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Hamble Warming Pan now includes Enterprises

by Barney Smith on 15 Feb 2012 10-11 March 2012
Hamble Warming Pans © Jonty Sherwill

It’s just under one month to go to the 50th Anniversary Warming Pan event, being hosted by Hamble River Sailing Club on 10th and 11th March 2012.

The event organizers have now confirmed the final line up of classes. The five fleets which will compete include the Merlin Rocket, Fireflys, National 12 & Foxer classes, together with a new addition for 2012, the Enterprise class.

The Merlin Rocket and Firefly classes will be using the Warming Pan as the first event in their respective annual travellers series, the Silver Tiller and Vines Trophies.

There will be two races each day for the Enterprise, Firefly, Merlin and National 12 fleets. The Foxer fleet will compete in four races each day. Racing will start and finish on the HRSC club line, just five minutes sail from the launching area. The event Notice of Race is now available on the HRSC website.

Entry fees have been kept at the same level as last year, just £25 for double-handed crews and £12 for single-handers.

On Saturday evening HRSC will rock to the sound of the 60s. Dinner will be available for competitors and club members with competitors able to purchase dinner tickets on Saturday morning.

More information is available on the Hamble River Sailing Club website.

To commemorate the 50th running of the event, and to highlight the close ties the Warming Pan enjoys with the village of Hamble, up to 50 local companies, residents and sailing enthusiasts are being invited to sponsor the event for £50 each. Money raised will be spent to create commemorative shirts for the event to be presented to the competitors and race management teams. Sponsors will be invited to watch Sunday's racing from the HRSC terrace which enjoys one of the best views anywhere on the river.

HRSC is keen to hear from those involved in running or competing at any previous Warming Pans since the initial event in 1962. Past competitors and organisers will be made very welcome at the Club during the weekend.

Further information for competitors is available from HRSC on or 02380 452070.

Warming Pan history

The first Hamble Warming Pan regatta was held in 1962 when there were just two competing classes, Merlin Rockets and National 12 dinghies. Over the years the invite list expanded until eight classes were invited to attend the 2002 event. Racing is held in the confines of the River Hamble and is run by Hamble River Sailing Club, based near the centre of Hamble village. Warming Pan competitors come from all parts of the country but have always included a strong local contingent from the local riverside villages of Hamble and Warsash.

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