Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Windy Hamble Winter Series Regatta

J/70 sailing on the Solent (Hamble, England)- The first day of the Hamble One Design Championships began with wind in the low 20s, and gusts of up to 30 knots. The Hamble River Sailing Club race committee team headed out to Jonathan Jansen, and after a short AP the wind began to ease to around 16 knots, and the race team delivered a full schedule of four windward-leeward races in short order. The conditions provided spectacular autumn racing for the sportsboat classes, with fast and thrilling downwind surfing conditions. By contrast, the second day produced light winds of about four knots, which slowly built allowing one race for competitors. However, after the first race of the day, the wind died and sadly did not rebuild.

In the J/70 Class, there was a dramatic final flourish. Doug Struth's DSP gained the upper hand in the very last race to finish top J/70 for the regatta. Graham Clapp's JEEPSTER was second, but only on countback from Marshall King's THE JANITOR third. Patrick Liardet's COSMIC scored a bullet to claim fourth on countback, ahead of David McLeman's OFFBEAT.

In the J/80 Class, Mike Lewis' JESTER reeled off three straight bullets to stamp his authority on the class. However, Louise Makin's RYOKO MEKA and Nigel Skudder's HARLEY QUINN took a race win each and ended the regatta tied on points. RYOKO MEKA was second after countback.

J/111 sailing on England's Solent race courseFor the second round of the Hamble Winter Series, sponsored by The Bugle Hamble, there were class wins for Gavin Howe's TIGRIS in the J/88 Class and Annie & Andy Howe's J/97 BLACKJACK II in IRC Three. Matt Harris General Manager of The Bugle, Hamble, was on hand to congratulate the winners with complimentary wine and dinner invitations to the gastro-pub located on the River Hamble. "The Bugle is only 100 metres away from the Hamble River Sailing Club, and many of the members are regular customers, so by supporting the Hamble Winter Series, we are giving a little back to our community."

In IRC Spinlock Autumn Championship, currently lying in first place with a 6-1-2 record is Paul & Marie-Claude Heys’ J/112E Grand Prix DAVANTI TYRES.  A little further down the ladder is Simon Bamford’s J/111 KESTREL with a DNF-4-5 for a total of 18 pts; they are in a three-way tie for 5th place!

In the IRC 2 division, a number of J/109s are registered, but only started racing on October 8th. While they are all sitting in the top six, it was Simon Perry’s JIRAFFE that won on Sunday, followed by another sistership- Tom Chatterton’s RED ARROW in 5th place.

J/109 sailing Solent seriesThe three 30-foot J’s sailing in IRC 3 Class are leading a clean sweep in their division.  Sitting on top is Annie & Andy Howe’s J/97 BLACKJACK II with a 1-3-1 for 5 pts.  Second is Robin Stevenson’s J/92S UPSTART with a 3-2-2 tally for 7 pts.  And, sitting in third is David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’RONIMO with a 2-1-6 record 9 pts.

Finally, in the J/88 class, Avia Willment’s GBR 2688R is leading with a 3-1-2 scoreline for 6 pts.  Tied at 8 pts each are Kirsty & David Apthorp’s J-DREAM and Gavin Howe’s TIGRIS.

Racing organized by the Hamble River Sailing Club continues 7-8 October, with another double helping of exciting racing in the Solent. The Hamble One-Design Championship, supported by Grapefruit Graphics, and The Bugle PH, Hamble, will consist of fast thrilling sportboats racing over two days. Thirty teams have already entered, with room for more! The Second round of the Hamble Winter Series will take place on Sunday October 8th.   Hamble Winter Series follow on Facebook page  Sailing photo credits- Hamo Thornycroft  For more Spinlock Hamble Winter Series sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.