Please select your home edition
Edition
CoastWaterSports 2014
Product Feature
Technical Marine Supplies - Karver - V3 Furlers
Technical Marine Supplies - Karver - V3 Furlers

Warsash Spring Series - Day 2

by Peter Bateson 22 Mar 2023 16:14 GMT 19 March 2023
2023 Warsash Spring Series Day 2 © Peter Bateson

The forecast for the second Sunday's racing saw a contrast to the start of the Series - sunshine for the morning and a moderate NW breeze dropping to light but never below 7 knots. That's how the day started but after the start of the second race, the breeze dropped to next to nothing for an hour, testing the IRC 3 competitors in particular in a very different way from the blustery conditions of the previous week.

The first race was a 'windward-leeward' of 4 legs totalling 4.75 miles for IRC class 2 and 4.0 miles for IRC class 3, set with starboard roundings as the tide was setting to the NW. The start was near to Hamble Yacht Services buoy in 10 knots of breeze, with 'William' used as the windward mark. In IRC 2, Mojo Risin' (J/109, Rob Cotterill) led the way on the water and on corrected time over Arcona 38 Triarchy (Ollie Reynolds and Faith Burns), both of them well clear of the rest of the class and with Chris Burleigh's J/109 Jybe Talkin' 3rd. In Class 3, James Crew and Peter Rutter on the half-tonner Quokka moved up from two 2nd places last week to take the win by 1¼ minutes over David Greenhalgh's J/92 J'ronimo 2nd and last week's winner Betty (SJ320, Jon Powell) 3rd just 20 seconds further back.

With the breeze apparently performing as expected at around 6-8 knots, still NW although shifting around quite a lot, the second race started around mid-day. It was set 'around the cans' and a bit longer, at 7 miles and 6 miles for the different classes. A sharp windshift left in the last minute before the start favoured the pin end, however IRC 2 got away safely. A 10-minute delay saw the ODM moved and a revised course set for IRC 3.

As the breeze died away, the race committee shorted the course at around 3 miles. IRC 1 just made it to the finish before the long lull. However IRC 3 had to sit it out, creeping forwards against the tide, drifting back, kedging, creeping forward... Eventually a little breeze arrived from the west and the boats closed the finish at speeds of up to 2 or even 3 knots! Even so, crews were glad that the race could be completed rather than abandoned.

In IRC class 3, Quokka again headed the results, this time by 4 minutes on corrected time. Betty pipped J'ronimo to 2nd by just under a minute on corrected time, with Memory Maker (First 31.7, Don Forster) 50 seconds further behind. In IRC 2 the same boats as in race 1 held the podium but in a different order, Triarchy winning 2 by 26 seconds over Jybe Talkin', with Mojo Risin' third, just under a minute further back.

After the delays when the wind disappeared, it was hoped that not too many 'Brownie Points' were lost by competitors being later home than planned for Mothering Sunday lunches or teas.

A third of the way through the Series and with discards not kicking in for another two weeks, Triarchy leads Class 2 by 2 points and Quokka heads Class 3 by 1 point.

The series continues on 4 more Sundays through to the end of April, with a break for Easter. The Spring Championship with multiple races for IRC, Cape 31s, J/70s and SB20s is over the two weekends of 15th-16th and 22nd-23rd April.

Related Articles

Girls Only Topper Training at Warsash
Vicious gusts coming across from Hamble village catch a few sailors out Occasionally it's good for the girls to have some time to themselves hence the "Girls Only" training camp held at Warsash SC on Sunday March 24th. Posted on 26 Mar
The wisest Wise Man
Cliff Norbury's influence still extends across much of our sport today Cliff Norbury was a man whose influence still extends across much of our sport today and with the sad news of his passing, the time is right to look at the life and sailing career of a man who really does deserve the title of the 'Wisest Wise Man'. Posted on 26 Jan
Topper End of Seasons at Warsash
Many sailors in the 4.2 fleet sailing their first open event For the final event of the Rooster Southern Topper Traveller Series and End of Season Championships, we were hosted by my home club Warsash SC. There were 2 days of racing planned, with a mixed forecast, we were 32 sailors in total. Posted on 24 Oct 2023
Warsash Finn Open
23 helms for British Finn Travellers Series finale 23 Finns turned out for the final event of the British Finn Travellers series, traditionally hosted by Warsash Sailing Club. Posted on 9 Oct 2023
Hadron H2 Solent Trophy at Warsash
Final event of the H2 season at one of the favourite venues of the class Warsash Sailing Club is one of the favourite venues for the Hadron H2s. The Hamble club hosted the first H2 Nationals in 2017 when every H2 then built attended and we have been back nearly every year since. Posted on 8 Oct 2023
420 GP3 at Warsash
A light wind weekend for the 24-strong fleet On Saturday morning, the fleet of 24 420s was met with light winds and some extreme heat down on the sunny Solent. Everyone was very sceptical of getting 3 races in due to the 2 knots forecast and no signs of thermal enhancement all week. Posted on 14 Sep 2023
RS Aero UK Southern Championships at Warsash
A blustery event on the central Solent 28 RS Aeros turned out to a blustery RS Aero UK Southern Champs at Warsash on the river Hamble to race on the central Solent. The winds gusted well into the mid 20s for the three races on Saturday providing plenty of excitement. Posted on 14 Jul 2023
Sea Sure Blaze Nationals 2023 at Warsash
A class-record 71 boats entered for the event The Sea Sure Blaze Nationals took place across the long-weekend of 9th-11th June at Warsash Sailing Club, with a class-record 71 boats entering for the event. Posted on 19 Jun 2023
Warsash Optimist Open
Amazing weather for the three fleets on the water! This weekend (3-4 June) saw our annual Optimist Open meeting at Warsash Sailing Club. Luckily the club had laid on amazing weather - hot and sunny conditions with wind as well! Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the fun both on and off the water. Posted on 7 Jun 2023
Blaze Nationals 2023 - Runners and Riders
At the time of writing 68 boats are entered The Blaze Nationals for 2023 returns to Warsash Sailing Club with new headline sponsor, Sea Sure, for 3 days of (usually) champagne sailing on the Solent Waters off Solent Breezes. Posted on 2 Jun 2023