A fleet of nine keen Vortex sailors, from as far as London and Glasgow, arrived on Saturday at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club to a mirror-like reservoir. Not the usual for Grimwith! We democratically elected to pass on racing and watched the Blazes have a drift race whilst relaxing in the hot tubs hired for the weekend.

The annual curry was accompanied by suitable refreshments and a group even decided to walk around the 4 1/2 mile reservoir to work it off.

Sunday morning arrived with a good force 2, and the first of the 4 races saw Neil (I only sail once a year) Spink sailing into the lead not to be challenged.  Jonathan Lister (I only sail twice a year) came in second with Angus Winchester following close.

The wind increased and we had a force 3 (fabulous trapeezing conditions) for the next 3 races.

The second race showed that Jonathan Lister was back to last years form, with Phil Whitehead forgetting how to sail and tripping over his spinnaker sheets, by taking a win from Phil. Neil was third with John Turley (I've just bought this boat) third.

Phil Whitehead realising he had just bought a new sail (a rare event) decided he had better put it to good use and romped away in a freshening breeze. Mick Collins was also on great form showing good speed coming a creditable second.

The last race was won by Mick Collins (my first open race win!) with Phil coming second, followed by Neil Spink. Racing was very close all day having 4 different race winners.

So Phil Whitehead was the Northern Champion, who put it down the new sail! Many thanks to Mike Saul for the 2 days race officering with great turn around with the Blaze fleet... and supplying the new sail!

The fleet moves to Rutland for the Nationals on 26-27 October.

Overall Results:

1st Phil Whitehead (Yorkshire Dales SC) 5pts
2nd Jonathan Lister (Yorkshire Dales SC) 7pts
3rd Neil Spink (Yorkshire Dales SC) 7pts
4th Mick Collins (Yorkshire Dales SC) 8pts
5th John Turley (Yorkshire Dales SC) 12pts
6th Angus Winchester (Castle Semple SC) 14pts
7th Jonathan Carter (Rickmansworth SC) 17pts
8th Steve Cochrane (Castle Semple SC) 23pts
9th Ed Corteen (Pennine SC) 24pts


Vortex Scottish Championships 2019 May 18th /19th 

Four boats, with Jonathan Carter again making the long journey from London, arrived in Largs for the fourth year in succession for the first of the 2019 Vortex meetings. Late call offs for various reasons halved the expected attendance.

Three of the competitors enjoyed a late afternoon sail on Friday in moderate easterly wind conditions which proved to be the strongest breeze of the weekend.

Saturday brought generally light non-trapezing conditions from the north, elevated breeze in race three however provided some stop/start trapezing conditions. Four races were completed and all were taken by Jonathan, some by a good margin. Rounding the windward mark required care in the ebb tide and one rounding when the wind died resulted in two boats taking several tacks to round together with several Musto’s, putting them some way behind.

Sunday started with no wind, but with the promise of a forecast westerly light breeze. Racing was postponed for an hour, then light zephyrs began to show themselves and eventually filled in to a steady force 1-2 from the south.

Closer racing resulted in Jonathan failing to be first at the windward mark on several occasions, however superior down wind speed resulted in him taking all races at the finish. Falling wind resulted in the fleet being sent to shore after race seven due to start time limits. Congratulations to Jonathon Carter 2019 Scottish Champion with seven bullets, taking the title from the absent Phil Whitehead, champion the previous three years.

Thanks to all at Largs SC for achieving seven races in the variable conditions and the Saturday evening clubhouse curry and complimentary shot of whiskey.

The next meeting will be at Yorkshire Dales SC – 13th / 14th July.
















Rickmansworth SC

Jonathan Carter











Castle Semple SC

Angus Winchester











Annandale SC

Alec Glendinning











Pennine SC

Edwyn Corteen












 In the members section there is a new article showing several Photos of the Vortex's rigging.

It shows their  routing and all of the sheets and lines. 


Also in the members section there are articles on Rigging and boat maintenance, plus tips and advice on sailing the Vortex.

You will need to log in to access these. 


2020 Vortex  Open meetings


 This year we will not be holding a meeting at Largs due to the Dzero's holding their National competition at this venue on the dates we would normaly have our open.


Due to Coronavirus restrictions the meeting in July at Yorkshire dales SC has been cancelled, but we may be able to re-arrange and hold a meeting at YDSC later in the year.


In October we will hold our inland championship at Rutland as part of the Rutland Asymetric weekend meeting.  Coronavirus restrictions may prevent this meeting from being held. 




Don't be put off by the grand title of this event. If you are a novice in Vortexes you will still enjoy the sailing in the company of other Vortex sailors.  You will probably pick up tips and techniques on how to get the best out of your boat. 

