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45th Hamble Warming Pan at Hamble River Sailing Club Preview

by Barney Smith / HRSC 14 Mar 2007 15:04 GMT 10-11 March 2007

Over 50 dinghies competed in the 45th annual Hamble Warming Pan hosted by Hamble River Sailing Club over the weekend of 10th & 11th March. The event was blessed with amazing weather normally only seen at the height of an English Summer. With bright sunshine and moderate winds prevailing all weekend the competitors enjoyed four superb races up and down the Hamble River.

The 23 strong Firefly Class was won by Mark Tait and Sally Wakefield from Wessex Exiles in Mark’s superbly restored, 59 year old, Firefly ‘Dido’, originally built for the 1948 Olympic Games. Mark and Sally just edged out Ian Sanderson from the Royal Lymington who sailed with Claire Wood (Saturday) and Debs Hill (Sunday).

The Merlin Class, also comprising 23 boats, was keenly fought with Richard Whitworth and Nichola Brook in “Filthy/Gorgeous” taking the Warming Pan title by a single point from Tom Stewart and Chris Downham. Things might have been different if Tom and Chris hadn’t missed the first race on Saturday due to some significant travel errors.

The local Foxer class was convincingly won by John Duff in “Hale Fox”. Despite having the smallest entry this class had some of the keenest racing and provided excellent entertainment as they used some very small courses set adjacent to Hamble Green.

Once again the many volunteers members of HRSC provided excellent race management, plenty of hot food all day, a friendly welcome and following a very hectic week running up to the event some superb new changing rooms. Over the year the club will consider plans for the 46th Warming Pan which will take place on 8/9 March 2008 but rest assured the event is now back on a firm footing and the club looks forward to welcoming an even bigger entry in 12 months times.

Video Footage:

Excellent video footage of Sunday racing is available at

Overall Results:

Firefly Fleet:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelm & CrewR1R2R3R4Pts
1GBR498DidoMark Tait and Sally Wakefield21214
2GBR3841GenesisIan Sanderson and Claire Wood/Debs Hill12336
3GBR1867CumulusSteve Greaves and Sally Wilson454412
4GBR3023Fourwood ThinkingBarney Smith and Alannah Witherby535513
5GBR3919Mrs BrockPeter Cook and Janet Exelby3772317
6GBR3074The SithSimon Spolton and Verity Birch 9462319
7GBR3708AtomicLizzie Edwards and Carina 8982325
8GBR3674FloNigel Wakefield and Emily Sanderson23231226
9GBR1811Tit WillowPeter Slimming and Charlotte McGarry161410832
10GBR2617FelixLucy Boreham and Rachel Crebbin1012121032
11GBR3694Ross EJames Fryatt and Lizzie Shawcroft121613934
12GBR3414MinkeAndy Palmer-Felgate and Liz Sutton66232335
13GBR2507Special BrewAndy Reynolds-Jones and Dave Thompson1413111236
14GBR3711Katie BTom Shawcroft and Tom Gall1311151337
15GBR2594BloodhoundRussell and Emily Peters78232338
16GBR3414MinkeRichard Anderton and crew23239638
17GBR3693IanFiona Jones and Sammy Burns1515161141
18GBR3713ArjosarusSimon Reynolds-Jones and Imogen Warren 1110232344
19GBR3710John MerricksAlex Lomer and Tom Burns1718141445
20GBR3168TBCMike Steele and crews232323753
21GBR3692EricCallum and Kieran Rocks1817232358
22GBR708JohnPelham Olive and crew2323231561
23GBR708JohnAlexandra and Colin Olive1923232365

Merlin Rocket Fleet:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelm & CrewR1R2R3R4Pts
1GBR3670Filthy /GorgeousRichard Whitworth and Nic Brook27215
2GBR3683Little BlueTom Stewart and Chris Downham241146
3GBR3685The Black PearlWilliam Warren and Chris 42327
4GBR3656Wild CardRoger Gilbert and James 535613
5GBR3660djelibeybiWill Rainey and Vicki Tarbet11110314
6GBR3539Gangsta ParadiseDan Alsop and Jennie King3941316
7GBR3652Time and TideDavid Sayce and Graham 7481019
8GBR3684Keyser SozeAndy Davis and Elle Bremner9514721
9GBR3676Hot TottyPat and Jill Blake6139823
10GBR3666Devilled KidneyChris Lewns and Jane 101513528
11GBR3643MoistAlex Jackson and Georgie 13146928
12GBR3653ArtemisJudith Massey & Claire 126171230
13GBR3641Puff the Magic DragonSteve Tyler and Ally 816121636
14GBR3665Still Not OverMatt Biggs and Claire 1110231536
15GBR3592BoadiceaNick Scroggie and Frances 1612111437
16GBR3661Schmoozy BlueGraham and Ben 158161939
17GBR3640Smart TartSimon and Anna 242471142
18GBR3580ChambullsMark Fuller and Chris1417151846
19GBR3483Cloud 9Mark Emmett and Gaby 1724191753
20GBR3400DangerbatJames and Helen 1818182054
21GBR3657RevolutionPhil Emery and Dave 2419232365
22GBR3609Time LordsCarl Whitehill and Julian 1924232365
23GBR3566Pocket RocketJoe McLaughlin and Bryn 2424232370

Foxer Fleet:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1GBR67Hale FoxMr John Duff1112212510
2GBR15FoxMr Ian Savill2221455319
3GBR62RennfoxMr Ian Sumner3344541120
4GBR50AceDavid Criswick4444123220
5GBR136GrandyAlan Fuller4444334426