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7th Hamble Classics opens for entries

by Jonty Sherwill 31 May 12:32 PDT 10-11 September 2022
Hamble Classics 2021 © Rick Tomlinson / www.rick-tomlinson.com

The 7th Hamble Classics Regatta on 10th-11th September 2022 is now open for entries, co-hosted by Hamble River Sailing Club organising the racing, and the Royal Air Force Yacht Club will be the onshore venue.

With racing for Classic Racers, Cruisers and Dayboats, the International Metre classes, Old Gaffers, Spirit of Tradition Yachts and Classic One-Designs, a unique feature is the Concours d'Elegance Awards in five categories, for Best Yacht, Most Authentic, Best Spirit of Tradition, Best GRP, and new this year, 'Spirit of Racing' to recognise classic yachts modified to remain competitive in the contemporary racing fleet.

Supported by Spinlock, Classic Marine, the Elephant Boatyard, Performance Rigging, OneSails, Blakes & Taylors, the Sandeman Yacht Company and Salcombe Distilling Co., also welcomed this year is Walcon Marine.

The Notice of Race and Yacht Eligibility are available to download with online entry ready for Early-Bird entries at: hambleclassics.co.uk

The Hamble Classics founded in 2016 by Jonty Sherwill and Vicki Weston is designed as a late season celebration of classic yachting to welcome all styles of classic yachts, with racing formats to suit each type. The event was an instant success when first run in 2016 at the Royal Southern Yacht Club and has attracted over 60 entries in most years since. In the inaugural year entries included Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's newly refitted Suhaili.

The Concours d'Elegance outright winner in 2016 was Nick and Liz Harvey's pre-1912 Falmouth Quay Punt Sophie, in 2017 James and Rachel Youngman's 1952 Laurent Giles designed Lutine of Helford, in 2018 Nik Kidd's 1939 John Nicholson designed Xyris Class 30ft Sloop Ampere, in 2019 (hosted by the RAFYC) Richard and Ben Clothier's Ian Howlett designed 6-Metre 'Battlecry' built in Hamble in 1988, in 2020 Daniel and Suzie Anthony's Spirit 46 'Dido', and in 2021 Giovanni Belgrano's 1939 Laurent Giles designed 'Whooper'.

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