Please select your home edition
Zhik 2022 Choice of Champions LEADERBOARD

Land Union September Regatta at Royal Southern Yacht Club - Overall

by Louay Habib 20 Sep 2021 06:00 BST 17-19 September 2021

The final day of the Land Union September Regatta, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, was blessed with better wind than forecast, producing a grand finale for the Royal Southern Summer Series. Congratulations to all eight class winners and especially Glyn Locke's Toucan (RTYC), which is the 2021 HP30 Class National Championship.

Class winners were presented with Land Union Trophies by Lutz Strangemann at a prize-giving held at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Commodore Robert Vose announced the winners. Congratulations to Tony & Sally Mack's McFly (RSrnYC), Team Knight Build's Happy Daize (RORC), Phil Plumtree's Swuzzlebubble (WMYC), Michael Bartholomew's Tokoloshe IV (RSrnYC), Jonty Sherwill's Cockleshell (RSrnYC), Timothy Dickinson's Jelly Fish (HISC), and Peter Baines's Felix (HRSC).

Full results can be found here...

Black Group - Regatta PRO Peter Bateson

HP30 CLASS National Championship

Scoring six bullets from nine races, Glyn Locke's Farr 280 Toucan was crowned HP30 Class National Champion for the second occasion. Lucian Stone's FarEast 28 Vendetta held onto second place by a single point from Jerry Hill's Farr 280 Moral Compass.

"It is great to be racing in a very competitive ten boat fleet," commented Glyn Locke, who races Toucan with two sons and family friends. "Alex drives, while Anthony trims and the crew work was excellent, as it had to be. To come out on top in tricky conditions took a real team effort. I have to say very well done to Lucian and his team on Vendetta." Alex Locke added, "Fantastic racing for everyone, thanks to the Royal Southern Race Team, and Joe Hall from HP30, for the organisation!"


Tony & Sally Mack's J/111 McFly scored two race wins on the final day to win the big boat class. Michael Blair & Stevie Beckett's King 40 Cobra, with Hannah Stodel at the wheel, finished the regatta in second place. Ian Atkins IC37 Icy scored a 3-1-2 on the final day to finish third, just a point behind Cobra.

"This has been a terrific season for McFly and it's all down to great teamwork," commented Tony Mack. "McFly has always been a very quiet boat, we trust in each other, even when things are not going are way. There are always moments in a regatta which can make a massive difference, and before one particular wind shift today, Jeremy (Smart) made a correct early call and we passed about five boats."


Mike Bartholomew's Tokoloshe IV was the winner by three points from Russell Peters' Squirt. Johnny Cooper's Fanatic was third but only on countback from Lance Adams' Katabatic. Tokoloshe IV was competing in its first regatta with a crew all from Hamble, but the Capetonian Mike Bartholomew has been racing the Cape 31 for several years.

"Table Bay has different conditions to The Solent, in so much as there is often more sea state," commented Mike. "For this regatta, we had quite light winds and flatter sea, so a very different type of racing. My son David and all of the crew have raced the Cape 31 quite a bit, and that time on the water really gets your boat speed up."


There was no stopping Team Knight Build's J/112E Happy Daize, skippered by James Chalmers. Scoring six straight wins at the regatta, finishing with a perfect score. Mike Moxley's HOD 35 Malice and Mike Bridges' JPK 1010 Elaine Again had been locked in a close duel all regatta. On the final day, Malice held on to take second on countback from Elaine Again. Dirk & Dianne van Beek's J/88 Sabriel Jr was fourth.


Phil Plumtree's Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble was unbeaten going into the last race having secured the class win. Olly & Sam Love's SJ320 Frank3 finished the regatta in style, winning the last race to take second in class. Becky Walford's J/92 Brenda's J was third.

"Thank you to all the team at the Royal Southern, the race officers and the starting and finishing line yachts' owners and all of the others who have made this happen. We've had a great weekend." Commented Led Pritchard on behalf of the Swuzzlebubble crew.


Jonty Sherwill's Cockleshell won all six races in the class after VPRS time correction. It has been a tremendous season for the Classic Dayboat, built in 1926 by Jonty's father-in-law, AJ Barber. Cockleshell has won all of the races that it has contested in Club Class. Teresa Whelan's X342 Xarifa was second for the regatta. Graham Chase's immaculate J/95 Just Is was third.

