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Poole Bay Winter Series - Overall

by Parkstone YC Poole Bay Winter Series 11 Dec 2018 21:03 GMT 9 December 2018
Chris Hawkes accepts the Class 2 trophy for Elanor (with Parkstone commodore Rob Jarratt) at the Poole Cruiser Winter Series prizegiving © David Harding /

Racing on the final day of the Poole Bay Winter Series was cancelled due to a forecast that promised gusts over 40 knots. In the event, the wind decreased throughout the morning to leave conditions similar to those on previous Sundays when challenging racing has been enjoyed in Poole Bay.

High winds have certainly been a dominant feature of the series, with between 20 and 30 knots experienced on eight out of the ten Sundays.

The two-race-per-day format again very proved popular with crews, allowing them to test themselves in short, sharp races. All featured committee boat start and finish lines, with true windward legs and plenty of corners. The start for the first race each Sunday was inside the harbour entrance, avoiding a long motor out to the bay. Yachts would race out through the harbour entrance and around a course using some of the many fixed marks before finishing in the bay. Race 2 was then started in the bay by the committee boat, with both fixed and laid race marks used, ensuring good upwind and downwind angles.

Entries in the series were 60% up on 2017 and, with such positive feedback from competitors, this increase is set to continue for 2019. Class 2 was particularly well supported this year, with more than double the number of competitors.

In Class 1, MS Amlin Enigma (MG 346, Ian Braham) won the series, from Amigos (Archambault A35, Peter Winttle/Nick Fullagar) and Ruthless (Dehler 33, Martin Pearson) in third.

In Class 2, it was Elanor (Elan 31, Chris Hawkes) who came out on top under both IRC and VPRS rating systems. In second was Matchmaker II (Contention 33, Mike Fox) and third was the smallest boat in the class, MS Amlin QT (Ecume de Mer, Keith Lovett), proving that smaller is still competitive even in the windier conditions experienced throughout the series.

At the prizegiving, Parkstone Yacht Club's Commodore, Rob Jarratt, thanked those involved in the organisation of the series, the PRO's, the committee teams and the mark-laying RIB crews for their hard work and fortitude in what were often testing conditions. The series will again run from early October next year and the organisers would be happy to hear from potential sponsors.

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