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    Posted: 13 Sep 10 at 6:10pm
I am considering purchase of a Hunter Impala 28 OOD, but am concerned that the class may be in decline.
I cannot find results for the Impala Championships which were to take place at Abersoch Keel Boat Week 2010, but there appears to have been only one Impala which competed, ... ... and then won IRC 2, beating a Corby 25 and an Archambault A31! Unfortunately those newer boats are outside my budget Cry
I have also seen postings on other sites referring to Impalas left on the hard, rotting away. Is the class now dissapearing? Are all Impalas now better off in retirement, after all the average age must now be 30?
Should I even be considering an Impala, now in 2010?
Any advice would be appreciated,
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We have one at our club which is doing rather well. They seem to be great boats, just not white shiny and fashionable. I think you'll struggle to find Impala class racing though.
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all the impalas i know of sail extremely well under irc, class racing i think is a no go.
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Hi Craiggo & Slop-Idol,
Thanks for your replies & advice. That is as I thought.
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Have a look at the results for Dartmouth Week.  Peanut (an impala) won IRC 4 ahead of three half-tonners, two of which I race against regularly and know are very well sailed.
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without doubt a bandit on IRC
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Give the guys who sail Peanut some credit as I've seen plenty of Impala's sailed less well.
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It's still a bandit but I'll agree it's well sailed. How you get a 28 foot boat to rate below .900 I have no idea!
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Not to mention box stock Impalas 1st & 2nd in IRC 5 at Tarbert this year too. 'Works' Corby 25 that got done over in Abersoch didn't fare well up North either.

Highly recommended, and much cheapness (if yacht racing could ever be considered cheap).
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Having competed in the Abersoch regatta I can tell you the Impala was very well sailed,but the irc number makes it a robber,quite a few sailers left the regatta all looking for impalas ,today its difficult to locate any on the market Ouch
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