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West Country Boat Repairs 2000 Class Millennium Series Round 1 at Keyhaven Yacht Club

by Chris & Gillian Jordan 15 Jun 16:29 BST 12-13 June 2021

The weather was looking good - hot, dry and sunny - perfect recipe for producing a classic Solent sea breeze. With the weather organised, Keyhaven YC pulled out all the stops required to deliver a superb first 2000 Millennium Series event of the year, sponsored by West Country Boat Repairs and youth sponsorship from Noble Marine Insurance.

25 boats entered with many travelling from all over the country (Ullswater in the north, Lowestoft in the East, Cardiff in the West), arrived from mid-day on the Friday ready for a good weekend's racing. A half-hour postponement meant the potential drift out to the racing area could be sailed as the sea breeze started up, and the first race started in a gentle 8-10 knots from the south west.

The decisions were similar all weekend - inshore on the beat to pick up the tidal back-eddy? Or offshore into the stronger breeze? Rob and Sarah Burridge, the current National Champions, started off with a win - but only after a superb first run and then swapping places with Simon Horsfield and Katie Burridge for the rest of the race.

For the start of the second race, the wind switched on - 15-18 knots, a lumpy wind against tide, and a longer first beat. Simon and Katie (the current SailJuice winter series championship winner) spent race 2 and 3 demonstrating how to sail a 2000 at speed downwind - while many others had the crew in the boat playing the kite, they were both sitting out hard and going high and fast. Behind them, Rob and Sarah were followed home by Kev O'Brien and Gemma Burridge, with the fast-local boats of Cy and Lisa Grisley and Matt Wright with Alex Pepper chasing. Overnight, the top 3 of Simon/Katie, Rob/Sarah and Kev/Gemma were followed by the consistent Cardiff pair of Helen and Andrew Phillips.

The evening barbecue was a great success in the evening sunshine, with the new sailors to the fleet welcomed by a t-shirt for the juniors, and a 2000 travel mug for the others.

Sunday dawned bright and sunny again. The plan was for one race in the easterly, then wait for an hour while the sea breeze switched on for the final race. But as it happened we had another half hour postponement ashore, a drift out to the starting area, and two races in the, rather light at 6-8 knots, south westerly sea breeze. The first race on the last of the incoming tide (long beat, short run) saw Simon / Katie keeping Rob/Sarah just behind them with some synchronised gybing. The fleet behind them had some of the closest racing of the weekend, with the possibility of gaining 4 or 5 places "if only" at many different points!

The final race saw a few boats take advantage port biased start line due to tidal effect and wind shift in the closing seconds to the start. Sam Pascoe with Julie and young Ben in the boat, almost demonstrated how to port tack the fleet - but they were called OCS. Rob/Sarah followed them out from the pin and sailed straight and fast to the closer (tide with us on the beat) windward mark, they held their lead down the light wind runs in the sloppy chop to the finish. The fleet found it very frustrating - with two long runs against the tide - out into the Solent where the wind was stronger? Or inshore where the tide might be less? And even the beat wasn't easy with some boats gaining off shore, and others picking up 2 or 3 places inshore in the stronger tide flowing off the marshes!

Back ashore, and the prize-giving was completed promptly allowing the long journey home to begin. Everyone was extremely grateful to Keyhaven Yacht Club for putting on a superb event including: Andy the Commodore and an excellent Race Officer (with a very tricky job to do in getting the course and start line sorted); the bar and catering staff keeping us all fed and watered and barbequed whilst Covid-secure all weekend; the launching and recovery teams (the pleasure of having your trolley waiting for you on the beach as you land!) all made a perfect start to the Millennium Series for 2021.

The class membership are now looking forward to the next 2000 sailing events at Snettisham Beach 19-20 Jun 21 and Thorney Island 24-25 Jul 21 before the Astral Azure Ltd UK National Championships taking place on the 8-13 August 2021 at Royal Torbay Yacht Club.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st 22658Simon HorsefieldKatie BurridgeArmy Sailing Association‑211125
2ndWet n Wicked2458Rob BurridgeSarah BurridgeWeirwood SC1‑22216
3rdResilience22674Kev O'BrianGemma BurridgeRAFSA/Weirwood SC333‑6312
4thJust Pottering22696Chris JordanGillian JordanWaveney & Oulton5‑874420
5thPretty In Pink2397Cy GrisleyLisa GrisleyKYC‑12465722
6thIMP22340Matthew WrightAlex PepperKYC‑10549624
7thSwordfish22564Helen PhillipsAndrew PhillipsCardiff Bay Yacht Club6757‑1225
8th 22641Wayne ShirleyAlice MooreRNSA89‑1010532
9th 21439Jon HarveyJoe GallivanKYC769‑111133
10thcaSino21102Christopher Neil BrownK MannersRORC‑1613881039
11thOKSANA2214Malcolm LeeClaire LeeKYC111011‑19941
12thOmni verse Galaxy21863Andrew SmithIsaac SmithStokesbay9111316‑2049
13thShifty Lifty / Wave Hopper21285Matthew BottenRichard BottenWeirwood SC15‑181415852
14thRooster22619Michael McEwingImogen McEwingRAFSA/Rutland1312‑16121552
15thBuffalo2374Jonny HepworthLou DuffyEmsworth SC141512‑171354
16thYellow Dinosaur2064Sam PascoeBen & Julie PascoeCastle Cove4RTD(DNC)3OCS56
17thBunwoo22694Alistair RoseNicola Wyer‑ HollandUllswater Yacht Club1720(RTD)141667
18thDragon Fly2587Guy BoswellJulie BoswellLlandegfedd Sailing Club‑181417181867
19thMoonshine21969John Handasyde DickSue Handasyde DickKYC191615‑201969
20thTNT21995John TurnerRob TarbardKYC201918‑211774
21stIrie21413Joe LangleyMisty Eales / Rob LangleyKYC(RTD)RTDDNC131478
22nd 2497Michael RotherJordan RotherKYC211720‑232179
23rd 22018Jan Adrian Robert HattonSimon John NewthBurghfield Sailing Club‑24211924RTD88
24th 21592Rob FarquharsonHelen FarquharsonKYC22(DNC)DNC22OCS94
25th 2762Paul SmithCharlotte SmithSutton Sailing Club23RTD(DNC)252295

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