Please select your home edition
Edition
Vaikobi 2021 FlexForce - LEADERBOARD

Warsash Spring Championships 2021 - Second Weekend

by Chris Wozencroft 27 Apr 17:36 BST 17-18 April 2021
Warsash Spring Championships - White Group Day 4 © Close Hauled Photography

The second weekend of the Championships was chosen by the J70 Class to be the start of their Grand Slam Series so a competitive weekend was guaranteed. On Saturday the wind started in the east at about 18 to 24 knots and then after the first race shifted to the south east but the sun was shining.

Race one started under the U flag but as you might expect with an eager J70 fleet, the midline bulge went early and the General Recall led to a black flag start. Paul Ward got out in front with "Eat Sleep, J, Repeat" but picked up the only penalty of the day, his discard. Peter Knight the PRO continued to use the black flag for the rest of the day and had very good close starts but with no one over. The wind went to the southeast creating a longer fetch and the swell built up added further excitement for boats planning downwind in the gusts.

The Black Group Committee Boat set up a mile west of East Bramble buoy. The different classes raced over windward -leeward courses varying in length from just under 4 miles to over 8 miles, to various inflatable and fixed marks on the Ryde Middle or laid in the deep water between the Bank and the Middle. The planning boats were an especially spectacular sight, especially the four new Cape 31s and the HP30 class, sometimes surfing at what must have been up to 20 knots. With crew numbers restricted due to Covid-19, most boats managed to keep control admirably well, nearly all the time!

By Sunday the wind had reduced by a couple of knots and moved to the north east it was fairly steady in direction so the sportsboat course only with the course only had to be moved once by 10 degrees through the day but the strength varied from 8 knots to 20 knots giving some exciting sailing. There were some big shifts coming off the land providing competitors with short term big gains or losses and the potential for over standing the leeward mark with predictable brooches as boats tried to sail too high to make the leeward gate.

At the end Calascione & Peter in Calypso won both the Championship and the Grand Slam weekend. Nick Phillips in Chaotic was second in the series and third in the weekend with Paul Ward taking second for the weekend. In the SB20 fleet Reach Around, Christian Sutherland was the clear overall winner from PBII, Paul Hine and Breaking Bod, Richard McAdam in second and third, separated by one point after 12 races.

Sunday found the Black Group Committee Boatnear East Knoll buoy. As planned, the courses for the two races were a little more varied, sausages and triangles plus a little more reaching. The windward legs went up to laid marks off Hill head and then the various classes found their way downwind either to the newly named Team O Marine buoy in Stanswood Bay or to West Knoll and Williams Shipping just to the west of the Brambles Bank, before beating back to the committee boat at East Knoll. The Spring work to complete laying and renaming the last few yellow race marks will complete in the next few days however the race team were glad use a temporary inflatable buoy as the mark in memory of the late Paul Heys - we hope to see 'his' permanent buoy there very soon.

Congratulations go to Russell Peters who won IRC1 in Squirt, one of the Cape 31s, ahead of Eddie Campbell's Lombard IRC46 Pata Negra, two very different boats but both found the second weekend conditions just ideal and well done to British Soldier that battled to win IRC2.

Race results are available at www.warsashsc.org.uk/springseries/results

Related Articles

RS400s at Warsash
Southern Tour event sees Ian Walker and Chris Fox victorious The Warsash event held over the weekend 19-20 June attracted 31 boats from as far afield as Notts County and Carsington, and a guest appearance for a helm from New Zealand (welcome back Sean Cleary, albeit temporarily). Posted on 22 Jun
Blaze Southern Championship at Warsash
New sail unveiled at the event After what felt like an eternity, Warsash Sailing Club resumed open event racing and hosted the Southern Championship. With 17 boats in attendance, there was of course a little bit of palpable nervousness. Posted on 25 May
Hadron H2 Solent Trophy at Warsash
Long-awaited first event of 2021, alongside their close cousins, the Hadron H1s With the relaxation of COVID lockdown regulations from May 17th, the scene was set for the long-awaited first 2021 open meeting of the Hadron H2 class, in conjunction with their close cousins, the Hadron H1s. Posted on 23 May
Calypso victorious at J/70 UK Grand Slam I
Twenty-three teams competed at Warsash Twenty-three teams competed in Round One of the J/70 UK Grand Slam Series. The event was organized by the Warsash Sailing Club as part of the Warsash Spring Championships 2021. Posted on 9 May
Warsash Spring Championships first weekend
Light winds on both days make conditions tricky The forecast was for light and shifty winds over the whole of the weekend, with the possibility of no wind for racing on Sunday, so the Race Committee set out to get as many races completed on the first day as possible. Posted on 21 Apr
RS400 Demo Boat 2021 plan
A great way to try RS400 sailing The demo boat is funded by the RS Class Association with support having been generously received from Rain & Sun, RS Sailing and West Country Boat Repairs this year too. It's a great way to try RS400 sailing and see if the RS400 is the right boat for you. Posted on 9 Apr
Warsash Spring Championships entry opens
Following the latest guidance from Government and the RYA Following the latest guidance from Government and the RYA, Warsash Sailing Club has opened entry to the Warsash Spring Championships that will provide two weekends of racing on the 17-18th April and 24-25th April in the Central Solent. Posted on 6 Mar
Topper Southern Area Championship at Warsash
A bright and crisp Autumn day for the 41 sailors A bright and crisp Autumn day greeted the 41 entries to the Rooster Southern Topper Traveller & Area Championship hosted by Warsash SC. Along with 21 sailors from the home club we welcomed visitors from across the South. Posted on 20 Oct 2020
Warsash Sailing Club Finn Open
The third, but sadly final BFA event of a curtailed 2020 season Warsash Sailing Club hosted the third, but sadly final BFA event of a curtailed 2020 season, over a glorious Finn weekend on October 10-11. Twenty-eight Finns entered for the season's famous finale. Posted on 14 Oct 2020
Return to Boating: Life at the Sailing Club
Ian Walker has been down to his local club at Warsash to find out what it's like What will life be like at the sailing club as we begin to get back out on the water? Ian Walker has been down to his local club Warsash Sailing Club to find out. Posted on 8 Jun 2020