Please select your home edition
Edition
Protector 728x90

Panerai British Classic Regatta day 2 - Thrills and spills

by Fiona Brown on 11 Jul 2012
Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge 2012 Class 4 Race start Photo: Panerai/ Guido Cantini / Sea&See . ..
2012 Panerai British Classic Regatta day 2 brought fast-paced action and more than a few thrills and spills. With up to 25 knots blowing from the west-south-west, everyone enjoyed a fantastic day’s racing.

Two races were completed on courses in the Western Solent, the first race of the day, race two in the series, was sponsored by Berthon and also included a special Ladies Race prize for all boats with a lady helm.

For the second year running Mrs Angela Matheson claimed the Ladies Race Trophy aboard Opposition, the former Morning Cloud, which she races with husband Jamie. It’s clear that Angela is equally at home on the helm as her husband and she revelled in this morning’s often challenging conditions. The Ladies Race prize is no token gesture.

Each boat elects whether to race with their regular helm or an alternate lady and no special allowances are made for the ladies who give as good as they get on the course with their result counting in the normal way for the series. Asked for the secret of her success after racing Angela joked that it was 'Stamina'. Going on to explain that the day was, 'Very challenging, great fun and testing but I really enjoyed it. We’ve got great crew who are a wonderfully supportive and we all help each other.' As well as being the fastest lady overall Angela also finished the race second on corrected time in Class 2 behind David Murrin’s 1957 Laurent Giles designed Cetewayo.

This afternoon Jamie helmed Opposition to fourth place, which means that they now sit second in fleet in Class 2. Leading Class 2, despite their fair share of drama, is Cetewayo who won race two and finished second in race three.


After racing David Murrin explained that the Cetewayo team have developed a new piece of sailing kit entitled the 'self dropping spinnaker' which is closely coupled to the 'self replicating spinnaker', after they blew out a spinnaker in race three and ended up retrieving it in three smaller spinnaker shaped pieces. Thanks to a win in race three and a fifth in race two Brian Smullen’s 1969 Cuiliaun, designed and built by McGruer, now lies third.

In the 8 Metre Class Richard Self and Mark De Celles’ 1937 Milne designed Raven leads the fleet despite not taking part in race three. With a pair of wins under her belt they elected not to start race three as the wind conditions were heading toward the limit for safe sailing in the 8s and, following a minor gear failure, they were keen to get ashore to purchase some essential spares before the supplier’s closed. Hanns-Georg Klein’s Anne Sophie, designed by Bjarne Aas and launched in 1937, was one of five 8s that did start race three, but with the wind regularly gusting to 25 knots Erica, If, Luna and Falcon all gradually dropped out and Anne Sophie was the only boat to finish putting her into second in Class, seven points behind Raven. Peter Wilson’s If, another Bjarne Aas design, this time from 1930, is lying third in fleet, one point behind Anne Sophie.

The match racing in the 6 Metres was as fierce as ever as the moderns St Kitts and Georgia and the classics Erica and Sioma went head-to-head in every race. These hugely technical boats are equally at home in both fleet or match racing and whilst the speed difference between the classics and the moderns can be significant on windy days like today, in lighter airs the classics can give the new boats a run for their money. Today St Kitts beat Georgia in both races to take the fleet lead by a single point from Georgia. In the classics Peter Andreae’s Erica beat Sioma in both races giving them third place in class.

It was all the twos for Jonathan & Scilla Dyke’s Cereste, an elegant 1938 Robert Clark design, in Class 3 which they now lead by one point from Andrew King’s 30 Square Metre Gluckauf, winner of race three who was placed third in race two. Race two was won by Vincent De Vrie’s L’Esprit du Morbihan, built in France in 1969 to a Dick Carter Design, who also finished third in race three and now lies third in class, three points behind Gluckauf.

Class 4 is being dominated by David Sheriff’s 1897 Cork Harbour One Design Jap who won both races, one by an impressive lead of almost ten minutes on corrected time! Behind Jap Roddy Steel and Eric Newman aboard double ender Stren, a Spidsgatter 19.5sqm, hold second place by six points from Brian Haugh’s 1958 Alan Buchanan designed Cherete

In the Modern Classics Stephen Jones’ Meteor finished second in race two and won race three to take a four-point lead over nearest competitor Savannah owned by Hugh Morrison who added a first and fifth to their card. Stephen designed Meteor himself and is clearly delighted by her performance this week. Sean McMillan’s lucky number must be three as his Spirit 52 Flight of Ufford finished third in every race and lie third in class, a point behind Savannah.

