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
Sails – These can be left in the boat. There is also a reduced-size mainsail available in the green sail bag on the right of the floor of the central container.
Jib halyard – When the jib has been almost fully hoisted up, the jib halyard wire hoop will emerge from inside the mast. Put the hook, which is part of the orange tensioning system, into this hoop. Now pull the orange control line, located on the centreboard case near the mainsheet block, to put a small bit of tension in the halyard.
Use gentle tension for gentle winds and a bit more if it’s windy.
Racers achieve optimum tension by adjusting it while sailing upwind so that the leeward shroud just goes slack but not floppy. Too much tension makes the boat difficult to sail (fussy jib), too little and pointing will suffer.
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.
Racers will release this for reaches.
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.
Racers will adjust this to match wind strength by aiming to keep the top batten parallel to the boom.
Shrouds – The shroud quadrants (below the side decks) can be left in the middle setting. The shroud levers (above the side decks) can be left closed by beginners.
Racers will open these levers on reaches and runs, letting the mast pivot forward, and then using the orange rope to take up the slack in the jib halyard. Remembering to reverse these steps before the upwind beat.
Tuning Guides – 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 – Albacore Class Association website
Albacore Buyers Guide – Albacore buyers guide.pdf
Now somewhat out of date but still useful for buyers of older boats.