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Warsash Spring Championship Enjoy Champagne Sailing

(Warsash, Southampton Water, England- April 9-10)- It was a busy weekend for War
sash Sailing Club when Saturday racing for the Spring Championship was added to
the penultimate gathering of the Spring Series on Sunday. On Saturday the Solent
provided â champagne sailingâ â a sparkling day with a perfect sailing breeze. Sunday
time for patience. The weather forecast for the weekend proved very accurate, p
romising quite different conditions for the two days. Saturday brought a south-e
asterly 10-15 knots blowing in from the Nab Tower direction. Overnight the high
pressure built and Sunday morning saw the same blue skies but with very little w
The Spring Championship got off to an excellent start with testing but ideal con
ditions. Course setting was comparatively easy for the race officers in the stea
dy breeze. The Black Group Spring Championship classes were divided into Big Boa
ts 1 and 2 and J/109s. Race Officers David Greenway and Peter Bateson used laid
marks to adjust the length of the beats and runs for the different classes and e
fficiently completed four races. Peter Knight was overseeing the sportsboat clas
ses for J/80s with a race track set up in the entrance to Southampton Water. Ag
ain the full schedule finished just in time for everyone to be back in the clubh
ouse to watch the Grand National.
In Black Group the tightest competition came in BB2â s second race with Jammy Dodger
(J/133 â Neil Martin) getting third by two seconds. In the J/109s Velvet Elvis and J
/Dream could not be separated with identical score-lines of two wins and two sec
ond places.
In White Group, three boats opened up a small advantage in the J/80 class after
their four races. Patrick Liardet (Aqua-J) led by one point from Dan Brown (Henr
i Lloyd Shockwave) with Tony Hanlonâ s RAF team on Spitfire a further point away.
On Sunday, the television reported that the temperature in Bournemouth was highe
r than in Bermuda!! In the Solent the high pressure system resulted in brilliant
sunshine but virtually no wind. Competitors and race officers had a long wait w
hilst some skippers carried out housekeeping jobs aloft on the rig and others re
ad the Sunday papers. During long postponements like this it is customary for so
me crews to enjoy a swim, but not usually during the Spring Series when the wate
r temperature is 10 degrees Celsius!
It was an agonizing time for the race officers hoping for the breeze to be susta
ined above 5 knots and from a steady direction. The mark laying boats were const
antly being sent off in readiness only to return when the fickle breeze spun rou
nd and back. Just after noon, Black Group PRO David Greenway and his team statio
ned near Universal Marina buoy took the brave decision to get racing underway in
a very localized south-easterly gusting to 6 knots. Classes were combined into
three starts with the time limit extended to two and a half hours. IRC1 were set
a laid windward mark just north of the Ryde Middle Bank followed by a run to Fa
stnet, beat to North East Ryde Middle and three further laid marks finishing nea
r the start.
The first start comprised IRC1 and both â Big Boatâ classes. The ODM end of the line was
favored by many. Two were caught out as OCS but only Neil Kiplingâ s J/122 JOOPSTER f
ailed to return although she is contesting this. On the next start, for IRC2 and
the J/109s, the committee boat end held the most attraction but with such a lar
ge number of boats, the fleet was spread evenly along the line by the gun. Final
ly, at 1250 it was the turn of IRC3 who got clean away. The breeze held whilst t
he boats were beating and, with a weather-going tide, everyone made the top mark
in reasonable time. The bigger boats in the first race made good progress but a
s they started their second beat the wind was already fading and their course wa
s shortened at the end of the next run which enabled everyone to record a valid
For the smaller boats in the second and third starts, life was more difficult. T
he boats were slowing down by the windward mark and progress was painfully slow
on the run which sometimes turned into a shy spinnaker reach to Hamble Yacht Ser
vices where the course was shortened. Two factors were critical. Gaining clean
air was vital with so many boats sailing lower trying to gain an advantage only
to find that the wind shadows from the boats above them extended much further th
an normal and the increased adverse tidal flow held them back. The other element
was to choose the correct time to gybe along the mainland shore. Those that got
it right made significant gains.
For the J/109s, VELVET ELVIS winning scoreline was a 1-2-1-2-2 for 8 pts. Secon
d was David and Kirsty Apthorp's team on J-DREAM starting to hit their stride an
d get a tally of a 2-1-2-1-5 for 11 pts to just lose out on the last race of the
weekend. Lying third was Richard and Valerie Griffith's OUTRAJEOUS with a 3-3-
5-4-3 record for 18 pts.
Amongst the Big Boats, the J/122 JINJA sailed by Ian Matthews managed to get a c
onsistent 2-8-2-3-4 score for 19 points. Short of a regrettable "toss race" wit
h their 8th, they sailed solidly enough to be a winner for the Spring Champs.
The fourteen boat J/80 class saw the Spring Series leader AQUA-J sailed by Patri
ck Liardet continue to show their winning form in the Spring Championship. With
a 2-1-1-4 score for 8 pts they just nipped out Dan Brown's up and coming HENRI
LLOYD SHOCKWAVE team that had a 1-3-2-3 score for 9 pts. Showing renewed vigor
and aggressiveness, the Royal Air Force Team on SPITFIRE led by Tony Hanlon came
out firing on all cylinders, getting a 4-2-3-1 to show strong improvement over
the course of the weekend to get third with 10 pts. Fourth was fall Hamble Wint
er Series champion John Cooper on OI! with a 3-5-4-5 tally for 17 pts and fifth
was Paul Heys and Stew Hawthorn on JUMPIN JENGA with a 6-7-5-2 score line for 2
0 pts. Sailing Photo Credits- Eddie Mays. For more Warsash Spring Series sa
iling results.