Racing will start after 12 noon on Saturday with 3 races back to back. It might run to 4 races depending on weather forcast  for Sunday.  Sunday racing will start after 10:00 am 



Report on the 2019 Nationals at Rutland 



 The Vortex fleet of seven (the weather had put one or two off) joined the other asymmetric fleets on a very cold and blustery weekend at Rutland.

Phil Whitehead blasted off the line and was not to be caught with Jonathan Carter second and John Turley third. The second race was a repeat affair with Phil winning from Jonathan Carter with Steve Cochrane coming a creditable third. By now most were feeling the cold between the races.

The third race saw Phil (having missed the briefing) misunderstand the new course and decided to put in a further loop whilst in the lead. Unfortunately Alex Glendinning followed him, and Jonathan (who attended the briefing) went on to win with some confusing results.

The fleet retired for a well-earned rest in the Wheatsheaf for the AGM, meal and pint. We were joined by Chris Tillbrook an ex-Vortex sailor who was now sailing in a 49er.

Sunday brought sunshine but a brisk force 4 to 5. Too much for some. The first race saw Alec pipping Jonathan on the line followed by Phil who had started to have spinnaker problems. Meanwhile Mike Collins had broken his tiller extension so had to retire with John.

The second race saw Jonathan taking Phil as now his spinnaker halyard has stripped, but managed to fend off Alec and Angus Winchester.

Only four boats were left in the last race of the day, Phil now with no spinnaker. Jonathan led all the way round to become this year's winner, Phil was second and Alec third overall.

An very enjoyable weekend catch-up for the fleet with trying weather and boat issues for some.

 Overall Results:


Pos Sail No Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1st 2014 Jonathan Carter Rickmansworth SC ‑2 2 2 2 1 1 8
2nd 1218 Phil Whitehead Yorkshire Dales Sailing C 1 1 ‑5 3 2 4 11
3rd 1175 Alec Glendinning Annandale SC (DNC) 4 6 1 3 2 16
4th 1181 Angus Winchester Castle Sample SC 5 5 (DNC) 4 4 3 21
5th 1084 Steve Cochrane Castle Semple SC 6 3 1 (DNC) DNC DNC 28
6th 1117 Mick Collins Yorkshire  Dales SC 4 6 3 (DNC) DNC DNC 31
7th 1046 John Turley Yorkshire Dales Sailing C 3 (DNC) 4 DNC DNC DNC 34
8th 2016 Ed Corteen Pennine S.C. (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 45


 The New Carbon fibre rigged Vortex   and the standard Alloy rig Vortex. 

New Vortex's with carbon masts , spars, and Foils.   The original Vortex with Ally mast, boom and foils


New Vortex boats are now available. From MSDS (Mike Saul Dinghy Supplies); the sole supplier and distributor of the new boats.


For Excitment and that adrenaline rush which comes with speed, you should try Vortex sailing. 

Single handed sailing with an asymetric spinaker makes the Vortex a challenge to your fitness, sailing Skill, agility and boat control.  The Vortex will suit people from 60KG  to 95Kg.  That's quite a range of people.


The latest Vortex dinghies complete with lauch trolley, road  combie trailer, top cover and asymetric spinaker and mainsail; plus all fittings. Retail at around £11,000  Inclusive of VAT.


Whites Formula boat builders can make new Vortex dinghies to order, contact:-    MSDS (Mike Saul Dinghy Supplies); the sole supplier and distributor of the new boats.


The photos below show a new Vortex sailing with spinaker and the second photo shows the new hull  with supports for the kick bar being constructed at Whites Formula boat builders.







Joining The Vortex Class association

Joining the class association entitles you to a wide range of benefits including discount on boat insurance; access to the members only section of the website

tuning guide

discounted (or free) entry to training events


top tips from the experts

discount on Asymmetric Kits

..and more!!!!!

There are several ;other good reasons to;join your class association but rather than us ramble on, have a look at the following;article from the Noble Marine website;to see what others say;

Support for your Class Association

"Class Associations are extremely important (both for the individual class and for the sport of dinghy sailing as a whole). An active class association can provide help for new and existing sailors, strong fleets for the racing, discounts on related products and many other benefits.

If nothing else, an active class association will maintain interest in the class and keep second-hand prices buoyant. In essence, your class is there for you. If your association doesn't offer what you want or doesn't appear to provide value for money - Say something or better still get involved.

Noble Marine has for many years provided support to a number of Class Associations. Part of this support is to offer discounted insurance premiums to members of some associations. The discounts can be obtained by following a special link on the respective class web site or by clicking on the relevant logo

Towergate insurance also give discount  to association members. 


