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Helly Hansen Spring Series at Warsash Sailing Club - Preview

by J/Boats 16 Mar 02:34 PDT 17 March - 28 April 2019
J70s on day 5 of the Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series © Andrew Adams / www.closehauledphotography.com

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 17th and runs every Sunday until April 28th.

During the mid-series break, the Warsash SC hosts the Spring Championship that runs over two weekends from April 13-14 to April 27-28. 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 a large IRC contingent of J/teams sailing J/111s, J/112E, J/122, J/88s, J/92, and a J/99.

In the Black Group IRC class are:

  • Five J/109s: Simon Perry's JIRAFFE, Chris Burleigh's JYBE TALKIN, David Richard's JUMPING JELYFISH, and Rob Cotterill's MOJO RISIN';
  • Four J/111s: Paul Griffiths' JAGERBOMB, Chris Jones' JOURNEYMAKER II, Tony Mack's McFLY, and Simon Bamford's KESTREL; and
  • Chaz Ivill's J/112E DAVANTI TYRES and Chris Daniel's J/122 JUNO.
All are familiar boats, all famously fast! That should be an interesting class to watch!

A new Black Group J/Sprit Class includes the following teams:

  • Five J/88s: David & Kirsty Apthorp's J-DREAM, Tim Tolcher's RAGING BULL, Richard Cooper's JONGLEUR, Dirk & Dianne van Beek's SABRIEL JR, and Gavin Howe's TIGRIS; and
  • David Greenhalgh's J/92 J'RONIMO and Adrian Johnson's J/105 FLAWLESS J.

The smaller J's race on the White Group/ Championship course include the J/70s. Dueling for leadership all spring long should be Doug Struth's DSP, Paul Ward's new EAT SLEEP J REPEAT, Graham Clapp's JEEPSTER, Philip Rees' BRYN, Calascione/ Ripard's CALYPSO, Alex James' POLARIS, and the Ian Wilson & Marshall King duo on SOAK RACING from Ireland.

Visit here for more Helly Hansen Spring Series sailing information

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