Thursday, December 10, 2015

J/Teams Victorious In Hamble Winter Series

J/88s sailing Hamble Winter Series- Solent, EnglandFull Gale Force 4 Cancels Regatta Finale
(Hamble, England)- The final weekend saw that ‘ole-man winter not only made a bold appearance again, it brought a particularly nasty, cold, winter gale!  Needless to say, it didn’t take rocket science for the Hamble Sailing Club PRO to announce the cancellation of races for the final weekend in view of the rather mind-numbing forecast from the UK MET Office.

Therefore, the series standings for each fleet from the previous weekend became the final standings for the 2015 Garmin Hamble Winter Series.  In IRC 2, Paul Ward's EAT SLEEP J REPEAT took 3rd overall for the series with Richard Cooper’s JONGLEUR in 5th place and Gavin Howe’s TIGRIS in 7th position.

Three J/Teams swept the IRC 0 Division.  Cornel Riklin’s J/111 JITTERBUG handily won with 7 straight 1sts as counters! Louise Makin’s J/111 JOURNEYMAKER II took the silver and Chris Daniel’s J/122 JUNO took the bronze to round out the podium.

The J/Crews in IRC 3 Division nearly pulled off a similar sweep. Annie Kelly & Andy Howe’s J/97 BLACKJACK II won with 8 pts net, followed by Robin Stevenson’s J/92S UPSTART with 12 pts net. Taking fourth position was David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’RONIMO, just one point out of third with 30 pts net.

The J/109 Class saw great competition overall.  However, it was Simon Perry’s crew on JIRAFFE that ultimately ran the table with six bullets to win the class by six points.  The next two boats were locked in a duel to the finish, with Roger Phillips’ DESIGNSTAR taking 2nd with 14 pts and Joe Henry’s JOLLY JACK TAR in 3rd with 15 pts.  Sailing photo credits- Paul Wyeth/  For more Garmin Hamble Winter Series sailing information