Please select your home edition
SW newsletters (top)

Hayling Island Sailing Club Whitsun Regatta, sponsored by GJW Direct - Day 1

by Nikki Eaves 25 May 13:07 PDT 18-19 May 2019

Well the sun came out and shone and the wind blew on the record entry of 205 boats at the HISC Whitsun Regatta, sponsored by GJW Direct. There were 5 race courses and 60+ volunteers on the water supported by an expert team from Search and Rescue Charity Serve On. It was a "Splendid day's sailing, enjoyed by all" said Greg Lamb, Race Officer for Bravo Course.

Joint overnight leaders in the RS700 fleet are Theo Galyer and Dan Vincent, with Ian Nolan hot on their heels. National Champion Tom Morris sailing with Elliott Wells, and Luke and Emma McEwen are joint overnight leaders with newlyweds Frances and Tom Partington hot foot back from their honeymoon in third. Leading contenders for the "Hayling Hull" in the International 14 fleet are Neale Jones and Ed Fitzgerald with two first places chased hard by World Champion Andrew Partington, sailing with James Hughes in 2nd.

PRO Tim Hancock and RO for the Tasar Nationals, 29ers and Fast Handicap said "Nice sunny day in Hayling Bay. Started with 10-11 knots and veering 30 degrees west during the day. Great day's sailing, close racing." The National 18s are dominating the Fast Handicap fleet with Ollie Houseman & Jeremy Vines leading Jessica & Hugo Berney sailing with Stephen Peritti from Blackwater SC in Essex, with Mark Goodchild in his International Canoe in third place. Carboteck boys Henry Jameson and Louis Johnson are dominating the 29er fleet with two 1st places.

Paul & Bronwyn Ridgeway from Leigh and Lowton SC have shown the Tasar Fleet the way to go with three first places on Day 1 of the Tasar National Championship. Very consistent in 2nd place, are Willem & Luna Schutte from the Netherlands with three 2nd places. Local HISC sailor Judith Massey sailing with Sophie Mackley are in 3rd place overnight. With two days to go anything could yet happen.

David Nicholls - Echo Course RO "Keelboats enjoyed champagne sailing. It was a battle of the top sailors in both fleets with very close racing." Overnight leader is RS Elite - The Doctor, Pete Copsey, Mark Nicholson and Trevor Sylvester with 1st in race one and a third in race two. Close behind is Riff Raff - Russell Peters, sailing with wife and son, Vicky and Freddie - with Colin Smith in Shaken Not Stirred (Paul Smith, Anna Wells) third overall. With 2 points separating first and fourth everything is to play for tomorrow. Some spectacular racing in the Flying Fifteen "Bulwark Trophy" sees Andy McKee and Richard Jones as overnight leader, closely followed by Hamish Mackay & Andrew Lawson in second and Richard Lovering & Matt Alvarado in third.

The RS200, Solo and Slow Handicap RO Damon Roberts "Perfect sailing conditions with the fleets having good sailing, the RS200 were a little over anxious to start with." Leading the RS200 fleet are Matt Mee and Emma Norris from Burghfield SC with two 1st places followed by HISC local brother and sister pairing Tom & Charlie Darling, with husband and wife team Tom and Jo Hewitson in third. The Solo fleet saw Stuart Godwin win both races with Nick Rawlings and Richie Bailey battling for second and third. Dominic Hall in his Laser is winning the Slow Handicap, with Jason Hardman (RS Aero 7) in second and Paul Childs sailing an OK in third.

Guy Lewington was overheard during happy hour sponsored by GJW Direct as saying "I've enjoyed dinghy sailing for the first time in 20 years."

Not to be outdone by the adults, the Youth Fleet sees the RS Teras led by Oliver Thompson with three firsts, followed by Max Sydenham with three 2nds. Benjamin Ripley is close behind in third place. Ben Stokes and Alex Baker have been enjoying some match racing in the RS Tera Pro Fleet with Ben coming out on top overnight.

After three races Ben Tuttle & Will Balch have a comfortable lead over Mark Jenkins-Jauma and Freddie Covell. Ben's younger sister Esther sailing with Maya Bergmann-Smith are working hard in third place. Anna Elms is leading the 5 boat Optimist Fleet with Ned Coles from Emsworth Slipper SC in second place.

Happy hour got under way with the Smiley Face starting flag flying at 4.15. Dinner will be served from 7pm and we are expecting live music from Wonderboy to take the roof off and ensure all competitors party into the night, ready for what Day 2 brings at the GJW Direct HISC Whitsun Regatta.

All results at

Related Articles

Harken 29er Grand Prix at Hayling Island
Sea breeze, blue skies and some sizeable waves Day one dawned with a distinct lack of wind and an AP over 1 delayed the start till the early afternoon. But by the time the fleet hit the race course, a champagne sea breeze of 12-17 kts and blue skies had kicked in bringing with it some sizeable waves. Posted on 11 Jul
Rooster RS200 Summer Regatta at Hayling Island
Gate start practice handled better by newcomers than ex-champions A good fleet of 41 boats and 81 sailors arrived at Hayling Island SC for the Rooster RS200 Summer Regatta GP on Saturday morning to sunshine and a light easterly breeze which built to a steady force 2-3 in time for racing. Posted on 25 Jun
Noble Marine WASZP Stadium Event at Hayling Island
Class experimenting with some alternative race formats Hayling Island was the location for the Noble Marine WASZP Stadium Event. The WASZP have been experimenting with some alternative race formats as well as the GP style racing and this was to be a sprint and slalom event with shorter more intense racing. Posted on 24 Jun
Chichester Harbour Race Week preview
Here's why it should be on your bucket list... Have you ever done CHRW (a.k.a. Fed Week) before? If the answer is "yes" then then it is most likely you have done it several times because just about anyone who has done "Fed Week" comes back again and again. Posted on 13 Jun
RS800s at the Hayling Island SC Whitsun Regatta
21 boats for Rooster National Tour Round 3 21 boats were present for the third instalment of the Rooster RS800 National Tour – the joint biggest entry to date. Posted on 5 Jun
Women on Water revitalise club sailing
A fresh and confident breeze blowing through women's sailing in the UK today There is a fresh and confident breeze blowing through women's sailing in the UK today, a real can-do attitude is in charge and it is changing the dynamic of sailing clubs up and down the country. Posted on 29 May
International 14 Hayling Hull
Held during the HISC Whitsun Regatta This year's Hayling Hull was again part of the HISC Whitsun Regatta and saw a very select entry with every helm having won either the Worlds or prestigious PoW. Posted on 29 May
RS Elites at the Hayling Island Whitsun Regatta
Closely contested racing in Bracklesham Bay The RS Elite class held its first open event of 2019 as part of Hayling Island Sailing Club's hugely successful Whitsun Regatta, sponsored by GJW Direct and held over Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of May. Posted on 27 May
Hayling Island SC Whitsun Regatta overall
Another 200 boats out on the water Not quite the sunny start we had yesterday but judging by a few "red" people in the boat park it was a welcome relief. Another busy day at Hayling Island Sailing Club for the 200 boats sailing in the Whitsun Regatta. Posted on 26 May
Solo Tyler Trophy at Hayling Island
Chichester Gin sponsorship made for a relaxed evening The Tyler trophy open Solo event at Hayling Island Sailing club has a rich heritage, is always hotly contested and boasts a winners list of a who's who in dinghy sailing. Posted on 16 May
MBW newsletters (top)