks.
• Dry stored inside for last 2 years
• VC Offshore Extra Hard Teflon Antifouling
• Max correctors
• £8950

Plus new Trailer if required for £2000

Contact Matt Abbiss on 07973 301668 for more details.

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Jul 04 2021

TBYC Sandhopper Open Evening 2 July 2021

Thank you to all of you that supported and participated in the TBYC Sandhopper Open Evening Event.

I’m pleased to report that it was a great success with many new people getting out and managing to enjoy a Sandhopper for the first time. We hope to run another session later in the season, if this is of interest to you please let me know so I can get an idea of numbers.

Thanks again and happy sailing to you all.

Scott James
Sandhopper Class Capt
[email protected]


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Jun 23 2021

Sandhopper Open Evening – Friday 2 July – 5:30pm

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The Sandhopper class would like to invite you to an open event to try a Sandhopper on  Friday the 2nd July, starting at 5:30pm.

We are offering the opportunity to go out with an experienced helm and you can helm or crew and we are making at least one sandhopper available for you to take on your own with your own crew, if you would like. We will have a displacement boat available in support of the event and hope to have the Sandhoppers available from the slipway if the wind and weather allow.

We have had a great results in the recent Nore Race with two Sandhoppers finishing the race within 41 seconds of each other after a 3hr 47mins of racing! With Clara at the helm with Peter as Crew of Sea Phantom and Sue at the helm with Will as Crew of Sand Star. Not only a really close race between them, but on handicap they were first and second overall, out of the 70+ boats that entered. What a result!

We always have close racing, but there are plenty of owners that use their boats to just cruise and just get out on the water and enjoy the benefits an open keel boat can have. Apparently we have the largest fleet of class of open keel boats on the Thames!

The weather is currently forecast to be sunny, light winds and little chance of rain, so why not come down to the beach, bring a little dinner with you, have a picnic, get out on a Sandhopper and maybe get reacquainted with old friends or make some new ones in a Covid compliant way!

There are regular opportunities to crew and this will be a great way to see what the boats are all about. We also have a club boat called ‘Primo’ that is available for anyone to use with a little guidance.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to go out a Sandhopper on the 2nd of July 2021in what happens to be our 50th Anniversary year!

Kind regards
Scott James
Sandhopper Class Capt
[email protected]

P.S. There are also a few boats coming up for sale at the club and it would be fantastic if we could keep them at TBYC.

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Jun 02 2021

Oars, Rowlocks & More

** update: The ideal oars are circa 7ft (2.1m) long and wooden if anyone has any they would like to donate **
Have you been in the back of the shed or garage at the weekend and have found rowlocks or oars that you no longer have a use for?
The club tenders seem to be lose these quite easily and we are asking for any (singes or pairs) that anyone has that they would like to donate to the club. If you could pop them just inside the front door of the club on the left as you get into reception that would be fantastic or down by the club tenders on the racks.
Please note any Oars and Rowlocks left on the racks by the weekend will be painted a wonderful colour or two so we can easily identify them in the future and hopefully prevent them from walking quite so easily.
Also, if you happen to have a dinghy trolley or wheels that you no longer need then we could use those also, I can collect if local!
Thank you

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Jul 10 2020

SOLD Sandhopper Aeolus S161

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This 2008 Sandhopper in undoubtedly one of the fastest in the fleet.

Aeolus (God of all Wind) was fully over seen by Paul Manning who built the winning boat for the British girls to Gold in the 2008 Olympics.

She was built in 2008 and is the second youngest in the fleet, complete with 3 full sets of sails and a spare mast with rigging.

All Harken and fitted with tack tick.

£6000 or £6500 if you need to haggle.

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Jul 09 2020

Sandhopper Obsession S157 For Sale

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We have decided to put Obsession 157 up for sale, the asking price is £7000. She is fully sorted, and has all the whistles and bells, and comes with loads of kit, three suits of sails all in first class condition, spare Rudder, road trailer.

Paul Beasley 07989 654842

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Oct 14 2019

Winter Dinghy Park

Hi All, It’s that time of year when the sailing season is over and the winter series will begin (after the Cruiser and Sandhopper liftout 21/22nd October). As per the Club program, all dinghies should have vacated the dinghy park in order for these manoeuvres take place. Specifically rows E,F,G.
If you own a pico or laser and wish to pay for storage for the winter please contact your class captain to discuss rack storage and how you will put your boat on the racks. It is YOUR OWN responsibility to ensure your boats are moved.

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Oct 05 2019

Sandhopper Nationals 2019 Part Deux

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We will be running the Sandhopper Nationals on the 19th/20th October and this will also incorporate the Final Fling Trophy. Unfortunately we lost the scheduled event due to high winds so we are looking forward to the re-run and hopeful of fair weather conditions!

If anyone is interested in joining us and taking part (there’s no club racing that weekend) please let me know. I am sure there may be boats available to sail. It will be a great event and as there’s no club racing, we’ll be able to hold it directly off the clubhouse so spectators will have a better view.

We are looking for volunteers to run the ribs. If you are free please let me know, my number is in the sailing programme.


Sandhopper Class Captain

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Sep 13 2019

Ladies Race and Barts Bash SI’s

please see attached for the long version, however if you don’t want to read that,

Saturday 14th September
short version – ladies race + club racing, first race 11:30 mass start from committee boat, course upwind downwind with a spreader mark using special marks (orange inflatables). this will also count towards club points
Saturday Autumn 2nd Race ASAP after ladies race usual club racing, fleet starts, courses on the committee boat front and back.

Sunday 15th September – Barts Bash – First race
Main racing from committee Boat same course as Ladies race on Saturday, mass start 12:30, this will also count towards club points.
juniors – Barts Bash, trapezoid couse inshore start from one of the cadet safety boats (polly, SS9 or maybe a rowing boat(?))
Sunday Autumn 2nd Race , ASAP after ladies race usual club racing, fleet starts, courses on the committee boat front and back.

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Aug 05 2019

2019 TBYC Endeavour

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TBYC Endeavour Trophy – 2019


Commodore, Steve Hopper suggested that we invite all last year’s class winners to sail in the Sandhopper against our National Champions. Little did he think I’d take him at his word! We did it. And what an event it was.

Poaching the name from the Royal Corinthian’s famous and highly prized Endeavour Trophy, we set about our own. Although after some discussion it was decided that this should be a perpetual trophy, sailed each year but for any class to offer the challenge and defend their honour against the top crews in the club. Next year we could be in Picos, Hurricanes, Lasers; whoever offers up the challenge first.

This inaugural year was ours. The Sandhopper. Eight very special owners offered up their boats to be used in the regatta which was a resounding success. Lots were drawn for who sailed which boat at the cadet week prize giving, with an invite going to the winners of the cadet week to take part. Of course, we had to handicap our National Champions and they gracefully accepted to sail Primo – our class boat kindly sponsored by Primo Insurance. She’s very overweight with old sails, ropes and spars and most of the anti-fouling missing of her hull.

Here’s how the day went…..

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