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VPRS National Championships 2019 hosted by the Chichester Cruiser Racing Club

by Keith Lovett 29 May 2019 13:36 BST 26 May 2019

Following hospitality at the Island Sailing Club on Saturday evening, 19 yachts representing 5 clubs made their way into a blustery Eastern Solent for the annual VPRS National Championships hosted this year by Chichester Cruiser Racing Club on Sunday 26th May.

Racing from the mainland shore three alternative course were used - Olympic, windward/leeward and a typical Solent round the cans - giving competitors plenty of challenges.

At times very blustery conditions limited most to reefs and only a few brave yachts flew spinnakers.

Split into two fleets, Class One for larger yachts was completely dominated by Ivor Graham and Brian Thompson in their Dehler 36 'Deity' from Poole Yacht Club scoring three first places in back to back races in 20 to 25 knots. Showing their heavy weather skills, 'Deity' regained the title she had previously won in 2017.

Second place with a consistent score line of two seconds and a fifth was Bob Garrett from host club CCRC racing the DuFour 365 'Intrepid'. The largest boat in the fleet and leader on the water in two of the three races was Poole Yacht Racing Association captain Rob Gibson racing the Humphreys 50 'Hope & Glory'.

In Class Two a battle ensued between Keith Lovett from the Royal Motor Yacht Club in his Ecume de Mer 'MS Amlin QT' and Poole Yacht Club's Quartet 'Genesis' owned by Terry Stewart. 'MS Amlin QT' was to emerge the victor and Class Two National Champion with 2 firsts and a second.

Susan Rutter racing her beautiful classic British Folkboat revelled in the strong winds to secure third place under the CCRC burgee.

The event concluded with a packed prize giving at the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club.

More photos (Anne Bonwit) and videos (Bob Garett) are available at

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat TypeHcapBoat NameOwnerClubR1R2R3Pts
1GBR 8644LDehler 36SQ0.988DeityIvor Graham/Brian ThompsonPoole YC‑1112
2GBR2496LDUFOUR 3650.898IntrepidBob GarrettCCRC22‑54
3GBR641Humphreys One Off1.116Hope & GloryRob GibsonPoole YC‑5325
49909SWAN 36 (1988)0.961MarkovaGavin MarriotCCRC‑6437
5GBR4631LDehler 290.927Vento NovoBrendon PellPoole YC3‑547
66Clyde Linear 300.944MikadoMichael BriggsCCRC46(DNC)10
7GBR4353Sigma 33OD0.909BluesWill DennisPoole YC‑77613
8GBR4664Sadler Starlight350.932MoonbeamJeremy KayeCCRC‑99716
9GBR3877LJenneau Sun Odyssey 3490.964ChimeraKeith WarrenCCRC‑88816
10GBR743Pogo 2 Mini 6500.982Shed of ArjunaRod HarrisParkstone YC10(DNC)DNC21
1GBR 1972Ecume de Mer0.836MS Amlin QTKeith LovettThe Royal Motor Yacht Club11‑22
2GBR6216YQuartet0.83GenesisTerry StuartPoole YC‑2213
3FB172British Folkboat0.773FolkdanceSusan RutterCCRC3‑536
46526HUSTLER SJ300.89CelebrationMike & Helen SmithCCRC43(DNC)7
5264Beneteau 2850.855Fraid S'EauRoger BondPoole YC‑5448
64367PARKER 2750.867Oi OiPaul RaymondCCRC67(DNC)13
748Elizabethan 290.785SkykomishRobert WheelerPYRA86(DNC)14
847518JeanneauSunway 290.862CalypsoAndrew ReedCCRC78(DNC)15
9GBR9470YFreedom 250.861SquirrelGraham SmythRoyal Victoria YC(DNC)DNCDNC20

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