Competitors in Britain's the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series come from far and near. By 7.30am on the morning of the fourth Sunday on 6 April, the phone at Warsash Sailing Club was busy with calls from many skippers reporting atrocious weather conditions from Bristol to London.
15 minutes later the Solent was also enveloped in a freak snow blizzard. The race management team consulted their weather advisor and decided to abandon racing for the day since conditions were not forecast to improve until afternoon. It was time for a late breakfast for those crews who had battled through to the Hamble moorings and marinas.
Warsash Sailing Club has published plans to recover one race for each class in the remaining weeks. White Group classes will each have a third race on Sunday 13 April. Black Group will be split so that IRC1, J/109 and J105 classes will have a second race on 13 April whilst IRC2 has an extra race on 20th April with IRC3 and IRC4 catching up on 27 April.
These arrangements mean that the starting sequence will be altered with some classes starting earlier each week.
Every week the Series sponsor Raymarine supplies bottles of champagne to class winners present in the clubhouse. On the remaining Sundays, this will take place slightly later to accommodate the extra races. The target time will be 1530-1600 and all competitors, whether winners or not, are welcome to enjoy hospitality at Warsash Sailing Club where fast hot food and a fast results service are available.
The Raymarine Warsash Spring Series continues on Sunday 13 March 2008.