Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - GR

Firestorm wins J109 at Raymarine Spring Series

by Kirsty Apthorp on 22 Apr 2008
Sunday 20 April saw race 5 of the 2008 Raymarine Warsash Spring Series. With light winds, sunshine and a relatively slack tide at the time of starting, a course was set to take the fleet of 17 J/109s around Bramble Bank and then away from IRC2 towards the East.

Surprisingly the top boats of the series, Zelda (Michael Ewart-Smith), Shiva (Matt Boyle) and Jahmali (Mike Wallis) were caught out by the conditions and were all OCS, with only Jahmali returning to restart.

Zelda and Shiva scored OCS and frustratingly only found out when they arrived to enjoy the hospitality of Warsash Sailing Club. The first leg was a beat to RYA Yachtmaster in 9knots of breeze which saw Firestorm (Jon Perry) take an early lead from the remainder of the fleet.

A slick spinnaker hoist from Jahmali gave them the advantage over J-Dream (David & Kirsty Apthorp). Just So (David McGough) was unfortunate with the timing at the gybe mark, East Knoll, and rounded the leeward mark, Prince Consort on the outside of the fleet losing the distance which they had gained on the run.

By the time of the second beat, the tide was slack in the channel north of Ryde Bank and J-Dream and Red Arrow (RAFSA) took this advantage enabling them to close the distance to the Firestorm who was leading from Jahmali. A spinnaker run back to Norris was misjudged by many in the increasing tide which again gave Red Arrow and J-Dream the opportunity to close the distance on Jahmali who had by now passed Firestorm.

The beat from Norris to Mackley Construction saw many changes of places with Designstar 2 (Roger Phillips) and Newton’s Wonder (Simon Boadle) coming out better than the majority of the fleet. Meanwhile Jahmali and Firestorm continued to trade places on the final beat to the finish at Burges Salmon with Firestorm crossing the line 1 second ahead.

The remainder of the fleet had seen Just So, Designstar 2, and Joyride (Michael Jones) tack to the mainland shore where they benefited from the wind shift, finishing 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.

The final race of the series takes place on Sunday 27 April and there is still room to change places on the podium, whilst fourth to ninth is only separated by seven points.

An excellent course which enabled the J/109s to enjoy close tactical racing, for which it is famous was complimented by a very pleasant afternoon in the sunshine at Warsash Sailing Club.

J109 - Leading Positions
1st Firestorm – Jon Perry
2nd Jahmali - Mike Wallis
3rd Just So – David McGough
Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82North Technology - Southern SparsAncasta Ker 33 660x82

Related Articles

RORC Caribbean 600 coming of age
RORC Caribbean 600 - Day 4: The RORC Caribbean 600 has been a special event for all of the competitors. RORC Caribbean 600 - Day 4: The RORC Caribbean 600 has been a special event for all of the competitors. Last night the closest battle in any class was decided and the two remaining yachts racing showed great fighting spirit. This provided a fitting finale to racing in the beautiful, but sometimes brutal waters of the central Caribbean.
Posted on 26 Feb 2011
Rolex Middle Sea warm up Race
2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race - 23 yachts took part in a 15 nautical-mile warm-up race. 2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race - 23 yachts took part in a 15 nautical-mile warm-up race. For a variety of reasons, not least of them the weather, this short race proved a good shakedown ahead of the main-event.
Posted on 15 Oct 2009
Spain's Calima - Javier Pujol winner of the Giraglia Race
Javier Pujol, owner/skipper of the Sparkman & Stephens-designed 43-foot Calima (ESP) confirmed as winner of the Giraglia Javier Pujol, owner/skipper of the Sparkman & Stephens-designed 43-foot Calima (ESP), was confirmed as winner of the Giraglia Race today at the prizegiving ceremony for the 57th edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup, held at the Yacht Club Italiano in Genoa. Alegre (GBR) won the elapsed time Rolex trophy
Posted on 21 Jun 2009
JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
Britain’s favourite yacht race - Saturday 20 June 2009: Cowes, Isle of Wight The JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, takes place on Saturday 20 June with a total entry of 1,779 boats this year. True to the ethos of the event, competitors come from all walks of life. Professional and Olympic sailors line up with family cruisers, sportsboats, classic yachts and one designs
Posted on 19 Jun 2009
Portimao Global Ocean Race leaders face confusing conditions
Michel Kleinjans on Roaring Forty crossed the Portimão Global Ocean Race Leg 5 Scoring Gate south-east of Newfoundland Portimao Global Ocean Race - Michel Kleinjans on Roaring Forty crossed the Portimão Global Ocean Race Leg 5 Scoring Gate south-east of Newfoundland. Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz are currently 120 miles north of Flores in the Azores Archipelago and in the 0620 UTC position poll on Monday morning (15/06), their red Class 40 Desafio Cabo de Hornos is 71 miles ahead of second placed Beluga Racer.
Posted on 15 Jun 2009
Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2009
Racing is scheduled to start tomorrow, Wednesday 10th June at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2009. Racing is scheduled to start tomorrow, Wednesday 10 June at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2009. Both modern and classic designs are present with Andrea Recordati’s Wally 101, launched less than one month ago, lining up against the Royal Huisman-built Meteor, a reproduction gaff rigged Gloucester Schooner launched in 2007
Posted on 10 Jun 2009
La Promesse closing in on Newport - OSTAR 2009
Katie Miller's EPIRBS activated - The OSTAR Race Office is set up in Newport The OSTAR Race Office is set up in Newport. On the 16:00 report La Promesse had only 657 miles to go and looks to have a lead of some 200 miles over JBellino based on her 0800 tracker report. At 06:00 EST today 7 June the Race Office in Newport was alerted by Katie Miller’s father that one of her EPIRBS had been activated
Posted on 8 Jun 2009
Admiral's Cup - Could it be sailed around the World?
Geelong Week, is preparing to expand its horizons with plans for an international IRC event Australia’s largest sailing regatta, Geelong Week, is preparing to expand its horizons with plans for an international IRC event. Today the Chairman of Geelong Week Andrew Neilson announced the Geelong Week dates for 2010 and explained the earlier than expected parting with the long term title sponsor Skandia, who had contracted to their title sponsorship until 2011
Posted on 5 Jun 2009
OSTAR - King of Shaves losses all instruments
Very difficult morning on the water for King of Shaves. I am sorry to report that at 08:30 we lost all our instruments A very difficult morning on the water for 'King of Shaves'. I am sorry to report that at 08:30 we lost all our instruments and for 30 minutes we were struggling to go anywhere at all. I used the wheel lock and tried to balance the sails so that we could sail on but it was at reduced speed
Posted on 5 Jun 2009
Spanish sailor's accidental adventure - more photos to believe or not
This sailor was caught trying to return to the harbour in Zumaia, in the Basque country of northern Spain. If you thought that the Southport skipper had a difficult time trying to cross the Southport bar last week, spare a thought for the Spanish sailor who was caught trying to return to the harbour in Zumaia, in the Basque country of northern Spain
Posted on 4 Jun 2009