Please select your home edition
Product Feature
Rain and Sun Laser Stratos Cover
Rain and Sun Laser Stratos Cover
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine

Full racing risks
New for old cover

Sonata fleet at the Medway Yacht Club Regatta 2019

by Paul Hopper 11 Jun 15:48 BST 25-27 May 2019
Medway Regatta 2019 © Nick Champion /

Six Sonatas made it to the start line for the first day of the Medway Regatta which was a planned day of windward/leewards. A lightish wind which gradually built throughout the day led to some exciting racing with good clean starts off the line essential.

Day 2 was our Long Distance race out into the Estuary past the Montgomery wreck to 6a and return. The wind had picked up to a challenging Force 5 which made spinnaker work a handful.

Half the Fleet went to No2 jibs with the other half electing to remain on the Genoa. On balance, as the wind maintained its strength throughout the day, the smaller sail was the right decision and certainly the most comfortable.

The final day was only a marginally shorter race than the previous days long distance. The wind was down a notch and a full Genoa order of the day. Match racing between the top two boats Red Dwarf and Watersong saw some exciting racing down to Blackstakes.

A poor tactical decision by Watersong led to Red Dwarf taking the final race of the Regatta.

Sonata Overall Regatta Results:

PosBoatSail NoClubOwnerR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
2ndRed Dwarf II8087MYCHill21232111
3rdBlue Tack8189MYCSharp & Lawance65353325
4thHarmony8184MYC 4442DNCDNC28
5thMusical Express8424USCLong3364DNCDNC30
6thCry Havoc8048MYCLindsey56564430

Related Articles

Burnham Week 2019 day 8
Town Cup Day - the week's most coveted trophy Burnham Week finished today with Trophy races for every class. The headline event was the Town Cup, Burnham Week's most coveted trophy, raced for by Class One with spinnakers. Posted on 31 Aug
Burnham Week 2019 day 7
Another fantastic sailing day on the Crouch Day 7 was breezy but dry and another fantastic sailing day on the Crouch, with a Southerly breeze. Posted on 31 Aug
Burnham Week 2019 day 6
Business as usual with more bright sunshine and blue skies Day Six was business as usual in Burnham Week, with bright sunshine and blue skies, although the wind was patchy and fickle, with big holes upriver for the day boats to contend with. Posted on 29 Aug
Burnham Week 2019 day 5
Early morning rain clears leaving a South Westerly breeze and bright sunshine Early morning rain cleared leaving a South Westerly breeze and bright sunshine for day 5. With a building ebb, and increasing wind strengths, the boats were all able to have challenging courses with good beats, reaches and runs. Posted on 28 Aug
Burnham Week 2019 day 4
Sunshine, good Easterly breezes and fantastic courses again Again, sunshine, good Easterly breezes and fantastic courses best describe day 4 of Burnham Week 2019. The haze meant visibility was short and at times murky, but this didn't detract at all from a great day. Posted on 27 Aug
Burnham Week 2019 day 3
Another stunning day afloat on the Crouch A third day of fantastic sunshine and fairly consistent Easterlies meant another stunning day afloat on the Crouch as Burnham Week enjoyed Day 3 and Burnham Town saw a packed Quay Day with live music and displays, stalls and family fun. Posted on 27 Aug
Burnham Week 2019 day 2
Another gloriously sunny day Another gloriously sunny day in Burnham on Crouch for Day Two of the East Coast's premier regatta. At Pile House over 100 boats came down to take part in their racing, with the Multihulls starting first. Posted on 25 Aug
Burnham Week 2019 day 1
A cracking start for the competitors on the East coast Champagne conditions greeted the competitors on Saturday at the start of Burnham Week 2019. An Easterly breeze of about 10 knots meant a good long beat for the Pile House fleets down river, classes 1 and 2 going as far as Whitaker No7 and Sunken Buxey. Posted on 25 Aug
Mersea Week 2019
46th edition held in pretty tough conditions on the River Blackwater estuary The 46th annual Mersea Week finished on Friday 16th August, and like most sailing around the country, the racing was held in pretty tough conditions - quite a contrast to the sunshine and sea breezes enjoyed by competitors last year. Posted on 17 Aug
Mudhook Regatta overall
RC35 crown goes East as Port Edgar's Jacob VII storms to victory With a clean sweep of four firsts after discard, the Edinburgh-based team on Corby 33 Jacob VII clinched victory in the RC35 fleet at Mudhook Regatta. Posted on 9 Jun