White Group - CRO Tom Rusbridge working with by Tanya Robinson


After nine short sharp races in the J/70 Class Sprint Series, Timothy Dickinson was the winner. Jelly Fish won the last two races, holding off a spirited challenge from Jonathan Calascione's Calypso. Tony Dickin's Jubilee was third, just a point ahead of Land Union's Lutz Strangemann racing Geisha. The close racing was exemplified by the fact that just one point separated the pecking order for every boat second to ninth. Timothy Dickinson's Jelly Fish is new to the J/70 class and races with his wife Stephenie. Their son Finley, who is just 18, and a real protégé in the Laser, drives Jelly Fish. His friend from the Laser circuit Charlie South makes up the team of four.

"The J/70 Class is really competitive and that was the main reason we have bought the boat," commented Timothy. "Next weekend it's up to Sunderland for Finley and Charlie to compete in the Laser, and I doubt we will be getting free beer and frankfurters as we did at the Royal Southern! The J/70 Class and the 'Southern have been so welcoming, and we have really enjoyed the regatta. We have been racing at Cowes Week in the class, so we have had a bit of time on the water. I have to say it is really exciting racing, and we hope to compete in some of the big events, such as the Europeans in Cascais and the Worlds in Monaco."


Peter Baines' Felix scored two race wins on the final day to wrap up victory in the XOD Class. Gary Rossall's Little X won the final race to finish in second place. Andrew Bates' Iona scored two podium race scores to finish the regatta in third.

Royal Southern YC Commodore, Robert Vose closed the prize-giving with a wish of thanks to Land Union's Lutz Strangemann for supporting the regatta for a third year. Lutz was roundly applauded by all of the sailors. The vibe from hundreds of competitors taking part has been excellent race management with a great atmosphere ashore. The Land Union September Regatta was the final event of the Summer Series. Winners of the series will be awarded prizes at the Royal Southern Annual Prize Giving, held on Saturday 30th October 2021.

For more information about the Royal Southern Yacht Club

Related Articles

Peters & May Group extends ASW relationship
Presenting sponsor of the Round Antigua Race for the next three years Leading global shipping and bespoke logistics company Peters & May has renewed its commitment to Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) by presenting the Round Antigua Race for the next three years. Posted on 24 Nov
Antigua Sailing Week at the ABYMA Showcase
The showcase is free to enter and open to anyone The Antigua Barbuda Yachting & Marine Association are delighted to welcome Antiguans and Barbudans to the inaugural ABYMA Industry Showcase. Posted on 9 Nov
RYA Match Racing Grand Finals
Cornah claims the crown Sixteen teams gathered for the RYA National Match Racing Championship Grand Finals following a season of qualifiers, youth and university championships. Posted on 25 Oct
Gill Marine Optimist End of Seasons Championship
Everything was against the event happening... Royal Southern Yacht Club hosted the IOCA End of Seasons Championship with a fruity 25-35knts winds forecasted for the whole weekend, at one stage leaving the organisers questioning whether they would even get a race in. Posted on 20 Oct
Dark 'N' Stormy set to head to ASW 2023
Finale of Antigua Sailing Week's series of invitational regattas came to a spectacular conclusion The finale of Antigua Sailing Weeks series of invitational regattas came to a spectacular conclusion at The Royal Southern Yacht Club with the Land Union September Regatta on 24-25 September. Posted on 1 Oct
Land Union September Regatta
Prizes included an all-in trip to Antigua Sailing Week The Royal Southern Yacht Club Summer Series came to a spectacular conclusion with the Land Union September Regatta. The final regatta of the four-event series was blessed with magnificent racing, superb shoreside entertainment and outstanding prize. Posted on 27 Sep
Land Union September Regatta preview
Antigua Sailing Week is offering a regatta experience of a lifetime The Land Union September Regatta has an impressive bevvy of prizes including a holiday with flights, superb accommodation, and entry to the world famous Munich's Oktoberfest. Posted on 15 Aug
Cowes Week 2022 overall
A spectacularly busy finish line at the Royal Yacht Squadron The last day of Cowes Week featured short, action-packed races in a solid north-westerly gradient wind, culminating in a spectacularly busy finish line at the Royal Yacht Squadron. Posted on 6 Aug
Cowes Week day 6
Khumbu wins the New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup A thrilling finish for the Grand Prix yachts competing for the New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup, one of sailing's most coveted prizes, saw Christian Zugel's GP42 Tschuss lead three boats across the Royal Yacht Squadron line just 30 seconds apart. Posted on 4 Aug
Cowes Week day 5
Ian Atkins' Dark 'n' Stormy wins the Britannia Cup Lighter winds this morning increased to give competitors another great day on the water, predominately in breezes of 10-18 knots. Posted on 3 Aug