Please select your home edition
Edition
Clipper Ventures

J/70 UK National Championship at the Royal Yacht Squadron - Overall

by Louay Habib on 9 Jul 7-9 July 2017

Ian Wilson's Soak Racing (RSrnYC) are the 2017 J/70 UK National Champions, after a nerve racking final day of racing in The Solent. Soak Racing: Skipper Ian Wilson, Marshall King, Ben Saxton, Adam Brushett.

Race 8 started in a light southwesterly breeze with a Spring tide running against the air flow. Soak Racing got a bad start, and were at best mid-fleet at the first top mark. Soak Racing gybed early to get into the full strength of the tide, and looked to take advantage of a big wind shift to the south. However, as the wind veered, it weakened and by the time the fleet got to the first bottom mark, it became evident that the race could not be deemed fair, and PRO Simon van der Byl, called for an abandonment of not only the race but an end to the regatta.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet but this is my fifth attempt to win the National Championship, coming fourth, third and runner up twice, so I can't tell you how much it means to me to win this regatta." Smiled Ian Wilson.

"We could have got stressed out this morning, waiting to race, but we stayed together as a team and cracked a few jokes; we looked after each other. Once we got out on the race course, we were in the office, doing what we have trained for. All that effort has paid off. This is a new crew and the dynamics worked immediately. We are great mates and through that we work as a team, we do occasionally snap at each other, but we have agreed that it stays on the boat and goes 30 seconds later. This year's nationals has been ten times harder to win than before, the fleet has improved massively. Look how many top guys have come in from the Olympic and dinghy classes, to beat those guys you know you have had a good regatta."

Soak Racing were the victors by eight points from last year's winners, Calascione & Ripard's Harlequin (RYS). Martin Dent's Jelvis was third and winner of the Mixed Crew fleet. The top Corinthian team was Patrick Liardet's Cosmic (RSrnYC), and Jack Davies' Yeti (RSYC) was the top youth team. Soak Racing were also the Masters Champions.

The Royal Yacht Squadron Race Management team received a tremendous amount of praise from the J/70 fleet, for providing clear communication and excellent courses. For full results visit the Royal Yacht Squadron 2017 J/70 Nationals Regatta Page, www.rys.org.uk/regattas/j70-nationals

If you finished in the top ten at the J70 nationals then enter your Gear Guide information here

Related Articles

U.S. Adult Championship at St. Petersburg
Northeast Sailing Association (Sail Maine) win the title The action was fast and furious on Tampa Bay this week. Twelve teams in J/70s representing their respective Regional Sailing Associations (RSA) enjoyed the speedy and highly entertaining racing format. Posted on 13 Nov
Hamble Winter Series day 6
Testing conditions in the Solent with gusts nearly 30 knots Competitors for Day 6 of the Hamble Winter Series, supported by Force 4 Chandlery, experienced testing conditions in the Solent, with a mean wind speed of 24 knots from the northwest, and gusts close to 30 knots. Posted on 13 Nov
5th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series Act 2
Non-stop racing! There was no down-time during the season's second meeting, with eight races completed in good conditions, enough to satisfy the 150 sailors competing in the fifth edition of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series. Posted on 12 Nov
Hamble Winter Series day 5
Brilliant Winter Sailing Competitors for Day 5 of the Hamble Winter Series enjoyed a fantastic day of racing with the Hamble River Sailing Club, supported by OneSails. Posted on 6 Nov
Hamble Winter Series day 4
Lively day in the Central Solent Following Saturday's visit by Storm Brian and some forecasts predicting high gusts all day, Sunday on the Solent was always going to be lively. Posted on 23 Oct
5th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series Act 1
Russians dominate season kick-off The first Act of the 2017/2018 Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series got off to a cracking start, with winds up to 20-knots for the first two days, allowing the Race Committee to whet the appetites of the 80 sailors on the water with six races. Posted on 22 Oct
Hamble Winter Series day 3
Regular mix joined by the Fast 40+ fleet The third week of the Hamble Winter Series saw the regular mix of IRC yachts joined by the Fast 40+ fleet for the last two races of their 2017 programme. Posted on 20 Oct
Hamble One Design Championships Weekend 1
Sportsboat Autumn Blast The first day of the Hamble One Design Championships began with wind in the low 20s, and gusts of up to 30 knots. Posted on 9 Oct
Elements Race sailing-rally biathlon
J70 sailing mixed with off-road rally car race in Italy The second edition of Elements Race ended on Sunday, 24th of September after 4 challenging days of sailing and off-road navigation in the extraordinary scenarios of the Maddalena archipelago and Gallura inland, in Italy. Posted on 8 Oct
PEYC team blown over by generous support
In the Audi SAILING Champions League final The Port Edgar Yacht Club, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, has proudly supported the only GB team to compete in the final of the European Sailing Champions' League held over 22nd-24th September at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Posted on 2 Oct