In the Overall Event Ranking, for which the modern classics are not eligible, David Sheriff’s Jap has a 6.88 point lead over David Murrin’s Cetewayo with Jonathan and Scilla Dyke’s Cereste third, Andrew King’s Gluckauf fourth, Jamie Mattheson’s Opposition fifth and the delightful little Stren of Roddy Steel and Eric Newman sixth.


Tomorrow is Panerai British Classic Week Challenge Day when individual yachts have the right to challenge a larger yacht to a duel. So far ten challenges have been lodged so we look forward to some interesting match race action.

Racing continues until Friday 13th of July and the regatta concludes with a Parade of Sail on Saturday 14 July.


Panerai British Classic Week 2012 website

Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Barz Optics - FloatersBakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Vendée Globe – Didac Costa takes 14th place
The tenacious, driven Costa succeeded with one of the smallest budgets of 29 skippers who started race on November 6th. The tenacious, driven Costa has succeeded with one of the smallest budgets of the 29 skippers who started the race on November 6th.
Posted today at 9:36 am
Vendee Globe - Foresight Natural Energy Day 109 - Ancient Homer
The wind has died. The one proud mainsail drags lazily back and forth across the cabin top. The wind has died. The one proud mainsail drags lazily back and forth across the cabin top. Even the rippling laughter of the wake down the side of the hull has dulled as Foresight Natural Energy lethargically crawls across the dark disk of the horizon. The bright orange jib is the only flash of colour in a quiet world where a dull lead coloured sea lolls under a pewter sky.
Posted today at 4:36 am
CCA welcomes America's fastest non-stop solo circumnavigator
The CCA is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race The Cruising Club of America is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s (Marblehead, Mass.) accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race. Sailing solo for nearly 27,500 miles aboard Great American IV, Wilson finished the planet-rounding competition in just over 107 days, returning to the west coast of France on Tuesday February 21, 2017 after having started there on November 6, 2016.
Posted today at 3:44 am
RORC Caribbean 600 - Rambler 88 takes Monohull Line Honours
George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 22 February 2017 George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 11 hrs 56 mins 17 secs AST taking Monohull Line Honours.
Posted today at 1:14 am
Vendee Globe - Colman progressing in right direction - speaks to BBC
Conrad Colman's pace has not increased substantially in the last 12 hours, his direction has become more direct. Although Kiwi solo sailor Conrad Colman's pace has not increased substantially in the last 12 hours, his direction has become much more direct. After a frustrating passage through an area of light winds, Colman is now heading for a weather system which should allow him to hook in a wind system that will take him to the finish. He spoke to BBC's Radio 4 today:
Posted on 22 Feb
Vendée Globe – Costa to cross Thursday morning for 14th
Progress has remained painfully slow for Kiwi skipper Conrad Colman today as he sails into a wide high pressure ridge Progress has remained painfully slow for Kiwi skipper Conrad Colman today as he sails into a wide high pressure ridge which stands between him and the favourable westerly breezes which should finally allow the jury rigged Foresight Natural Energy to sail more directly towards the French coast and the finish line
Posted on 22 Feb
Sanya awarded Youth Sailing World Championships
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport is pleased to announce that Sanya, China will host the 2017 edition The 2017 selection process opened in November 2016 after the Israeli Sailing Association exercised the right to withdraw from hosting the 2017 edition as a final contract had not been concluded.
Posted on 22 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 – Day 3 – Phaedo3 takes multihull line honours
While the multihull race record was not broken this year Phaedo3 and Maserati had an incredible 600 mile high-speed duel Phaedo3 held on to win the battle of the trimarans, just 12 minutes ahead of Giovanni Soldini's Italian MOD70, Maserati. The high-speed battle saw the lead change hands at least four times during the race.
Posted on 22 Feb
Volvo Ocean Race – Pablo Arrarte joins MAPFRE as watch captain
With just 242 days to go until the start of the 2017-18 edition on October 22, preparations are already well underway. Arrarte, who raced onboard Brunel in 2014-15, will also assume the role of deputy to Olympic gold medallist Xabi Fernández, who was named as skipper on Friday.
Posted on 22 Feb
Maserati Multi70 finishes a close second in RORC Caribbean 600
Soldini and his seven-man crew brought Maserati Multi70 across the finish line off Charlotte Point in Antigua. Soldini and his seven-man international crew brought Maserati Multi70 across the finish line off Charlotte Point in Antigua.
Posted on 22 Feb