About the Streaker
The basic design was by Jack Holt back in 1975, has been developed over the years by the Streaker Class Owners Association to produce a boat that is both very fast and relatively easy to handle. Club racing is well attended and very competitive.
You must agree,they do show the boat with a good turn of speed!
Detailed information about the Streaker can be found by using the Streaker Association link.
If you look closely when you next see our Streaker Class Founding Father and Class Captain, Dave Metcalfe, sailing his Streaker on the Mere.
Starting a Streaker Fleet at Hornsea
By Dave Metcalfe
At Hornsea we always have a club outing to the Dinghy Show at Ally Pally - between half a dozen and about ten of us all go down on the train together and make a day of it. When we get there we split up into loose groups of two or three and keep getting together again during the day, showing off our purchases and splitting up again. I was with fellow Osprey sailor and good mate Steve Clay. We stopped at the Streaker stand, manned at the time by Peter Crooks, whom I'd known for many years as a guest at our prize-giving dinner. We chatted for a while, he gave us some leaflets and we moved on, quite impressed, and interested in what we'd seen.
Steve and I were both experiencing crew problems in our Ospreys at the time and were considering sailing together if neither of us could find a regular crew. Sailing a singlehander, something which had only been allowed at our club two or three years before, seemed to offer an attractive alternative.
That was early March 2003.
In early May that year, just two months later, Steve died whilst sailing his Osprey in our club Osprey open meeting. The club and the Osprey fleet struggled on for the rest of the season. Steve was our club secretary, so his death left a big hole. I found a very good but only semi-regular crew - he was working month on, month off in the Merchant Navy - and during the winter I decided that I didn't want to look for a regular crew for my Osprey, I'd sail it when Richard was available, and when he was at sea I'd sail a singlehander.
But which class of singlehander would suit me? I was 58 at the time, and had no back or knee trouble, and I obviously didn't want to give myself any. I looked on the Internet at several classes. The two favourites where the Streaker and the Solo. The Streaker had several points in its favour - it is slightly underpowered, which I felt would make for comfortable sailing at my age, they had good fleets all around Yorkshire , and they could be bought for quite reasonable prices second-hand. I found 1296 on the Streaker website straight away. It was 19 years old, so a little long in the tooth, but it had won the National Championship twice, it was bang in the middle of my price range, and it was lying at Thirsk, only about 60 miles from me. A week later it was sitting on my front lawn.
A few days later I told the other members of the club committee what I'd bought. Some actually laughed and said that I'd soon want to get rid of the Streaker when I'd had big Ospreys and Swordfish bearing down on me a time or two. I said they'd have to catch me first.
I spent a bit of time over the winter flatting down all the paint and varnish and having hull and decks sprayed with two-pack, and by the beginning of the season I thought it looked fantastic
When I took it down to the Mere lots of people came to look at it, many of whom didn't know what it was. But practically everybody liked the look of it. I went out and won a race in very heavy weather on the first day of the new season, mainly because I was the only boat that stayed upright - but was absolutely full of water, which I didn't like. When I got home I was straight on the 'phone to Eddie Whitehead to see if he'd put me a false floor in - I had some weight to make up anyway as the boat was well under weight for the (1993) standard. - so I thought I might as well bring it up to weight with the false floor. When I got the boat back it did seem to go better, maybe because the false floor had stiffened up the hull considerably.
So I sailed the Streaker when I couldn't get a crew for the Osprey, and won races in both boats. When I sailed my Osprey I tried to get someone else to sail the Streaker. I felt that the secret of getting a fleet together was to give others a go - I was certain they'd enjoy it. Soon another Streaker appeared, and then another and then another.........The class seemed to be taking off. By the end of the following season there were around nine Streakers at Hornsea. and this season we officially adopted the Streaker class as a Hornsea boat. By next season I hope we may be up to thirteen or fourteen boats, by far our strongest fleet.
In April 2006 Hornsea Sailing Club hosted its first Streaker Open and I was amazed and delighted when 30 boats turned out, a record attendance for a Streaker Open I believe. I hope you all come again in 2007, and bring a few mates with you. Why not reach 40 or even 50 this time? The water's certainly big enough and Hornsea have been given the honour of holding the Streaker Northern Championships in only it's second season as a recognised Streaker club so there's an even better reason to pay us a visit.
Now, how do I get all those Streaker sailors to join the Association?
Club and national association class contacts:
HSC Streaker class captain
National Class Association Secretary:
6 Brook Road
Tel: 01384 374495
Streaker Association: www.streaker-class.org.uk
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