Please select your home edition
Edition
Selden
Product Feature
Harken 57mm T2 - 2152
Harken 57mm T2 - 2152

Inaugural Women's J70 Open Championship at Royal Thames Yacht Club

by Rosa McNeill 10 Oct 2019 15:40 BST 5-6 October 2019
Inaugural Women's J70 Open Championship © Sportography

The sun shone on the Solent as summer didn't quite seem ready to quit for the inaugural Royal Thames Yacht Club Women's J70 Open Championship. The race committee were faced with a weekend of contrasts from little to no wind forecast on the Saturday and a very breezy Sunday.

Saturday morning dawned sunny and windless as predicted, after a stellar breakfast provided by sponsors Brain Fud, the 9 teams competing were left energized and raring to go despite having to be towed out of Cowes to the start line on the Bramble Bank.

The first race got off to a competitive start with the Royal Thames Yacht Club Academy team managing to secure a narrow victory over Jenny Smallwood captaining the Oxford University Blue team with RTYC coming in third.

The Second race 's light winds meant that those who got a good start were greatly favoured with little room for error, Cambridge University's Cruising Club led the field with Oxford University Yacht Club's Blue team coming second followed by Royal Southern Younger Members. With the winds dropping this marked the end of the days racing.

A drinks reception generously hosted by sponsor Slingsby Gin at the Sir Max Aitkin Museum was followed by a gala dinner with some teams even heading out dancing. The camaraderie of all the teams was a real highlight of the event.

Sunday morning's choppy conditions and 17 knots of meant that the lighter teams amongst the fleet, who had an advantage on Saturday, were now facing more of a challenge.

Race 3 was perfect Solent sailing with Royal Thames Yacht Club Academy, Royal Southern Younger Members, and RORC taking the top three places respectively.

Royal Thames Yacht Club Academy Team managed to secure a victory in Race 4 despite creating a large rip in their spinnaker with Royal Lymington Yacht Club coming in second closely followed by RORC crossing the line a mere second later. A series of broaches on the run to the finish line separated the rest of the fleet proving costly to the Royal Southern Younger Members.

The course for the fifth race of the weekend was shortened as the wind continued to pick up. Despite having no spinnaker the Royal Thames Yacht Club Academy were still able to secure another win over RORC with the Royal Southern Younger Members third.

After four firsts and a fourth across the weekend it was a convincing Royal Thames Yacht Club Academy victory with Anna Prescott helming and Rachel Tilley, Meia Harnett, Emily Wiltshire and Cat Wallace crewing. Second place was closely fought with the Royal Southern Young Members team of helm Becca Anthony, Emily Dresser, Molly Brown, and Christine Shrimpton narrowly securing victory over the RORC team of Laura Dillon, Lena Having, Kass Schmitt, Isabelle Hung and Clare Wilsey.

With prizes coming from sponsors Slingsby Gin, Brain Fud and custom technical clothing from RashR, competitors were well rewarded for their efforts. The winners will be awarded the impressive Lochan Challenge Cup at the Prize Winners dinner on 5th November at the Royal Thames Yacht Club.

Next year's event will take place on the Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2020.

Related Articles

Bacardi Invitational Winter Series 2 preview
To unfold on the waters of Biscayne Bay, Miami, today Event 2 of the Bacardi Invitational Winter Series will unfold on the waters of Biscayne Bay, Miami, from 23-26 January 2020 as many of the world's top Melges 24 and J/70 sailors resume their battle for supremacy. Posted today at 10:45 am
Free Berthing at Landsail Tyres J-Cup
Reserve your space now at Cowes Yacht Haven for the 2020 regatta Key Yachting is delighted to announce that Landsail Tyres will once again be the title sponsor for the 2020 Landsail Tyres J-Cup, hosted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club 2-4 July 2020. Posted on 21 Jan
Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series Act III overall
Brutus pips Arttube at the post It took one small point to clinch victory, as Act 3 of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series went down to the wire. Organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco, in collaboration with clothing supplier SLAM, at the instigation of Valentin Zavadnikov Posted on 20 Jan
New Wave wins J/70 Chilean Nationals
Twenty-six teams participated in the regatta at Punta del Este Fresh off sailing the recent J/70 South American Championship in Punta del Este, Uruguay, a number of teams headed back across the formidable Andes Mountains range back northwest to Algarrobo, Chile for the 2020 J/70 Chilean National Championship. Posted on 18 Jan
2020 J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II in Tampa
Fifty-three J/70 teams savored spectacular conditions With record high temperatures in Tampa, winds were ripping on Saturday, starting at a sustained 16 knots with gusts in the 20s. Four races were completed, as the wind slowly backed off. Posted on 18 Jan
2019/20 DIYC J/70 Winter Series 2 at Davis Island
Jack Franco's 3 Ball JT wins second weekend Fifty-three J/70 teams savored spectacular conditions on Tampa Bay for the middle part of the 2019-2020 J/70 Winter Series at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida. Posted on 13 Jan
North Sails Weekly Debrief
ClubSwan 36 2020 Outlook, Ichi Ban, Shirley Robertson's Podcast, J/70s Even before the first boat hit the water, North's designers were working on sail designs that would give clients the best performance. Our outlook on this coming year? Posted on 11 Jan
North Sails Year in Review: Top 10 of 2019
2020 will be a big year for the rapidly evolving IMOCA Class 2020 will be a big year for the rapidly evolving IMOCA Class and as the clock ticks down to the Vendée Globe, it is more evident there is so much at stake and all to play for. Posted on 1 Jan
Russian J/70 Winter Series in full swing
Some wonderful racing weather in Sochi The fleet was blessed with wonderful racing weather on the sometimes-tempestuous Black Sea; over the two days of sailing, the sailors enjoyed a total of nine races! Posted on 20 Dec 2019
2019 Bacardi J/70 Winter Series at Biscayne Bay YC
17 teams sailed in challenging weather conditions The first of three events in the 2019/ 2020 Bacardi J/70 Winter Series took place this past weekend on Biscayne Bay. Posted on 20 Dec 2019