Two H2s were exhibited at the RYA Dinghy Show which took place on 25-26 February.
TOO HEAVY? TOO LIGHT? TOO OLD?
On Saturday at the RYA Dinghy Show three people came up to me with different questions: Question #1: I weigh 73kg – am I too light for an H2?” Answer: “I will refer you to Ian Dawson’s performance at last year’s H2 nationals: he won the lightweights trophy, the Grand Master’s trophy, the Ulysses trophy (for the oldest competitor) and was second over all (to Nick Craig). Ian weighed 75kg in his sailing gear.” Question #2: “I weigh 110kg – am I too heavy for an H2?” Answer: “I will refer you to Richard le Mare. Richard was second in the 2021 H2 Nationals (to Nick Craig) and is the current H2 Inland Champion. He is heavier than you.” Question #3: “I am 70 years old – am I too old for an H2?” Answer: “Please refer to answer #1. Ian Dawson celebrated his 70th birthday a week after the 2022 Nationals.”
MTag Composites have produced their first Hadron H2. They will shortly accelerate production in order to clear our order backlog.
It is planned to exhibit this H2 at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show, Farnborough, on 24 and 25 February. See us on the Hadron H2 Class Association stand C20. A second H2 will be displayed on the Selden Masts stand J32.
HADRON DINGHIES are proud to announce that we have entered into an agreement with MTag Composites for the moulding of H2 hulls. http://www.mtagcomposites.co.uk
MTag has an excellent record of manufacturing all kinds of mouldings, including some very well known racing dinghies. MTag will manufacture the complete H2 hull – i.e. 3 mouldings, bonded and finished. Simon Hipkin at Hadron Dinghies will continue to fit out the boats and will offer layout and finishing customisations as at present. A full range of colour choices will remain available.
Simon will be collaborating with MTag over the next few weeks to produce new moulds, which will be created from the existing tooling. The moulding process will be supervised by Simon and he will ensure that all quality criteria are met. Simon will then fit out and customise the boat to your specification. This upgrade to our manufacturing capacity will enable a trebling of output. Thus we can now offer a new H2 for Spring 2023 if you order NOW.
The Show is taking place on 26-27 February at the Farnborough Exhibition Centre.
Class Chairman Dave Barker’s H2 will be the principal exhibit on the HH2CA stand. Dave created his own artwork on the hull of his new boat. Come and meet Dave and other H2 Class association members on stand D61. See you there!
The 2021 H2 Championships took place at Herne Bay Sailing Club (North Kent coast) over the weekend of 3-5 September. It was a very successful event, with 22 boats competing – the largest H2 fleet to date.
UPDATE, 19 July 2021: All build slots until September 2022 are now booked but we are increasing resources in order to shorten the unit build time. Therefore please book your place in the queue and we will hope to bring existing orders forward. No deposit is required initially.
The Hadron H2 Class Association’s YouTube Channel proved very popular with visitors, with a thousand views of the videos.
Yachting journalist David ‘Dougal’ Henshall gave the last talk of the Show on the main stage on Sunday afternoon. His subject was ‘Seven Dinghies for Seven Decades’. The H2 was shortlisted with two other singlehanders for ‘Dinghy of the 2010s’ but lost out to a very popular product from the world’s largest dinghy manufacturer. However, when asked the question from the (virtual) floor “What is your personal favourite of all the dinghies you have mentioned”, Dougal chose the H2. This reflects his involvement with the early stages of the design development of the H2 and his weeks long trialling of the prototype before writing a Boat Test report for Yachts and Yachting in 2017.