To join the Vortex Association please send an email to the class Secretary,Andrew Straton, through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with your details, name, address, phone number, sailing club, vortex boat number. We will then send you details of how to set up a Standing Order for the association (still £20 per annum) and you will be added to the member list once this has been received. Unfortunately we have temporarily disabled the on-line joining option due to due to persistent spam applications but hope to have this resource back up and running soon!




Vortex Inland Championships at Rutland Sailing Club

by Vortex Class Association 26 Sep 16:33 BST 15-16 September 2018


Because of the hurricane forecast a slightly reduced number of vortexes, from Scotland, Yorkshire and London attended the Inland Championships at Rutland SC. As it turned out we had great racing in force 2-4 with blue sky and warm temperatures.

Racing was tight throughout the weekend, but Saturday belonged to Phil Whitehead with two bullets and a second, close to a very quick Alec Glendinning in the last race. Jonathan Carter was always a threat with two seconds and a third in the last race.

The fleet retired to the Wheatsheaf for a welcomed evening meal, subsidised by the class association, when the AGM was conducted between courses.

Sunday's wind built through out the day. The lighter weather suited Jonathan and he pipped Phil for the win of the first race. The increasing wind in the second race suited Phil who won form Angus who was starting to get his mojo back. Mick Collins had always good speed upwind, just needs to get to grips with the tactics, especially near the finish.

Phil eventually realised he had the win secured and following a bout of cramp (its a age thing!) decided to go for an early bath, leaving the last race for Alec to win by a good leg. Angus followed in second place Only one point separated second, third and fourth.

Great race management by the new PRO and team, we never have experienced such quick turnarounds (barely time to eat the chocolate!). Great racing from a great club and very enjoyable weekend.

Overall Results:

Pos Sail No Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1st 1218 Phil Whitehead Yorkshire Dales SC 1 1 2 2 1 (DNC) 7
2nd 2014 Jonathan Carter Rickmansworth SC 2 2 3 1 ‑5 4 12
3rd 1181 Angus Winchester Castle Temple SC 3 3 ‑5 3 2 2 13
4th 1175 Alec Glendinning Alandale SC 4 4 1 ‑5 4 1 14
5th 1117 Mike Collins Yorkshire Dales SC ‑5 5 4 4 3 3 19

Mike Saul has promised an update to this list as it is from the old website but please feel free to contact Mike Saul and he will be able to resolve any issuees regarding spares and replacement parts for a Vortex.


All Vortex spares are now available from Mike Saul / MSDS Most spares available from stock. Main Sails and Spinnakers

Asymmetric spin kit £1,400.00

Top cover £168.00

Undercover £175.00




All associated fittings, including;

Mast heel ( white bit ) £7.50

Mast heel £29.00 ( Metal fitting on base of mast.)

Foil end cap £7.50

Rudder pin £8.50

2.1m carbon tiler extension £110.00

Trapeze wire (inc handle) £11.50

Shroud £12.00

Rudder stock and tiller £125.00

Main halyard £26.00

Aluminium Foil £75.00 (Dagger Board)

Foil end cap £7.50

Replacement trolley cradle £115.00

Spinnaker sock £75.00

Gel Coat repair kits

Ropes and general fittings

Prices correct at time of publication, please contact MSDS to confirm or for further information

Please contact Mike Saul directly

Northern RS agent 48 Hollins Lane Hampsthwaite, Nr Harrogate ,N.Yorks HG3 2EG tel 01423 771821 fax 01423 770109 mob 07811 005160

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New Vortexes and Upgrades available from Mike Saul Dinghy Services

(Prices correct at time of publication, please contact MSDS for confirmation or further information)

For Spare parts and pricing


Standard Vortex £8,235

Fitted out hull, aluminium spars/foils, trolley, mainsail

Asymmetric Vortex £9,635

Fitted out hull, aluminium spars/foils, trolley, mainsail, asymmetric

Carbon Vortex £10,785

Fitted out hull, carbon spars, composite foils, trolley, mainsail, asymmetric

Road trailer ; £588

Top cover ; £170

Under cover ; £175


Want to Upgrade your current Vortex?

MSDS offers upgrade options to turbocharge your Vortex. Only upgrades sold by MSDS are class rules approved and legal for use at Vortex Class Events

Bare hull ; £4,504

Carbon spars ; £1,974

Composite foils (pack of 3) £500



Please contact Mike Saul directly

Northern RS agent 48 Hollins Lane Hampsthwaite Nr Harrogate N.Yorks HG3 2EG tel 01423 771821 fax 01423 770109 mob 07811 005160 email ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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