Sunday, March 18, 2018

Warsash Spring Series Preview

J/112E sailing Solent series(Warsash, United Kingdom)- The Warsash Sailing Club is about to undertake its annual rite of spring- two events that run from mid-March to the end of April.  The first is the Helly Hansen Spring Series that starts March 18th and runs every Sunday until April 29th.  During the mid-series break, the Warsash SC hosts the Crewsaver Spring Championship that runs over two weekends from April 21-22 to April 28-29.  It is a hugely popular event for J/sailors to get themselves tuned-up for the major summertime events on the Solent and for the RORC Offshore events that run all summer.

The larger J’s are sailing on the Black Group/ Championship course; that includes one-design classes of J/88s and J/109s and a large IRC contingent of J/teams sailing J/111s, J/112E, J/122, J/92, and J/97s.

In the J/88 class, there are four very competitive teams aiming to get a good start on the season.  Those teams include David & Kirsty Apthorp’s J-DREAM, Tim Tolcher’s RAGING BULL, Dirk van Beek’s SABRIEL JR, and Gavin Howe’s TIGRIS.

The half-dozen J/109s will be contending with top crews like Simon Perry’s JIRAFFE, Chris Burleigh’s JYBE TALKIN, and Rob Cotterill’s MOJO RISIN’.
J/111 sailing Warsash seriesFive J/crews that have won events, one way or another, on the Solent, will fill the IRC 1 Class.  So, no secrets amongst this bunch of mercenaries the know the vagaries of the capricious Solent waters and winds quite well.  The three J/111s are Paul Griffiths’ JAGERBOMB, Chris Jones’ JOURNEYMAKER II, and Simon Bamford’s KESTREL.  Joining them are Chaz Ivill’s J/112E DAVANTI TYRES and Chris Daniel’s J/122 JUNO.  All familiar boats, all famously fast!  Should be an interesting class to watch.

Similarly, in IRC 2 Class are the 30 footers. Past multi-Spring Series winner, David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’RONIMO will be battling with two J/97s for class honors- Helen Hofmann’s JASLAN and the Hunt family (Rachel, David, Robert) on JUMBLESAIL 2.

The smaller J’s race on the White Group/ Championship course; including J/70s and J/80s.  The 70s have a nice turnout with ten boats.  Amongst the leaderboard should be Simon Cavey’s JUST4PLAY, Doug Struth’s DSP, Paul Ward’s new EAT SLEEP J REPEAT, David Mcleman’s OFFBEAT and Jon Powell’s PEGGY.  The J/80s may end up match racing for their class win between Terry O’Neill’s AQUA-J and Mike Lewis’ JESTER.  For more Helly Hansen Spring Series sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.