Please select your home edition
Edition
March to end August 2024 affiliate link

42nd Hamble Winter Series - Week 3

by Trevor Pountain 26 Oct 2023 05:33 PDT 14-15 October 2023

"It was always going to be a difficult day!"

This was the view of RO Kathy Smalley, who was standing in for PRO Peter Bateson this week when, the decision was taken for a one hour postponement for week 3 of the Hamble Winter Series. Despite the arrows on Windycator V2 coming from all directions in the Solent and showing between 0 and 3 knots, the two Race Teams went out to wait for the forecast breeze.

Several wind models predicted something from the south or west to arrive between 1300 and 1400. Kathy took Wetwheels out to 4V, Hamble Yacht Services and waited. At least Hot Rats could enjoy a leisurely Calvados and coffee again.

Ian Bullock, RO for the Hamble One Design Championships, also took his team out on Artemis. Waiting has become Ian's specialist subject this year. On Saturday the team had gone out and waited all day. They did have a go at getting the J111s going, but had to abandon when the Js could not make the first mark. "Little puffs, but nothing consistent yet" observed Jackie Peck. They gave it one more try before abandoning the day and returning home in the early afternoon.

The patience of the Race Teams and indeed those competitors who ventured out eventually paid off. As forecast something began to happen just after 1300. The wind built to 5 knots from the south. The general view was that it would go south westerly and courses were prepared accordingly. Despite the wind flicking through 50 degrees both fleets went into sequence.

The Race Team's WhatsApp group suddenly lit up at 1336:
"Starts under Zulu no OCS" typed Ann Arscott on Wetwheels.
"ODC. J111, J70, RS21 and SB20" reported Wendy Laynton from Artemis at 1339.

In the end everybody had one race, albeit in rather fluky conditions.

In the J111 Class, Journeymaker 11, Chris Jones and Louise Makin took the overall championship despite a fourth place on Sunday. Jitterbug, Kornel Riklin was second and Jagerbomb, Paul Griffiths was third. In the J70 Class, DSP, Doug Struth had a first place to cement his first for the series. Brutus 11, Charles Thompson was second and Little J, Max Clapp third.

For the RS21s this was the fifth weekend of their series, so they were especially happy to get a race in. Dark and Stormy, Liam Williams took the chocolates and the Harken woolly hat. Second was Stormfly, Charles Balmain and third Kiss, Martin Wadhams. The SB20s were also doing just one weekend and 20, Mark Gillet, won the only race, followed by Xcellent, John Pollard and Absolute Carnage, Matt Williams.

In IRC 2, Gavin Howe, brought the Everitt designed Wavetrain home in first place. He was congratulated by Julian Everitt himself on FB, who pointed out that it was 35 years since Wavetrain appeared at the Southampton Boat Show in 1988. Gavin will be hoping for some slightly longer races as he prepares to take Tigris across the Atlantic. Jump 2 it, J99, Kevin Taylor, was second and Triarchy, Arcona 380, Oliver Reynolds was third.

IRC 3 saw three J-Boats at the top. J'ronimo, J92, David Greenhalgh led everyone home to take first place. Clearly any problems with a dirty bottom are now behind him. JAGO, J109, Mike and Susie Yates was second and Mojo risin, J109, Rob Cotterill came third.

Protis, Quarter ton, Team Hamble, led IRC 4 home, despite their normal helm, Ian Southworth having been spotted walking up Hamble Lane eating a Pasty whilst the race was ongoing! Quokka 9, Half ton, James Crew, was second with Banter, Mustang 30 Mk2 home in third.

Commodore Serena Alexander, presented the prizes and promised a special prize for the scariest looking boat in next week's Halloween race. Early front runners, even without costumes, must be Hot Rats, With Alacrity and Protis.

www.hamblewinterseries.com

Related Articles

Skipper Victor Diaz De Leon leads young Americans
Looking to become 2024's 52 Super Series champions True to an initiative launched last year by team owner and 52 SUPER SERIES champion Doug De Vos that aims to provide younger sailors with experience and learning at the highest level of grand prix racing. Posted today at 7:34 pm
IM24CA confirms Melges 24 European Sailing Series
Launching the Melges 24 European Ranking Established in 2013 by the International Melges 24 Class Association, the series aims to identify the top performers in the class and comprises a title championship and various regattas across Europe. Posted today at 5:19 pm
Cup Spy Apr 12: Kiwis splash and sail
Emirates Team New Zealand moved from first splash to first foiling tack in Auckland on Friday Emirates Team New Zealand's new AC75 moved from first splash to first foiling tack in a single day, in Auckland on Friday. Posted today at 12:26 pm
Cap-Martinique sets sail on 14th April
60 boats set to start from La Trinité-sur-Mer The Cap-Martinique is back! Following on from the success of the first edition, in 2022, the transatlantic race for amateurs is returning and entry tickets are already sold out. Posted today at 8:40 am
Pen Duick VI triumphs in McIntyre Ocean Globe Race
Emotional scenes as Marie Tabarly skipper of Pen Duick VI FR crosses the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes Emotional scenes as Marie Tabarly skipper of Pen Duick VI FR crosses the Royal Yacht Squadron finish line at 22:52 UTC, 11th April after 37 challenging days at sea and 6814nm sailed, taking the treasured double - "provisional" first in line honours. Posted today at 6:33 am
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ reveal AC75
Emirates Team New Zealand unexpectedly rolled their new AC75 out of the shed, on Friday Emirates Team New Zealand unexpectedly rolled their new AC75 out of the shed, on Friday, during a break in the gales which have been lashing Auckland. Posted today at 1:56 am
Record-smashing number of entries
For the 100th Bayview Mackinac Race As of today there are 100 days left to Saturday July 20, 2024, the start date of the 100th Bayview Mackinac Race presented by National Fleet Services. Posted on 11 Apr
The team behind the team
US Sailing Team provides what it takes to support Olympic Class athletes through intensive regattas Last week, Palma de Mallorca welcomed over 1,000 athletes to Mediterranean waters for the largest turnout in an Olympic year in the Trofeo Princesa Sofía's 53 year history. Posted on 11 Apr
Worrell 1000 50th Anniversary Race: 30 days to go
2024 marks the 23rd running of the race The countdown timer on the official website for the Worrell 1000 is now down to just 30 days - Twelve teams representing five countries will descend upon the beach adjacent to the Hollywood Beach Marriott in Florida. Posted on 11 Apr
North launches new Horizon foilboard
The new full-carbon board is engineered to get up on foil early and often, with minimal effort When we look to the horizon, it ignites our desire to progress and a thirst to overcome challenges; it awakens the voyager within. Posted on 11 Apr
Selden 2020 - FOOTERETNZ Store 2024 728x90 BOTTOMRS Sailing 2021 - FOOTER