The Albacore is the fastest of the three one-design fleets raced at Maidenhead. We have the second largest Albacore fleet in the country. Our racing calender includes an Albacore class race every Sunday morning and our annual Albacore Open.
It is a comfortable double-hander that is simple to learn but continues to provide plenty of challenge for advanced sailors. At 109kg hull weight, it is a relatively light 15 footer with a fully adjustable rig enabling both light and heavy crews to race head to head.
If you would like a trial sail in an Albacore, talk to James Kearns 079 5743 0758 and we can arrange this. Similarly if you are looking to buy an Albacore, feel free to ask advice on any boat you have found, we'll even help you get started in your new boat if you want advice on rigging it.
Our Club Albacore
This is available for hire to all. It’s an older boat but sails well and provides a good representation of the Albacore sailing experience. You will find it near the race hut, it is the blue one parked closest to the single-hander pontoon.
Unlike most Albacores in our fleet, this one has an uncomplicated setup. Beginners can just leave the two “controls” (outhaul and kicker) on a default setting. More advanced sailors will find these still provide enough finesse for racing mid-fleet.
Club Albacore Rigging Tips
Outhaul – Beginners can leave the outhaul on, pull it to the stop and the cleat will hold it there. It’s the yellow rope hoop where the boom meets the mast.
Kicker – Beginners can just take up the slack, unless the winds are strong when pulling on more kicker will make the boat easier to sail. It’s the blue rope with the cleat at the foot of the mast.
Sails – These can be left in the boat. There is also a reduced-size mainsail available for windy conditions in the green sail bag on the right of the floor of the central container.
Jib tension – Use the “Highfield lever” on the mast just above the deck. When the jib has been hoisted up, the lever hooks on to the jib halyard wire loop and is used to put some tension on the halyard. Use gentle tension for gentle winds and one more notch if it’s really windy.
Shrouds – The shroud quadrants can be left in the middle setting.
Mast chock – If there is almost no wind, you can use the stepped wooden mast chock to bend the mast. This will open the leech and flatten the sail, helping the boat go upwind in drifting conditions. The chock is looped around the base of the mast for safekeeping. Release the shroud quadrants. Release the Highfield lever. Take the chock off and reloop its rope around the mast just above the deck and insert the chock behind the mast. Now pull the shroud quadrants back on, bending the mast against the chock. Retension the Highfield lever
Tuning Guides (link to attached Albacore Guides.pdf)
The various sail makers produce these and there are subtle differences between them. This is a consolidation of some of this information.
Albacore Class Association - This is a link to the British class association website. Link to the Albacore Class Association web site.
Albacore Buyers Guide
Now somewhat out of date but still useful for buyers of older boats. Albacore buyers guide